The town of Tarxien near Valletta is famous for its archaeological sites of megalithic temples dating back to around 3000 BC.

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The complex at Tarxien is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with the other megalithic temples of Hagar Qim on the south side of the island.

The three megalithic temples

At Tarxien, you'll find the remains of three different temples in a small area side by side, and you can admire several reconstructed artefacts that help give an idea of what these temples actually looked like.

The whole area is covered by a roof to prevent the weather from having a negative effect on the very old archaeological remains.

The Tarxien complex is small and compact and you can walk through the whole thing in about 30 minutes.

Entrance fees and opening hours

It is open daily from 10:00 to 18:00.

Open daily from 10:00 to 18:00. For up-to-date information, visit the official website: heritagemalta.mt/tarxien.

The following amounts are charged for admission.

  • 6 eur Adults,
  • 4,50 eur Seniors and teenagers (12-17 years old),
  • 3 eur Children.

How to get there

The megalithic temples lie in the middle of the dense urban development in Tarxien, which effectively forms one giant agglomeration with Valletta and other cities.

Although free parking is available on the surrounding streets, we don't recommend travelling by car. You'll probably spend more than 30 minutes looking for a parking space in the narrow city streets, and the heavy traffic would make driving to Tarxien an extra stress.

Approximately 70 meters south of the site is the bus stop "Hal Tarxien - Neolitici", through which the following routes pass (click on the line number for a timetable and map).

  • Line 81 - Valletta, Marsaxklokk, Zejtun
  • Line 82 - Valletta, Birzebbuga
  • Line 84 - Valletta, Zejtun
  • Line 85 - Valletta, Marsaxklokk
  • Line 88 - Valletta, Gudja
  • Line 206 - Mater Dei, Zejtun

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