Experiencing Malta – Mdina

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Mdina – the historical capital of Malta (sorry for the bad quality; took the picture while driving in a a bus)

Mdina is the former capital of Malta and is definitively smaller than Valletta. The city is already an eye candy from the distance: You can see a nice, medieval city with a city wall and a church in the center. Unfortunately, the tower was scaffolded, but it is still a beauty. Mdina was built on a hill and the landscape around is full of green fields, small stone walls and houses and in the closer distance you can see small villages. Malta is a rather flat island, therefore we saw the north shore from Mdina.

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When arriving with the bus, you’ll find a big bus station in front of the gate. The city wall is surrounded by a moat which is now a garden with some trees, pathways and green area.

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When entering Mdina, you go through the old city gate taking a bridge over the moat. It is a nice scenery and I could imagine how people walked through the gate hundred years ago. The wall and all of the buildings of Mdina are quite well retained. I really loved the small houses made of lime stone with their beautiful window shutters in nice colors.

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The highlight of Mdina is the St. Paul’s Cathedral that was built by St. Paul as a gift for the Maltese people who rescued him after being wrecked. A ticket for a student was 3€ and next to the cathedral, there was also a museum to visit. The cathedral itself is a pompous, catholic church with a lot of golden decoration, paintings, altars, tombs and memorial plaques.

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What I mostly liked about Mdina was the little alleys and buildings, nicely decorated and I loved to walk around the city. Mdina is a sedate and quite village during spring, but I can imagine (and postcards also showed) that during summer, a lot of tourists visit the old capital, promenade the alleys, drinking tea in one of the cafés and having tasty Mediterranean dinner in the restaurants.

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At the Fontanella Tea Garden we had a tea and enjoyed the sun (even though the wind was blowing like crazy). I loved the decoration of this place with fresh oranges and flowers.

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Rabat, the city directly next to Mdina, is also a nice town with another church (we did not visit) and restaurants, cafés and well decorated houses and alleys.

BTW, Malta’s traditional food is rabbit and in Rabat (hehe), I had a really good rabbit in garlic pesto with potatoes and zucchini-capsicums garnish. I can really recommend the Cosmana Navarra, they have delicious wine, tasty rabbit and (I guess) very good self made pasta.DSC09426

Rabat and Mdina are rather small and quite villages and I don’t know whether this changes during summer time. We spent like 3 hours there and went to the Dingli Cliffs afterwards, just a 20 minutes tour by bus or 90 minutes hiking…

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