Mdina, also known as the Silent City, was once the ancient capital of Malta. With very few residents, you can walk the medieval walled city in virtual silence, especially when wandering through the deserted narrow side streets. Rabat, Mdina’s suburb city, is almost equally as enchanting. Visit it as well to see some incredible sights, and line up with the locals to eat some fine baked goods. Here are my musts of Mdina and Rabat, and what I wore.
Eat: at Fontanella Tea Garden
Stop by this quaint, yet sprawling, tea garden for a light lunch or choose from an impressive menu (as I did) of cake + iced coffee. On the upper terrace you can see right across the country to Sliema.
While there, walk over to Mdina’s suburb city, Rabat.
Visit: Our Lady of the Grotto Dominican Priory, RabatThis hidden gem was by far the highlight of the day. Once a setting for the filming of the show Game of Thrones, the magnificent central courtyard is framed by an arched walkway along the perimeter. The upstairs is the still lived in by the Friars, so instead bask in the stillness of the lower gardens.
Eat: at Falzon Bakery, Rabat