Agatina is a sizeable and sympathetically restored stone built townhouse that is over 200 years old in the heart of the historic city of Mdina. The house has all the facilities needed for a comfortable stay with 3 totally private and separate sitting out areas (ground floor courtyard, 1st floor 'Juliet balcony' and a 3rd floor sunbathing terrace). On the 4th level, there is a terrace with stunning 360 views over Mdina and towards the west. We visited in July with day temperatures steady at 30 degrees by day and 22 degrees by night. By using the fans in the house, and open windows by day, meant that even travellers like us from the far north of England were able to keep temperatures within the house to our liking.
Staying in Mdina is like living within a castle, with narrow streets and great places to visit and to eat at prices cheaper than in UK. By day, it attracts visitors, but it never felt crowded. By evening, it becomes very quiet and peaceful.
Just outside of the walls of Mdina is the historic town of Rabat with again many places to visit and to eat, but less frequented by tourists. Within Rabat are all the basic shops you need for self catering, including a 24 hour bakery, butchers, small stores and a fantastic fruit and vegetable shop.
Andrea suggested that we might want to consider using public transport rather than hiring a car and we are so glad that we took his advice. A 5 minute walk from the house, and just outside the walls, is the bus interchange. For 21 euros, you have unlimited travel for a week on the modern air conditioned buses that travel the whole island. We found this service to be very frequent and reliable and we easily visited all the places we wanted to see without the worry of congestion, parking or the driving standards on Malta. Andrea and Joanna booked taxis to take us from and to the airport.
Making our holiday relaxing was the service that we received from Andrea following the booking of Agatina and, during our stay, from his mother Joanna and father Joseph who welcomed us to the house. Nothing was too much trouble for them and they provided the best customer service during our stay that we have enjoyed in over 30 years of our independent travelling. We really felt welcomed and cared for.
Not only is Malta a fascinating island to visit, but a boon for English speaking visitors as everyone speaks English and signs are in English. Not only do they drive on the left but also have the same electrical sockets as in UK, so no need to bring plug adaptors for gadgets, etc.
Our 10 night stay was perfect and so much better than being in a hotel. This was a holiday that has given us lasting and happy memories. A big thanks to Joanna, Andrea and Joseph.
We are just finishing up a 5 day stay in Mdina. We have had an amazing stay in this lovely home. Mdina is a magical, well preserved walled Medieval village in the heart of Malta. It was built thousands of years ago and you can almost feel the history as your wander the streets (that don’t allow cars). Being able to stay in heart of his village has been a privilege indeed. It is also more impressive than it sounds as there are less than 300 residents and not a hotel to be found. The house is a traditional 3-story Maltese home with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. The house is full of character, comfortable and has all of the necessary amenities. Mdina is a popular tourist destination and to be able to explore this amazing place when you have it almost all to yourself (mornings and evenings) is very special. And even if Mdina is filled with tourists, the house is located at the end of a private little “street” so you have complete privacy. And it is a remarkably quiet and peaceful place to relax after the hustle and bustle of greater Malta. Our favorite place was the third floor balcony (each floor has it’s own - with a courtyard on the bottom floor, lovely for dining) which has great views and was the perfect place to listen to the church bells and while drinking a glass of wine. It was an amazing way to end our days. The owners of this home are also wonderful. When I booked the home I contacted Andrea, Joanna’s (the owners) son. He could not have been more helpful and always answered my emails promptly. I corresponded with him regularly and he answered all of my questions with patience and lots of good information. Malta was very unfamiliar to us so I had a lot of questions! We took his advice on what sights to see and what restaurants to eat at (and there are many in Mdina alone, making dining a short walk from your front door) and we were never disappointed. I am very grateful for all of his good advice. His mother Joanna, a resident of Mdina met us upon arrival and could not have been more welcoming or helpful. She gave us a tour of the house and offered to help us with anything that we might need. All in all, our stay here has been magical. If you get lucky enough to find this house and are able to book it, you will not be disappointed!
Agatina’s could not be more centrally located– allowing for daytime and evening walks through the Mdina, which is very photogenic. We stayed for three nights in May and we mostly had the Mdina all to ourselves at night. Magical! The house is functional, even with a tiny kitchen; we were able to make our own meals. There is a nice roof terrace with views of two churches. For self-catering, ask the owners for a directory of shops for wine, eggs, and meats (we brought our supplies from Gozo). The House is easy waking distance to Rabat and we really enjoyed touring Casa Bernard, Dolmus Romana and the catacombs there. You can get a taxi transfer that takes you right into the Mdina that stops at St. Pauls’ Square (the house is steps away). The communication with the hosts was excellent.
I can only praise Andrea & Joanna for the house we rented. A great deal of thought must have gone into the property as everything had been provided for our stay.
What a location, right in the heart of the beautiful medieval walled city of Mdina.
Nothing was too much trouble for Andrea and Joanna, even finding a taxi service to transport us to and from the airport.
We had a wonderful stay in this property, and would recommend it wholeheartedly to anyone.
We look forward to visiting again.
Thanks to Andrea and Joanna everything went smoothly, from our first initial booking enquiry, to our last day where our cases were stored by Joanna and Joseph (we had a next day 2.30 am flight).
All our pre-holiday email questions were answered quickly and thoroughly; for example, we were concerned about where we would park our hire car when at the property, and so emailed Andrea asking him. He immediately replied and asked us to park outside Mdina on arrival and then to give Joanna our rental car registration, which we did. She then arranged a parking permit, which allowed us to park inside the Mdina itself or in the small car park just outside the Greeks Gate, which was for Mdina residents only. We found this system worked very well as we were always able to park near the property.
Joanna is very considerate and thoughtful, and it was made clear to us on arrival that if we had any problems to contact her immediately, she sent a couple of text messages during our stay asking if we needed anything, she also brought strawberries one morning and asked if we required our linen changing. Joanna is a lovely host who was warm and informative, we are interested in the history of Malta, and although we have visited Malta a few times before, Joanna fascinated us with stories about the history of Malta of which we had no idea. There was an extensive welcome pack on arrival, as well as a well-stocked store cupboard of salt, pepper, sugar etc. all of which were very welcome, and useful.
The house itself is perfectly positioned in Mdina; it is near St Paul’s square, but at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac and therefore very peaceful. There is a rooftop terrace with 360-degree view over the rooftops of Mdina to the countryside beyond. From the terrace is a wonderful view of St Paul’s Cathedral, and the Carmelite Priory. We spent several evenings on that terrace drinking wine and watching the sun go down. There are a total of 4 outside spaces, which are - a small courtyard, 1 large balcony area and 2 terraces, so it is always possible to find the perfect place to sit/eat/drink/rest outside. Inside, it is a stunning old property with wooden beams, winding staircases made of stone, and stone walls. Nevertheless, it has all necessary modern conveniences; I found having a washing machine a huge benefit especially as washing dries so quickly in the Maltese sunshine. The showers are hot, and powerful, and I must mention the comfy bed in the top floor room. Although this was our first stay at Agatina’s it won’t be our last, we would love to visit the property again, but next time bring our daughter.