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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 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 …
Archaeological Site in Rabat

Domus Romana

The Roman House was built in the 1920s to incorporate the excavated remains of a large 1st-century-BC townhouse. There's a small but fascinating museum, which includes Roman glass perfume bottles and bone hairpins, …
Village in Rabat

Ta'Qali Crafts Village

The arts and crafts workshops at Ta'Qali have been traditionally housed in old Nissen huts on this WWII RAF airfield, but they received a modern and permanent upgrade throughout 2018 and 2019. You can watch glass-bl…
Church in Rabat

St Paul's Church & the Grotto of St Paul

St Paul's Church was built in 1675. Beside it, stairs lead down into the mystical Grotto of St Paul, a cave where the saint is said to have preached during his stay in Malta. The statue of St Paul was gifted by the …
Catacomb in Rabat

St Agatha's Crypt & Catacombs

These catacombs contain a series of remarkable frescos dating from the 12th to 15th centuries. According to legend, this was the hiding place of St Agatha when she fled Sicily. Back at ground level is a quirky littl…