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Qqrendi, a small village in the southwest of Malta, is the place where you can find two “must see” temples: Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra. Unfortunately, it’s rather far away from Valetta and the buses don’t go often. If you get up early, you might be able to also visit Mdina (the old capital of Malta) and Ta’ Qali shopping village (the souvenir shopping place) in one go. Just remember: everything closes at 5pm!

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Oout of all trips described in this guide, Paola is the closest one to Valetta. It contains the site which I consider most worth seeing: the Ħal Saflieni hypogeum. In combination with a visit to Tarxien temples (and optionally, Kordin III temple) which are within a walking distance from the hypogeum, I think Paola gives you the most worth for your money.

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Tthere’s a lot of megalithic remains on Malta and Gozo. However, I think that all the sites which remain in a recognisable shape can be visited in about a week and that’s what I attempted to do myself. Since you may have less time to spare, I’ll start with a ranking of the sacred sites: how important I think it is to experience the place and how much you will get out of the visit.

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Tthe islands of Malta and Gozo hold a number of ancient megalithic temples and sacred sites built by a Neolithic culture that disappeared without a trace. As with other elements of our history, not enough survived for us to know what their values were, how women were treated, what gods they worshipped. We can only sift through the remains and make educated guesses.

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