Ras Ir-Raheb

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Ras Ir-Raheb

The North-western part of the island of Malta is characterized by a number of bays and inlets with semicircular coves and Blue Clay slopes. Ras ir-Raheb marks the South-eastern tip of the exposed bay of Fomm ir-Riħ.

This area has an abundance of esparto grass (Lygeum spartum). This grass is an important element of clay slope vegetation as it keeps clay erosion and subsequent rock falls to a minimum.

The sea area from Ras ir-Raheb to Rdum Majjiesa is part of a Special Area of Conservation (SAC). This was declared in 2005 making it the first specifically designated Marine Protected Area (MPA) in the Maltese Islands.

Ras ir-Raheb is also the location of a Megalithic Temple and Punico Roman remains. For many year people argued about the purpose of these remains. The arguments range from merely a domestic villa, a religions site and even the famed temple of Hercules...

Author: Pierre Axiaq