Mdina Old City
Mdina Old City
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  • Heather W
    Melbourne, Australia375 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Medieval Mdina by night
    The last night of our visit to Malta we traveled to the old capital Mdina for dinner. Magnificent fortifications hide a labyrinth of narrow streets - a place to get lost in but there’s only one way out (I think) so wander to your heart content. A wonderful glass shop pulled us up and beckoned us in. Lavish and glittering. Worth a visit. You can walk up to the Great Wall and look out on a marvellous vista; at night it is a sea of lights. Quite spectacular. We dined at Bacchus. Food quite tasty but we waited a long time to be served.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 June 2023
  • francofile104
    123 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely walled city
    Very cool old walled city. We had a quick visit in the church since there was a wedding in the offing. So cool to see the wedding party in such a fabulous setting. Lose yourself in the narrow passages as you explore.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 6 July 2023
  • BambooClare
    Warwick, United Kingdom89 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting for an hour or so to see
    There is not much here. It’s interesting to walk around the old city, very atmospheric. Lots of insta-people and influencers taking arty selfies. We had an excellent salad at the cafe just outside the old city walls which was not expensive. From St Julian’s we went to Valletta then took the 51, 52 or 53 bus for 2 Euros each to Mdina/Rabat. On the way back, we took the 202 bus which gave us a really good view of some other parts of the island, again for 2 Euros each.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 July 2023
  • zsszn
    Bratislava Region, Slovakia496 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice town full of turists
    It is only a 30 min Bus ride from Valletta with a regular bus - than it's a must to visit this town full of tourists. It has its own vibe - similar to Valletta, but with narrowed paths and silent mode. You could walk it around within an hour.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 July 2023
  • Peter S
    York, United Kingdom56 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not so silent city but worth a visit
    Busy busy place. So not such a silent city. However, if you can get there after 12:30ish and the next coach load of visitors it’s lovely. Well worth a visit. Plenty of little courtyard restaurants to get food and drinks. On the local bus route so easy to get too. You don’t need to pay for expensive sightseeing trips. Get the Malta public transport Tallinja card and app on your phone and off you go
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 July 2023
  • James Williams-Hewgill
    London, United Kingdom136 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Intresting for a few hours
    Interesting little city, 40 odd degrees kind of made it hard to explore, but luckily the streets are so narrow there is naturally a lot of shade! The silent city, where you need a government permit to drive in it, and to obtain such an item, you have to live there. with a pollution of less than 300 residents, there are almost no moving cars. Mdina is a fortified medieval town enclosed in bastions, located on a large hill in the centre of Malta. The town was the old roman capital of Malta, and with its narrow streets, few inhabitants and beatuful views over the Island it is truly a magical town! For Film and TV nuts the series game of thones has used this city as a back drop for some scenes. Mesquita Square was the setting for many of the scenes which led to the demise of Ned. It's here where Jamie Lannister and his spearmen attack Ned and his guards in Season 1, Episode 5 'The Wolf and the Lion'. The city has few shops that does sell game of thrones replica swords ect.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 July 2023
  • richardstorey67
    Sheffield, United Kingdom28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Most Incredible Place
    We visited here after we hired a Renault Twizy from Valletta Crusie Terminal. This place is mesmerising, no wonder it’s known as “The Silent City”. It is calm , peaceful and stunning in its architecture and fortifications, genuinely one of the best places I have ever visited. Simply incredible- visit here if you possibly can?
    Visited August 2023
    Written 5 August 2023
  • shw18
    Surrey, United Kingdom53 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wow
    Wow. We arrived here on our first day in Malta with little knowledge. The horse and carriage were very insistent on taking us around. They provided lots of knowledge & appeared to treat their horses kindly. Afterwards it's still a good size to be able to wander around yourselves, with some small shops, beautiful restaurants, and gorgeous church.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 5 August 2023
  • Sarah T
    Milnsbridge, United Kingdom12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see
    Mdina is a must for holidays in Malta. Its a beautiful place with lots of historical sights. We took the 'hop on, hop off' bus there. This not only gives you as much time as you need to spend in Mdina and see all there is to see, but also gives you the benefit of seeing the north of the island.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 August 2023
  • Anne1958
    Paisley, United Kingdom60 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wow Mdina!
    Really loved this walled city. The views were outstanding!!! I enjoyed seeing the horse and carts driving people around.Several nice shops here too, including the exquisite glass shop. The Fontanella Tea Garden looked lovely but was very busy. Would recommend a visit here.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 August 2023
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Jo
Buckinghamshire, UK59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
We were able to arrive here on the local bus which was easy to get and return to our base.
The old ancient city is a tangle of old streets with many areas well highlighted by information boards and notices. The church was beautiful, cool and peaceful. The views from the city wall were great and it was easy to plot where you were in relationship to Valletta.
We didn't eat there but small cafes and restaurants were available. The ice cream was delicious though!
Written 18 June 2024
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Claudia B
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
This midevil town sits up on a hill with dramatic views of the Malteese countryside down to the Mediterranean. A great place to wander and enjoy the narrow, curved streets, the historic architecture and the quiet.
Written 16 June 2024
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Lydia J
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
The town is amazing and every view is beautiful. There was a guided tour; however, we looked at booking too late so made our own by using online information. There are plenty of places to eat, drink, and buy souvenirs without feeling too touristy.
Written 15 June 2024
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kerry g
Portrush, UK12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Fantastic old walled city, lots of little narrow streets to explore which lead into large open squares with a church ! we found a lovely coffee shop tucked up a narrow street which served good coffee in a sunny courtyard.
We took loads of photos and enjoyed the experience however the only down side was while we were standing in line for the hop on hop off bus, which is right beside the stop for the horse drawn carriages, two of the carriage drivers started to fight about 2 metres behind us ! a bit of "a handbags at dawn" affair to be honest but not a good experience. but please dont let that put you off going to see this lovely town.
Written 13 June 2024
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WildDrinker
Athens, Greece76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
A very clean and nice little town, that you should visit, especially if you are a fan of medieval knight towns and of course Game of thrones tv series!
Wonderful narrow and colorful alleys.
Just wonder around with your camera standing by or just to feast your eyes!
Written 13 June 2024
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Tracey
Perth, UK112 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
What a beautiful place to visit! I had been particularly looking forward to our visit to Mdina during our week long stay on the island. Even my teenage Daughter said it was like walking on a film set (which obviously it was, given the number of films that have been shot here, in particular Game of Thrones) but she was right and we loved it. We got here via the City Sightseeing Bus island tour and we wandered around all the little paved streets and alleyways for ages. Of course a trip to Mdina wouldn’t be right without a tip to Fontanella Tea Garden which has fantastic views across the landscape. Tables outside were in high demand but a table inside out of the hot summer was welcomed, and was just as lovely. You can walk along past of the city wall and then down a wide staircase back onto the streets. Many people sat here enjoying a spot of lunch in the sunshine. There a horse and cart trips to be had here as is the case in most tourist hot spots and although it was a traditional mode of transport here back in the day, it’s not for me. Particularly when I had seen the state and size of their living quarters back in Valletta.
This is a must see for anyone visiting Malta, and ell worth the trip from other parts of the island.
Written 9 June 2024
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Companion20122044494
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Got to Medina Old City by hop on/off bus. A place of historical and cultural significence with well preserved, archecturally interesting public and private buildings going back to medieval times.
Written 9 June 2024
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Julie H
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
We took a trip to Mdina , whilst staying in St Paul’s Bay , It’s easy to get a bus which is £2.50 . Be aware it takes far longer than it looks ( by car or bus) as there’s so much traffic . You can catch any bus that says Il Rabbatt on it .
Stunning Roman walled city . Took my breath away . Narrow streets . Lime stones houses, churches etc . Truly a step back in time .
Lots of local ware shops and places to eat . Great view of Malta . Well worth a visit .
Written 9 June 2024
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PennyMilnerSmyth
Berea, South Africa67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
A highlight of a visit to Malta and Gozo, Mdina is uniquely magical and offers a glimpse of a time gone by which somehow feels so contemporary.

Spend a few hours - or more if you enjoy one of the super Mdina restaurants - and you will be so glad you did!
Written 3 June 2024
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Andrew B
28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Beautiful old city. Not huge. You can walk around and see everything in half a day. Most tourist things are €5 each. Not massive but it adds up. You can buy a collective ticket for €30. The cafeteria has phenomenal views and everything is at reasonable prices.

A must see part of Malta.
Written 27 May 2024
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