Welcome to City of Mdina
The “silent city” of Mdina, on the island of Malta, was once the capital, but is now home to roughly 300 inhabitants. It is an absolutely charming place to visit, and is a pedestrian's dream thanks to the extremely limited number of cars allowed within the walls, and the fact that it takes but ten minutes to walk from one end of the town to the other!
Mdina travel does require a bit of advanced planning simply because there are so many historic buildings and sites to take in on your visit. It helps to understand that it has ties to the Phoenician period (meaning that the city may be upwards of 3,000 years old), but is known to be tied directly to the Romans too. Because the city was ignored by crusading knights in the 1500s, much of its gorgeous architecture has been protected.
Sightseeing Of Mdina
The primary sites to take in include St. Pauls Cathedral that was constructed upon the ruins of the 12 th century original following an earthquake in 1693. Today it has impressive inlaid floors and wall paintings. The Cathedral Museum is also a “must see” thanks to its collection of woodcut prints by Durer and its collection of antiques and books. There is a preserved Roman-era villa to tour, a Medieval Museum, and the city's walls are open for exploration – which is a fantastic way to get a view of the entire valley surrounding the ancient town.
One of the most popular things to do while enjoy Mdina travel, however, is to simply wander the maze-like streets in order to stumble on some of the gorgeous architecture, the cozy cafes, and the unusual shops.
There is no tourism season in this part of the world, so a trip to Mdina is really going to be pleasant and comfortable at any time of the year. It is important to note, however, that there is only a single hotel within the walls, so if you want to sleep in the city you will have to plan ahead.