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The Island of Filfla

Filfla, Malta


Filfla is a small barren, uninhabited island which lies 5 kilometres to the south of Malta.

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

This tiny island has an area of just 15 acres with a crumbling flat-topped limestone plateau and 60 metre cliffs.

Up until the 1970’s the British Royal Navy and Air Force used the island for live fire target practice.  It became a bird reserve in the 1980’s.

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