Malta’s Medieval Mdina – a gem to explore this autumn
The balmy Maltese summer is slowly giving way to an equally sun-kissed autumn and, as the colours on the island change hue, so does social life. The slightly cooler weather allows you to enjoy a more eclectic range of activities and events, moving from lazy cocktails on the beach to sight-seeing along Malta’s quaint villages and historic cities while using Hotel Valentina as your base.
Because Malta may be known for its gorgeous beaches, but there is so much more to do! The autumn months bring with them new possibilities, such as exploring the fortified city of Mdina. Stunningly perched atop one of the highest points in Malta, Mdina offers it all in terms of activities – start off with exploring the historical landmarks and magnificent palazzos, boasting unique, mediaeval architectural features. Stop off for some coffee and cake at an iconic café, like Fontanella. Make sure you bag a spot on the terrace, with its 180-degree views of the island. If there’s one place to go Instagram-crazy, this is it!
When you’ve had your fill of soaking up the views, it’s time for more exploring. Culture-vultures will undoubtedly have a field day at one of the many museums and historical houses. There’s art aplenty at Palazzo Falson, a two-storey medieval building that is as much enchanting for its architecture as it is for its prized collection of art and artefacts. The Palazzo is also home to the first Virtual App in Malta, a very cool and immersive way to discover the history of the place with some entertainment thrown in, all by tapping your smartphone.
Do leave some time for the Museum of Natural History – it’s located in an impressive palazzo, for starters, and it will take you through a fun journey through Malta’s evolution. The exotic mammals’ section is particularly amazing.
After you’ve explored all the small, winding roads of this unique city, do hop over to neighbouring Rabat if you have time. This small town offers a plethora of contrasts, with a bustling centre, full of cafes and shops, to beautiful gardens where to catch your breath and maybe enjoy an ice-cream, to quiet back streets full of charming nooks and crannies.
The best thing? It’s all accessible on foot, with both city and town being small enough to make it very easy to get around without the need of transport. Getting to Mdina itself is very simple, whether with your own transport, by taxi or using the frequent public transport connections. And of course, at Hotel Valentina our team will be more than happy to sort you out with the best transport options, so that you only need to sit back and enjoy.
But back to our sight-seeing. Come evening, both Mdina and Rabat take on a different vibe, with the popular nightspots coming to life. From Michelin-star restaurants to sophisticated cocktail lounges, or cheerful pizza and pasta places… it’s all there to enjoy, depending on your mood.
Some would say that autumn in Malta is even better than summer. You still get to enjoy that swim, while also getting to explore a lot more of the island. Watch this space for more tips about the plethora of activities that crown our autumns.