Filfla is a small, mostly barren, uninhabited islet 5 kilometres south of Malta. A small island with a rocky history!
In 1856 the island was hit by a strong earthquake and half of the islet perished under the sea. Until 1971 Filfla was used by the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force for target practice. Bombing between 1945 and 1972 reduced its size and caused a big damage to wildlife and changed the physical makeup of the island.
Today the access to the island is strictly prohibited to not to disturb birds and their nests and to protect the natural wildlife on the islet.