Tour to the old capital of Mdina, walk through
city streets ,visit the imposing bastions to admire a panoramic
view of the island. On leaving the city through the Greek gate
stop at the catacombs. Lunch. Proceeding to Dingli Cliffs. Then
to Craft’s Centre Ta’Qali, Mosta Church and finally to the
botanic Gardens of San Anton.
The Mdina Church (Cathedral): The cathedral was designed by the well-known Maltese architect, Lorenzo Gafa. By this time he had already designed several churches in Malta and was at the height of his career. The perfectly proportioned façade and the dynamic dome (by far his boldest and arguably the finest in Malta) make this the most impressive of all his churches. The work took just five years to complete and a number of houses were demolished at the same time to make way for a pjazza appropriate to the size and splendour of the church.
The streets of Mdina: In Mdina there are two kinds of streets. The curved streets were built during the time of the Arabs as a form of defense. Going up these narrow curved streets, one cannot gauge how long they are or, who is waiting at the other end. The streets built during the time of the Order of St John in the 16th century are built straight. The Arabs also built bastions, but the bastions built by the Arabs differ from the bastions built during the time of the Order of St John. The bastions built during the time of the Arabs are built vertically, because at the time of the Arab rule people used to climb up the walls and they would be thrown down to their death, whereas when the Order of St John came to Malta, gunpowder started being used and so the bastions were built slightly at an angle, so that the cannon ball would ricochet back on the person who fired it.
Dingli Cliffs Dingli Cliffs are an impressive sight, especially if view them from sea level on an island cruise. They are the Island's natural fortress, one bastion the Knights did not have to build to protect themselves. From the cliff tops, one of the most striking views and sheerest drops is just west of Dingli village. Another atmospheric view is over to the uninhabited isle of Fifla. Dingli Cliffs seem to exude a mysterious charm especially late evening on calm summer days when the sunsets here can be dramatic. Following recent restoration works, this historic building is now used as a Government Guest Palace.
Ta’ Qali Crafts Village The former World War II military aerodrome was converted into a local hand-crafts centre. It's the ideal place to buy ceramics, jewelry and knitwear, pottery and see glass blowing and molding as well as other craftspeople at work. Here one can buy something completely unique and original to take home. Within the craft centre one can find the Aviation Museum displaying aircrafts.
Prices include Fully Licensed Guide, together with lunch, and entrance tickets to places of interest where applicable.