Located on the eastern end of St Paul’s Bay in northern Malta, Bugibba is one of Malta’s most popular seaside resorts, challenged only by its adjacent neighbour, Qawra. After recent investments, the area has been populated with modern apartments and hotels, a brand-new waterpark aptly called Bugibba Waterpark and a 150m stretch of manmade beach, now awarded the sought-after Blue Flag award.
Popular with tourists and locals alike, you’ll be struck by its mix of fast-food restaurants and gourmet traditional eateries, its rugged coastline and the man-made sands, and its long waterfront promenade populated by dozens of different nationalities.
3 hr flights and great deals on hotel packages, including year-round delectable weather, (even in October, making it a top break for when school’s out) make Malta a perennial favourite for family holidays, cheap holidays and all inclusive holidays in 2021.
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Your guide to Bugibba holidays
St Paul's Bay is home to both Bugibba and Qawra. Bugibba caters to a wide range of tourists and provides for everyone from families to young couples. Along the front runs the man-made beach, but all along the coast there's places to lay down a towel on the giant, flat rocks that jut out into the water. There's also lots of lidos all along the curve of St Paul's Bay and here you can relax, enjoy some water sports, or go for a splash.
In the centre of town you'll find the Il Bajja square, which is a cobbled area with lots of restaurants, bars and cafes, laid out in that familiar, open-air Mediterranean style. Branching out of Il Bajja are a number of streets and the main strip which provides your fast-food restaurants and pubs, if that's what you're after.
Bugibba is also only a 20 minutes away from Valleta by bus. Malta's historic capital is a sprawling city with winding streets, galleries and Baroque churches, awesome for a day trip. Another day trip includes heading to nearby Cirkewwa (around 30-40minutes) to catch the ferry to Mgarr harbour on Gozo, or drop off on the way on Comino to visit the Blue Lagoon.
Bugibba has a 150m stretch of man-made sandy beach, but most of the coastline is rocky. For superior sandy beaches - the ones you might see as more familiar with Malta's image - head to Mellieha Bay, not far from Bugibba, or across on the ferry to Gozo and Ramla Bay, a large, red-sand beach.
The coast along St. Paul's Bay, although not sandy, is lined with two promenades at Qawra and Bugibba, a number of large, flat rocks ideal for sunbathing and a series of lidos, artificially installed to give holidaymakers somewhere to lounge.
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