Right in the centre of old town Mdina, but down a quiet side road with no passing footfall. Ideal for our frequent visits to the famous Fontanella Tea Rooms (more for cocktails than tea). Friendly welcome and the best welcome pack we've seen.
Full of high beamed ceilings and hidden terraces, the six of us were all accomodated in comfort. Three excellent bedrooms and three well appointed bath/shower rooms, everything we needed was readily at hand.
Our hosts were informative and attentive and organised seamless taxi transfers on our behalf.
Fabulous location, situated in the heart of Mdina which is a beautiful city with long narrow streets offering a tranquil setting to browse through the beautiful art and craft shops.
The house itself is fully equipped with everything you need whether you use it as a base or stay-at-home relaxing holiday. The roof terraces have superb views, especially on St Paul's Cathedral which is spectaculary lit up at night.
Bus stops are 5 minutes walk from the house and you can travel to anywhere on the island from here, a 7 day bus travel ticket is a must! Includes ferry rides and open top bus tour or boat trip.
Our host Joanna was extremely helpful, happy to help in whatever way she could. Her local knowledge of the island proved invaluable when planning taxis, day trips, restaurant bookings etc. She made the holiday feel like we were staying with a friend.
Highly recommended as a destination and a place to stay.
We loved our stay at Agatina's. The house in the heart of Mdina is a real home from home and is ideally located for exploring the rest of Malta. Andrea was extremely helpful setting up the rental and Joanna was so kind and welcoming. We recommend this rental 100% and hope to return some time soon.
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.