Rabat, sprawled to the south of Mdina, is a charming town in its own right, with narrow streets and wooden galerijas (Maltese balconies). It feels resolutely local despite its numerous sights of interest, particularly in the evening when the day trippers have ebbed away. Highlights include labyrinthine catacombs, important churches and stellar Roman mosaics, and new daytime cafes and evening restaurants have significantly boosted Rabat's dining credentials.
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