Botanic Stroll: Il-Maqluba - The Maltese Sinkhole
Another discovering of this beautiful island!
Our special guide, Prof. Joseph Buhagiar, Director of the University Botanic Garden in Floriana will illustrate this natural phenomena and its gorgeous vegetation.
Il-Maqluba is found in the village of Qrendi, situated in the southwest of Malta with a population of about 2,500 inhabitants.
In this place one can find the St Matthew's Chapel, which is situated on the top of the Maqluba sinkhole.
Maqluba in Maltese stands for 'upside down'.
According to the information tal-Maqluba was formed in November Protected content Malta experienced one of the most severe winter storms. The natural depression was formed from the collapse of the underlying limestone layer.
Maqluba is one of the 34 Special Areas of Conservation under the Natura Protected content network. The sinkhole serves as a natural reservoir with a depth of approximately 15 meters, covering the area of about Protected content meters.
This site also hosts other rare plants and fungi as well as endemic species, that is species which can only be found in the Maltese Islands, such as the Maltese Salt Tree.