Day tour to Nazzar and Rabat/Mdina, which are within easy reach of public buses. Winding roads, the small island is densely populated, resembling an urban sprawl in many areas. Most of the traditional villages sit atop hills. Nazzar is a quiet town with beautiful old houses. Mediterranean agriculture with some vineyards. The Merlot is not to my liking, but the local version of Gin & Tonic is very easy to digest, especially at sunset on a terrace by the sea. Mdina is situated on the 185 m high Dingli-plateau and had been a settlement since bronze times: Romans, Arabs, Hospitallers, all left their marks on this place. Very well maintained until today with massive walls around, stony alleyways, palaces, and a cathedral: a complete medieval appearance.