Happy Tuesday everyone! It was a rather rainy weekend here in Malta, which made for a more relaxed weekend filled with local food and drinks, dog sitting and scuba diving… probably my top favourite activities. I spent my Saturday night in Rabat where I enjoyed some wine and cake from Fontanella’s and a quiet sunset dog walk around the small streets of Mdina. I realized I haven’t share another list after initiating posting my Valletta List, so here goes:
MDINA & RABAT
MUSEUMS & SIGHTS
- The Mdina Experience: same thing as Malta experience (a quick look at the history of Mdina). There are no signs around the Silent City, so unless you have a guide book or a local with you, it’s hard to learn and appreciate the history! Enjoy the Experience and then walk around the ancient streets yourself to soak in the facts.
- Natural History Museum (On my list!)
- Roma Villa – Located just outside Mdina. Where Roman artifacts where discovered and still being excavated.
- St. Paul’s Cathedral
- St. Paul’s Catacombs: I actually have not been here yet, but have heard great things from other travelers and my visitors.
- Parish Church of St Paul & Grotto Of St Paul
- ***Toffee & Co (Rabat) is my personal fav. Not far from the bus stop. Best Maltese platter on the island. Really decent prices and locally owned by a really nice couple.
- Fontanella’s – Traditional coffee and cake with a view of the island. Does decent food as well.
- Coogies – Beautiful interior garden for an evening dinner. A quiet oasis from the busy streets during the day as well. Also has a full vegan menu!
- Palazzo Castelletti (Rabat) – Great rooftop and happy hour as well!
- Crystal Palace: in the main parking lot where the bus drops you off. Known to be have the best Pastizzi on the island. I did hear a humour that once the owners’ changed, so did the recipe… but haven’t heard any complaints yet!
- Gelateria of Crystal Palace (!): One of the best spots in Rabat with vegan options too.
- Ristorante Cosmana Navarra – finer dining. Nice meat dishes apparently.
- Fork n Cork restaurant – very nice! Finer dinning. Sitting inside is very nice!
- Agape (Rabat)
- Da Luigi Restaurant
- L-Istazzjon Cafe and Eatery
- Adelina ristorante
- Bird’s Cage Lounge – local watering hole
- Chalk Cafe – Gr
- Toffee & Co
- Fontanella Tea Garden
- Mdina Medieval Festival – Food and acts scattered throughout Mdina
- Christmas Market (Rabat) – Cute Christmas market will stalls, vendors and food options.. and of course, mulled wine!
- International Food Fest – Say no more…
- Mdina Ghost Tour !
- March 19th – Feast of St. Joseph
- Again, please don’t use the horses. Mdina isn’t very big and is very accessible to walk.
- Although Mdina is very touristy, there are not many tourist traps (except the horses)… but always double check the prices of food and that will show you what is a trap and what is a local gem like Toffee & Co.
- If you are coming to Mdina by bus, keep an eye on the bus times. The last bus to leave the area is usually very early.
- The main parking lots is “by donation”. There is a gentleman walking around who will help you find your spot. Give him two euro or so and a nice smile and that is all!
- Grab a gelato and walk around, take your time and get lost. Always the best way to explore Mdina and it’s windy streets.
If I have missed your favourite spots in Rabat or Mdina, let me know! Always looking to try out new restaurants, sight etc.
Thanks for listening!