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“Magical place”
Review of Mdina Old City

Mdina Old City
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Ranked #1 of 26 things to do in Mdina
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Reviewed 10 March 2013

We have been in Malta more than 10 times during the last 20 years and every time we did not mist a visit to this beautiful old town and we still love it! Every time we enjoy this magical place, It is absolute a must when visiting Malta.

7  Thank springbank
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Reviewed 8 March 2013

I've been twice now to this beautiful old town and loved it more the second time. Steeped in history this is a magical place, full of fantastic buildings quaint shops and cafes and stunning views. Lovely Mdina glass is from here as well. An absolute must when visiting Malta.

Thank Debbie M
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Reviewed 7 March 2013

We spent a few hours in the historic capital of Malta, and whilst it's architecturally well-preserved, it is quite like a theme park - lots of museums, touristy shops & restaurants, and not much else. It's certainly worth visiting the Cathedral Museum & Cathedral, and the view over the old walls is panoramic, and definitely worth a few piccies.

Thank EmaMelan
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Reviewed 3 March 2013

We stopped here during our hop on hop off bus tour. It was wonderful to see Mdina, when approaching it through Rabat, as it rises on top of everything around it. The bus stop is only a short walk away from the old city gates. When you walk in, you are like in a totally different world. You will see beautiful, old buildings, narrow streets and amazing details. At the end of the old city, wonderful views will open up in front of you.

Thank whippo2
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Reviewed 1 March 2013

Mdina has been inhabited since at least 700 BCE but most of the influences are from the Moorish conquests, the Normans, and from the Baroque era. Because builders all used the same limestone sources, all of these elements exist harmoniously. The streets are narrow and curve quite a bit but are relatively flat, so people using wheelchairs or with other mobility limitations should be able to enjoy it without trouble.

Unlike much of Malta, the buildings are almost entirely in an excellent state of preservation, at least from the outside. This makes it very easy to imagine the city as it was earlier in its history. In fact, when I was there, I saw a professional fashion shoot taking advantage of this beautiful backdrop.

Only residents are allowed to bring cars inside, which makes it delightful for strolling. Outside, people do offer rides in horse-drawn carriages, but the town is very easy to navigate on foot and of course strolling allows you to go at your own pace. The views from the battlements are spectacular, as are the old city walls.

The cathedral and cathedral museum are must-sees if you're interested in Baroque architecture or Malta's history. The Natural History Museum collection is not especially inspiring but the building is stunning. Depending on what you want to see, I'd budget at least an hour for walking around and picking up the atmosphere, plus any other attractions you want to see.

As a bonus, the city is easily accessible by public buses as well as the hop-on hop-off buses.

2  Thank amfeeney
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