Mysterious Mdina private guided tours of the ‘silent city’ where according to tradition the Apostle St Paul lived for many years. After being shipwrecked on the islands around 60 AD, he is said to have then lived in Fuori le Aura a grotto outside the city walls.
Mdina is still a place steeped in history and fables. Its splendid shady streets wind around the the ancient walled city said to be one of Europe’s finest examples of baroque and medieval architecture. Impressive Palaces belonging to Maltas Noble families still line the streets of ‘Citta Notabile’ or the Noble City all adding to its timeless atmosphere. At night this mystical city is still lit by lamps, and there is an air of peace and serenity everywhere.
Descendants of Spanish and Norman Lords still reside in these quiet lanes, and their influence can be seen everywhere. Monks from the Franciscan and Dominican dominations amongst others reside still in their beautiful monasteries high in the surrounding hills. Read More...
Custom Tours of Magical Malta, Explore This Ancient Walled City
Take a Custom tour of this mysterious walled city where its is said St Paul spent months hiding after being shipwrecked off the coast and where he healed many locals. Take in some sites on a private guided tour:-
Wander the small winding streets and quaint shops of Mdina Old Town browse or stop for a coffee
Visit St Pauls Grotto where he and his party of missionaries took refuge, see the fantastic wall paintings
Watch and learn how the famous Mdina Glass is blown and made into unusual items and treat yourself at the shop
Take a guided tour and Scare yourself at the Mdina Dungeons where the lifelike waxworks show the story of ancient torture here
Learn the history of the Carmelite Friars and see how they live their simple life in this stunning Church
Stroll the spectacular gardens of the old moat, take time out to relax and recharge your batteries
Top 10 Things to Do in Mdina
St Pauls Cathedral Museum
In the narrow winding streets of Mdina is this fantastic example of a baroque Cathedral. The fading ochre facade hides the fact that the inside of this Cathedral is stunning. Its domed ceilings are richly painted in stunning colours that seem to glow in the sunlight. The nearby museum holds some interesting artefacts and documents on the history of the Church along with bejewelled chalices and silverware.
Mdina Old City
Little changed over the centuries Mdina Old City is a maze of small winding streets and sand coloured buildings. It just oozes charm and strolling these quiet lanes you can easily believe you have stepped back in time. Browse the quaint shops for local crafts and then stop for a morning coffee and cake in one of the many small cafes. Make the climb up the bastions for the most fantastic panoramic view ever.
St Pauls Grotto
Beneath St Paul’s Church is the Grotto where it is said that St Paul and his party of missionaries took refuge when their ship was wrecked off the coast of Malta
on their way to Rome. During his three-month stay, it is said that he healed several residents including the father of the Governor. Descend to see where the first Christians worshipped and see the remains of wall paintings along with several orna
Arrange a private tour of this famous workshop and see how these fantastic items are made. Watch experts at work making unique examples of these stunning coloured objects. Learn how the glass is made and stretched and blown into shape all by hand still. Started in 1968 it has grown from strength to strength and at the end of your tour visit the shop and treat yourself to a special memento of your trip here.
The old dried up moat around the walls has now been transformed into some spectacular gardens with lush green grass and landscaped areas. It is now a fabulous place to take a stroll along the historical ramparts and have a rest at one of the many seating areas. Enjoy and wander its paths or relax and recharge your batteries. Sit and read in this peaceful place surrounded by nature and birdsong.
The Mdina Dungeons
A good place to go to understand Malta'
s varied history is on a custom tour of the Mdina Dungeons. A short movie gives you the background of the Island before you get to the more gruesome side of history which can be a bit graphic. Waxwork models show the many medieval tortures inflicted here and the dungeons still have that authentic eery feeling to them. An impressive display and very educational.
National Museum of Natural History
Make a private tour to the Palazzo Vilhena a fabulous Baroque Palace that now houses the National Natural History Museum. The building itself definitely has the wow factor, and its grand facade and stunning interior in itself are worth a visit. The displays of bugs and plants natural to Malta are an education especially for children along with birds and seashells. Discover also the geographical history of Malta.
St Agathas & St Pauls Catacombs
Exploring the chamber and corridors of these ancient Catacombs may not be for everybody, but it is an interesting way to see and learn the history behind the burial ceremonies here. Ancient subterranean tombs carved out from the rock were where people in the 3rd century buried their dead but also came for spiritual meetings. The wall murals and tombs are the earliest evidence of Christianity in Malta.
Carmelite Church and Priory
This fascinating 17th-century building has fine Baroque architecture, but it is the inside where its real beauty lies. Domes and walls are covered in fabulous brightly coloured frescoes and designs that are breathtaking in their beauty. The Friars of the Priory welcome you in to catch a glimpse of their mysterious world. The Refectory where they eat communal meals is the most magnificently decorated.
Tools, Trades and Traditions Museum
Hidden away in the cellars of the Palazzo de Piros Cafe you will find this small museum. Descend to the five rooms packed with remnants of life in Malta
in years gone by. Interesting to see the traditional tools used and how they have changed little to their modern versions. One wall is dedicated to keys of all shapes and sizes, and another to carpentry tools and the library holds over 35,000 volumes on trade and tools.
Travel Tips for Mdina
Best Time To Visit Mdina
Of course, the best time to travel depends on what you want from your holiday. However, April May and June is when you can almost guarantee the best weather. Spring is mainly sunny, and by May you could be on the beach or swimming in the sea. Spring is also the time of festivals, re-enactments along with traditional Maltese feasts. This time of year is quieter, and you are more likely to get generous discounts on accommodation.
Typical Costs in Mdina
Depending on your budget you can holiday quite reasonably here on Malta. The currency here is the Euro, so of course, the exchange rates can affect prices, but as a guide, you could have a great day on 80-90 Euro each. Hotels vary of course but average at 50 Euro per night, a reasonable meal could cost you about 25 Euro and with some alcohol thrown in at about 10 Euro this could finish your night off nicely. Tours are best pre-booked and save money.
Know Before Visiting Mdina
One thing to remember is that the pace of life is a lot slower here so don’t expect things to be done in a rush. If you want to drive here be prepared to forget all you have learned. Drivers here can be a bit crazy and don’t always follow the rules. Guided tours work out cheaper if booked ahead. Transport around the islands is cheap and easy, but you should try and make bookings before your arrive. As a small island, it can seem extremely crowded.
Weather in Mdina
If clear skies and hot temperatures are what you are after, then August or September are the months for you to visit. However this can also be a humid time and there are also chances of heavy showers and temperatures can reach the high 30s. In December, January and February you will find it is the wettest and coldest months of the year but this can also be a good time to visit if you do not like the heat.