Mdina, the 'Silent City' and ancient capital, stands more or less in the centre of Malta, towering above the surrounding countryside. As a natural strong point, it dates back at least to Roman times and probably much earlier. The Arabs fortified it further and, following a devastating earthquake in 1693, the Knights of St' John redeveloped it in their favoured baroque style.
To step into Mdina is to travel back in time. Explore its cathedral and many fine buildings, explore its narrow winding streets and stand on the battlements for a spectacular view as far as Valletta and beyond.
But don't miss out on adjoining Rabat, as busy as Mdina is silent, with its churches, catacombs and museums.
Buses: 51 52 53 from Valletta; X3 Bugibba, Mosta, airport; 109 Siggiewi; 201 airport; 202 203 Sliema, St. Julian's