If you're looking to combine beach-life and nightlife on your holiday, St Julian's is the number one choice in Malta. After all, St Julian's is the party capital of Malta. Parties go on till dawn in the clubs of Paceville, an area between St George's Bay and the more peaceful Spinola Bay. Paceville is packed with bars, pubs, nightclubs and restaurants – a heaven for party animals.
After an all-nighter, the beach at St George's Bay, on the northern side of Paceville, serves as a place to rest and recharge your batteries for another night to come. Moreover, the options for water sports are almost limitless in Malta.
Where to stay in St Julian's
Paceville, the area between the beach of St George's Bay and Spinola Bay, (tags 12 and 5 on the map, representing the corresponding pictures in the gallery) has a great selection of hotels, bars and nightclubs.
If you’re past your partying years, Spinola Bay with the colorful fishing boats and numerous restaurants, is a nice small area to relax and to spend an easy-going holiday. Unfolding from Spinola Bay to the south, there’s a three-kilometer-long seaside promenade reaching all the way to the other side of Sliema.
The distance between the tags 2 and 13 is about two kilometers.
Things to do in St Julian's
There are several companies offering diving courses and equipment rental. The diving sites are located around Malta. Here are some providers with good reviews on TripAdvisor:
Jet skis, paddle boats, canoes, water skiing, wake boarding, banana rides, crazy sofa, ringo rides, paragliding. Or maybe scuba diving or snorkeling? There are many diving centers in St Julian's offering courses for both beginners and more experienced divers.
Below, you’ll find some service providers with good reviews on TripAdvisor.
On the northern shore of St George's Bay, next to the Hotel Corinthian:
- pembrokewatersports.com: Good variety of water sports.
- supyogafitnessmalta.com: SUP + yoga.
- Anthony's Water Sports Centre: Right at the north end of the beach (no homepage nor reviews). Sun decks & parasols etc. are hired.
On the northern shore of Spinola Bay:
There are several options available, anything from party cruises to sightseeing cruises. Visit Gozo or Comino and the Blue Lagoon, or go around the island; the choice is yours. The bigger ferries depart from Sliema Port, not St Julian's. It's located about 2,5 kilometers to the south from Paceville. Some of the smaller boats depart from St Julian's. Check out the water sports links above.
There are three large casinos in St Julian's: Portomaso, Dragonara and Olympic Casino.
The St George's Bay beach is located on the northern side of Paceville, tag 13 on the St Julian's map above. The beach is pretty crowded in the summertime and the sea bottom gets deep quickly. Therefore, it might not be the best beach for small children.
The best beaches in Malta (Mellieha Bay/Golden Bay/Ghajn Tuffieha) are approximately 20 kilometers away from St Julian’s.
Shopping and prices
There's a shopping complex called Bay Street in Paceville as well as smaller shops and boutiques. The largest shopping mall of Malta, The Point, is located in Sliema, about three kilometers to the south from Paceville.
Some examples of prices can be found below. The source for the hotel room prices is Booking.com.
Pizza in restaurant
Steak in restaurant
33 cl beer in restaurant
Hotel room, 3-4* (April)
Hotel room, 3-4* (July)
Find the best hotel prices around the island at Booking.com.
From Malta Airport to St Julian's
Luqa airport is the only airport in Malta. It's located about 12 kilometers southwest from St Julian's. Bus lines X2 and the newer and faster line TD2 take you from Malta Airport to St Julian's (San Giljan).
The TD2 line takes only 25 minutes to St Julian's, whereas the X2 line takes around 80 minutes; take the direct line if you can. A journey planner can be found here.
Fixed taxi prices from the airport 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 the airport taxi.
Winter: Daytime temperatures vary between 13-19°C and drop to both sides of 10°C at night. The rainiest time of the year is between October and February.
Spring: Already in March, daytime temperatures may exceed 20°C. In April, daytime weather may resemble that of a hot summer day, but evenings are cool. Therefore, it’s best to have appropriate clothing with you. It rains occasionally, but less than earlier in spring.
Summer: Summers are hot and dry. Daytime temperatures reach 30°C regularly and above that in July-August. While nighttime temperatures may drop to 20°C in June, they stay around 25°C later in summer.
Fall: It’s warm until late in fall. Even in October, daily highs are around 25°C. In November, daytime temperatures begin to drop to about 20°C, and to 10-15°C at night. It starts raining more frequently towards winter, and in October, it rains every three days on average.
Text and images: Jussi Ryynänen
Translation: Janne Hietanummi