Valletta, Malta

Mediterranean Sea 

Valletta, Malta is a beautiful Medieval City.  The sail-in, itself, is impressive—the coast lined with large and stately buildings.  We love visiting Valletta with its fabulous museums, great restaurants, and superb shopping in both department stores and charming boutiques.  However, this time, we took a cab the 7 miles to Rabat in the middle of the island.  The walled city of Mdina that Rabat grew from was our destination.  Believed to have been first colonized by the Phoenicians around 800 BC, tradition says the apostle, St. Paul lived here in 60AD after being shipwrecked on the island.   Maltese history is rife with battles and occupations, but Mdina has been widely known as home to noble families.  Impressive palaces line the narrow streets.  The architecture is a mix of Medieval and Baroque.  Over the centuries, religious orders have flourished here.  The spacious convents and monasteries are still in evidence.

On the dock in Valetta, Malta.
On the dock in Valetta, Malta.
Valletta, Malta as seen from the ship.
Valletta, Malta as seen from the ship.
On the dock in Valletta, Malta.
On the dock in Valletta, Malta.
The MS Amsterdam on the dock in Valletta, Malta.
The MS Amsterdam on the dock in Valletta, Malta.
The Saluting Battery at Upper Barrakka Gardens in Valletta, Malta.
The Saluting Battery at Upper Barrakka Gardens in Valletta, Malta.
Valletta, Malta is a beautiful city!
Valletta, Malta is a beautiful city!
The entrance to Mdina.
The entrance to Mdina.
The old moat is now a gaarden.
The old moat is now a garden.
The Natural History Museum.
The Natural History Museum.
Mdina is filled with a mix of Medieval and Baroque architecture.
Mdina is filled with a mix of Medieval and Baroque architecture.
Known as a city of noble families, Mdina is filled with many palaces.
Known as a city of noble families, Mdina is filled with many palaces.
Carmelite Priory
Carmelite Priory
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Beyond the walls of Mdina lies the bustling city of Rabat, once a suburb of Mdina!
Now this is just creepy!
Now this is just creepy!
the day ends back in Valletta with some shopping on the dock.
The day ends back in Valletta with some shopping on the dock.

 

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