Cool Things to See/Do in St Paul’s Bay, Malta




If you're thinking about going on a sun-splashed holiday with your family or significant other, then choosing the destination of St Paul’s Bay - San Pawl il-Bahar in Maltese - is a fantastic option (named, by the way, because tradition has it that the biblical St. Paul was shipwrecked here on a journey from Caesarea to Rome). Just a half-hour drive southeast from Malta's capital Valletta, this town's normal population of just over 23,000 more than doubles, to around 60,000 in summer as visitors and seasonal residents. And here are the top musts, whether you're visiting or choose to become a summer resident:

Historical Watchtowers

Though much of St. Paul's Bay is relatively recently constructed, there are a number of remnants of a past that stretches back 2,000 years, especially the Wignacourt and Qawra watchtowers. Built in the first half of the 17th century during the rule of the Knights Hospitaller Order, they also provide great views of the town and surrounding coast and countryside.

Seafront Promenade

Stretching to the next-door towns of Qawra and Bugibba (also popular seasonal tourist destinations), this promenade is lined with.bars and restaurants, as well as beaches and several amazing parks.

Amazing Underwater Experiences

Several tour operators run glass-bottom boat excursions, and if you want to get more up close and personal, there are caves, wrecks, and reefs to explore, and a number of local operators such as DiveBase Malta out on the promenade run both snorkeling and scuba-diving excursions.


Chill at Café del Mar

Actually located in the neighbouring town Qawra, Malta's top beach club is a slick, beautiful-people magnet. Fancy cocktails, 500 sunbeds, an expansive pool, DJs, a great restaurant, all with a great chill-out soundtrack - perfect for a day and/or night out (and also a great spot to catch fantastic sunsets).


Classic Car & Motorcycle Museum

Also in Qawra, this is a slick, multimedia experience with more than a a hundred exhibits of vehicles restored to a fare-thee-well along with other automotive-related paraphernalia.

Malta National Aquarium

This cutting-edge institution - again, in Qawra - showcases the fauna and flora under the seas around Malta and the Mediterranean, in addition to exhibitions on world oceans and a replica of a Roman-era wreck speculated to be of the ship that brought St. Paul to Malta (wishful thinking? Interesting nonetheless).



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