The ancient city of Mdina, Malta's first capital, boasts a distinctive fortified appearance because of its Arab-built walls that seem to rise directly out of the limestone plateau. As you walk through the narrow, winding streets that were designed to confuse invaders, be sure to notice the elaborately detailed aristocratic houses and the many Baroque-style buildings, which were constructed by the Knights of St. John in the 18th century. The landmark Baroque style of the Roman Catholic Cathedral of St. Paul is built on the site where governor Publius was reported to have met Saint Paul following his shipwreck off the Maltese coast.
The second portion of this tour takes place in Ta' Qali, a former World War II airfield in the center of Malta that has now become an enormous crafts village. In your free time, you can watch craftsmen such as potters, lace makers, wrought-iron forgers and glass blowers produce beautiful works of art. Then in Mosta, Malta's most populous town, you can meander through the Mosta Dome church, which holds up to 10,000 worshippers at a time. Its Neo-Classical façade and Ionic columns were inspired by Rome's domed, circular Pantheon.
Please note: When visiting the Cathedral, knees and shoulders must be covered. Shorts and sleeveless shirts are not permitted. There are occasions when the Mosta Dome and/or Mdina Cathedral are closed due to spiritual functions without any prior notice. This tour involves approximately 2 hours of moderate walking and standing; this tour is not considered suitable for wheelchair guests.
Changes due to ship calling on Sunday:
External visit and explanation of Mosta Dome
Shops in Ta' Qali will be closed however we open a glass factory and a filigree factory especially for our groups. We also include a stop at Dingli Cliffs to enhance your tour.