Mdina was Malta's capital until the construction of Valletta. Also known as Citta Vecchia, it is walled on a hill, which makes it impossible to enter. Its origins date back to the year 700 BC. It was a city with lovely architecture and not many inhabitants, abounds in fine palatial buildings, religious and former Maltese nobility. It is also known as the city of Silence. Not only does it have inner beauty, from walls and other items, including the terrace of Café La Fontanella, you can see a big picture of the island of Malta.
Situated on the Mediterranean Sea, we found ourselves in Sliema on the coastal road that connects with St.Julians. This is probably one of the liveliest holiday resorts in Malta, and the center of the origins of many of the large hotels there. It is a very lively area centering around the shops, cafes and restaurants. The Sliema promontory offers one of the most beautiful views of the capital,Valletta, and Marsamxett Harbour.
This city is in the western part of the center of the island of Malta. It's separated from Modena by a nice park. That's where we visited the church and the catacombs of St. Agatha. The church is very similar to the rest of the churches we have visited in Malta: with some beautiful frescoes, it's a Latin cross plan with a large dome that's beautifully decorated with big images. In case of this church is also has a crypt with many burials. The catacombs of St. Agatha left us quite impressed. Long and narrow aisles that are visited a small part.
Marsascala is located south of the island of Malta. The first thing that we did when we arrived was to visit the castle in the highest part of the city which faces the sea. Unfortunately it was closed and we could only see it from the outside. Then we went down to the waterfront, parked the car without any problems and took a beautiful and peaceful walk along the promenade. As you can see in a couple of the photos, the sea was a bit choppy and a wave broke on the dock, splattering us with water!
We were in Valletta and had already completed the program we had prepared. We thought of going to Mosta to see the huge dome of the church. We took the bus and quickly landed in the city. The church was closed. I asked a park attendant and they said it would open back up at 4 p.m., so we relaxed on a terrace bar and had a snack. It opened at 3:30. We entered into a magnificent spectacle. The dome is immense. It's supported by eight huge columns and it seems impossible to make something so big. It's about 26 meters in diameter - enormous. Like all self-respecting Maltese churches, the frescoes are beautiful with huge images and during Easter, there is a competition for who can best decorate the sanctuary. Also during Easter, the most valuable thing of the respective guild is displayed.
Zabbar is about 8 miles southeast of Valetta. There is nothing special or that stands out in the city, buy it's very quiet and you walk around feeling oppressed. The church of Grace stands out as like most Maltese churches it has a Baroque facade and a Latin cross plan, with beautiful frescoes. The image of the saint is carved in wood.
Oh last day of our stay in Malta, and after visiting Valletta, we took a walk around town above the capital. We found our way to the church of St. Publius. In front of the church there's a large square full of circles similar to the bases of the columns and equidistant between them. Walking Floriana we make the obligatory visit to the Gate of the Bombs. It's a cool visit. You should check it out if you have time.