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St. Paul's BayMalta

Many years after a revered saint was believed shipwrecked here, St. Paul’s Bay has become one of Malta’s favorite vacation spots. 

Leave your worries behind and enjoy over 3 miles (5 kilometers) of coastline at St. Paul’s, a collection of seaside towns in northern Malta. This lovely bay and its townships form the hub of affordable Maltese tourism, with resorts for a wide budget range. Wealthy Maltese were once the only summer visitors on these shores. Now others can appreciate the area.

St. Paul’s Bay has always had a special allure, as legend says that St. Paul himself was shipwrecked here, marking the beginning of Christianity in Malta. Aside from its historical and Biblical significance, the real attractions are the beautiful seascape and panoramic vistas. Populations in these little towns increase by tens of thousands during the summer.

The village of St. Paul’s hasn’t been completely transformed by tourism and still has a Maltese character, which you can see in places like the Church of St. Paul’s Shipwreck. Local townspeople light a bonfire here every February to commemorate the fateful shipwreck. Enjoy the sweeping view from the Wignacourt Tower, built in 1609, which has a small military museum. The Knights of St. John set up towers like this all along the Maltese coastline as reminders of the vulnerability near these rocky islands in past centuries.

Three small harbors along the curve of the coast have the gorgeous azure Mediterranean Sea lapping at their shores. The village of St. Paul’s is practically merged with its bustling neighbor Bugibba. Around the curve of the shoreline is the more serene Qawra. See the wonders of the sea at the new and stylish Malta National Aquarium in Qawra. The Malta Classic Car Collection provides something special for car-lovers. At the northern end of the bay lies mysterious, uninhabited St. Paul’s Island.

St. Paul’s Bay is a great destination for families and anyone seeking a laid-back resort vacation. Although you’ll never be far in distance from the rest of busy Malta, here you can enjoy the views and the sea in a quiet location.

Where to stay in St. Paul's Bay

Mistra, Malta

Mistra

When in Mistra, you can plan a visit to Bugibba Beach and St Paul's Island, some noteworthy sights in the nearby area.

Mistra

Top hotels in St. Paul's Bay

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Cardor Apartments
Cardor Apartments
2 out of 5
Tourist Street, Bugibba, St. Paul's Bay, Malta

This family-friendly St. Paul's Bay aparthotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 10-minute walk of The Malta Classic Car Collection, Bugibba ...

3/5 (67 reviews)
Cardor Apartments

"It was a nice enough place to stay. The staff were very helpful."…"

Reviewed on 28 Feb 2020

Cardor Apartments
Mavina Hotel and Apartments
Mavina Hotel and Apartments
3 out of 5
Triq il- Fliegu, Bugibba, St. Paul's Bay

Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Bugibba Beach and Malta National Aquarium. The Malta Classic Car Collection and Bugibba Square ...

3.6/5Good! (160 reviews)

"fab stay as always no problems"…"

Reviewed on 3 Nov 2019

Mavina Hotel and Apartments
Qawra Point Holiday Complex
Qawra Point Holiday Complex
3 out of 5
Tourist Street, Qawra, St. Paul's Bay, Malta
The price is £107 per night

Situated near the beach, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Malta Classic Car Collection, Malta National Aquarium and Bugibba Beach. Bugibba Square ...

3.1/5 (132 reviews)

"Great for the price"…"

Reviewed on 14 Nov 2019

Qawra Point Holiday Complex

Popular places to visit in St. Paul's Bay

Malta National Aquarium
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Malta National Aquarium

4.5/5(117 reviews)

Come face to face with the cute and homely local fish of Malta’s waters in this sleek and modern facility in picturesque Qawra. 

The Malta Classic Car Collection
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The Malta Classic Car Collection

4.5/5(16 reviews)

You can study the exhibits at The Malta Classic Car Collection, a museum with a storied past, during your travels to Qawra. Wander the beautiful beaches and seaside in the area.

Mellieha Bay
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Mellieha Bay

4/5(265 reviews)

Spend your days in the north relaxing on the sand at this sparkling natural beach perfect for swimming and windsurfing. 

Top things to do in St. Paul's Bay

Nighttime Tour of Valletta, Mdina & Mosta with Malta 5D Show
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Nighttime Tour of Valletta, Mdina & Mosta with Malta 5D Show

86% of travellers recommend
£27
Per adult
Gozo island guided tour from Malta including Ggantija UNESCO
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Gozo island guided tour from Malta including Ggantija UNESCO

£62
Per adult
Mdina, Rabat, Dingli, San Anton, Ta'Qali & Mosta guided tour
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Mdina, Rabat, Dingli, San Anton, Ta'Qali & Mosta guided tour

100% of travellers recommend
£53
Per adult
Palazzo Parisio, Buskett Gardens & Dingli Cliffs Tour
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Palazzo Parisio, Buskett Gardens & Dingli Cliffs Tour

86% of travellers recommend
£36
Per adult
Evening guided tour of Valletta Waterfront, Rabat & Mdina
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Evening guided tour of Valletta Waterfront, Rabat & Mdina

£27
Per adult
Comino, Blue Lagoon and Caves
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Comino, Blue Lagoon and Caves

£18
Per adult

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18 Mar 2020

The view of the bay! A great place to take walks from in all directions, the heritage trail worth a look, the walk to Golden Bay easy to follow & around the headland to Mehelia Bay. Try the fruit & veg man in the lay-by.

Cities near St. Paul's Bay

Mellieha which includes general coastal views, tropical scenes and a sandy beach

Mellieha

Qawra which includes boating and a coastal town

Qawra

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Mgarr

Ewa MK on trover

Xemxija Bay