very quiet off season
disruption fom pavements being replaced
Great "Must See" Destination On Any Visit To Malta
Mdina is a great place to visit and walking the tiny streets and the ancient battlements of the "Silent City" are very interesting things to do. The different audio visual "experiences" vary in quality but canbe interesting as well (see seperate tip). For me, and as the title suggests, the jewel in Mdina's crown is undoubtedly the Cathedral of St....more
If you visit Mdina, you simply must see the magnificent Cathedral of St. Paul right in the centre of the old walled city. I have a seperate tip and travelogues about this wonderful building. Included in the ticket price and giving rise to the title of this tip, is admission to the Cathedral Museum which is situated in the old Archbishop's Palace...more
I would not normally write tips about a place you cannot enter but I shall make an exception in this case as it is possible to look in from outside and it is a place of significance in the ancient town of Mdina (Imdina in Maltese). It is the chapel of St. Agatha and I am unsure if it is generally open to the public or I was just unlucky when I...more
I know it mightt seem like a very obvious thing to say but the very best way to see the glory that is Mdina (Imdina) is to walk it. If you are afraid of getting lost, you can get a free map from the excellent Tourist Information centre (see seperate tip on this page) but it really is not necessary. the walled city is not that large and is easy to...more
This "experience" as they like to style them, was the third one I had visited in a short period of time in an afternoon, having been encouraged to purchase a discounted ticket for all three. The first was the Mdina Experience, the second the "Knights of Malta" and this, the third, the so-called "medieaval Times experience". Perhaps I was a little...more
I visited this place in company with a middle aged British couple I had met in the "Mdina Experience" nearby, where we had bought composite tickets for several attractions operated by the same company. The visitor should note that this is a commercial operation and not run by either Heritage Malta or Witt Artna, the two Government / charitable...more
There are certainly many wonderful things to experience on Malta in the proper sense of the word and then there are a number of "experiences" you may like to try. If this sounds a little cryptic, allow me to explain. For it's relatively small sixe, the island seems to have a disproporionate amount of "experiences", normally audio visual...more
The name given to the former moat now a wide ditch that surrounds the city's fortress walls,cleared of its natural citrus trees and now replaced by new Laurel trees,very peaceful and illuminating place to take gentle strolls after walking the city streets.There was much debate several years ago when the Government decided to up root thousands of...more
Mdina is completely surrounded by bastions 185 metres above sea level,fortified as long ago as 1000 BC when the Phoenicians built a protective wall here and called their settlement Malet meaning 'place of shelter'.It was given its present name after the Arabs arrived in the 9th century-Medina is Arabic for 'walled city'.they built strong walls and...more
Like any other place that is well-touristed Mdina is not short of places to eat and they generally seem to be quite expensive even by Maltese standards which I found surprisingly to be more or less in line with London prices. Whilst walking about Mdina, I did fancy a sit down and a nice coffee and I picked this place as it looked to be in an...more
We came here because of the view I had heard so much about. And the cakes everybody seems to be so exated about. And both things were true. Cakes were good and so was the view.I was sorry we didn´t know there is also good variety of salty snacks, now we didn´t have roomfor them in our belly ;) But the foods looked good also. Chokolade cake was...more
We had a late lunch break at the Fontanella Tea Garden. Their oudoor terrace offers magnificient views of the surrounding region, that's why probably most people visit the place. We were lucky enough to get a table right at the front of the terrace.The menu offers a wide range of snacks from sandwiches and baguettes to pizzas and salads. Gorgeous...more
The beautiful and silent city of Mdina is unfortunately a little less silent than expected because frequently it's full of tourists who are not so silently walking around its silent streets. This is the experience I had when I visited there in May. Although I liked Mdina a lot, the absence of silence was somewhat disappointing. I feel that Mdina is interesting enough not to skip the visit, but perhaps it would be a good idea to find out the time of the day or the season in the year when Mdina is a truly silent city. It might be silent at night or in the winter or on a night in winter, so if on a winter's night a traveler...walks around silently in Mdina, the place must be close to paradise.
Dress Code: Whatever you prefer, according to season and temperature
We arrived in Mdina by bus #81 from Verdala Palace (Buskett Gardens) and we left Mdina by bus to Valletta. The route between Valetta and Mdina/Rabat is served by bus #80 and #81. A single ticket for both routes cost 0,47 Euro (November 2010).Tickets have to be bought directly from the driver. It is highly recommended to have the exact fare ready,...more
Lots of horse-carriages are waiting at Howard Garden ( that is the park in front of Mdina-gate, where all the tourbuses will drop their passangers). A ride in such a carriage might make sense for elderly or handicapped people, but for ordinary tourists it is certainly the best to walk these short distances, because Mdina is really just quite a...more
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All over Malta you will see great and fancy door-knockers and here in Mdina they had even been a bit more special in my opinion. These 5 pics here are the very best of my collection of Door-knockers in Mdina. Most of the larger ones are totally fixed nowadays to the doors, but some of them are still fully functional!more
Kinnie is a maltese non-alcoholic soft drink with a bitter sweet taste. It is made from bitter oranges and several aromatic herbs. The drink was developed by the Malteses company Simonds Farsons Cisk in 1952 as an alternative to Cola.My first encounter with Kinnie was on the Air Malta flight from Zurich to Malta, where I ordered a Kinnie to drink....more
Like in most countries in Europe Electricity in Malta has 220 Volt, but the plug might be different from the one that you use in your homecountry and so it will be the best to take an adaptor-plug with you, because even the big hotels obviously dont have a single plug in the rooms for the ordinary plugs of Europe.Charging your batteries etc. will...more
Forget about the Minibus-tours for 6,50 euros to Mdina , Mosta & Rabat ! From Valetta,Sliema and other places in Malta you can book a halfdaytour in a minibus to Rabat, Mdina and Mostar for 6,50 euros p.p. In principle that is just a transfer to these places with a tiny bit of confusing infos in between by the driver, while driving. They took me by...more
Mdina's Tourist Information Office is located in the Torre dello Standardo building at St Publius Square, just behind the Main Gate.
It provides a wide range of free brochures not only about Mdina but also about other cities of Malta, as well as about the bus routes on the island.
For orientation purposes we picked up a free map of Mdina and Rabat.
Mosta - a giant cathedral for just 19.000 inhabitantsis the title of my Mosta-page and in fact this church looks extremely oversized: The cuppola of the Rotunda is the world's forth largest unsupported dome with an internal diameter of 37.2 metres. You will be able to enter the church freely and without restrictions, except in the time between noon...more
Casino Notabile in Rabatwas in quite a poor condition when I saw it , but a restauration is going on, I took my pics in Nov. 2010 and I hope it will be finished untill I return again to Malta. This building was constructed in 1887 and it once used to be a club for the High Society & celebrities living in Mdina and Rabat at that...more
St. Paul's Catacombs in Rabat are in a distance of about 800 meters from St. Pauls church in Rabat and these catacombs are a wide labyrinth of corridors and tombs under the ground. Photography is allowed there, but only without a flash and tripod, well at least next to the entrance that was no problem and for the rest you will need a very good...more
Mdina is an ancient, completely walled city, whose history dates back to about 700 before Christ. At this time the Phoenicians built the first city fortifications on top of the hill which overlooks parts of Malta. These fortifications were strengthened and changed a few times in the Middle Ages.On the south western side the city wall is surrounded...more