This tour starts from the lovely village of Qrendi and ends by a ride on a boat! We will go through old agricultural areas and visit the beautiful Maqluba sinkhole full of endemic and indigenous trees and plants. Continue towards the Bali Guarena Palazzo to enjoy beautiful views and smell the fresh breeze coming from the Mediterranean Sea. We pass by two World Heritage sites of Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Temples and lastly we visit the Blue Grotto by boat. Not to be missed!
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At Qrendi Parish Church
As soon as Qrendi became a parish in 1618 the locals built a large church to serve as their parish church. However the original church was demolished and the present Parish Church in Qrendi dedicated to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary was built between 1688 and 1713
This baroque church was built on the site of a medieval Church which has developed over the years as a result of its growing spiritual attraction. The church is decorated with paintings as tokens given for graces received. Fra Philipp-Wolfgang von Guttenberg a Knight of the Order of St. John was a great donator to it. In fact he built his summer residence and as a retreat palace in front of the church.
Here we have beautiful natural scenery of the sink hole connected with the medieval chapel and the surroundings. Amazing legend connected with our local geological system on our islands is delivered by the local guide. Then we will visit the sink hole to enjoy the beauty of our endemic and indigenous trees and shrubs.
Along the tour we pass across the palace that belonged to a knight of Malta Bailiff Fra Pietro De Guarena. It is situated on the way leading to the temples of Hagar Qim and Mnajdra. The palace was built in 1735-40 as a place of relaxation and retreat in the rural and relatively calm environment offered by the village of Qrendi.
Ħaġar Qim is a megalithic temple complex found on the Mediterranean island of Malta dating from the Ġgantija phase. The Megalithic Temples of Malta are among the most ancient religious sites on Earth, described by the World Heritage Sites committee as "unique architectural masterpieces."
Mnajdra (Maltese: L-Imnajdra) is a megalithic temple complex found on the southern coast of the Mediterranean island of Malta. Mnajdra is approximately 500m from the Ħaġar Qim megalithic complex. Mnajdra was built around the fourth millennium BCE. In 1992 UNESCO recognized the Mnajdra complex and Hagar Qim complex as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Leading to the Neolithic Temples of Hagar Qim and Mnajdra one encounters with a watch tower of Tal-Hamrija (in Maltese soil) Tower. It was built in 1659 by the Grand Master De Redin along the Maltese coast. This is the 13th tower from the 14th watch towers built by the Order.
Sir Walter Congreve served as the Governor of Malta between 1924/27. At his request, he was buried in the sea between Malta and the islet of Filfla. While we going down or up the track to Mnajdra Temple we can see the Memorial of Sir Walter Congreve.
Blue Grotto is located on the southwest of the island. A destination visited by around 100,000 visitors a year.This location is highly popular due to the grotto caves which can be accessed only by a boat. There is a 20-minute boat trip that is worth taking. From here one may eat some local fish from restaurants in this area.
At Qrendi Parish Church
Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Temples - 11.30 USD (€10) for Adults, 8.48 USD (€7.50) for under 12 yrs.
Blue Grotto boat trip 9.04USD (€8)
Food and Drinks
-This is a trekking tour, therefore, a comfortable walking shoes is highly suggested.
-In the summer time sun screen and water are recommended.
-In winter time a wind breaker and an umbrella is sufficient.
-Children must be accompanied by an adult. The tour is not wheelchair friendly. This is a private tour/activity