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The Xara Palace

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The Xara Palace in Mdina, Malta


The Xara Palace

A room at The Xara Palace in Mdina, Malta

The Xara Palace was built in the seventeenth century to house the noble Moscati Parisio family. It was much later used by British officers during WWII, and today it is once again family-owned, this time by the Zammit Tabonas, who are to be thanked for its beautiful restoration. The seventeen bedrooms are decorated with period pieces and original Maltese artworks, and their views range from the internal courtyards to the majestic Vilhena Palace. Upping the authenticity factor is a portion of The Xara Palace that is integrated into the bastion walls of the fortified medieval city of Mdina. Because of the property's setting, the rooftop de Mondion restaurant (located atop Mdina's centuries-old bastions) offers a truly stunning dining experience.

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