Rabat

Rabat

Things to do - general

Rabat (which shares its name with the capital of Morocco) is a suburb of the fortified town of Mdina in Malta. This is a quaint tranquil town full of narrow alleyways similar to that of neighbouring Mdina.  You will come across religious artefacts that are in the streets (as you will see in many of the places in Malta).  There are a few shops and bars where you can sit back and relax.

Parts of Rabat are built upon an ancient Roman city.  The famous Catacombs of St. Agatha and St. Paul can be found in Rabat; these are underground Roman cemeteries that all interconnect and Roman law did not allow burials in the city.

The accessible part of the St. Paul’s Parish church catacombs is said (as recorded in the Bible) that this is where the Saint stayed for approximately three months when he was shipwrecked on the Island of Malta around 60 A.D.

The much smaller catacombs of St. Agatha are more or less opposite of the St. Pauls catacombs.  You can only see these particular catacombs on a guided tour.  The tour takes approximately 20-30 minutes.  At the entrance of these catacombs is a crypt and some beautiful frescoes on the walls (no photographs are allowed to be taken).

Once you are finished with exploring the town, you can relax in the Howard Gardens which are open to the public.  These gardens are situated near the Roman Villa between the town of Rabat and the walls of Mdina.  If you have trouble walking, then you can always hop on the ride-on train that will take you around the town of Rabat and show you all the sights (please note that this train may only operate during high season).

The films Munich and Black Eagle both featured the town of Rabat in them.