By descending a small rock-hewn passage and some steps, one enters this enormous cave in which one still finds mangers and animal pens filled with straw bedding.
On July 7, 1733, two Muslim vessels dropped anchor in Ramla l-Hamra and their crew ravaged the valley in search of supplies, taking a Gozitan family of eight captive. The vulnerability of the bay thus became evident and steps were immediately taken by the Knights of St John to rectify the problem. A wall made of rough stones was built below the water surface right across the width of the bay, a fougasse was excavated and an entrenchment wall constructed. Part of the latter incorporated L-Ghar tal-Mixta, which, apart from being sheltered, could not be seen from the open seas because its mouth overlooked the beach. Thus, two small openings were pierced through the sea-facing flank to accommodate cannon. It is said that within the cave there once existed a concealed staircase accessing the entrenchment wall and fougasse below.
Please keep children supervised due to sheer drop and do not attemp at night unless using suitable light sources