Għar il-Latnija

Għar il-Latnija. (Click on the photo for added detail.)

This week’s throwback photo is a rather special one. I made this on an afternoon walk around Qammieħ point at the tail end of last year. I remember the weather was a bit miserable, and I don’t think I did much in the way of photography. Certainly this was the only photo I processed, and mostly because I had been meaning to make a photo of this cave for quite a while.

The cave itself is really a sinkhole, and can be fairly easily reached from the western end of Marfa ridge, near Qammieħ point. It is very popular with campers and other outdoorsy types, as well as climbers. I must say, climbers with a taste for the dramatic, as routes here are all upper-middle to hard grades, and definitely overhanging.

I am not entirely certain what the name of this cave should be. It is unmarked on the PA map server, both on the current mapping and also on the older survey maps. The 2013 climbing guidebook lists it as Latnija cave, and the area around this is also marked with this name in the PA mapping. Unfortunately, someone marked it as Għar Tuta on Google maps, and most references you will find on the web will be with this name, which I am almost certain is incorrect. There is an Għajn Tuta nearby, referring to a natural spring, but this really has nothing to do with the cave. As always, if any of my readers are local to the area and know better, please do drop me a line.


2 thoughts on “Għar il-Latnija

  1. The “community names” and updates on Google Maps can be pretty annoying. A lot of illegal trails in our area (private property, protected places) have official routes and even trailheads on Google Maps… :-/

    1. I was wondering if it was just a problem here… Though here it often looks like it’s foreigners / tourists introducing these issues. There are places I’ve had to fix several times, only for some other idiot to reintroduce the problem later. Or Google telling me they can’t verify my change… I often think that these democratised platforms are just a minefield of misinformation. Makes me wonder how Wikipedia manages.

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