Coastal Cliffs

Photo by Nan.

Coastal Cliffs is part of the Tentative list of Malta in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.

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Ralf Regele

Germany - 30-Apr-19 -

Coastal Cliffs (T) by Ralf Regele

This nomination needs more focus. From the description, it is not clear which cliffs and coasts are included and which are not (and why). The super generic name doesn't help either. As it is, the nomination might include the complete coastline of Malta and the neighbouring islands, including the Dwejra area, that is part of another tentative site. I have wandered around the Dingli cliff area (where the location marker seems to be), have visited the Mnajdra temple (whose cliff area is mentioned in the description) and stared intensely at the coastline of Comino (which has its own section in the description). Have I therefore visisted the site ? Who knows. What I can say is that the cliffs are indeed gorgeous to look at and wander around, although the access can be a bit difficult. Bad for the tourists, good for the nature. The most visited area seems to be the cliffs near Dingli (Dwejra excluded - they can't really have nominated it twice). There is a road with bus stops nearby, although parking spaces are very limited. I discovered that the best views cannot be gotten from the bus stop/parking lot near the radar station, but from the rock outlook further south (at the "Zuta" bus stop). There is also a nice hiking path starting there, but no parking space at all.

Although I had a fun time here, I cannot see how this nomination can get a WHS in the current shape. Even the much better defined Dwejra site has a lot of problems with its WHS justification.

Visited in April 2019.
Importance 2/5 Beauty 3/5 Uniqueness 2/5 Environment 4/5 Experience 4/5

Full Name
Coastal Cliffs
1998 Added to Tentative List

Unesco Website: Coastal Cliffs

The site has 5 locations

Coastal Cliffs: Malta SW Cliffs (T)
Coastal Cliffs: Gozo (Ghawdex. e.g Wied il-Mielah Window) (T)
Coastal Cliffs: Comino (Kemmuna. e.g Lantern Point) (T)
Coastal Cliffs: Kemmunett Islet (Cominotto) (T)
Coastal Cliffs: Fifla Islet (T)
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