Historic Cities

Mdina, the Silent City

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The ancient capital of Malta overlooks the island from one of its highest promontories. Meaning ‘Walled City’ from the Arabic ‘medina’, the encircling battlements of Mdina command spectacular views onto the surrounding hills. The ‘silent city’ itself, frozen in time, is a labyrinth of yellow-stoned architecture and truly inspiring balconies, balustrades and baroque invention.

The quiet and timeless atmosphere you can experience in Mdina is fascinating. During the day the narrow byways of the ‘citta notabile’ are brilliant, chiselled yellow, at night are dimly lit and strangely sacred. Perhaps not so strange; dating back over 3000 years, Mdina is intrinsically involved in the roots of Maltese Christianity, having welcomed the apostle St. Paul as a long-standing guest after his shipwreck on the island.

Don’t miss

  • The spectacular panoramas from the city walls.
  • The Cathedral & Museum.
  • Palazzo Falson Historic House Museum.
  • The Carmelite Church and Priory Museum.


Tourist Information Office, Torre Dello Standardo, Pjazza San Publiju, Mdina, Malta. Tel. No. +356 21454480

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Public transport

  • Bus 51, 52, 53 from Valletta Bus Terminus.
  • Bus 202, 203 from St. Julians.

Opening Hours

  • Tourist Information Office:
  • April to September: Mon - Fri, 9am to 5pm; Sat and Sun - 10am to 4pm.
  • October to March: Mon - Sun, 10am to 4pm.
  • Last admission: 3.45pm.


+356 21454480








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