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St. Paul's Bay resort, Malta

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See also the newer areas of Bugibba & newer still Qawra



St. Paul’s Bay Location

  • St. Paul’s Bay is located on the North East coast of Malta and is the largest resort on the north of Malta
  • 15km from Valletta
  • The old town of St. Paul’s Bay has extended to the south and engulfed the popular tourist areas of Bugibba and the newer resort of Qawra
  • Package holiday transfer time between Luqa airport and St. Paul’s Bay 1 hour - 1 hour 30 minutes.


St. Paul’s Bay Description

  • This is a large and popular tourist area and part of neighbouring resorts, stretching for 5km along St. Paul’s Bay, around Qawra Point and into Salina Bay.
  • St Pauls bay contains the old town, this page, and the newer areas of Bugibba & newer still Qawra
  • A picturesque resort with good attractions and easy access to some of Malta's finest scenery and best rocky beaches. This is traditionally Malta's largest summer resort and can be split into four areas of contrasting age and amenities - Xemxija, Bugibba, Qawra and the Old Town. Of the group, Bugibba, is the largest resort in the area, with good views of St Paul’s Bay and its islands. Proving its popularity, Bugibba has the liveliest nightlife, a cinema, bingo hall and even a casino.


St. Paul’s Bay Seafront

  • Almost the entire foreshore is rocky, In many locations the rocks are flat and suitable for sunbathing
  • There are 3 small harbours along the sea front either in the old town area of St Paul's bay or in Bugibba
  • Swimming and snorkeling is popular from the rocks. Ensure you locate a suitable exit point from the water, and beware of the black sea urchins found on the rocks.
  • The entire area is great for water sports.


St. Paul’s Bay Beaches

  • There is a small beach at the head of St Pauls Bay, the rest is rocky
  • The nearest large sandy beaches are about 8km away at Mellieha Bay and further away in Golden Bay. There is a regular bus route to these beaches from St Pauls Bay


Shopping in St. Paul's Bay

  • The usual range of tourist souvenirs can be found throughout St. Paul's Bay with Bugibba having the main shopping centre. Smaller shops and supporting markets are also present in the surrounding area. For more sofisticated shopping vist Valletta or Sliema. A regular bus service runs to both towns.


Nightlife in St. Paul's Bay

  • Next door is Bugibba which is the main hub of activity at night in the area
  • But Old town St. Paul’s Bay has a selection of quieter bars and cafes.
  • Some of the hotels in this area also have their own nightclubs and special nights of entertainment


St. Paul's Bay Restaurants & Cuisine

  • The area is well covered with tourist cafés and restaurants whilst more sophisticated dining can be found at Old St. Paul's Bay.


Sports in St. Paul's Bay

  • Scuba Diving for beginners and experienced divers is available from Diving schools
  • Snorkeling in the sea
  • Many hotels & aparthotels have their own sporting facilities. See Hotel descriptions



St. Paul's Bay Bus Services

Plenty of buses run along St. Paul's Bay sea fronts going either to Valletta or further north on the island. 

Bus routes - Popular bus destinations

to Armier Bay 50 Summer only,

to Bugibba  48, 49, 50 Summer only, 86 by-pass, 159, 427, 627

to Cirkewwa (Ferry to Gozo)  48, 145, 645

to Golden Bay   652

to Mellieha Bay (Ghardira Bay) 44,  48 , 50 Summer only,  645

to Mellieha Church  44,  48 , 50 Summer only,

to Mellieha Heights 43,

to Golden Bay 652

to Qawra  159, 652

to Mosta 43,  44, 49, 86,159, 427,

to Mdina & Ta' Qali Crafts Village 86

to Qawra 59, 159,

to Paceville 627, 645, 652

to Sliema, Sliema ferries 627, 645, 652

to St. Julians 627, 645, 652

to Valletta  43, 44, 49, 50 Summer only, 52, 159

to Xemxija Bay  43,  44, 48, 50 Summer only, 645

Night Service 45 to Paceville Term - St. Andrews, Bahar ic-Caghaq, Coast Road - Bugibba Tr, Pijunieri Road, St Paul’s Bay – Xemxija – Mellieha - Cirkewwa

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