St Julian's & Paceville are situated around two large bays on Malta's north east coast, north of Sliema. St Julian's is lies along the seafront of St Julian's Bay, the larger of the two. To the north of St Julian's is the Malta's nightlife capital, Paceville. To the north of Paceville is the second of the two bays, St George's Bay.
St Julian's (San Giljan in Maltese) lies between two small inlets off St Julian's Bay: Balluta Bay next to Sliema and Spinola Bay, separating St Julian's from Paceville. St Julian's started life as a small fishing port, and there are still working fishing boats in Spinola Bay. However St Julian's has now developed into a major tourist resort, with many of the islands top 5* hotels and excellent restaurants to go with them.
Paceville, pronounced Patché Ville, is one of Malta's liveliest resorts, with plenty of bars, discos and nightclubs, very popular with a younger clientele. It is located on a peninsula, in between St Julian's Bay and St George's Bay. Whilst it obviously has a lot to offer the young or the young at heart, there are some luxury hotels situated in some of the quieter areas of Paceville.
North of Paceville is St George's Bay. The area round the bay has a few hotels and restaurants. It has an excellent shopping area, The Bay Street Centre. There are also cinemas complexes, including an Imax, a bowling alley and even a sandy beach.
St Julian's & Paceville Seafront
The beaches in St Julian's are all typical Maltese rocky beaches, with many flat areas suitable for sunbathing. Following the shore, there is a promenade, which can vary from a broad boulevard to a simple road fronting the hotels. Between this and the rocks there is frequently a park with the occasional cafe and play area.
Paceville only has an occasional area of rocky beaches that are open to the public. More belong to hotels. There is also the relatively new development of Portomaso Marina.
As was mentioned previously, St George's Bay has a reasonably sized sandy beach.
Eating in St Julian's & Paceville
There are many very good restaurants in St Julian's and some in the back streets of Paceville. These include Maltese food, Italian, Mediterranean, seafood and the ubiquitous pizzeria. The restaurants along the seafront around Spinola have spectacular views over St Julian's Bay. In the entertainment area of Paceville, there are a lot of takeaways and cheap restaurants.
Shopping in St Julian's & Paceville
St Julian's is very close to Sliema, probably Malta's best shopping area. There are several good shops in the Paceville area, and a very good shopping area in the Bay Street shopping centre.
St Julian's & Paceville Nightlife
Whilst St Julian's has plenty of night time entertainment, for those who are into bars, clubs, loud music and dancing the night away, Paceville is the place to be. As well as being a paradise for party animals, there are more laid-back establishments, such as BJ's, a very well known live jazz venue.
There are at least two casinos in Paceville, the Portomaso Casino by the marina and the Dragonara Palace on the end of Dragonara Point.
Things to do in St Julian's & Paceville
Whilst there are a lot of modern developments in the area, there are still original buildings left. Of note in St Julian's, there is the19th century Carmelite church and priory.
In the Paceville side, there is the Palazzo Spinola (1688), which was built by an Italian Knight. It is now the Malta site of the "Parliament of the Mediterranean" and is not open to the public, although the old stables has been turned into a Pizza Hut. Spinola also built the Church of the Immaculate Conception round about the same time.
Even if you are not interested in gambling, the Dragonara Palace has an interesting history. It was built in the 19th century by a wealthy banker, used as a hospital in WW1 and as a refugee centre in WW2. Architecturally, it has been described as a "colonnaded folly".
The rocky beach makes the sea clear and excellent for snorkeling. There are also several scuba diving schools.
Getting to and from St Julian's & Paceville
St Julian's is on several good bus routes, both to Valletta and to the north of the island:
St Julian's & Paceville Accommodation
4* RO, BB, HB & SC
Bay Street Hotel, St George's Bay
Corinthia Beach Resort
5* RO, BB, HB & FB
Corinthia Hotel, St George's Bay
4* BB, HB and FB
Marina Hotel, St George's Bay
5* RO, BB, HB and FB
Hilton Malta, St Julian's
5* RO, BB, HB and FB
Westin Dragonara Resort, St Julian's