The Birżebbuġa Tourist trail, which consists of 21 places of historical and cultural interest in this village in the south of Malta, has been given a new look to reflect better accessibility after the information panels found at these sites had been badly damaged due to the natural elements.
This was made possible through an investment by the Foundation for the Development of Tourist Areas (FTZD) which forms part of the Ministry of Tourism.
Minister for Tourism Julia Farrugia Portelli inaugurated this new look while presenting a financial grant to the Birżebbuġa History and Culture Association which will be used for another project in the locality.
“It is likely that quite a few Maltese are unaware of the historical and cultural heritage in Birżebbuġa, except for Għar Dalam. A look at the information issued by the History and Culture Association of this locality about the places of interest from every epoch of the history of our country shows well what this locality has to offer. This trail spans about 10 kilometers and more than 7,000 years of history,” Farrugia Portelli said.
Also present were FTZD Chairman Aaron Zahra, President of the History and Culture Association, Emmanuel Francalanza and Local Council Deputy Mayor Scott Camilleri.
The project was originally launched in 2015 with the aim of broadening the historical knowledge of the locality both with the residents of the locality itself, as well as on a national and touristic basis.
The ‘new look’ includes 23 information boards on 21 sites, starting from the most famous place in its history, Għar Dalam, and including other interesting sites such as churches, Bronze Age fortifications, grain silos and salt pans.