Mdina was Malta’s old capital city and is a situated in the centre of the island. It is perched 200 metres above sea level offering spectacular views of the Maltese islands. Mdina was then home to Malta's noble families,
descendants of the Norman, Sicilian and Spanish nobles who made Mdina their home from the 12th century onwards. Their impressive palaces line its narrow streets. Mdina is a fine example of an ancient walled city, with an unusual in its mix of medieval and baroque architecture. Also known as the 'Silent City' Mdina is inhabited but has restricted traffic which enables one to enjoy the narrow street and alleys, churches, convents, and palazzo, which characterize the city, together with the surrounding high bastions. It is one of the Jewels of the Maltese islands and a must while on holiday in Malta. Just adjacent to Mdina is the town of Rabat which also offers its fair share of Tourist attractions. For those seeking the rural Malta, Rabat is the starting point for some of the most interesting walks on the island. Set off to nearby Dingli, Bahrija, Bingemma, Imtahleb, Kuncizzjoni and Lunzjata these villages will surely offer a glimpse of a different character of the island away from the urban life.
Mdina is also well linked through public transport with many other Top sites, Such as Valletta, Golden Bay together with its adjoining beach Reviera, Mosta Dome, San Anton Gardens and The Craft’s Village at Ta’Qali. One can also take a bus to other popular touristic spots such as Sliema, Bugibba, and Marsaxlokk.
Mdina Places to Visit
The Mdina Cathedral and Cathedral Museum
Palazzo Falzon – Also known as Norman house, to see how the Maltese nobility lived .
Palazzo Vilhena – which serves as the Museum of Natural History of Malta, displaying local fossils and wildlife.
Mdina Dungeons, you will see original torture instruments used in Malta from the Middle Ages until 1813.
The Bastion – From the top of the walls, don’t you dare miss the panoramic view of the island of Malta.
The Mdina Experience –an audio visual show that tells the story of Malta’s former capital since its foundation.
Mdina By Night
Clearly, all the museums and attractions will be closed after the sun set but a visit to this stunning fortified city in the evening will offer a totally different experience. To make your nocturnal trip a truly memorable occasion, you need to go prepared. So pack a few goodies in a bag – a bottle of wine, some cheese, maybe some nibbles, olives, and crackers – and head towards the far end of the city. There you will find the bastions, which overlook large parts of Malta and by day provide arguably the best views on the island. Climb up on top, open the wine and enjoy one of the most memorable picnics you are ever likely to have. Lie back and look at the stars as you let your mind wander – but just be careful not to let your body wander as the drop down the other side would cause some serious injury!
Rabat Places to Visit
St Paul’s Church and St Paul’s Grotto where it is believed that St Paul lived and prayed during his stay in Malta.
St. Paul's/St. Agatha’s Catacombs
Roman Villa- Featuring many Roman remains of ceramics, glass objects, tombstones and busts, the Villa’s main attraction is the well-preserved mosaic floor. It is located on the road near the entrance to Mdina.
Verdala Palace - built for the Grand Master but is now the summer residence of the President of Malta
Dingli Cliffs – West of the city of Rabat, this is Malta’s highest point. This area is great for walking. The magnificent views from the top (830 feet, 253m) include the islet of Filfla
Mdina/ Rabat Feasts and Festivals
March - Feast of St. Joseph in- Rabat
April - Medieval Mdina. The Silent City comes to life with re-enactments, pageantry and floral displays, a medieval street market, jousting, a display of birds of prey, as well as medieval games for everyone. Entrance fees for all museums and attractions in Mdina are reduced. Easter Week - Good Friday pageant where Christ's passion and crucifixion are depicted by statues born aloft through the streets of Rabat.
13 June- Feast of Corpus Christi celebrated in Rabat
29th June- Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul celebrated in Mdina
29th June- The 'Imnarja' a harvest festival characterized by a nightlong picnic at Buskett Gardens,, on the eve of which the native dish, stewed rabbit, is consumed in large quantities accompanied by equally large volume of wine. Exhibits of local produce, marching bands, decorated carts and folklore-singing competitions enliven the night-long proceedings. The following day, the festivities reach a climax when bareback donkey and horse races are held in the streets leading to Rabat.
July Feast of St. Paul – Rabat
July -Feast of Our lady of Mt. Carmel- Mdina
September -Feast of Our Lady of the Girdle –Rabat
October- Feast of Our Lady of Good Health -Rabat.