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Top Choice Church in Mdina

St Paul's Cathedral

The cathedral is said to be built on the site of the villa belonging to Publius, the Roman governor of Malta who welcomed St Paul in AD 60.The original Norman church was destroyed by an earthquake, and the restraine…
Top Choice Maltese in Dingli Cliffs

Diar il-Bniet

Located in a historic farmhouse in the centre of Dingli village, this family-run farmhouse restaurant is something special. All produce is sourced from 'the house of the girls', or their farm 200m away, or other loc…
Top Choice Museum in Rabat

Malta Aviation Museum

This is aircraft-enthusiast heaven, located on the former site of the Royal Air Force station, with stars of the show including a WWII Spitfire Mk IX and a Hawker Hurricane IIa, salvaged in 1995 after 54 years at th…
Top Choice Catacomb in Rabat

St Paul's Catacombs

St Paul's Catacombs (so-named for their proximity to the church) date from the 3rd century AD and were used for burial for around 500 years. Worship took place here in the Middle Ages, but later the complex was used…
Top Choice Mediterranean in Birkirkara & the Three Villages

Bahia

Named after a variety of oranges grown locally, Bahia is an innovative and stylish bistro near Lija's compact village square. Look forward to just 12 seasonal dishes. Seafood highlights could include red prawn and c…
Top Choice Mediterranean in Rabat

Root 81

A subtle pun on the bus route (81) that used to link Valletta and Rabat, Root 81 is one of the more modern bistros enlivening the dining scene around traditionally conservative Mdina and Rabat. It's worth booking an…
Top Choice Mediterranean in Rabat

Townhouse No 3

Concealed in the backstreets of Rabat, Townhouse No 3 offers a modern take on Maltese and Mediterranean flavours. Dishes could include rabbit ravioli with a thyme jus, or gnocchi with grilled squid and chilli and li…
Top Choice Pastries in Rabat

Crystal Palace

Spot it by the hordes outside, this hole-in-the-wall pastizzerija close to Mdina's city walls is renowned as one of Malta's best, as it freshly bakes the little moreish pastry parcels throughout the night. It's a fa…
Church in Rabat

Our Lady of the Grotto

Walk 1km south from Rabat to St Dominic's Priory, where there's a small chapel dedicated to Our Lady of the Grotto. Legend claims that around 1400, a vision of the Virgin Mary appeared to a hunter in a cave on this …
Gardens in Mdina

Mdina Ditch Garden

Mdina's ditch was an important element of its fortifications. It was first created in the 15th century, but was rebuilt by the Knights of St John's military architect Charles François de Mondion. More recently, the …