The Xara Lodge

The Xara Lodge is a stunning country estate. Its location provides unrivalled views of Malta's lush natural surroundings, with the beautifully lit Mdina bastions as an imposing backdrop.

Gala Dinner

The Xara Lodge

This year's Gala Dinner will take place in the Xara Lodge, set beneath the historic town of Mdina, once the former capital of Malta. Before the Gala Dinner, and weather permitting, we will enjoy a stroll around the ramparts of the medieval city of Mdina.

The history of Mdina can be traced back more than 4,000 years. According to tradition, it was here that in 60 A.D. the Apostle St Paul is said to have lived after being shipwrecked on the island. Furthermore, it is said that St Paul resided inside the grotto know as Fuori le Mura (outside the city walls) now known as St Paul's Grotto in Rabat. Lamp lit by night and referred to as 'the silent city', Mdina is fascinating to visit for its timeless atmosphere as well as its cultural and religious treasures.

Mdina has had different names and titles depending on its rulers and its role, but its medieval name describe it best - ‘Citta' Notabile': the noble city.

It was home then, as it is now, to Malta's noble families; some are descendants of the Norman, Sicilian and Spanish overlords, who made Mdina their home from the 12th century onwards. Impressive palaces line its narrow, shady streets.

Mdina is one of Europe's finest examples of an ancient walled city and it is extraordinary in its mix of medieval and baroque architecture.