Advantages Easy to get to, can be tacked on to trip to Mdina, cheaper places to eat
Disadvantages Not that exciting
Rabat is a word you’ll hear a lot in Malta and its smaller sister island of Gozo. The word is of Semitic derivation and roughly means suburb but is more commonly used to mean a principal town or city; the capital of Morocco is called Rabat, and on Gozo, the main town of Victoria is less formally known as ‘rabat’. In the centre of the island of Malta, though, is the Rabat that is better known to foreign tourists; Rabat is so called because it was a suburb of Mdina, which was once the capital of Malta.
People mistakenly view Rabat as some less interesting appendage to Mdina; it’s hardly surprising really, because with its impressive fortifications, its magnificent cathedral and plethora of fascinating museums, Mdina is one of the highlights of this little island. A visit to Mdina could easily fill a whole day but, if you have time, it is worth strolling over to Rabat to take a look around and if you have more time, you could visit one of two of its museums.
Heritage Malta looks after the catacombs but hasn’t really done much to make the place more visitor friendly. There are the obvious drawbacks to something like this – it’s no good for someone with mobility problems or for people who suffer from claustrophobia, for a start, but there’s not much in the way of written information and no guide was present when we visited. Entrance wasn’t expensive but I’d strongly suggest using a guided tour to get the most out of this attraction.What is much more interesting (and visitor friendly) is the grotto of St.
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