St. Paul's Bay
Located in the north east side of the main island, St.Paul’s bay, once a small fishing villages, is nowadays a popular tourist resort. Tradition has it that this was the area where St.Paul’s, the apostle, was shipwrecked when he landed to Malta on his way to Rome. It is believed that St.Paul gave the Maltese their faith and introduced Christianity on the islands. Bugibba and Qawra, the biggest tourist resorts on the island, form part of St.Paul’s Bay. Here one can find a large variety of hotels, self-catering apartments, restaurants and pubs. From here, one can also take a boat to Comino.
The waterfront in Bugibba and Qawra are popular for walks and jogging along their large promenades, from where the island of Gozo can be seen. There are several rocky beaches along the shore, one after the other, amongst which an artificial sandy beach in Bugibba. Bugibba, is the second biggest entertainment area on the island with a good number of nightclubs and various bars including wine bars and karaoke bars. Several fast food and pizzerias are also found in the area. A particular nice area in Qawra is Fra Ben which is a rocky beach and an excellent place to watch sunset.
An important tower lies in St.Paul’s Bay and built in 1610 during the reign of Grand Master Alof de Wignacourt, the Grand Master of the Knights of Malta. The Wignacourt tower, overlooking the northern part of the island, was built for defence purposes. The tower comprises of two floors and is home to a small museum which illustrates various defences used by the Order of St.John. From the roof, one can admire stunning views of the area. St.Paul’s bay is mostly popular with middle-aged or older people seeking quieter surroundings. It is also popular with locals, a number of which have their summer residences in the area. Prices around this area are quite reasonable and relatively cheaper than other tourist resorts.
Xemxija is situated on a hill, located to the north of Malta and is the smallest of all resorts in the islands. The area is close to some of Malta’s biggest beaches such as Golden Bay and Ghajn Tuffieha. It lies to the centre of two other popular tourist resorts, Mellieha and St. Paul’s Bay. The harbour of Cirkewwa, where one can take the ferry to Gozo, is only a 10 minute drive away. In Xemxija one can find a few small hotels and also some restaurants and bars along with other small rocky beaches by the sea front. Quite popular is the Fortress wine bar overlooking beautiful views of the Xemxija sea front. The area is not very busy and so very quiet, however some nightclubs can be found in the nearby resort of Bugibba. The promenade along the sea front is ideal for walks either towards St. Pauls’ Bay or towards Golden Bay. A walk inside Xemxija will take you to some prehistoric remains.