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Stroll the promenade of Balluta Bay until the sun goes down and listen to happy conversations carried on the warm air. Arrive just before sunrise to see the northeastern-facing bay light up with rosy colors. This village sits on a clear emerald bay within the fashionable resort district of St Julian’s.
The seaside at Balluta Bay isn’t sandy, except for a few silvery square feet appearing at low tide. Climb down steps from street level into the warm water or sunbathe, Maltese-style, on the pavement or nearby rocks. Scuba dive in these calm waters.
A promenade runs along the coast between the neighboring enclaves of Sliema and St. Julian’s, as well as through Balluta village. Facing the water is the neo-Gothic church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, whose architecture is unique in Malta. Its dramatic façade dominates the streetscape here. Watch Sunday processions and listen to bells ringing.
Farther along the road are the sumptuous Balluta Buildings, a row of handsome apartment buildings created in the art nouveau style. The Balluta Square is a triangle framed by lovely places to eat and drink in the shade of oak trees, as “Ballut” is the Maltese name for oak. Famous Maltese personality Antonio Cassar Torreggiani built a lavish villa here, which has become The Villa, a restaurant on the grounds of the luxury hotel Le Méridian. Balluta Bay is a regional dining hub. Enjoy local seafood at one of the quality restaurants here. Try old-style cafés too, such as Balluta Kiosk, for something less flashy.
The shape of Balluta Bay makes it a bit secluded from the buzz of the rest of St. Julian’s. Although it’s part of a resort district, many locals have been living here for decades so it has retained some Old Malta authenticity. While nearby Paceville is more energetic, here in Balluta Bay you can sit and enjoy the view and watch people go about their day in the Maltese sun.
Located in Il-Balluta, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Saint Julian's Bay, Balluta Bay and Sliema Promenade. St George's Beach and Dragonara Casino are also within 1 mile (2 km).
This family-friendly St. Julian's hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Trig Santa Rita Steps, St George's Beach and Saint Julian's Bay. Dragonara Casino and Sliema Promenade are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Located in the heart of Sliema, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Triq Manwel Dimech and Sliema Ferry. Balluta Bay and Sliema Promenade are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Located in the entertainment district, this family-friendly hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Mediterranean Conference Centre, Fort St. Elmo and St. Paul's Cathedral. Catacombs of St. Paul and St. Agatha's Crypt and Mnajdra Megalithic Temples are also within 12 mi (20 km).
Located in Floriana, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within a 10-minute walk of Grand Harbour and Upper Barrakka Gardens. Sliema Ferry and Lower Barrakka Gardens are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Located in Paceville, this romantic hotel is steps away from Spinola Bay and Saint Julian's Bay. St George's Beach and Dragonara Casino are also within 15 minutes.
Located in the heart of Sliema, this guesthouse is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Sliema Promenade, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Mnajdra Megalithic Temples and Blue Grotto. Dingli Cliffs and Hagar Qim are also within 12 mi (20 km).
Located in Il-Balluta, this beach hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Balluta Bay, Saint Julian's Bay, and Sliema Promenade. St George's Beach and Dragonara Casino are also within 1 mile (2 km).