Mdina Malta, Silent City

Mdina Medieval City & Malta’s International Food Festival

  • Jun 15, 2019

A trip to medieval Mdina is a must when you visit Malta...

Why visit Mdina Malta’s Fortified City?

Mdina is an incredibly special part of Malta’s history; the former capital, now intriguingly known as the 4000-year-old Silent City. It’s one of Europe’s most precious pieces of history, with its beautiful Baroque architecture of impressive palaces nestled between ancient medieval walls. As well as the stunning surroundings of Mdina, the Silent City is Malta’s highest point and so also has magnificent views across the Island. The view is particularly magical in the evening after sunset as the city lights shine bright.

Mdina hosts Malta’s International Food Festival 2019

Every year, Mdina plays host to Malta’s International food festival. This year it will take place from Wednesday 17th to Friday 21st July. The Silent City springs to life with thousands of visitors making the journey to the Mdina Ditch to celebrate Malta’s culinary culture and champion local food and wine producers.

The free to attend, 5-day festival attracts thousands of guests – 33,000 in 2018 to be exact. 2019 is the biggest year yet, with 80 exhibitors and live entertainment on 3 stages. There will be cooking demonstrations and a master chef competition, plus family friendly activities designed with children in mind. There will also be live music throughout the day and evening too, so guests can plan to stay in Mdina for the entire day.

During the day, attendees can try a wide range of traditional and innovative foods from

Maltese farmers, chefs and street food vendors; and also purchase store cupboard essentials at special spices, including sauces and chutneys. There will also be a fair selection of cheeses! The stall holders will offer the typical Maltese warm welcome and will be very excited for you to try their products; so expect more than one or two free samples. With that in mind, best if you arrive with an empty stomach! Also, expect to take public transport home if you’re keen to try Maltese wine or enjoy a cold pint of Cisk.

The warm weather of July will make sure that this outdoor event is a great place to meet up with friends and is truly designed for all to eat, drink and be merry! It’ll certainly be a fun, memorable day out and if you don’t get around all of the stalls in one day, there’s no rush, as you have 5 days to explore. In case, the festival moves on to Gozo a few weeks later.

Follow the trail of further fortifications in Malta

If you’d like to make the most of your trip and truly soak up Malta’s history then it only makes sense to continue to Valletta, the current capital city that’s also fortified within the City Gate and Fort St Elmo. Follow the architecture and trails of history right through to the Grand Harbour.

And where better to stay but in a wonderful and exclusive baroque palazzo, that is now a fantastic contemporary boutique hotel? Casa Ellul Boutique Hotel is located in the heart of Valletta city with its very own views across the evening cityscape from your very own rooftop jacuzzi!