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St Paul's Bay Harbour

St Paul’s Bay in Malta is named after the saint, who was shipwrecked in the bay in AD60. Today, St Paul’s Bay is one of Malta’s top holiday resort areas, offering a wide range of accommodation from modern Malta hotels to spacious self-catering apartments. The best way to reach St Paul’s from Luga airport is to rent a Malta hire car and drive yourself across to the north east corner of Malta where the sea sparkles and the beaches are golden.

Holidays at St Paul’s Bay, Malta
It is this mixture of excellent beaches and diving, clear waters and attractive scenery that has made St Paul’s Bay such a popular Malta holiday destination. The original small town has extended to reach from Mistra Bay in the west to Qawra in the east. The old centre of the town is still the prettiest part, where the harbour bobs with fishing boats and the occasional executive speedboat. For the best fish in town, head for the Gillieru restaurant, where the fish is fresh from their own fleet of fishing boats.

The Apostle Paul in Malta
According to the Bible, the Apostles Paul and Luke were on their way to Rome when their ship was wrecked on rocks beside one of the islets to the north of St Paul’s Bay. The Maltese islanders rescued the Apostles and gave them shelter in a cave near the town of Rabat. Paul continued to preach the Gospel, and succeeded in converting the Roman Governor of Malta, Publius, who later became the first Bishop of Malta.

The whole area around St Paul’s Bay is full of locations associated with the St Paul, including the Apostle’s Fountain, where he first baptised a Maltese citizen, or where he struck a rock to create a spring, depending which legend you believe! St Paul’s Church was build on the site of another miracle, where St Paul cast a snake into a fire, and miraculously all the snakes in Malta lost their poisonous venom. The shipwreck is commemorated by a large statue of St Paul on the islet of Selmunett, just 200 metres from St Paul’s Bay.

Bugibba and Qawra resorts in Malta
To the east, St Paul’s Bay runs into the resorts of Bugibba and Qawra, which are good value-for-money family resports in Malta. In Bugibba, the focus is on the large beach, where you can enjoy soaking up the sun or indulge in watersports such as paragliding. There are plenty of restaurants just waiting to serve you and the family during the day, or get you drinking and dancing late into the night. If you can drag the kids away from this superb Malta beach, they can explore shipwrecks and fish in the harbour without getting wet through the portholes of the Underwater Safari boats.

Qawra is quieter than its neighbour, and more laid back. The beach may not be sandy, but its flat rocks are ideal for soaking up the sunshine before lunch. Qawar Tower, which sits out on the peninsula, is a 17th century fortress that once defended these shores from marauding invaders.

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