10 Things to Do in Rabat That You Shouldn't Miss

July 31, 2017 Concepcion Newsome

Discover the best top things to do in Rabat, Malta including Mdina Old City, Casa Bernard, Malta Segway Tours, Malta Film Tours, Malta Aviation Museum, Malta Falconry Centre, Rotunda of Mosta, Mnajdra Temples, Mdina Main Gate - Baroque gateway, St. Agatha's Crypt, Catacombs & Museum.
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1. Mdina Old City

Pjazza San Publiju, Mdina, Island of Malta, Malta +356 2145 4480
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4.5 based on 9 reviews

Mdina Old City

Reviewed By Cathy S - Ellesmere Port, United Kingdom

Historical part of Malta's history: take a few pics, have a stroll around, maybe have a drink. Narrow streets, interesting ancient buildings and churches. Get the bus here from Valletta, don't do the Hop on Hop Off or it'll take you hours to get back. Quieter than Valletta.

2. Casa Bernard

46 Triq San Pawl, Rabat, Island of Malta, Malta +356 2145 1888
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5 based on 131 reviews

Casa Bernard

Reviewed By PeanutButters - Oakland, California

Casa Bernard is a must-go if you're anywhere near Rabat and Mdina. The house oozes with history and charm. The guided tour by the owners is informative, interesting and, if a house tour could ever be described this way: relaxing. (Perhaps it's the owners calming voice and pleasant demeanor.) Everything is interesting in this beautiful, old house: the architecture, the furniture, the pieces of art, the stories. Go!

3. Malta Segway Tours

10 Basement Garage | Triq l-Apparell, Dingli, Island of Malta, Malta
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5 based on 290 reviews

Malta Segway Tours

Malta Segway Tours offer tours around beautiful village of Dingli and the capital city of Valletta. The Dingli tour takes you through historical and fascinating places with stops at the magnificent Dingli cliffs, the interesting cart ruts, Magdalena Chapel, The great Cave as well the rugged countryside of Malta with trained staff.Malta Segway Tours is a fun and adventurous way to explore and learn more about Malta and all you need is a few hours to spare and be up for some fun!

Reviewed By edinburghfolk - Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Booked this a few months ago as something "different" to do but didnt actually realise it would so much fun. Matthew was a fantastic Segway Leader and not only had fun but told us a lot about the history surrounding the Dingli Cliffs. It was my husband and I, and two teenage daughters and he was just superb with us all. He was very patient indeed with me as I thought you just hopped on a segway and off we went. Its all about the toes !! Highly recommended and one of the best holiday activities we have ever done! Keep up the great work !!

4. Malta Film Tours

Attard, Island of Malta ATD 1891, Malta
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5 based on 187 reviews

Malta Film Tours

Join local actors on an unforgettable journey through a myriad of iconic filming locations featured in Game of Thrones, Gladiator, Troy, Captain Phillips, WWZ, Alexander, The Count of Monte Cristo, Munich, The Da Vinci Code and many other great movies. This exclusive full-day tour kicks off at 9am every Sunday from in front of the Grand Hotel Excelsior on the Valletta Ring Road, Malta.

Reviewed By Mark O - Darwen, United Kingdom

Malcolm was a great guide and although my wife isn’t a GOT fan at the end of the tour she said this was probably the best tour she had ever been on. Malcolm has clearly put lots of effort in in developing the tour and as well as the GOT interest there was other topics covered by the tour and can’t impress on how good and genuine Malcolm is so would highly recommend this tour to anybody visiting Malta, the restaurant stopped at during the tour served great food and offers great views of Malta

5. Malta Aviation Museum

Ta' Qali Crafts Village, Ta' Qali, Island of Malta 4000, Malta +356 2141 6095
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4.5 based on 378 reviews

Malta Aviation Museum

The museum is a living and working museum, which is a prime attraction for all family members of all ages. It exhibits a collection of around 18 aircraft, aircraft engines, airfield equipment, uniforms, model aircraft and much more. Among its prime exhibits are a World War II Hawker Hurricane which was recovered from the seabed in 1995 and completely restored to working condition.

Reviewed By jpkipper - UK

Nicely laid out aviation museum with iconic aircraft (Spitfire, Hurricane). It tells the story of the Defence of Malta very well and has some interesting exhibits of uniforms, medals etc. There are also a few postwar military aircraft which you would not see in the UK
It is not too far a walk to Mdina from the museum. The walk to the town took us past a military cemetery in which many of those interred are victims of an aircraft crash in 1956 in which 50 people, mostly RAF servicemen were killed. Worth dropping by if you decide to take the walk up to the town

6. Malta Falconry Centre

Imqabba Road, Siggiewi, Island of Malta, Malta +356 2146 0985
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Malta Falconry Centre

Malta Falconry Centre is a Quality Assured attraction certified by the Malta Tourism Authority. Explore the Malta falconry centre and live this unique experience, watch our falconers fly several different species of well trained birds of prey and see these magnificent birds in free flight. The facility holds its own free parking,open spaces around the centre all fully-accessible for everyone visit us. Complimeting the centre one find a souvenir shop situated at the main entrance, offering wonderful gifts to memorize the experience at the unique falconry in Malta Opening times The Centre is open all year round from Tuesdays till Sundays. Winter times : from 9.00 till 15.00 (1st October and 30th June) Summer times : from 9.00 till 12.30 (1st July to 30th September). The Centre is closed on Mondays and (24 and 25 June 2017) Display times We have two displays per day in Winter at 11:00 and 14:00 We have one display per day in Summer at 11:00 (Weather Permitting - windy days) bird handling is held instead Falconry Experience! At the Malta Falconry Centre, we offer a unique experience – the thrill of the Falconry art. This falconry experience is given in a course style. Carrying out such experience/ course one gets to know better the techniques of the falconry art and get a beginners knowledge as a falconer. This experience is offered in two ways; a half day experience or full day experience, are offered. The half day introduces the participant to the basics of falconry and gets to know how falconry birds are trained from 9.30 till 12.30 The full day experience enables the participant to get to know more as regarding the falconry techniques and would also have enough time to fly a bird of prey after learning how to train these birds. A participation certificate is given at completion of such course from 9.30 till 14.30. (Summer Time 8:30 till 13:30) All around the year This experience is offered to all ages. Children are to be accompanied by one adult (both adult and child/ren are to pay for the experience). Pre-booking by email is needed giving the name/s of the participant/s and the date on which the experience is to be carried out. No experience could be held without pre-booking. All participants are to be on time as to have the experience carried out on schedule.

Reviewed By Christina B - Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom

We dropped in after visiting the Limestone Heritage Park down the road. We travelled by public transport from Valletta and found it easily, although the route involves a short walk down a busy road with no pavements - be careful! There is an interesting collection...MoreThanks for the wonderful comment on TripAdvisor

7. Rotunda of Mosta

Rotunda Square, Mosta, Island of Malta, Malta +356 2143 3826
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Rotunda of Mosta

Completed in 1860, this church has the third-largest unsupported dome in Europe.

Reviewed By DeryckWheeler - Ramsgate, United Kingdom

No visit to Malta is complete without visiting the Rotunda of Mosta. Unusual in that the Church is circular, with a massive domed ceiling - the third largest in the world. Even more spectacular in that the Dome was built without the aid of scaffolding! Don't forget to visit the annex at the back of the church to see a replica of the Bomb which fell through the Dome in 1942 in the middle of a service but which fortunately failed to explode.

8. Mnajdra Temples

Triq Hagar Qim, Qrendi, Island of Malta QRD 2501, Malta +356 2142 4231
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4.5 based on 722 reviews

Mnajdra Temples

OPENING HOURS: During Summer (1st April till 30th September) open Monday to Sunday from 09.00 till 18.00hrs (last admission at 17.30hrs). During winter (1st October till 31st March) open Monday to Sunday from 09.00 till 17.00hrs (last admission at 16.30hrs). Mnajdra Temples, holder of the UNESCO World Heritage Site status, is found in an isolated position on a rugged stretch of Malta's southern coast overlooking the isle of Fifla. It is approximately 500m away from Hagar Qim Temples. It consists of three buildings facing a common oval forecourt. The first and oldest structure dates to the Ggantija phase. The second structure to be built was the South Temple, constructed in the early Tarxien phase. The Central Temple, inserted between the other two, was the last to be built. Remains to the north-east and south of these buildings indicate that these three structures are only the best preserved of a larger complex.In order to reduce the irreversible damage caused by deterioration and structural problems that the temples were facing due to their continuous exposure to the elements, these temples are nowadays sheltered. Rain, sea salt spray and dust, fluctuations in temperature and relative humidity, solar radiation, sulphur oxide and nitrous oxide pollution, and volcanic emissions, as well as biological organisms, are some of those elements from which these precious Megalithic structures necessitated long-term protection. Today the temples are experiencing a dramatic reduction in the progressive deterioration of these world heritage monuments by natural agents as a result of the installed shelters.

Reviewed By 501rayf - Hereford, United Kingdom

A great example of a well-preserved historical set of temples from the year dot. Lots of information available as you arrive and enter.

9. Mdina Main Gate - Baroque gateway

Main Gate Area Bridge, Mdina, Island of Malta, Malta +356 2145 4480
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4.5 based on 288 reviews

Mdina Main Gate - Baroque gateway

Reviewed By MarcusHurley - Bristol, United Kingdom

The gate is the focal point for this delightful little city. There are usually plenty of horse drawn buggies in front for tourists to be taken through the streets but it's such a small place it's easy to walk it.
The bridge is usually quite crowded so for uncluttered views it's usually best to view from Howard Gardens, below the ramparts.

10. St. Agatha's Crypt, Catacombs & Museum

St. Agatha Street, Rabat, Island of Malta 2020, Malta +356 2145 4503
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St. Agatha's Crypt, Catacombs & Museum

St. Paul’s Catacombs are a typical complex of interconnected, underground Roman Cemeteries that were in use up to the 4th century AD. They are located on the outskirts of the old Roman capital Melite (today’s Mdina), since Roman law prohibited burials within the city. St Paul’s Catacombs represent the earliest and largest archaeological evidence of Christianity in Malta. The site was cleared and investigated in 1894 by Dr A.A. Caruana, the pioneer of Christian archaeology in Malta.

Reviewed By Katrien S - Ghent, Belgium

Closed on Sundays, as well as Saturdays afternoons, this place is still run by a religious order. The museum one can visit by themselves, and is very eclectic, with fossils, minerals, archaeological objects as well as some religious objects. The museum is very old fashioned, so the cases are packed with objects, and there is little of no information about what is on display. The cases should also be cleaned. The real reason to go, however, is for the guided tour, of the underground altars, and the catacombes, which still has 2 nice frescoes. One of them from the altar, as this was a Christian burial site, and had a chapel. Supposedly St Aghata, while fleeing, prayed here, as a result between the 13th and 16th century this became a votive place, with people painting saints out of thanks. In the 17th century 2 altars were installed in this cave, both highly decorated. Underground one is not allowed to take pictures.

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