Didn't spend a lot of time in Rabat itself - we wandered around the central "Il-Tokk" the meeting place with its little bars and shops with a maze of little streets radiaiting off from it. This was clearly seen from the citadel ramparts. The red dome belongs to the church of St George.
If you go down the left hand side of St George's (as you face it from the square) you will find some quaint narrow old streets.The houses are all very attractive and alleyways run off the main streets every so often. These are named simply "alley number 3" and so on.
St George's Basilica stands in a quiet square a little way back from the main square in the city centre. It dates from 1672 and has a very lavish interior.
From the confines of the square its hard to take it all in - you certainly can't see its dome well enough to do it justice. Take another look from the ramparts of the Citadel.
Rabat (sometimes also called Victoria) is the capital of Gozo. It is quite small for a capital, but quite large for Gozo. As well as the Citadel, which is probably the biggest "must see" in Rabat, it has a couple of nice squares, some impressive churches, two theatres, a handful of eating places and a modern shopping centre (which is a little way out of the centre, on the road to Mgarr).
My tip is quite poor.. We noticed that when visiting the island with hop on hop off, it was quite slow thing to do compared to if we would have had a car.
So we had so little time in Victoria, witch was our last stop, that we saw onlt the centre. It is very small, but I would have liked to see the citadel also, and archeology museum.
So my tip is: If you use hop on hop off, go as early as possible. We were at Mgarr harbour around 11.30 and if I would do this again, I would go much earlier!
From the ramparts of the Citadel you can see St George's red dome soaring above the surrounding rooftops, and this is probably the best vantage point for getting to see it all.
The ramparts are excellent for seeing all around Gozo actually, and you can see as far as Ta' Pinu and Christ The Redeemer in the distance to the west and north respectively.
The narrow streets of the old quarter eventually lead you to the Pjazza San Francisk, with its baroque fountain and Franciscan church. There are also a couple of cafe/bars on this square too that we would fancy trying next time (we'd already eaten in the main square by now).
Victoria is the capital of Gozo and has a total population of about 6,000 inhabitants.
The town is often called by the locals with the old name of Rabat given by the Arabs (in Arabic and archaic Maltese Rabat means "suberb"), as Victoria was the name given in 1887 by the British.
Located on a hill near the centre of the island, Victoria is dominated by the Citadel with the beautiful Cathedral, a baroque masterpiece of the Maltese architect Lorenzo Gafa’.
Several of the houses have these niches cut into the corner carrying icons, others have them next to their doors. It was a bit like the Collachio area of Vittoriosa but on a smaller scale. There are also many small dead-end alleys that are lined with potted plants and look very tranquil.
The cathedral dates from 1697 and was designed by Lorenzo Gafa, the prolific Maltese architect who was born in Vittoriosa. The interior is an artistic wonder - the ceiling looks domed although it is not, it is a cleverly painted optical illusion.
The interior of the Basillica, as St Georges is known, is said to be lavish - we didn't go in the doors were closed - but we could get a look at the carving on them though! Feast day here is the third Sunday in July.