St Paul's Bay
St Paul's Bay: Description
St Paul's Bay is on the northeast coast of Malta. The St Paul's bay area consists of the Old Town, and the newer resorts of Bugibba and Qawra. Together, they make one of the largest tourist resorts on the island.
The centre of the Old Town, still looks very much like it did when it was just a fishing village, although the number of bars, restaurants and souvenir shops has vastly increased. Most of the new development has taken place along the shore line, where The Old Town of St Paul's Bay now stretches both to the west and to the east where it runs into Bugibba.
As well as tourists, this area is popular with the locals, with many summer houses owned by the wealthy Maltese
St Paul's Bay is probably suited to those who would most like a quiet holiday.
St Paul's Bay's Seafront
The St Paul's Bay area has some of the best rocky beaches in Malta, with large, flat rocks suitable for Sun bathing on. Swimming and snorkeling is also popular from the rocks. However it is advisable to make sure of a good entry and exit point and keep an eye out for black sea urchins.
For those who want a sandy beach there is a small one at the head of the bay. There are good beaches at Mellieha Bay about 5 miles away, and slightly further, Golden Bay.
There is a very popular promenade which stretches the length of the bay. For those who like sailing, or just enjoy looking at boats, there are three harbours, where the fishermen berth their traditional dghajsas or luzzus.
Eating in St Paul's Bay
There are many of the usual tourist oriented cafés and restaurants. The best restaurants are found in the Old Town of St Paul's Bay.
Shopping in St Paul's Bay
Whilst there are the usual souvenir shops, for the best shopping it is probably worth catching the bus to Valetta or Sliema. For provisions etc, there are plenty of mini-markets and convenience stores.
St Paul's Bay's Nightlife
There are plenty of bars and pubs, and several hotels have entertainment in the evening plus there is a cinema. However, locally at least, Bugibba is the place to go for a lively night out.
Things to do in St Paul's Bay Old Town
With the rocky coast, St Paul's Bay is ideal for snorkeling and diving. There are at least two diving school locally, with others in Bugibba, Qawra and Xemxija.
There is Wignacourt Tower, built in 1610 and named after a Grand Master. This is not simply a watchtower but would have formed a significant strong point. There are a series of very similar towers dating from the rule of Grand Master de Wignacourt. It has a small museum on Malta's military architectural history and houses the Island Fortress Exhibition.
Grand Master de Wigna also built the parish church St Paul's Shipwreck Church. This was destroyed in an air-raid in 1943, but was reconstructed in 1957. It has three paintings depicting St Paul's shipwreck, attributed to Cassarino, a disciple of Caravaggio.
Near to St Paul's Bay on Wardija Ridge at Busewdien is an example of the mysterious "cart-ruts".
Getting to and from St Paul's Bay
St Paul's Bay is about 10 miles from Valletta and 1 to 1½ hours transfer time from the airport.
Like most of the island St Paul's Bay is well served by buses:
||Bugibba terminus-St Paul's bay-Mosta Dome- Ta' Qali Crafts Village-Mdina
||Valletta-Mosta-St Paul's bay-Mellieha-Cirkewwa (for Gozo)
||Valletta-Mosta-St Paul's Bay-Qawra-Bugibba
||Cirkewwa-Mellieha Bay-St Paul's Bay-Bugibba-Paceville
||Cirkewwa-Mellieha-St Paul's Bay-Mosta-University