Photographer's Note

Located at the most southerly point of the Maltese Archipelago, Filfla is a small, uninhabited isle five kilometres south of Malta. The rocky platform was originally attached to the south-west coast of Malta.

The name is said to come from felfel, Arabic for pepper. The name probably originated either due to the isle's tiny size or its original shape which may have been reminiscent of a small pepper. Later, it was referred to as Piper on maps, which is the Latinised form of felfel.

Apart from the wall lizard and door snail endemic to the isle, as well as being home to one of the largest known colonies in the world of the European Storm Petrel, Filfla is undoubtedly the archipelago's most mysterious island.

It's believed that Filfla was likely sacred to the neolithic inhabitants of Malta, who built the temples of Hagar Qim and Mnajdra on the Maltese coast opposite the isle. Some historians speculate that the mysterious offshore rock silhouetted against the midday sun on the southern horizon may have possessed some symbolic or sacred significance of context to the two ancient temples and stone calendars located within 500 metres of each other.

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