Leisure, Shopping & Entertainment
Whilst offering many shopping and dining amenities, the St. Paul’s Bay area also has some beautiful natural highlights. The promenade provides a long, easy walk from St Paul’s Bay village, through Bugibba, all the way to Qawra with stunning open sea views the entire way.
Although most of the coast is rocky, in many areas the rocks are flat and suitable for sunbathing and there is a small sandy beach near to the Casino. Swimming and snorkeling is popular from the rocks and the entire area is great for jet skiing, para-sailing and all other types of water sports.
Scuba diving for beginners and experienced divers is available from the many Diving Centres in the area. Qawra Point, also known as Ta’ Fra Ben, has a very interesting horseshoe shaped cave although experience is required as the entrance is very narrow and the bottom is silty. The nearest large sandy beaches are about 8km away at Mellieha Bay and further afield in Golden Bay. There are regular buses running to these beaches.
Nightlife in Bugibba
Bugibba is a hive of activity after dark with a multitude of bars, karaoke bars and night clubs to cater for those with an appetite for a party. It also has its fair share of restaurants for those wanting a less raucous time. With many locals and visitors strolling in the cool of the evening, the promenade is the place for people watching.
Other than the cinema complex and casino, the main night time entertainment centre is Bugibba Square and the streets surrounding the Square. Some of the hotels in the area also have their own entertainment and nightclubs. For those wanting more nightlife, Paceville is Malta’s nightlife capital. Night buses run to Paceville on weekends in winter and nightly in summer.
Bugibba Restaurants & Cuisine
Bugibba has a wide range of restaurants and cafes serving all types of cuisine from around the world including of course traditional English dishes and Maltese specialities.
Bugibba Water Park
During the summer months, Bugibba offers a free mini water park for children on the promenade. This boat shaped enclosed area is divided into three coloured parts, reflecting the height and age of children (green up to 2 years of age, yellow up to 7-8 years and blue up to 12 years). Water fountains, cannons, sprays and slides have been specially designed to be suitable for the different areas based on the ages of the children.
Boat trips to Gozo and Comino
There is a great variety of daily boat excursions available from St. Paul’s Bay village and Buggiba throughout the summer months. The Maltese Archipelago is made up of a number of islands, three of which are inhabited – Malta, Gozo which is second largest and tiny Comino situated between Malta and Gozo.
Many trips go round the island of Gozo stopping in various bays for swimming and snorkelling, often stopping at the car-free island of Comino for a last swim in the aquamarine waters of the Blue Lagoon. Full day trips to Comino are also available.
The St. Paul’s Bay resort is in the northern part of the island, comprising of Qawra, Bugibba and St. Paul’s Bay village. Both Hotel Santana and our 3 star sister hotel the Sunflower Hotel, are on the Qawra peninsula within a few minutes walk from a 2.5 km stretch of promenade. Qawra hosts a number of shops, supermarkets, restaurants, bars, a cinema and a casino, as well as a vast array of water sport facilities. This popular all year round resort offers easy access to the rest of the island with a bus terminus situated just two minutes walk from the Hotel Santana and ten minutes from Sunflower Hotel.
Empire Cinema Complex – in Bugibba is one of Malta’s leading theatres having 7 screens all equipped with the latest, state of the art equipment and digital sound. There is also an arcade games area, bar and restaurant on site as well as other bars and eateries in the immediate vicinity.
Oracle Casino, Bugibba – the casino is unusual not only for its spectacular setting on the shores of the Mediterranean but also for its easy-going, relaxed atmosphere. Offering all the facilities of an international casino, there’s an added sense of fun for a more relaxed experience.
Malta National Aquarium – located on Qawra’s picturesque promenade, the Malta National Aquarium is home to over a hundred different species of fish including sharks, rays, seahorses and eels. It is one of the island’s top visitor attractions. The Malta National Aquarium complex, built in the form of a starfish and covering over 20,000 sqm, also includes the Café del Mar reef club, La Nave Bistro and a public landscape belvedere all with stunning views of St Paul’s islands.
The public aquarium has 26 display tanks and includes fish commonly found in Maltese waters together with replicas of historical artefacts that one can find in the seas around the Maltese islands. The main tank of the aquarium houses species from the Indian Ocean, including eight black tip sharks, horn sharks, rays, eels and other exotic species. It is approximately 12 meters in diameter and has a walk-through tunnel that allows visitors to experience the fish at a much closer range.
Map highlighting the most important places of interest in the North.