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Turn up the heat with a trip to Bugibba on the northern tip of Malta; it’s one of the most popular holiday destinations on the island. This bustling town may be small, but it has plenty of personality, with its lively main square and charming tavernas. It’s picturesque, too, with a pretty waterfront and contemporary hotels. There’s also a charming beach where you can sit back and relax in the sunshine. And as it’s part of the broader St Paul’s Bay area, which is also made up of St Paul’s and Qawra, you’ll find all kinds of water sports adventures going on nearby. You’ll be ready for drinks and dinner at one of Bugibba’s many welcoming establishments when you get back to town.
Expect hot summers and mild winters
Malta International Airport is 25km away.
You can be guaranteed of a great value Malta break, full of fun in the sun, when you book a holiday to Bugibba with Thomas Cook.
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Bugibba is a firm favourite among travellers to Malta, and it’s easy to see why. Tucked between St Paul’s and Qawra in the stunning St Paul’s Bay, you’ll feel like you’re staying in more than one resort. A stunning waterside promenade runs across the three towns, and Bugibba has its own small beach, too. You’ll also find a quaint harbour here, filled with pretty painted boats that add a burst of colour to already charming scenery. Don’t forget to bring your camera, as this part of Malta is perfect for budding photographers. If you want to see somewhere new, why not take a trip over to one of Malta’s islands? Gozo and Comino are just idyllic.
Perched on the coast, Bugibba is the most popular beach in town. This manmade, 150-metre stretch of shoreline is elevated above sea level, with wooden jetties that jut out to sea. It has a Blue Flag award, too, so you know it’ll be clean and tidy, ideal for the kids to go paddling or rock-pooling. You’ll find many pebbly beaches and rocky covers secluded along the St Paul’s Bay coastline, and they’re the ideal escape if you want peace and quiet on your Bubigga holidays. When the temperature rises, cool off in the turquoise waters. And if you’re up for an adventure, why not rent a boat or enjoy a spot of scuba-diving?
There’s no shortage of vibrant bars and friendly restaurants in town, including plenty on the main square. Whether you want a taste of classic Maltese fare (how about Fenkata? That’s rabbit stew!), or you prefer Italian dishes, you’ll find all kinds of cuisine to tickle your fancy.
To see a more traditional side of Bugibba, head for the harbour. This is the place to find quaint fishing boats bringing in the catch of the day. Oh, and you’ll want to try Kinnie, a popular Maltese soft drink, before you leave. It could quite easily become your favourite holiday tipple.
Just a short stroll down the promenade (and right on the seafront), the 14th century St Paul’s church awaits. It’s located over in the tiny village of St Paul’s, which is much quieter than Bugibba, and the scenery is spectacular. In the opposite direction, you’ll find Qaqra, which is a haven for water sports enthusiasts. You can tackle every conceivable activity here, and it’s particularly popular as a diving destination. Back in town, you’ll discover a wealth of fascinating Medieval sights. And, if you’re interested in exploring even further afield, boat tours regularly head over to the idyllic Maltese islands of Gozo and Comino.
Couples: With scenic coves, pleasant harbours and romantic restaurants, Bugibba holidays are ideal for two.
Snorkelers: Expect rocky beaches and hidden coves where you can snorkel to your heart’s content.
Scenery lovers: Head over to the magical island of Gozo, where you’ll find the beautiful church of Ta' Pinu and the idyllic Dwejra Bay.
Language: English and Maltese are the most popular languages, and you’ll probably hear some Italian spoken, too. Most workers in hotels, shops and restaurants will speak good English, but take a phrase book in case you decide to explore more remote parts of the island.
Currency: The currency used in Bugibba is the Euro (€)
Local time: Bugibba is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Malta International Airport. The transfer time to Bugibba is 50 minutes.
Flight time from UK: The flight time to Bugibba is 3 hours.
Tourist Information: Find out more before your Bugibba holidays at http://www.visitmalta.com/en/home
Visa & Health: Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/malta for visa and health recommendations and advice ahead of your holidays to Malta.
Temperature: 12-27 (°C)
Summers are hot and dry here, with hours of sunshine, so pack light clothes and don’t worry too much about bringing an umbrella! Rain is highly unlikely at this time of year. Winter remains mild, too, with temperatures rarely dropping below 12 (°C), even in January, which is the coldest month. Book your Bugibba holidays for spring or autumn if you want to avoid the crowds and enjoy comfortable highs in the mid-teens.
By bus: The public bus service is an easy way to get around Malta, and you can catch the bus from Bugibba to Qaqra, St Paul’s Bay and beyond.
By car: British drivers feel at home here, as everyone drives on the left. A hire car makes exploring the island simple, so you can make the most out of your holidays to Bugibba.
By ferry: Fancy hopping over to another stunning island? Take one of the regular ferries the run from Malta to Gozo and Comino.
Carnivals: February is carnival time in Malta, with five days of colourful parades, fantastic costumes and dancing in the streets.
Holy Week: At Easter, local people and holidaymakers take part in the ‘seven visits’ tradition. It takes you to seven Maltese churches to pay homage to the Altars of Repose.
Saint’s Day: Every town and village in Malta has its own Saint’s Day celebration in April, and Bugibba is no exception. Known locally as a ‘festa’, these mini-festivals are bursting with music, dancing and fireworks.