Mdina, once known as Città Notabile, was Malta’s capital until 1571 when the Knights of St John’s decided to build the new capital city of Valletta in order to better defend the island’s harbours.
Designed to withstand attacks by enemy forces, medieval Mdina is built on one of the island’s highest hills and is entirely surrounded by fortified walls. It’s believed that people have been living here since the Phoenicians first arrived on the island in around 700BC.
The Silent City, a nickname that you will understand if you visit the city at night, is a world apart from modern Malta, it is an extraordinary mix of medieval and baroque architecture. The atmosphere is magical, walking through the shady alleys you will feel stepped back in time.
From Bastion Square you can enjoy one of the best panoramic view on the North East of the island.
In Mdina there is one of the most popular cafes of the island, Fontanella Tea Room and Restaurant, I strongly recommend you go and try a delicious piece of cake.
Compagnia di San Michele, a Maltese historical interpretation group and voluntary organisation, holds a series of free interactive tours. You can check their Facebook Page for announcements on day and time, click here.