Bugibba: Resort and Accommodation
Bugibba (pronounced bu-jibb-uh) is locate on the rugged north-eastern coast of Malta It is part of 3 miles of resorts stretching round St Paul's Bay, with on one side the old town of St Paul's Bay and the other by the more modern resort of Qawra. Bugibba is the largest of the three and has the liveliest night-life.
Having been built from virtually nothing in the 1960s, in the past it was probably the least attractive of the three, with many high-rise hotels and apartments built more for profitability than aesthetics. However there has been a concerted effort to make things much more attractive for the visitor, with palm-lined walk-ways and a pedestrianised center.
Bugibba is probably most best suited to those who like a lively resort. Those who like water sports should also be able to find plenty to do. For families who like a beach holiday, Bugibba has a small perched beach, there is a sandy beach at the western end of St Paul's Bay by Xemija and it is reasonably handy for one of Malta's best beaches, Mellieha Bay, a 5 mile bus ride away .
Like most of the area, Bugibba lies on a rocky shore. Fortunately, many of the rocks are flat and very suitable for Sun bathing. Swimming and snorkeling are also popular from the rocks. Bugibba also has its very own perched beach. This man-made beach has 2000 m2 of sand. As the rocky shoreline still remains, platforms have been created to allow easy access to the sea. At least one of these allows access for wheel chair users.
Alongside the shoreline runs the promenade. This provides a very popular evening walk for both tourists and locals.
Eating in Bugibba
Bugibba is well served for restaurants, ranging from those serving all-day English breakfasts via Turkish kebabs to International Cuisine. Bugibba also has restaurants serving traditional Maltese dishes.
Shopping in Bugibba
Whilst there are plenty of touristy souvenir shops and stalls, shopping in Bugibba is limited. If you want something more serious, Valetta is only 9 miles away, and buses run frequently from the Bugibba bus station. There are supermarkets for the essentials.
Bugibba has the liveliest nightlife around St Paul's bay. There are plenty of bars, discos, karaoke bars, sports bars, pubs (both English and Irish) and nightclubs to suit those wanting a good time. These are mostly situated in Bugibba Square and surrounding streets. For those wanting a more traditional seaside activity, Bugibba has its own bingo hall. Bugibba also has a casino and cinema. Many of Bugibba's hotels have their own in-house nightclubs and entertainment. For the really enthusiastic, at least on a Saturday, there is a night bus to Paceville, the center of the islands nightlife.
Activities in Bugibba
There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy water sports, with several diving schools being located in Bugibba. For those happy to let someone else do the navigating, Bugibba there are several firms organizing boat-trips and sightseeing tours round the island.
For those who like traditional games, or just want to try something new, there is the Bugibba Bocci Club, where Malta's national game is played. This is similar to Boules or Petanque, and the club frequently organises games for tourists between 11:00-13:00. It is located on the promenade, next to McDonalds.
Getting to and from Bugibba
Bugibba is typically 1 hour transfer time from Malta's airport.
Bugibba is well served with bus routes. Below are some of the routes from Bugibba, with the more important destinations listed.