St. Paul's church in Rabat was built on top of the grotto, where the holy apostle Paulus was able to heal a lot of local people from various illnesses, according to the old ledgends. The church itself might also be worth to take a look inside for some interesting frescoes and great decorations.
Pope John Paul II also came to this church and Grotto in order to pray, when he visited Malta.
St.Paul's Grotto is under St.Paul's Church and according to the ledgends the Apostle Paul had stranded on the island of Malta and it was here in that Grotto, where he was able to heal a lot of ill people from the area. You can enter this Grotto free of charge, just go inside the church of St. Paul and from there you walk down the steps to the Grotto.
The aviation-museum of Ta'Qali is in a distance of about 30-40 min to walk from Rabat and Mdina and I think it is really worth it ! The hop-on bus goes there before they take you to Rabat,but there will be a public bus there as well.
The entrancefee was 5 euros and I saw some really interesting exhibits there ! At the moment (Nov.2010) they are building a new hall that should be finished in 2011 maybe.
Howard Gardens are one of the biggest public gardens in Malta, forming a natural border between Rabat and neighbouring Mdina. Today, at one end of the garden is a very popular site-seeing spot and the garden includes, amongst other things, an orange garden, a football ground and a tennis court. While having a snack under the shade of trees, admire the nice monuments and the bulkhead lamp posts which were installed by me. :)
About 2 miles to the East of Rabat/Mdina sits a large tower of a building. When I first asked a shopkeeper in Rabat, he did not know what it was. Another told me the story. It was once a church. They built a large statue to put on top of the building, but the statue weighed too much. When it was placed on top, it cracked the ceiling and the walls. The staue was removed and the church abandoned.
The shopkeeper also told me that he played there as a child, but had not been there for 40 years. He did not know the name of the chucrh or who owned it now.
I walked over (long walk) and took some pictures. Someone does seem to live there and there are signs to stay out.
The walls are massively thick and you can see the cracks clearly when you walk close to the site.
This garden is one of my fav places as young girl, there are swings were kids can play, you cans it down and relax just before entering Mdina and there is also a bar and toilets to use.
This is carved corss in a tree on the main road on your way to Rabat - be careful in this area they drive like mad here !!!!
You go to Mdina from the back there is an entrance there and u can park your car in this area and walk in from there !
A valley just beneith the Mdina bastions. A nice countryside to walk especially in Springtime and Autumn. Local Flora and Fauna are in full bloom in these seasons. Click on photo to see more pics.