The ultimate guide to free walking tours around Mdina
With its labyrinth of streets and ancient city walls, when it comes to Maltese history, it doesn’t get much better than Mdina.
Silent City, Noble City... Malta’s former capital of Mdina has held many nicknames throughout its 4,000-year history, yet its streets and historic architecture have remained the same – so much so that they almost seem trapped in time.
With a history dating even as far back as the Bronze Age, Mdina was actually Malta’s first citadel capital, and its 16th to 18th century walls help make it one of the most uniquely fortified cities on the planet.
Free walking tours in Mdina
If you’re searching around for a walking tour to help introduce you to Malta’s historic hilltop jewel, there are many different walking tours to choose from ranging from €20 to no cost at all.
Unfortunately, however, there aren’t many free English walking tours around Mdina; but if you speak Spanish (or if you’re comfortable enough with the Spanish language), the Mdina: The Secrets of the City of Silence tour (run by Jorge Vicioso) can give you to the perfect introduction to Mdina’s compelling history.
More Mdina walking tours
There’s certainly no shortage of English walking tours to choose from in Mdina, which normally range between €12 and €20 per person: Some of them include:
This tour covers both Mdina and its neighbouring suburb of Rabat from top to bottom; (plus there are even discounts for kids between the ages of ten and 16, making it an ideal option for families on a budget).
If you want to soak up as much as Mdina’s history as possible, this tour educates visitors on how the Maltese nobility once roamed the streets of Mdina – and then some. (Plus if you’re visiting Mdina in the summer and you want to avoid the afternoon heat, there is a 5 p.m. tour as well).
This tour may cost €20 per person, but it’s well worth it if you want to get the best and most detailed introduction to Mdina’s fascinating history, and learn about all its important historical milestones.
More tours and other activities in Mdina
If you’re on a strict budget and missed your chance to join a walking tour, Ugide has an excellent audio guide for both Mdina and Gozo. Get Your Guide also has a one-hour-long audio tour of Mdina for €5 which also includes a map and directions to all of the most notable sites in the city.