Named after a shipwreck documented in the “Acts of the Apostles”, St. Paul’s Bay is the largest town in Malta’s north. It’s a popular tourist destination due to its rocky beaches, family-friendly attractions, and home to the Roman remains of San Pawl Milqi.
Things to do in Saint Paul’s Bay
History buffs shouldn’t miss a visit to San Pawl Milqi, an archaeological site that encompasses the ruins of a Roman agricultural villa. It overlooks the fertile landscapes of the Burmarrad Plain and is believed to have been in use until the 4th century AD. As you wander around its fortified walls and ruined foundations, keep your eyes peeled for ancient olive oil presses and settling vats.
Overlooking the Qawra seafront is the Malta National Aquarium, which occupies a building designed in the shape of a starfish. It is home to around 175 different species that include not only fish and molluscs but also reptiles and insects. Get up close to cat sharks and octopuses in the themed tanks that reflect the underwater landscapes of the Maltese islands, then see chameleons and snakes in the terrarium.
Nearby is Buġibba Perched Beach, an artificial stretch of sand that was built atop a rocky shoreline and is backed by a coastal promenade. In addition to swimming in the crystal clear waters and snorkelling along the rocky shelves, you can participate in wakeboarding, paragliding and banana boat riding. Beach umbrellas and loungers are available for rent and there are plenty of restaurants serving Maltese cuisine nearby.
Getting around Saint Paul’s Bay
St. Paul’s Bay is around 30 minutes’ drive from Valletta and Malta International Airport, which has flights to destinations across Europe and the Middle East. Buses connect St. Paul’s Bay to destinations across the island and travel throughout the town.