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Mdina

Free admission
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The Basics

One of Malta’s most atmospheric destinations, Mdina is a common stop on many hop-on hop-off tour bus routes. Sightseeing tours departing from Valletta often include a guided visit of Mdina, as well as making stops at Rabat, the Blue Grotto cave network, the Hagar Qim temple complex, and Golden Bay. To see Mdina at its most tranquil, opt for a night tour and explore the city’s peaceful streets after the day-tripping crowds have departed.

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Mdina, Rabat, Dingli cliffs, San Anton gardens, Ta' Qali & Mosta guided tour
Mdina, Rabat, Dingli cliffs, San Anton gardens, Ta' Qali & Mosta guided tour
star-4.5
$66.75 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Telling it like it was!
The trip is a great experience where your guide supplies bountiful information on these lovely destinations. It’s a good full day. All locations were worth a visit with the exception of the stop for the usual shopping. Collection from the hotel was on time. The meeting of others from other collection points was somewhat chaotic. Dropping back to the hotel, that, was 2 disappointing streets away. This trip does involve a lot of walking, driver and guide great. Lunch was nothing to write home about. Worth it to see so much.
david_w, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Valletta

star-5
Great trip
Angus_P, Sep 2021
Mdina and Rabat Insider's Tour
Christian was a most engaging and entertaining guide with the deep knowledge of a true local. Mdina is a fascinating place and very beautiful in the evening light.
star-5
Nice trip
Jana_S, Jul 2021
Mdina, Rabat, Dingli cliffs, San Anton gardens, Ta' Qali & Mosta guided tour
excelent trip with very good guide Mdina is very nice city with old history interesting catacombs in Mosta
star-5
Amazing tour with city local
Christian_R, Sep 2021
Mdina and Rabat Insider's Tour
Touring Mdina and Rabat with Cristian was amazing. He gave many insights only a true local can know! It was fun and the cities were pretty empty in the afternoon. We’d recommend everybody to pick Cristian’s tour :)
star-5
Amazing TOUR
Emeline_A, Jul 2021
Malta Private Minivan Tour: Popeye village/Mdina/Valletta & Many More
My sister and I went to Malta for a very short trip. We wanted to visit the most of the Island and thus booked this tour. Our experience was Amazing !!!! The driver was very professional and caring. He gave us very interesting information about the sites and local products. We also had extra time to finish our dinner at a delicious Maltese restaurant. The car, with air conditioning, was clean and fresh. We enjoyed it !
star-5
Excellent tour in Mdina and Rabat
Angelique_M, Oct 2021
Mdina and Rabat Insider's Tour
Chris was an excellent guide, very knowledgeable and happy to answer questions. We had a wonderful time! I highly recommend.
star-4
Excellent tour visiting...
Malcolm_H, Oct 2021
Mdina, Rabat, Dingli cliffs, San Anton gardens, Ta' Qali & Mosta guided tour
Excellent tour visiting all the highlights of the island Bernadette our guide was extremely good Included lunch was very basic and could be improved on
star-5
Wonderful wonderful wonderful
Olivia, Aug 2021
Malta Private Minivan Tour: Popeye village/Mdina/Valletta & Many More
Timothy was THE most wonderful guide! As I only had very little time before my flight, he accommodated the schedule shifting 1 hour earlier for me. He’s very communicative and thoughtful, also provided a bit of the information and history. The itinerary was very flexible and by your needs. I cannot recommend more! Thank you Timothy!
star-5
Excellent tour
Sally_C, Aug 2021
Mdina and Rabat Insider's Tour
Chris was a superb guide. Very interesting and informative tour. Excellent value for money. A great way to learn the history of Mdina. I would highly recommend.
star-5
Highly recommended
JEC, Jul 2021
Mdina, Rabat, Dingli cliffs, San Anton gardens, Ta' Qali & Mosta guided tour
I thoroughly enjoyed this tour. The guide was very knowledgeable and very patient with such a large group. Seeing Mdina was the absolute highlight for me. I enjoyed all of the sights we visited and also the restaurant where we all had lunch was a beautiful building and something different was the refrigerated air conditioning :)
star-5
Excellent Day
Nancy L, Nov 2019
Full-Day Mosta, Mdina, and Rabat Tour from Valletta
We had a good start to the tour with Malta 5D where we watched a short movie on the history and culture of Malta with 3D effects.Next we visited a filigree studio and a glass blowing shop where we were able to watch artisans at work. Our next stop was Mosta Parish and the Rotunda. The Church dates back to the early 1600's and has the largest dome that is supported only on the exterior walls and with no pillars. During bombing in WW2, 4 bombs struck the Church, one of which pierced the dome, but none exploded. The Mostin saw this as a miracle, no one was hurt and the Church was not badly damaged. The included lunch in Mdina was next and we (at a table for 6) did not find the meal appetizing. Our group was overly crowded in with another larger group on the second floor of the restaurant and the food so highly peppered that much remained uneaten. Anyway we had vanilla ice cream for dessert which was soothing. After lunch we had free time to explore the town including St. Paul's grotto and the catacombs, a huge network of underground tunnels and caves originally used for burials but used as a shelter during WW2. Next we drove to the Dingli Cliffs, the highest point in Malta with a beautiful view over the ocean. Located next to the cliffs was the Church of Mary Magdalen which was originally built in the 15th century and has recently undergone extensive restoration. The tour ended after a walking tour of Mdina, a walled city on a hilltop that was the original capital of Malta until Valletta was founded by the Knights of St. John. There was a very interesting mix of Moorish, Spanish, Baroque and classical architecture with many picturesque narrow streets. From the ramparts we had a magnificent view stretching from St. Paul's Bay and past Valletta. Our guide for the day was very knowledgeable and provided insight on the history of Malta. All in all a very enjoyable day.
star-5
Great host, pleasant company
Adi, Jul 2021
Mdina and Rabat Insider's Tour
Very good tour with a knowledgeable guide. Chris is quite fun to tag along with. 100% recommend if you're looking to learn more about Mdina!
star-5
Recommended
Jean_M, Sep 2021
Mdina and Rabat Insider's Tour
The guide really knows what he is talking about. He is from Il-Rabat and can explain a lot of interesting things about the city history. We even saw the Bishop and meet the Mayor while touring !

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Mdina is a must for history buffs and architecture lovers.

  • Mdina’s streets feature cobbles and flagstones, so wear appropriate walking shoes.

  • The walled town is wheelchair accessible, with level access available. St. Paul’s Cathedral is also wheelchair accessible, though many other attractions are not.

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How to Get There

Mdina is situated about 8 miles (13 kilometers) east of Valletta. Driving between the two cities takes about 20 minutes. Public bus routes 51, 52, and 53 connect Valletta to Mdina.

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When to Get There

Mdina is magical year-round, though the main drag can become crowded during the peak summer months of June, July, and August. Come in early evening after the day-trippers have left to see the fortified city at its silent best. After dark, it’s bathed in an attractive golden light.

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Highlights of Mdina

Mdina’s biggest attraction is St. Paul’s Cathedral. The baroque-style cathedral is dedicated to Malta’s patron saint, who supposedly came to the island in AD 60. While the exterior is restrained, the interior boasts an array of gilding, stonework, marble, frescoes, and elaborately decorated chapels. For more information about the history of Mdina, visit the Mdina Experience, where informational films recount key episodes from Malta’s history.

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