Sunday, November 17, 2013

Filfla - rock or island?

Since Malta is only 18 miles by 8 miles, we are very limited in space, and every square inch literally is precious to us. We refer to this mid-Mediterranean archipelago as the Maltese Islands, and they include the main island of Malta, the sister island of Gozo, two smaller inhabited islands Comino and Cominotto, lying between the two main islands, and then there is a smaller island called Filfla. This is an island just 3 miles south of Malta, and even though anyone would consider it as a rock, we proudly refer to it as an island. 
Filfla as seen from the mainland Malta

Up until the 1970s, it was used for target practice, but this custom was stopped by the Government. It is uninhabited and is the home of some unusually looking lizards. Very few people visit it, but most passengers on an Air Malta flight usually get a close-up glimpse of this rock-island, as the planes hover above it while descending into the local airport.

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