Of the destinations in Malta, Bugibba is the least Maltese and more a typical holiday destination in the Mediterranean. There's a nice pedestrian street following the coast line and the inner areas are full of hotels, restaurants, pubs, holiday apartments and residents of locals.
Bugibba's strength is location. Of the most popular destinations in the country, the best beaches in Malta are closest to Bugibba, about 7-12 kilometers away. And the Cirkewwa port, which is the port to both Gozo and Comino is only 15 kilometres away.
So Bugibba could be a good a good destination, if you are looking to hit the beaches and also like to live by good services in a vibrant holiday town.
Where to stay
Bugibba is a part of larger area of St Paul's Bay. The peninsula has two different areas which are Qawra and Bugibba. Qawra is the eartern part, the tip of peninsula, where also the Malta Aquarium is located at.
The western part of the peninsula is Bugibba, which is a larger area than Qawra. There you have a slightly better selection of hotels, pubs and restaurants. The most central place is Bugibba Square (picture 4) where you also have international fast food chains like McDonald's and Pizza Hut.
Bugibba area is popular especially among UK citizens, which guarantees a good selection of pubs where to watch football and other sports. Bugibba nightlife happens mainly in bars, where as Malta's top nightlife spot is Paceville in St Julian's.
Things to do in Bugibba
Doing aquatic sports is always a fun way to spend a scorching hot day. They do jet skis, paragliding, paddling boats, banana rides.. you name it. One of the activity organizers is Flo-Jo's Watersports.
From Bubigga jetty you'll find ferries for sightseeing, taking you to the islands of Gozo & Comino (Blue Lagoon) and nearby areas. Also the fresh sea air is a nice way for escaping from to hot air. These companies organize cruises: Sea and Adventures and Sea Horse Cruises Malta. The latter one offers also tailor-made cruises.
Malta National Aquarium
Malta National Aquarium is located in Qawra in the north-eastern tip of St Paul's Bay. More information: aquarium.com.mt
Wignacourt Tower Museum
The towers of Wignacourt are the oldest remaining watch towers in Malta. They were built 6 pieces in total in the 17th century and four of them have remained till these days. The Wignacourt tower of St Paul's bay is the oldest of the towers. There you can dive into the history of these towers and the defence of Malta in general through an exhibition and as a plus you get spectacular views from the top of the tower over St Paul's Bay.
It is open for visitors three hours a day, 10-13 from monday to saturday in 2018.
The Malta Classic Car Collection
Classic cars and motorcycles on exhibition. It's located in Qawra. More information: classiccarsmalta.com
Bugibba beach is a man-made sand spot, where to sunbathe or take a swim from. The shoreline is full of big rocks, which makes it a bit troublesome to waddle all the way into the sea.
The best beaches in Malta are about 10-20 minute taxi ride away from Bugibba, depending where you stay and which beach are you heading to. Golden Bay, Ghajn Tuffieha and Gnejna Bay are the closest beaches. Mellieha Bay (biggest beach in Malta) is only a bit further away. You can also get there by bus of course.
More about those beaches you can read here: Beaches in Malta.
From Malta Airport to Bugibba
There is only one airport in Malta, which is located in Luqa, 18 kilometers away from Bugibba. There are no railroads in Malta, so the bus is the only option besides taxi or other private transportation.
Bus line X3 (timetables here) goes from the airport to Bugibba. The journey between the airport and Bugibba takes 1,5 hours and costs 1,50€ during the winter months and 2,00€ during the summer months.
Taxi from Malta Airport to Bugibba takes around 30 minutes and costs between 25-30€, depending on the company. It's possible to get a taxi for a fixed price by paying it at the taxi booth in the arrivals hall. You will get a receipt with your taxi number, which you have to find outside the terminal building. You will pay the taxi fare with that receipt.
Prices for different destinations can be found here. An administrative fee of a few euros could be added to the price.
Taxify works in Malta, and it's cheaper than traditional taxi companies. You can pay the fare with either by their mobile app or directly to the driver.