No visit to Malta would be complete without a trip to Mdina and Rabat. Although situated inland, this was originally the capital of Malta before Valletta.
There are many buildings of significance in Rabat including the Museum of Roman Antiquities. Tourists can take a 20 minute motor train ride around the walled city of Mdina. The running commentary provides interesting information about its historic past in addition to pointing out the main landmarks along the journey.
Under Arab rule the city of Melita, as it was then called, was divided in two with Mdina becoming the walled and protected city that we see today and Rabat as part of the unprotected suburbs. This small city is truly magnificent with its stunning architecture, small backstreets and historic heritage.