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Malta by Segway: Dingli Funtastic

1. Malta by Segway: Dingli Funtastic

A 1-hour and 45 minute Segway tour guarantees you a unique experience whilst enjoying your stay in Malta. From the village of Dingli to the picturesque cliffs in the surrounding area, this zippy little Segway tour will give you a unique look at of Malta. Surrounded by natural sites of great ecological and archaeological significance, Dingli is a quaint village in Malta’s highest area. It is a typical Maltese village and is still detached from its neighboring communities. It is best known for its picturesque cliffs. Archaeologists trace the village back to the times of the Phoenicians and the Carthaginians, almost 2,800 years ago. The Phoenician and Carthaginian tombs were also used by the Romans, who occupied the Maltese islands way back in 218 BC.

Mdina: Full-Day Tour with Lunch

2. Mdina: Full-Day Tour with Lunch

This tour is ideal for those guests who want to visit and experience some of Malta’s most interesting highlights in just one day, carefully designed to make your day truly memorable. Start by visiting the ancient Medieval city of Mdina, renowned for its palaces and fortifications, medieval and baroque architecture, and ancient heritage. Serving as the island's capital city from antiquity till the medieval period, Mdina is truly an enchanting city! A stroll through its narrow streets, which have not changed much in the last 1000 years, is a must for anyone visiting the Maltese islands. It is undoubtedly one of Europe’s finest examples of an ancient walled/fortified city. Leaving Mdina through the ‘Greeks Gate’, proceed towards St. Cataldus Catacombs, located in Rabat, on the outskirts of Mdina. This site represents some of the earliest archaeological evidence of Christianity in Malta. Proceed to Dingli Cliffs, located off the village of Dingli on Malta’s western coast, at around 253 metres above sea-level, these cliffs represent the highest point of the Maltese islands. The cliffs propose a majestic sight - the views overlooking the terraced fields underneath and the panorama of the vast open seas with the uninhabited small island of Filfla on its backdrop, are truly breath-taking! After lunch you will visit the San Anton Botanical Gardens in Attard, where the president of Malta has his official residence in the palace that adjoins the public gardens. These beautiful gardens were built in the early 17th century and provide several pathways surrounded by fountains and ponds which are inhabited by families of ducks, swans, peacocks, peahens and turtles and also encompass a large variety of trees and flowers from around the world, some of them over three centuries old. The tour then proceeds to the famous crafts village of Ta' Qali, where traditional glass blowers, potters, and jewellers can be admired at work, forming elaborate glass art pieces using the ancient glassblowing technique. With a vast selection of genuine goods made by local artisans and craftsmen such as paintings, Maltese lace, gold, silver and filigree jewellery, leather goods, furniture, ceramics, and ornamental glass, this is the perfect place to pick up some truly genuine locally made souvenirs that will remind you of your visit to Malta. The tour ends with a visit to the Mosta Church, commonly known as the Rotunda of Mosta or the Mosta Dome. Built in the 19th century and modelled on Rome's Pantheon, it has one of the largest unsupported domes in the world.

Malta: Mdina and Rabat Walking Tour

3. Malta: Mdina and Rabat Walking Tour

Mdina, once the capital city of Malta, has had many names throughout its history, but its medieval name describes it best: "Città Notabile" - the noble city. Built on a plateau in the center of the island, its baroque cathedral and magnificent bastions dominate the skyline. A stroll through its narrow streets, which have not changed much in the last 1,000 years, is a must for any visitor to Malta. The area occupied by Mdina has been inhabited since at least the Bronze Age. The Phoenicians and Romans established their own settlements here, but the modern name and layout of the city reflect Arab rule before the Normans firmly established it as the country's capital. Although the construction of Valletta lessened its importance, a strong earthquake in 1693 led to reconstruction and a revival of the city. Since that time, Mdina has changed very little. Walk past the most notable sites in Mdina, including Vilhena Palace, St. Agatha’s Chapel, the Banca Giuratale, the Mdina Cathedral, and much more.

Malta: Malta Island Bus Tour and Boat Tour

4. Malta: Malta Island Bus Tour and Boat Tour

Get a taste of the unique island of Malta on a bus tour and boat tour. Discover over 7,000 years of history as you drive past heritage sites, popular attractions, and beautiful natural landscapes.  Running during the summer months of the year (May onwards), the hop-on hop-off route starts from Bugibba, passing through Qawra and St Julian's and on to Malta’s capital city Valletta. You'll then make your way south where you will be able to experience and visit historic temples and sights along the way. Following your stop at the Blue Grotto, the tour heads back up north and inland stopping at Roman sites and points of interest and then back to Bugibba via Golden Bay on the North-West coast. With over 30 stops and 50 points of interest along the route, discover this Maltese Island like never before. Experience key sights including the Mosta Church and Dome; Ta’Qali Craft Village; and Rabat with many Roman Sites such as the restored Roman Villa, St Agatha’s Catacombs, and the medieval town of Mdina. Enjoy the famous 'Three Cities' and the Tarxien Temples believed to be built around 3000 BC. Marsaxlokk is a traditional and picturesque fishing village that is sure to delight you. Take the opportunity to visit the beautiful Blue Grotto. You will discover plenty of things to do on this island tour. Plus you can combine your hop-on-hop-off tour with a harbor cruise. Summer hop-on hop-off stops may include: • Bugibba Jetty • Malta National Aquarium • Qawra Seafront • Spinola Bay, • St. Julians • Sliema Ferries • Valleta – City Centre • Valletta Waterfront • The Three Cities • Vittoriosa Marsaxlokk • Fishing Village • Blue Grotto • Hagar Qim Temples & Mnajdra Temples Ta • Q'ali • Mosta • Mdina • Rabat • Golden Bay

Mdina City Walking Tour

5. Mdina City Walking Tour

Mdina is a fortified hill-top urban settlement located at the very heart of the Maltese Islands. Founded by the Romans, for almost two centuries it served as the administrative and political capital of the Maltese Islands. It is to this day the seat of Malta 's episcopacy. Meet your guide at the Mdina Main Gate by the bridge and start your tour with an introduction on the city's historical background. You will then proceed to discover the “Citta' Notabile”, the Noble City, its medieval name which describes it best it was home then, as now, to Malta's noble families. You will see the impressive palaces, churches, and convents that line the narrow medieval streets. As you wind your way through the narrow streets you will be thrown back in time. The neighboring suburb, Rabat is just a stone’s throw away. There you will make your way through the old quarter and enjoy Maltese vernacular architecture.

From Valletta: Rabat, Mdina, & San Anton Gardens Tour

6. From Valletta: Rabat, Mdina, & San Anton Gardens Tour

Embark on a guided trip from Valletta to the San Anton Palace to explore the lush gardens before visiting some of the highlights of Rabat and Mdina, also known as the Silent City. Step into the unique underground galleries and tombs of St. Paul’s Catacombs, entry tickets included. San Anton Palace and GardensFor your first stop, visit the San Anton Palace in Attard, the official residence of the president of Malta since the office was created in 1974. Originally built in the early 17th century as a country villa for Antoine de Paule, it was later expanded into a palace in 1623. The palace was used as a residence by subsequent grand masters, being enlarged several times in the process. It was once the headquarters of the rebel National Assembly, and it later became a residence for the civil commissioners, governors, and governors-general of Malta. The palace is surrounded by the extensive San Anton Gardens, parts of which have been open to the public since 1882. During your tour, you’ll get to explore the garden before continuing to the next stop which is Rabat. RabatRabat is a town in the Northern Region of Malta and is home to the famous St. Paul’s Catacombs. These catacombs were used in Roman times to bury the dead. The catacombs are now looked after by Heritage Malta. Part of St. Paul's Catacombs, the part accessible from the Parish church, was where, according to tradition and as recorded in the bible, St. Paul stayed for three months when he was shipwrecked on the island in 60 A.D. After getting to know the unique underground galleries and tombs of St. Paul’s Catacombs, you’ll head to the next and final stop of the tour: Mdina. MdinaMdina, also known by its other titles Città Vecchia or Città Notabile, is a fortified city in the Northern Region of Malta, which served as the island's capital from antiquity to the medieval period. The city is still confined within its walls and has a population of just under 300. Follow your guide around this quaint yet historic city, and marvel at its several Baroque features as well as its longstanding medieval character. Discover what gave rise to the city’s popular nickname “Silent City," used by both locals and visitors. Mdina is on the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and it is now one of the main tourist attractions in Malta.

Half-Day Tour of Mosta, Ta'Qali Crafts Village & Mdina

7. Half-Day Tour of Mosta, Ta'Qali Crafts Village & Mdina

Visit three of Malta's most distinct attractions on this half-day tour in the heart of the island. Explore the town of Mosta and stop in at the Church of St. Mary, which features one of the largest domes in the world. On April 9, 1942 a German bomb pierced the dome and fell among a congregation of more than 300 people, but did not explode. The event has become legendary, with many regarding it as a miracle. A replica of the bomb can be seen in the church's sacristy. Then visit the nearby village of Ta'Qali, where a former British military outpost has been converted into handicraft workshops. Here you can watch local artisans at work blowing elaborate glass art pieces, intricately assembling silver filigree jewelery, and carving local limestone. Finish with a visit to Mdina, Malta's ancient capital and one of the world's best medieval fortifications. Admire panoramic views of the entire Maltese landscape, and visit St. Paul's Cathedral ̶ built on the site where governor Publius was reported to have met St. Paul following his shipwreck off the Maltese coast.

Valletta, Mdina, and Mosta Night Tour

8. Valletta, Mdina, and Mosta Night Tour

Benefit from pickup at your hotel in Valletta, and then take a bus tour of the city to see the monuments illuminated after dark. Admire the floodlit fortifications and stop on the waterfront to take souvenir photos. Proceed to Barrakka Gardens to get a breathtaking view of the Grand Harbor. Then, stroll over to the Malta 5D show and watch in awe as the history of the island is brought to life from a fresh perspective. Next, travel to the 3rd largest unsupported dome in the world at the 18th-century Basilica of the Assumption of Our Lady in Mosta. Hear the story of the World War II bomb that failed to explode and spared the lives of around 300 people. End with a visit to the silent city of Mdina and explore the former capital on foot. Walk down the quaint alleys and narrow streets, and admire the illuminations of St. Paul's Cathedral. Get a breathtaking view of the island from the bastion walls, and enjoy some free time for a coffee.

Malta By Night Open-Top Bus Tour Including 1-Hour Mdina Stop

9. Malta By Night Open-Top Bus Tour Including 1-Hour Mdina Stop

Take a scenic evening sightseeing tour of Malta on board the open-top sightseeing bus, departing from Bugibba, and passing through Paceville, Sliema, Valletta, Qormi, Rabat, Mdina, Mosta, Naxxar, and Lija. The full loop takes around 4 hours and includes a 75-minute stop at Mdina. You will head through the nightlife district of Paceville, where warm nights come alive at charming bars and cafés. Continue through Sliema, with much evidence of its links to the British Empire. Pass baroque buildings in Ta’ Xblex, and drive along the shores of Msida Creek. See stunning natural harbors, and the fortress of St. Elmo, where Ottoman invaders were bravely resisted. Admire silent aqueducts and the medieval streets of Rabat, and enjoy the churches and chapels of the quiet village of Lija, all under the magic of their evening illuminations.

Valletta Waterfront Trip by Night with Rabat & Mdina

10. Valletta Waterfront Trip by Night with Rabat & Mdina

Start by driving around Valletta where you can admire the majestic 16th century fortifications and bastions as they are beautifully lit up during the night, a truly captivating and unique sight. After driving around Valletta’s bastions & fortifications, stop at The Valletta Waterfront, this gorgeous promenade located in the Grand Harbour area features nineteen beautifully restored 18th century warehouses, stretching along the water’s edge with a backdrop of historic bastions and fortifications. The iconic doors have been revived with an artistic impression of colour, representing the storage of goods from the past, with blue for fish, green for produce, yellow for wheat and red for wine. The area comes alive at night, attracting locals and tourists alike to its heritage buildings which have been transformed into a variety of lively bars & restaurants. Some free time will be given during our visit to The Valletta Waterfront. From here we will proceed to the west-central part of Malta to discover the village of Rabat and the medieval city of Mdina, the old capital city of Malta. Rabat (a semitic word meaning “suburb”) was at one point a part of Mdina, before it evolved as a separate village. In Roman times the site of Mdina and Rabat was collectively known as Melita, during the Arab occupation of Malta, Melita was renamed to Mdina, and its area was reduced by moving the southern wall of the township; as a result, parts of Mdina became known as Rabat. Here we will enjoy a walk in the older part of the village, along its narrow and winding streets, appreciating the charm and beauty of this unique village during the night, before we proceed towards Mdina. Renowned for its opulent palaces and fortifications, its medieval and baroque architecture, and its ancient heritage, Mdina, also known as “The Silent City”, remains one of the island's most evocative destinations. Serving as the island's capital city from antiquity till the medieval period, Mdina is truly an enchanting city! a stroll through its narrow streets, which have not changed much in the last 1,000 years, is a must for any visitor to Malta. It is undoubtedly one of Europe’s finest examples of an ancient walled/fortified city. Explore this historic city of timeless beauty during the night, when all the city’s landmarks, fortifications and bastions are beautifully illuminated, and all the quaint alleys and narrow streets are gracefully lit up by the old lanterns found at every twist and turn, giving the whole city an enchanting and captivating aura. Delve into the rich past of the city as you explore its medieval streets, take a journey back in time admiring the magnificent palazzos and churches in the city’s unique mix of medieval and baroque styles, as well as the spectacular panoramas from the high bastion walls from where you will be able to see almost half of the island sparkling beneath you, wrapped up in a dazzling and stunning nocturnal setting.

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What people are saying about Mdina

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 524 reviews

23.6.22 - Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable about the history of Rabat and Mdina and was also up to date about recent historical discoveries on Malta. He took care to always make sure the group was shaded from the sun. Great tour, highly recommended especially for history buffs.

I forgot the name of our tour guide, but she is very good. Our date of this activity was on 25/06/22. I enjoyed this activity. But if we have more free time in Mdina and the San Anton Gardens that would be even better.

Mdina is a very special and unique place and our guide Matthew was excellent. He was very knowledgeable and gave us a wide ranging commentary. He is very personable and made the experience very enjoyable.

the tour is great. a lot to see, the garden is beautiful, the visit of Rabat and Medina is a must do. it's so gorgeous there.

It was a great tour. The guide was really knowledgeable and organized. We enjoyed it very much!