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Mdina, once the capital of Malta, is a Medieval walled town situated on a hill in the center of the island.
Driving from Valletta, you will travel through the countryside to the town of Mdina, located approximately 30 minutes away. Mdina was inhabited and possibly first fortified by the Phoenicians around 700 B.C., and has been ruled over by Romans and Normans, as well as the Knights of Malta. Upon arrival, you will follow your guide on a walking tour of Mdina, Malta, the predominately pedestrian town with its narrow streets and alleys. The walking portion is approximately 60 minutes with stops along the way.
You will then drive to nearby Dingli, a village on the west coast at one of the highest points on Malta. The area provides sea views over the tiny, uninhabited isle of Filfla and a vantage point over the island.
Your last stop is at the San Anton Gardens in the shadow of the San Anton Palace, now the residence of the Maltese president. The public gardens are laid out in a formal manner, with graceful walkways, sculptures, ornamental ponds, and a small aviary. For many years it has been customary for visiting heads of state to plant a tree in memory of their stay. After approximately 30 minutes in the garden, you will return to the pier
Reviewer: Lea Greenaway
Our guide was most knowledgable and shared lots of information about the enviable social conditions of Malta and its fascinating history. I also enjoyed being in a small bus of about 14 people. The President’s residence and grounds were beautiful. I would have like more time to explore medieval Mdina, which was equally fascinating. Our guide had difficulty finding the whole group at the meeting place off the ship, and we had no idea who or where she was, or even initially who else was on the same tour. Could I suggest that it might be helpful if guides took with them a sign with them displaying the name of the tour?