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Mdina, the silent city

Mdina used to be the capital of Malta many many moons ago. It was then moved to Birgu (Vittoriosa), one of the Three Cities opposite Valletta, leaving Mdina rather quiet. This could explain its nickname, “The Silent City”.
It seems to me like they have tried to keep things as quiet as possible  since then. They don’t allow many cars through the gates, certainly not tourist cars, just some of the locals’. Most people get dropped off from buses or park their cars just outside the city gates between Mdina and neighbouring Rabat. You then walk through the gates and meander through the delightfully quiet streets.
Visiting Mdina is like stepping back in time or stepping straight into a scene of Game of Thrones (they filmed some of the scenes there). It’s a medieval town with fortified walls surrounding it. There aren’t any big chains restaurants or shops, just holes-in-the-walls kind of places. Outside the main street, all you can see are winding narrow lanes and golden walls. It gives the town an air of mystery, not knowing what’s around the corner. I heard it’s even more haunting and beautiful at night. I would have loved to seen that,

Again here, I would advise to ditch the map, which only takes you through the main streets anyway.  Oh and make sure to stop by the charming Fontanella tea gardens for lunch.


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6 Responses
  • Joella
    13 . 10 . 2015

    Oh it looks lovely! And I love the idea of just ditching the map and wandering!

  • Jess Cohen
    05 . 11 . 2015

    Everything looks beautiful!


  • Anonymous
    11 . 11 . 2015

    Mdina looks like a very beautiful town. I very much like the colour and atmosphere of these old towns… I might visit it some day, for my own blog. Thank you for your inspiring photos!

    Bold Bliss

  • Anonymous
    18 . 11 . 2015

    Absolutely love these pics!

  • maltaunc
    26 . 05 . 2017

    Hi Valerie, it seems your contact form’s broken! 🙁

    I hope you don’t mind, but I included some of your comments about your trip to Malta in a post I just published: 34 Popular Travel Bloggers Review Malta and Gozo: http://www.maltauncovered.com/malta-island/34-travel-bloggers-review-malta/

    If you’d like me to update anything do let me know! 🙂


  • INtrepid Design
    10 . 11 . 2017

    Mdina is a picture perfect town with lots of history as your pictures demonstrate. If you’re in Mdina, do take the opportunity to visit the adjacent charming town of Rabat and the Roman Villa close by.

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