Key points about this information item Buskett Gardens, Siggiewi, MaltaBuskett Gardens in Malta are the only remaining woodlands and a pretty area to visit for a walk Description:
Buskett Gardens, Siggiewi, Malta
The name is a little misleading since Buskett Gardens is actually Malta’s largest wooded area. Located between Rabat and Dingli Cliffs in the fertile valley known as Wied Il- Luq, the forest was originally planted by the Knights of Malta as an area for hunting. The area is forested with hardy pines, plus numerous fruit trees, vineyards, olive and lemon groves.
The forest gives visitors an idea of how Malta used to look before the indigenous forests and woods were cut down to build ships or to make way for agricultural development. With plenty of shady areas to escape the heat of a Maltese summer, plus areas for children to play and walled paths leading around the woods, the woods are popular with the locals who will often bring a picnic as well.
Spring is a great time to visit as the whole area is full of wild flowers plus the winter rain causes natural springs to appear.
At the gardens highest point, overlooking the forest, is Verdala Palace, an official residence of the President of Malta. The palace is unfortunately closed to the public.
During the 28th – 30th June each year, the Maltese celebrate the feast of L-Imnarja (feast of St Peter and St Paul). On the evening of the 28th, the Maltese gather at the gardens to eat traditional Maltese food, such as rabbit stew, plus there is storytelling and songs. The 28th sees an agricultural show held in the gardens and on the 30th horse racing events are held on a road close to the gardens.
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