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Your Guide to Malta and Gozo - Ta' Cenc

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Ta' Ċenċ

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The Ta' Ċenċ area is a privately owned stretch of land that is accessible to the public. It is home to several rare, endagered or endemic species of plants – notably the national plant of Malta Widnet il-baħar. It has a rich fauna which includes reptiles and small mammals such as the Algerian hedgehog, and is the breeding ground for many species of birds, including the national bird of Malta, the blue rock trush. Dotted with remnants of neolithic-age temples and criss-crossed with cart ruts, it is also an area of archaeological significance. The cliffs at ta' Ċenċ provide stunning views of the Mediterranean sea.

A walk across ta' Ċenċ is an opportunity to experience Gozitan wildlife and prehistory up-close. It is strongly advisable to avoid the area in the hottest parts of the day during the summer months, as the location is devoid of trees or tall buildings that may give a shady respite.

The private owner of ta' Ċenċ filed a request with the Malta Environmental and Planning Authority (MEPA) to approve the construction of a full sized golf course, a 5 storey hotel, 33 bungalows and 37 villas. These plans caused a national uproar and NGO's protested vehemently at the proposed rape of ta' Ċenċ. Wisely, these requests have been persistently turned down by MEPA.