Just a few minutes from Malta’s capital city Valletta, the bustling former fishing village of St Julian’s has grown up to become one of the island’s leading resorts and home to its bubbliest nightlife.
A big hit with the locals as well as tourists, St Julian’s is where Malta’s trendsetters come to eat, drink, shop and let their hair down. Split into several very distinct regions, St Julian’s is a laid back idyll during the day. It’s the perfect place to try some authentic Maltese or Italian cuisine in one of the fine restaurants, indulge in a spot of serious retail therapy at the Bay Street shopping centre or soak up some sun on one of the flat rock beaches. By night, join the booming party scene in Paceville, where you’ll find a thriving district packed with every type of bar and club to suit all tastes. Check out Axis Disco, the biggest venue in town, and dance the night away to top name DJs playing the best Latin, salsa, house and R&B amidst a spectacular laser show. Or see if lady luck’s smiling down on you at the Dragonara Casino on the waterfront.
After a hectic night, take some time to recharge in cosmopolitan St George’s, the resort’s northernmost district, complete with a beach of golden sand.
St Julian’s has everything you want in a fabulous holiday destination, as well as making the ideal base from where to explore the rest of the island. Whatever you‘re looking for on your holiday to Malta, St Julian’s has it covered.
Malta’s capital city might be short on space but it’s big on history. This UNESCO World Heritage Site covers just one square kilometre, but there’s lots to explore inside its formidable bastion walls. Under the high-vaulted ceiling of the beautiful Baroque Co-Cathedral are two priceless works by the great Caravaggio. A short distance away, the spectacular Upper Barrakka Gardens serves up unbeatable panoramas across the sparkling bay. Valletta is a treat not to be missed.
If you need a break from the raucousness of Paceville, the classy nightlife in Sliema might be more to your liking. Sitting next to St Julian’s, this former home of Malta’s aristocracy is a stylish resort that offers a touch of sophistication in its plush wine bars and trendy cafes. Its designer shopping boutiques and Blue Flag beaches have been attracting the island’s wealthiest to its shores for years. While the sea here is ideal for swimming and a range of water sports, you’ll find the lidos dotted along the coastline attract the most visitors.
Stepping into Mdina is like stepping back in time. This historic walled city was once Malta’s capital and sits on a high peak in the middle of the island, with commanding views on all sides. Here, no cars are allowed to disturb the peace, leading to locals dubbing it the Silent City. Explore the mediaeval yellow-stoned buildings, take in the timeless atmosphere and visit the ancient grotto said to have been the home of St Paul the Apostle when he was shipwrecked on the island.
Exploring St Julian’s…
St George’s Bay
With its great location in the middle of town, just a few steps away from some of the best bars and restaurants, the beach at St George’s Bay is a popular spot. Proudly boasting its Blue Flag status, this stretch of fine golden sand is a great place to soak up some rays and take a dip in the crystal clear, blue waters of the Mediterranean. If the sun gets too much, the nearby Bay Street shopping centre gives you the opportunity to cool down as you snap up a bargain or two.
The leading casino in Malta, Dragonara is housed in a fabulous 19th century summer palace sitting on a tiny peninsula, with a grand balcony looking out over its beautiful surroundings. Hopeful punters can take their pick from roulette, blackjack and poker, along with horse racing games and over 190 slot machines. If your luck runs out, there is a fine restaurant serving delicious French and Mediterranean cuisine and a bar with live entertainment.
Located just a few miles outside St Julian’s, the enormous Mosta church is topped by the third largest rotunda dome in the world. Taking 27 years to build, the church was completed in 1860 and is dedicated to the Assumption of Our Lady. During WWII, Malta became the most bombed nation on earth, and Mosta church became the site of a miracle. In 1942, it was hit by two bombs during morning service, one of them falling straight through the roof—and neither of them exploded, sparing over 200 lives. You can still see the hole in the roof today, along with a replica of the bomb displayed in the nave.
The cuisine in Malta has a typically Mediterranean feel, with dashes of Sicilian, French and even African influences. It’s an eclectic mix of flavours that produce delicious speciality dishes, among them the traditional Maltese soup soppa tal-armla, or Widow’s Soup. Made with plenty of locally produced vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, peas and cauliflower, blended together with a thick tomato paste, it’s hearty and substantial enough to be a meal all by itself.
St Julian’s restaurants
Whatever your taste buds fancy on your holiday in St Julian’s, you’ll be spoiled for choice with the range of amazing restaurants on offer. From family-friendly pizzerias to fine gourmet dining, there’s plenty to enjoy for everyone.
The exciting town of St Julian’s has something to entice holidaymakers from all walks of life. Whether you want to dance all night in the first-class clubs or explore the surrounding historical attractions, we know you’ll love this fascinating destination.
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