Ggantija Temples

Price guide: Mid-range

Ggantija Temple Complex, Xaghra, Gozo

Price guide: Mid-range

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#4 of 10
expert-rated things to do in Gozo
Expert overall rating:4.7 out of 5
Value for money:
4.6
4.6
Recommended for:
Culture vultures, First-time travellers, Seasoned travellers, Education, History, Sightseeing

Expert review of Ggantija Temples

Two of the oldest sophisticated stone buildings in the world are found here on Gozo.

Two of the oldest of Malta’s remarkable Neolithic temples - built between 3600BC and 2500BC - are found on a plateau overlooking a fertile valley on Gozo. Ggantija (pronounced as in Jiganteeya) gained its name because locals could not believe that anyone other than a giant could have built these temples, constructed as they are from massive lumps of limestone up to 50 tons in weight. I can see their point!

Price advice: 

Adults cost 8 euros, over-60s and children aged 12-17 are 6 euros, and children aged 6-11 are 4 euros. Children under-6 are free.

Expert tips: 
In front of the temples is a bollard supporting an audio information unit which gives a worthwhile introduction to the temples in a choice of six languages.
Buy some of Charlie’s delicious organic honey and jams from the wall near the ticket office.

More information on Ggantija Temples:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Archaeological site
Address:
Ggantija Temple Complex, Xaghra, Gozo
Telephone:
21 553 194
Website:
http://www.heritagemalta.org
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Daily 9am-5pm (last entry is at 4.30pm).
Indoor/outdoor?:
Outdoor
Free tags / Keywords:
temples, Neolithic, prehistoric

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