An ancient hilltop walled city - almost traffic-free - with massive fortifications, ramparts, narrow streets, interesting buildings, museums and cafes, adjacent to the town of Rabat. Perfect for just wandering around, preferably with a good guidebook, and discovering quaint corners. There is a wonderful display of door-knockers on the old buildings. This was the ancient capital of Malta from Roman times to the early 1800s. Successive occupants include the Romans, Arabs, Normans, Spanish, the Knights of Malta, French and British. All have left their traces. Mdina, otherwise known as 'Notabile' or 'Citta Vecchia' (the old city) was the seat of power for over a thousand years. Admission to the city is free, although most of the museums within it charge a nominal entry fee. There is a variety of cafes and restaurants, some of which do not accept payments by credit card. Individual museums, cafes. etc. are reviewed separately
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