With its beautiful marina, golden beach, stylish restaurants, and famous clubbing scene, the picturesque bay of St. Julian's offers you a glamorous Mediterranean beach holiday. This small town located on the east corner of Malta, close to the cosmopolitan resort of Sliema, unifies the ethos of a quaint fishing village and popular tourist resort.
Relax during the day, and party throughout the night at Paceville, on your St Julian’s holidays, with the nearby islands of Gozo and Comino providing a sense of adventure. Harbours, bays and shopping facilities are sure to appease families and groups of all kinds; St Julian’s is full of diversity, adventure and culture.
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- Time Zone: GMT +
- Average flight time: 3h 45m
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Blessed by a simply stunning marina and a vibrant and exciting nightlife scene, the alluring seaside resort of St. Julian's offers an endless array of opportunities for those setting foot on the Maltese coast. Whatever it is you come in search of in Malta, there are countless things to do in St. Julian’s that will satisfy your vision of your holiday on the idyllic island. If you’re intrigued by the history and culture of the area you can easily delve into Malta’s 7000-year history, beach lovers will find a sunbathing haven across the various rocky bays (Spinola, Balluta Bay and Exiles Bay - watch out for the rocks, though!), while revellers will happily dive into the atmospheric nightlife of St. Julian’s.
There is a wide variety of options when it comes to dining in St Julian’s, with countless cuisines discovered across a range of eateries around the waterfront and in Paceville. If you’re searching for a more authentic or traditional style of Maltese cuisine, it does seem to be a blend of other Mediterranean influences, thus leading to the diverse culinary range on offer. Seafood is also a big scene beside Mediterranean dishes, best sampled at either Wigi’s Kitchen or Zeri’s Restaurant. If you’re after some great pizza, look no further than Ir Rokna, or for a completely different flavour, head to Blue Elephant for some quality Thai food. If you’ve been hanging around in the sunshine all day and need to cool down, make sure you head to RivaReno Gelato for some of the finest ice cream in Malta.
There are numerous fun and engaging things to do in St. Julian’s for holidaying families, spanning entertainment facilities and natural treats. Nothing beats a day on the beach, and both the young’uns and mum and dad will find a haven in the beautiful Blue Flag beach found at St. George’s Bay – a great place to splash around or relax in the sun. Water sports are also a great way for the family to get active together, while various boat trips will add a sense of adventure to your family escapades. Paceville is home to some top family entertainment facilities, including great shopping, various games arcades and a lively bowling alley.
Action & Adventure
Action and adventure goes hand in hand with St. Julian’s, much of it enjoyed on and beneath the surface of the ocean that surrounds the town. One of the top things to do in St. Julian’s is embracing the fantastic diving scene that seems to dominate the water sports scene in Malta. Countless diving schools will allow you to gain the relevant qualifications to enjoy diving, as well as taking you to some of the top spots in the country’s waters. Among the other water sports popularised around the area include boat trips, snorkelling, jet-skiing and windsurfing, of which there is a quality school in St. Julian’s. If you don’t fancy getting wet, head on one of the great coastal paths around the area for a top day of hiking.
The beaches here are mostly rocky but there is a golden, sandy Blue Flag beach at St. George's Bay. Generally the beaches in St.Julian's and its bays, Spinola, Balutta and Exiles, are popular for snorkelling and swimming. The flat rocks are perfect for sunbathing, as if they were deposited there by nature for exactly that purpose.
If you’re after a relatively relaxed night, holidays in St. Julian's offer an easy-going nightlife with great al fresco restaurants and stylish bars. However, if you want something a bit more hardcore, Paceville is for you.
Paceville is full of venues for those hoping to let their hair down during their time in St. Julian’s. If you’ve come for a party, you’ll never run out of things to do in St. Julian’s, or places to visit. Sky Club lays claim to one of the largest indoor clubs in Malta, with music focussing on House, Disco and Techno. BarCelona Lounge is the spot for sophistication, hosting stylised parties with a little less intensity. Footloose Fun Bar and Fuego Salsa Bar are the places to go for those who have packed their dancing shoes, while for a more laid-back night scene, pop into SJI’s Smooth Jazzing jazz bar.
Take a romantic walk across the harbour of Spinola Bay, complete with bars and restaurants for rumbling tummies and parched throats. Balluta Square is equally as quaint, an ideal location to drift away together.
Culture vultures will be well served during their time in Malta, and with many cultural and historical things to do in St. Julian’s and within easy reach of the town, your days can easily be filled by the secrets and treasures of Malta’s long history. The Spinola Bay neighbourhood is a great place to explore in order to gain an authentic impression of St. Julian’s, while the town’s towering Church of St. Julian’s is well deserving of a place on your camera. Outside of St. Julian’s, head to the ancient city of Mdina and take to the maze of winding and narrow charming streets, explore the museums and landmarks of the capital Valletta or delve into the St. Paul’s Catacombs in Rabat.