Filfla (Landscape)

Ivan Galea

Msida, Malta

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Filfla is a small, barren, uninhabited islet 5 kilometers (3.1 mi) south of Malta, and is the most southerly point of the Maltese Archipelago. It belongs to the town of Żurrieq.

The name is believed to come from “filfel”, the Arabic for a peppercorn.

It has an area of just 6 hectares (15 acres) and is a crumbling flat-topped limestone plateau surrounded by 60 meter high cliffs. The only known permanent structure on it was a chapel built inside a cave in 1343, which was destroyed by an earthquake in 1856 that also sank part of the island. Until 1971 the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force used the island for target practice. It became a bird reserve in 1980. The Filfla Natural Reserve Act, enacted in 1988, provided for further restrictions on access and use, including a prohibition on fishing within a nautical mile (1.9 km) around due to the possibility of unexploded ordnance. Three species of sea birds breed on the islet: the European Storm Petrel, Cory’s Shearwater and Yellow-legged Gull. A type of wall lizard and door snail are endemic to Filfla. A large wild leek, growing up to 2 m high, also occurs. There is a small rocky islet next to Filfla, called Filfoletta.

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