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Holidays in St Paul's Bay
Holidays to St Paul’s Bay are ideal for those who want a taste of the highlife, but also want to experience some authentic Maltese culture. Now the largest resort on the island’s north coast, it began as a small fishing village. Despite blossoming into one of Malta’s most popular tourist destinations, it’s still home to native Maltese families, who have ensured that the resort has retained much of its original charm. Take a sunset stroll along the beautiful promenade with a loved one, and enjoy a leisurely drink in one of the bars or restaurants. Families are spoilt for choice when it comes to things to see and do. Take one of the regular cruises around the bay, or spend an afternoon exploring prehistoric caves and megalithic temples. Although there is some nightlife, the resort is quieter than some of its neighbours, making St Paul’s Bay holidays perfect for those who want to enjoy their holiday to Malta at their own pace.
15°C to 31°C °C
With warm summers and mild winters, you can take your St Paul’s Bay holidays at virtually any time of year. If you really want to soak up some sun, head over between June and August, when the temperature hovers in the mid-20s and peaks into the 30s.
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Flights to St Paul’s Bay land at Malta International Airport, which is approximately half an hour’s drive from the resort.
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Couples: St Paul’s Bay holidays have become increasingly popular with honeymooners and romantically-minded couples. The promenade offers beautiful views over the sea, and there are authentic Maltese restaurants to explore. For something special, look out for the Café del Mar, where you can relax with a cocktail and some laid-back tunes.
Families: While sandy beaches aren’t common in Malta, this resort attracts families thanks to the pristine Golden Sands Beach. It lives up to its name, with powder-soft, honey-coloured sands and shallow sea perfect for paddling, making it ideal for those travelling with little ones.
Underwater Adventures: With crystal-clear waters, the area has been attracting snorkelers and scuba-divers for decades. Reefs, wrecks and caves make this one of the best submarine landscapes in the Mediterranean.
Language: The main language spoken across the island is Maltese. However, most of the locals and those working in hotels, bars and restaurants have a good understanding of English. However, a quick ‘jekk jogħġbok’ and ‘grazzi’ can go a long way, so why not download a phrasebook app?
Currency: You’ll need to change-up your Sterling for Euros on your holidays to St Paul’s Bay.
Local time: St Paul’s Bay is an hour ahead of the UK.
Fly to: Malta International Airport is approximately 18km from the resort.
Flight time from the UK: The flight takes just over three hours, landing at Malta International Airport.
Tourist Information: Further tourist information can be found here.
Visa and Health: Before you fly, click here for advice and recommendations on visas and health for your St Paul’s Bay holidays.
January and February are the coolest months, with the temperature around 10°C. During these months, it can be a bit windy and humid. The sunshine months are between May and August, when the temperature climbs into the late 20s and peaks in the late 30s. If you want to enjoy some sun, book your holidays to St Paul’s Bay around this time.
Buses: The old, yellow Maltese buses have been replaced with their newer, air-conditioned ones. Because the island’s so small, it’s easy to get around and with more than 80 bus routes across Malta, getting where you want to go is easy. Fares are cheap, making this a great option for those who want to see the sights on a budget.
By taxi: There are two types of taxi in Malta: white, official taxis and black, independent taxis. White taxis are allowed to pick up passengers from the roadside, while black cabs can’t. As a result, white ones can be more expensive, but they’re legally obliged to use their meters, so there’s no chance of being overcharged. Black cabs are not metered, which can work in your favour if you’re prepared to haggle a good price before setting off.
Ferry: If you fancy a bit of island-hopping on your holidays to St Paul’s Bay, you’ll find ferries to take you to nearby Gozo, as well as traditional dghajsa boats, which double as water-taxis.
The Feast of St Paul’s Shipwreck: The Maltese enjoy a good feast and there seems to be one in almost every month of the calendar! The Feast of St Paul’s Shipwreck takes place in February and sees a huge parade following the statue of the beloved saint, before the eating, drinking and dancing kicks off in the evening.
Fireworks: In addition to feasts, the Maltese seem to love nothing better than a chance to set off some fireworks. Head over to nearby Valletta in the last week of April and prepare to be dazzled. The Malta International Fireworks Festival is a spectacular night of fun and kicks off a summer of parties across the island.
Malta Jazz Festival: What could be better than a warm summer evening, a cool drink in your hand and the sounds of some of the best up-and-comers and established jazz musicians in the world? Take your holidays to St Paul’s Bay in July and head to Valletta for the Malta Jazz Festival.