We didn’t really make any plans in advance for Malta, but we spotted that the Hop On Hop Off bus stops right around the corner from our hotel, so we decided just to take it and see where it goes. It turned out that while many buses drive around a city, on Malta the buses drive around the entire island. Because the island is quite big and rods are something else than highways, it takes some time to drive. But the weather in October was really good, around +25°C, so we enjoyed our ride despite the clouds looming on the horizon.
Our first stop was in a city of Mdina, which was a peaceful and quiet city with nearly empty streets. We walked around a bit, saw Saint Paul Cathedral and The Carmelite Church, grabbed some delicious ice cream from an ice cream shop, and watched the dark clouds and rain far away in the distance. The rain luckily didn’t reach Mdina when we were there. We spent maybe an hour in Mdina and went back to wait for the next bus.
Our next stop was in Rabat, which was located really close to Mdina. The overall look of Rabat was similar to Mdina, but it seemed more lively.
We also visited St. Paul’s church and grotto. The church was built on top of the grotto where St. Paul is said to have taken refuge after his shipwreck on Malta. We visited the grotto and mistakenly thought that St. Paul’s grotto is the same thing as St. Paul’s catacombs, but it turned out that the catacombs are located a few kilometers away from Rabat. This is what you get when you don’t prepare. 😉
After the grotto we took the Hop On Hop Off bus again and headed past the vineyards to Valletta.