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Mdina Cathedral, Malta

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Malta: Mdina and Rabat Walking Tour

1. 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: Mdina and Rabat Tour with Local Guide

2. Malta: Mdina and Rabat Tour with Local Guide

Let your local guide take you through the beautiful historic towns of Mdina and Rabat. Walk past palaces and be treated to sweeping views of the Maltese Islands as you learn about the history of these centuries-old places. The tour starts at the main gate of Mdina, where you'll meet your guide and take in the beauty of the architecture. Begin your walk through the winding streets of Malta's old capital. Pass the decadent palaces of the Maltese nobility and St. Paul's Cathedral. Go up to the bastions of the town to admire spectacular views of Malta. Exit the old city through the Greek's Gate and head to Rabat. Discover Rabat and it's people with your guide, who is a resident there. Meet some of the people of Rabat as you walk the streets to the main square. At the square, see St. Paul's Basilica, where the saint lived during his three-month stay on Malta.

From Mdina: Food and History Private Tour of Malta

3. From Mdina: Food and History Private Tour of Malta

On this day trip through Malta's top areas, you'll gain an insight into the country's history and culture from your local private guide. Venture through the cities of Mdina, Rabat, and Mosta, stopping by important buildings and landmarks, while trying out Maltese cuisine. After meeting your guide in front of the historic town of Rabat, start exploring the town and the old customs and culture that still remain, whilst sampling some typical Maltese street food. Take a private guided walk in Mdina, the mystical old capital of Malta. Learn about the historical significance of Mdina and the cultural secrets it holds. You'll stop by the key architectural landmarks of the city and admire its sights with the help of your guide. Stops such as St.Paul's Cathedral, St.Agatha's Church, the main gate of Mdina and the bastions are included. After a quick drive to the nearby town of Mosta, marvel at the largest church in Malta, the Mosta Dome. Take in the neoclassical architecture of the 19th-century structure, and learn about its history. Last but not least, you'll sample a typical Maltese dinner in one of the most famed restaurants in Mosta. Relax and enjoy your three-course meal, which includes two glasses of wine. At the end of the night, you'll be transferred back to Mdina.

Malta: Maltese Islands & Valletta Private 5-Day Tour

4. Malta: Maltese Islands & Valletta Private 5-Day Tour

Day 1: Malta, Arrival Arrive at Valletta airport. Private transfer to the Hotel. Check-in and Overnight. Day 2 : Valletta and Mdina Breakfast in Hotel. Departure for a full-day excursion to explore the two Maltese capitals during the centuries.. pick up at the Hotel's hall, accompanied by your private guide you will start to visit the capital city Valletta, during the tour, you will visit the St. John's Cathedral within the masterpieces of Caravaggio, the Barraca Gardens and the Grand Master's palace (from outside) which houses the Maltese Parliament. Stop then at a local cafe' downtown where try the traditional Maltese pastries, Pastizzi and Qassata. Free time for lunch and shopping. In the afternoon transfer to the center of the island to visit the charming walled city of Mdina the ancient capital of Malta under the Arab domination. The tour will include a stop at the St.Paul's Church ( entrance not included) and time for strolling and enjoying panoramic views from the Mdina's Belvedere. Transfer to the Hotel and Overnight Day 3: Tree Cities, Marsaxlokk, Blue Grotto, Dingli Cliffs The driver will wait for you outside the hotel to escort you by private car to the beautiful Cottonera Area, for a walking tour. Including a stop at the ancient cities of Senglea, Birgu, and Cospicua, then the tour proceeds to the fisherman's village of Marsaxlokk. The waterfront here is lined with traditional fishing boats known as ‘luzzus’ and is brightly painted in red, blue, and yellow adding vibrancy to this peaceful bay. Lunch in Marsaxlokk in a typical seafood restaurant. In the afternoon visit the Blue Grotto panoramic view, the impressive Dingli Cliffs, and the Megalithic Temples of Hagar Qim and Mnejidra. The tour concludes with a scenic coach ride back to the Hotel through the beautiful coastal road. Day 4: Gozo Island Private Tour Breakfast in Hotel. Pick up at the Hotel's hall,( 8:30 - 9:00 AM ) and transfer to Cirkewwa Ferry Terminal. Accompanied by a private English-speaking driver you will reach the Island of Gozo after a 20-minute ferry crossing. From the port of Mgarr, travel to the Ġgantija MegalithicTemples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the best-preserved Megalithic Temple in Malta. After that visit some of the main attractions, namely Ta' Pinu, Dwejra, and Ramla Bay. Then take a short break at the picturesque Xlendi Bay, where you will have some free time to stroll or try some delicious seafood at one of the many seafront restaurants. In the afternoon the tour goes to Victoria, exploring its charming narrow streets and markets before walking up to the Citadel of Gozo, a medieval fortress overlooking the entire island. Marvel at the stunning views of the countryside and the surrounding villages, before catching the ferry back to Malta. Transfer to the hotel and overnight Day 5: Departure Breakfast in Hotel. Check out. Transfer to the Airport. Possibility to extend your stay with extra nights in Malta.

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What people are saying about Mdina Cathedral, Malta

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 134 reviews

I really enjoyed this slow walk in Mdina with Dylan. I got a lot of new information about Malta and its history. Dylan was a very warm, friendly and attentive guide. I would like to thank him publicly here for his excellent performance :) I highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in Malta's rich history and architecture.

Chris is an excellent guide! He is passionate about his country and knows the history. He made the tour very enjoyable!

Although we had to leave and we saw only Mdina the walking tour was excellent and very interesting

Very precise and insightful information by the guide who obviously enjoyed his job.

Mario was a fantastic guide. Really enjoyed the tour.