If you are looking for some summer trip inspiration, you are in the right place. I was in Malta last summer and it was amazing as you can see in some of my previous posts – Valletta, Gozo, Blue Grotto. Cruise around Malta and Something interesting about Malta. I will always keep a piece of Malta in my heart.
Today I will show you another part of my adventure in Malta and that is the stunning city of Mdina, the former capital of Malta. Also known as Citta Vecchia, Citta Notabile or Silent City, Mdina is located on a plateau in the center of the island. With its fortified walls and central strategic location it is no wonder why it was the island’s capital from antiquity to medieval times.
Stepping inside Mdina it’s like you are taking the time machine back to another era. High walls and silent small streets and almost white buildings with strange balconies set the mood. Stillness and calm are the words that best describe the spirit of Mdina now, but behind the walls is a lot of history. Phoenicians, Romans, Byzantine and Arabs treasured its importance.
Things to do in the Silent City include:
- wandering the streets and finding great architecture;
- get some souvenirs from the Mdina Glass shop;
- visiting Saint Paul Cathedral and Saint Roque’s Chapel;
- have lunch/dinner at the Fontanella Tea Garden enjoy wonderful views and admire Malta from the Bastion Square.
Another tip that I have for you is after visiting Mdina, cross the street and take a stroll in Rabat, originally the suburb of Mdina. You will find on the small streets full of charm the Parish Church of Saint John and Saint Paul Grotto.
Have you been in Malta or plan on travelling there? Hope you enjoy my posts and if you have any questions, I am here to answer.