Rabat Travel Guide

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Rabat Highlights

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     It's a place rich in history ! 

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     None that I came across 

  • In a nutshell
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     HISTORY IN A NICE PLACE 

Rabat Things to Do

  • Yet more catcombs.

    I seem to have spent an awful lot of my time in Malta underground one way and another. Catacombs abound and this group is underneath the Wignacourt Museum (see seperate tip). The catacombs here are connected with, although not physically to, the St. Paul's catacombs a littl furher up Baijada Triq Sant' Agatha (St. Agatha Street). These catacombs,...

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  • A fascinating hole in the ground.

    On my recent trip to Malta, I seemed to spend an inordinate amount of time underground. I don't know why but there seem to be a lot of caves and undergraound places on the island, some natural, some manmade and some a mixture of the two. This is one such place and quite fascinating it is too if somewhat eerie. It is the St. Paul's...

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  • A fascinating Museum.

    The Museum I am referring to is the Wignacourt Museum in Rabat situated in the building formerly the residence of the Chaplains to the Order of the Knights of St. John of Malta and named for Grand Master Aloph de Wignacourt (Grand Master 1601-1622). The recently refurbished building is hugely impressive and filled with many artefacts relating to...

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  • A very holy place.

    I cannot imagine there are two many underground caves where not one but two Popes have prayed but the grotto of St. Paul in Rabat is one such. St. Paul is hugely important in the very Catholic country of Malta, having been shipwrecked here in AD60 and credited with bringing Christianity to the island althougharchaeological evidence from nearby...

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  • A fine Roman villa.

    Situated as it is at the "crossroads" of the Mediterranean, Malta has been subject to invasion and occupation by all sorts of people and this includes the Roamns which is hardly surprising given it's proximity to that city. In truth, I didn't find that much evidence of the Romans on the island but there is one excellent site in Rabat, administered...

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  • quaint ant quiet alleys

    Just a few minutes walk from the main rd in Rabat and all falls silent as you enter the small streets and alleyways of the centre of town.Its almost like being back in 'Mdina' as silence decends upon you.Lots of the streets are decorated with crowns and religious objects that I think would look great if walking here at night.There's the odd shop...

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Rabat Restaurants

  • Unique setting

    As well as being a small hotel this establishment is also a restaurant and bar in a unique seeting in Rabat just a few hundred metres from the city walls of Mdina.It has undergone painstaking and careful restoration of the last few years to bring it back to its former glory.The food is very good here if slightly more expensive than other local...

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  • Nice cheap wine

    At night a bottle of wine costs 95 Dirhams.is open till 2 am.a bottle of local beer (especial) cost 15 during the day and 24 during the night.

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  • Local cuisine and some pizza too

    The Grotto Tavern is an established restaurant in the area, having been around for many years. It is located in the old cellar, in the ancient arched warehouses. The artifacts hanging on the walls, the old wood furniture, and the soft lighting make a nice atmosphere for a meal.Being in the basement, handicapped access is limited. The menu is all...

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  • Local Cakes and Snacks

    In the square were the Church of St. Paul is there is a nice little kiosk that sells Local cakes and snacks, I had a traditional Easter cake and Evan had a Nougat. they were large and very filling, to much to eat at once.

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  • Peristyle

    This restaurant offers really good not expensive genuine food. The ambiance is nothing chic or rich but just a normal comfortable place ... they serve local food but some Italian dishes too. The cakes are very delicious too and here one can buy frozen ravjul to cook at home too apparantly they are very good. Here they also make hoem made...

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  • It's better to miss it

    Cosmana Navarra restaurant is situated in Rabat, just opposite St. Paul’s church. We had a lunch there twice as we were on excursion where lunch was included. Too bad they chose the same restaurant twice. The food wasn't very tasteful both times. Many people from excursion have left dishes half unfinished. I would never come back there again.

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Rabat Nightlife

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  • Night club

    Serves tea and cofee and soft drinks,opens till 3 AMThe place is special couse It has many male and female prostiture,rent boys...and of cours other people who go there to watch and have a drink.we paid for 1 tea and coffee 18 Dirhams for both.This is the adress on Google. Jour & Nuit

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  • Numero 1 - Very Popular disco in Summer...

    This disco is situated in the middle of Crafts Village at Ta' Qali just on the road towards Rabat. It is very popular in Summer as it is open air. The place is divided into three parts : two dance floor one rock and one house music and then there is a chill out place where people can socialise. Casual, Funky Clothes, it depends what type of party...

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  • Ta' Wistin Bar - Wine tasting in Rabat

    Ta' Wistin is a very cozy warm bar where one can visit if he or she wants to have really good wine. Drinks are accompanied with crackers and dips. The drinks are not expensive and Mullied wine is also served here. This place is ideal for couples or for groups of people as the place is not so noisy ! Casual

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Rabat Transportation

  • To Rabat by the Hop-on & off-bus

    To Rabat by the Hop-on & off-bus is one of the possibilities to go there. Buses are going each 30 min and for the full day you pay 15 euros. I took the very first bus, spent some time in the park of the presdident, 1 hour in the Aviation-museum,30 min in Mosta and 1,5 hour in Mdina, that was the maximum I could do in a single day. All the other...

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  • take the street-train

    There is a small street-train for tourists showing you all the sights of Rabat, that might make sense for people, who have problems to walk or when they are in a hurry and this train is ready to go. The streettrain starts next to the "Greek Gate " of Mdina, in the Howard Gardens, thats the park, where also the local buses, the hop-on&off-buses and...

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  • Take the local bus to Rabat & Mdina

    Take Bus 80 or 81 from Valettaor bus 65 from Sliema to Rabat & MdinaThe system of buses all over Malta is really quite perfect in many ways although their buses are mostly outdated and without any modern comfort. Mostly the buses dont have a door at all, or the door is fixed to stand open and it is not unusual to see people jumping in or out while...

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Rabat Shopping

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  • A fine souvenir shop.

    Readers of my pages will know that shopping isn't high on my list of prioroties when I travel but I thought I would share this little gem with you as it is really rather good. Directly opposite the Roman villa in Rabat, my eye was drawn to the huge array of souvenirs in the window and I wandered in for a look round. It really is a complete...

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  • SOUVENIRS

    The Roman Villa Centre is a shop near the Little Tourist Train in Rabat.This shop is chocked full of everything. I bought souvenirs and postcards from here, but there are all sorts of gifts, and even ice-creams, drinks and snacks for sale!

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  • great local pastries

    This foodstand next to the church of St.Paul offers some great local pastries and cookies. Mostly they are prepared very sweet, partly with honey. Honey-ring /Qaghaq tal ghasel was the name of my "Fast lunch", that you can see in my 3rd photo here, there are obviously also dates and figs in that filling. It tasted fine and was enough for a fast...

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Rabat Local Customs

  • Meet Paul and Agatha

    The catacombs of St. Paul and St. Agatha are an interesting place to visit in Rabat. The catacombs were used in Roman times to bury the dead and later by the early Christians as a secret meeting place and holding their mass. The catacombs were named after St. Paul (probably before he became a saint) was shipwrecked in Malta in 60 C.E. and stayed on...

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  • Electricity-plugs in Malta

    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 only be possible when you have the...

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Rabat Warnings and Dangers

  • WALKING THE STREETS OF RABAT

    Walking the streets of Rabat is a great way of seeing the sights and the wonderful old houses with the enclosed balconies.You need to be careful here though, as Cars and pedestrians share the same space and there isn't much room. I found that out when travelling on the Little Tourist Train. In some streets, the Train could only just fit! You can't...

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  • Forget about the Minibus-tours for 6,50...

    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 a taxi from the hotel in Gzira (Hotel Milano Due) all the way to...

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Rabat Tourist Traps

  • the Mdina Experience show is really...

    I really enjoyed The Mdina Experience Attraction in Mdina. It really explains the history of Mdina and even of Malta in a totally different way! exciting ,enjoyable and relaxed, not at all heavy! in fact I went to see twice! There is no trap in it at all! the price is right and even the product (show, presentation)

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  • That is the wonderful MDINA ,...

    That is the wonderful MDINA , old city , best of it , you have nice view over the island and no traffic inside !!!There are only a few cars from the inhabitants . It is great to walk ´through this city !!!!!!!!!

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  • The Mdina experience ... skip...

    The Mdina experience ... skip it for sure !!! Being honest: since I skipped it (I just got the brochure in my hands) I couldn't be more specific but it looks like the usual 'cultural movie' for which you pay without anyhing more than a touristic overview of the site.

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Rabat Off The Beaten Path

  • St. Paul's church

    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...

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  • St.Paul's Grotto

    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...

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  • The aviation-museum in Ta'Qali

    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...

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  • St. Paul's Church

    While you are in Rabat, you have to see St. Paul's Church in the main square. It dates from the 17th century. Also visit St. Paul's Grotto beneath the church. It is just next door from the main entrance to the church. There are underground Christian cemeteries dated from 100-400 A.D. Visiting catacombs is free. The guide will tell you the short...

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  • Parruccan

    Close to the St. Paul's church in the main square you will see Parrucan - a confectionery of traditional Maltese cakes and nougat. It's always interesting to taste the local food and sweets:)

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  • Just hang around the city ......

    Just hang around the city ... it's a piece of unique mixture of arab-euro architecture with some very good ald stuff (I remember some very nice bars) ... and do not forget to visit Mdina. The way I travelled there: by maltese bus driven by a real-crazy-smart maltese driver !!!

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