Top Things to do in Rabat, Malta

by John T. Dixon - Date: 2010-11-20 - Word Count: 539 Share This!

There are plenty of things to do in and around Rabat when you travel to Malta. 5 star luxury in your hotel is one thing, but try to get out to see Rabat if you can and you'll discover why it is one of the most popular places to visit in Malta. Here are a few of the highlights that you should try to experience when you are next in Rabat.

The Roman Museum

The Roman Museum in Rabat is well worth a few hours of your time when you visit during your Malta 5 star holiday. It houses an ancient Roman villa which was excavated in 1881, and the museum was built around it in the 1920s. It contains a range of fascinating artefacts such as tombstones, flourmills, masks, lamps, ornaments and sculptures. But perhaps the reason that most people visit is to take a look at the incredible mosaics, which are truly impressive. The artefacts date all the way back to the 3rd century BC, and there are also marble statues on display. It will make a fascinating journey for anyone interested in the history of Malta.

Dingli Cliffs

Dingli Cliffs are located about a kilometre from Dingli, which is a small village half an hour away from Rabat. This makes it an ideal place to visit during your time in Rabat on your Malta 5 star luxury holiday. The cliffs themselves are about 220 metres high, making them the highest point in the whole of Malta. You'll be treated to some beautiful panoramic views, and the area is fantastic for walking around. Of special note is the isolated Chapel of St Mary Magdalene which dates back to the 17th century and is well worth a look. The best way to reach the cliffs is to travel by car from Rabat, but you can also take a bus to Dingli and then walk to the cliffs, which makes for an interesting activity on its own.

St. Paul's Catacombs

These ancient underground cemeteries are named because they are located very near to St. Paul's Church and Grotto. Dating back to the 3rd century AD, you will love walking around these fascinating underground tombs where over 1,000 bodies were buried, as an interesting diversion during your Malta 5 star holiday. There are 2,200 square metres of tombs in all so you will have plenty to explore - and don't miss the murals either.

Buskett Gardens

If you're looking for some peace and quiet on your Malta 5 star luxury break, Buskett Gardens, the only extensively wooded area in Malta, is the place to go. Dominated by the impressive Verdala Palace on a hill overlooking the gardens, which is an official residence of the president, the gardens are located south of Rabat near Dingli. This is a great place for relaxing and walking, and if you can visit in the spring then make sure you do so, as this is the most beautiful time of year. If you are in Malta during June then you should try to visit the gardens on June 29th when the feast of Imnarja is held here. This involves lots of rabbit stew, a traditional dish in the area, as well as plenty of folk music to provide you with a real cultural experience.

John Dixon is Managing Director of Prestige Holidays, a specialist travel company who have provided a wide portfolio of Malta 5 star holidays, as well as many other destinations around the world, for over 30 years.n
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