St. Paul's Bay

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St. Paul\'s Bay featuring rocky coastline and a coastal town
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

QAWRA Palace Resort & SPA
QAWRA Palace Resort & SPA
4 out of 5
Qawra Coast Road, Qawra, St. Paul's Bay, Malta
The price is $90 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 25
$90
per night
Oct 24 - Oct 25
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in St. Paul's Bay. Enjoy free WiFi, 3 restaurants, and 2 bars/lounges. Popular attractions The Malta Classic Car Collection and ...
7.4/10 Good! (49 reviews)
"No drinking water in the room, and only 2 fountains available for the whole hotel , not convenient"

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2023

QAWRA Palace Resort & SPA
AX ODYCY Hotel
AX ODYCY Hotel
4 out of 5
Qawra Coast Road, St. Paul's Bay, Malta
The price is $105 per night from Oct 13 to Oct 14
$105
per night
Oct 13 - Oct 14
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in St. Paul's Bay. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 outdoor pools, and 5 restaurants. Popular attractions The Malta Classic Car Collection ...
8.2/10 Very Good! (20 reviews)
"All inclusive food and drink experience was very positive. Due to late check in, we missed some initial benefits, make sure you talk with the experience personnel,"

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2023

AX ODYCY Hotel
Dolmen Hotel Malta
Dolmen Hotel Malta
4 out of 5
Dolmen Street, Qawra, St. Paul's Bay, Malta
The price is $123 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 2
$123
per night
Oct 1 - Oct 2
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in St. Paul's Bay. Enjoy free WiFi, 4 outdoor pools, and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast in our reviews. Popular ...
8.4/10 Very Good! (693 reviews)
Love this place
"super friendly, nice clean hotel with great facilities. Seafront restaurant was worth the visit for dinner."

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2023

Dolmen Hotel Malta
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Qawra Point Holiday Complex
Qawra Point Holiday Complex
3 out of 5
Tourist Street, Qawra, St. Paul's Bay, Malta
Stay at this 3-star aparthotel in St. Paul's Bay. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Popular attractions The Malta Classic Car Collection and ...
6.4/10 (144 reviews)
"This is hard for me to write, as the staff were nice and extremely accommodating to special requests. However, let me review some key issues: CONS - they did not respond to the emails I sent via Expedia. Fortunately I found an alternate email on their website and they replied to that. - I was told ..."

Reviewed on Nov 13, 2022

Qawra Point Holiday Complex
Cardor Apartments
Cardor Apartments
2 out of 5
Tourist Street, Bugibba, St. Paul's Bay, Malta
Stay at this family-friendly aparthotel in St. Paul's Bay. Enjoy free parking, 2 outdoor pools, and WiFi. Popular attractions The Malta Classic Car Collection ...
6.4/10 (90 reviews)
"Decor awful beds awful staff rude"

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2022

Cardor Apartments
Triton
Triton
3 out of 5
Triq It-Tartarun, Qawra, St. Paul's Bay
Stay at this 3-star apartment in St. Paul's Bay. Enjoy free WiFi, a terrace, and a balcony. Popular attractions The Malta Classic Car Collection and Oracle Casino ...
8.4/10 Very Good! (32 reviews)
Comfortable and well priced
"10 min walk from bus station, well placed for exploring Bugibba. There was some building work on properties nearby but caused no disturbance. Friendly, helpful reception and cleaning staff. Well maintained room with modern bathroom, living area a little dated. A microwave would have been useful and ..."

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2023

Triton
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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