Ochre walls, coloured doors and small architectural details are what makes Mdina such a delight for one’s eyes and iPhone.
The former capital sits on a hill towards the centre of the island of Malta and is thought to first have been fortified in 700BC. With barely any vehicles allowed through the gate, and about 300 residents, Mdina is known as ‘The Silent City.’ It has also been referred to as ‘Citta Notabile’ – The Noble City – referring to the Maltese nobility, past and present, whom maintain residences in palaces there.
The impressive entrance showcases a large moat and thick enclosure – one of Europe’s best examples of a walled city.
The original city was largely styled in the Fatimid period, which lasted until the Normans conquered Malta in 1091 AD. Repairs after an earthquake in 1693 saw the introduction of baroque elements. Wandering around the small city today presents an interesting balance of medieval and baroque architectural styles.
I would suggest a leisurely walk at dusk. Make sure to enjoy St Paul’s Cathedral, before ambling over to Relais Chateaux’s Xara Palace for an intimate dinner at de Mondion Restaurant. Couples should request a table on the lower terrace.
The views are spectacular.
The menu offers an inspired take on Maltese cuisine as you watch darkness wash over the island.
When exploring this beautiful Mediterranean island, Mdina should not be missed! Especially if you have a penchant for coloured doors and awnings, as I do. #doorsofdistinction