Continuing on quest to whizz through the highlights of Malta; our next stop was Mdina, known as the Silent City. Like Valletta, Mdina is fortified, a remnant of its past importance on the island. Of course it has some outstandingly beautiful features, such as St. Pauls cathedral, palazzo’s a plenty and the views taken in from the top of the high walls, but a lot of its beauty I think can be found simply meandering around the tiny narrow streets. With a tiny population of only around 300 it truly is a remarkable place.
The St Paul’s Cathedral, competing, if not defeating Italian churches in beauty and architecture. There I said it.
And when your stomach starts to growl after a morning full of sight seeing, you are in for a treat.
Although there are many places with some delectable maltese cuisine there is one place which I consider a Must-Do: Fontanella. Yes their food is nice, but you really go there for their cakes. Unbelievable flavours and each slice a size that Bruce Bogtrotter himself would be proud of.
Oh and did I mention the view? With the restaurant sitting on top of the city walls, it is fairly breath-taking.
Once you are full of cake and fancy taking on some more of Mdina, head back down into the winding lanes and take in some of the island’s history. We were personally already museumed out but there was plenty more to do, particularly to do with the Knights of St John, which J was particularly interested in. Alternatively the town of Rabat is a short distance away where the underground catacombs of St Pauls are an incredible experience. Or you know just eat more cake in Mdina. Either one.