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The mysterious golden-stone Arabic walled city of Mdina crowns a hilltop, and is a world apart from modern Malta. Its hidden lanes offer exquisite architectural detail and respite from the day-tripping crowds, who largely stick to the main street. Today, with its massive walls and peaceful, shady streets, it is often referred to as the Silent City, a nickname that becomes appropriate after dark.

Throughout the year, the Mdina area hosts excellent festivals and events ranging from food and art through to classic cars.

Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Mdina.