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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.
Weather

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.
Flight

Around three hours

Flights to St Paul’s Bay land at Malta International Airport, which is approximately half an hour’s drive from the resort.

Recommended Offers in St Paul's Bay

Hotel Gillieru Harbour

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • Overlooking St Paul's bay
  • Sea view terrace and rooftop terrace
  • Weekend Pizzeria

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What is included ?

  • 20kg Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Return Transfers
  • 24hr Hotel Satisfaction Promise
  • Resort Service
  • Enhanced Quality Monitoring
  • Manage through Holiday App

Golden Sands Beach is the one nearest to the resort and, due to its beautiful sands, very popular. If you want more space, it’s only five minutes’ drive to Mellieha, where you’ll find one of the best beaches on the island that’s perfect for families or for couples who want to enjoy some sun.

For a fun family day out, the stunning Birdpark Malta is only about five minutes away in Salina. With over 200 species of spectacular birds to enjoy, this is much more than a conservation park, with plenty to see and do.

While you can find cuisine from almost any corner of the world, St Paul’s Bay also has some of the best authentic Maltese restaurants on the island. Look out for zalzett, a traditional sausage flavoured with coriander, the delicious Maltese breads and simply-cooked fish.

 

RESORTS NEAR ST PAULS BAY


ST PETERS BAY IS BEST FOR

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.


FAST FACTS

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 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Malta International Airport. The transfer time to St. Paul's Bay is 50 minutes.

Flight time from the UK: The flight time to St. Paul's Bay is 3 hours.

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.


WEATHER AND CLIMATE

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.


GETTING AROUND

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.

 


EVENTS

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.


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