Rabat is the city of winding streets, and nocturnal bakeries, of medieval citadels and cave-dweller paintings.
Live among 11,497 locals in MYN, and only a small distance from historic palazzos, a variety of cafés and eateries. The town is located on one of the highest hills on the island and enjoys breathtaking views from all around.
Just outside of Mdina is Rabat, a village initially built to house the servants that worked in the big houses in Mdina. In the 15th century, the area served as a shelter from constant pirate attacks, and shortly after became a safe ground for the Order of St. John. Parts of the film Munich and Black Eagle were shot in Rabat, while the Apostolic Nunciature of the Holy See to the Republic of Malta is located in Rabat too.
History on every corner
You may wish to visit some of the more notable historic spots around the village. The remains of the Domvs Romana are spectacular, where you can see the cobalt-blue floor mosaics that have survived for centuries. St Paul’s Catacombs & St Agatha’s Crypt are a repository of information about traditional life in Medieval Rabat. The Collegiate Church of St Paul, a local artist collective run by volunteers, shows the best works of local Maltese artists.
Tradition & Culture
Crafters interested in local history have ample opportunity to watch the Rabat bakers at work, ladies crafting traditional lace on street corners and guilders decorating the Maltese ‘Tal-Lira’ clock, which dates back to the time of the Knights of St. John. Guests can also take the Magic Train Ride to explore Rabat in comfort, and top off the evening with a drink with the locals at the Rabat Band Club. Of course, Rabat also offers a number of traditional Maltese restaurants to enjoy.
The Silent City
Mdina, the old medieval walled capital, has stood guardian of the island for centuries. Whether you’re in Rabat for a week or a month, a walk in the quiet, winding streets of Mdina is necessary. Buy some of the local food specialities: Gozo-made olive oil, Maltese honeybee honey, and ‘sfineg’ – deep-fried dough with fresh-caught, salty anchovies hidden inside. If you want an authentic Maltese treat, go for pastizzi, crumbly, glossy filo-pastry stuffed with ricotta or a pea and spice paste.