St Julian's is known as the party capital of Malta. That's the best choice in Malta if you're looking to combine beach life with nightlife. Parties in the clubs of Paceville go on till dawn. Paceville is an area full of bars, pubs, night clubs and restaurants between St George's Bay and Spinola Bay.
The beach at St George's Bay, on the north side of Paceville, offers a place where to get a rest after an all-nighter and charge batteries for a new night to come.
If you are past your partying years, Spinola Bay with the colorful fishing boats and numerous restaurants is a nice small area where to spend easy going holidays and relax. The 3 kilometer long seaside promenade that starts from Spinola bay and continues all the way to the other side of Sliema is great for doing exercise.
Paceville and the beach promenade are the most touristy areas, but the further you go from these areas, the more local it gets.
Where to stay in St Julian's
The area between the beach of St George's Bay and Spinola Bay, Paceville, (pictures 12 and 5 on the map) has a great selection of nightclubs, bars, pubs and restaurants. Other areas are more quiet.
If you stay on the south side of St Julian's you'll have the best shopping spots of Sliema closer to you, also the beach promenade and the port. The distance between the pictures 2 and 13 is about two kilometers.
Things to do in St Julian's
The beach of St George's Bay is located on the north side of Paceville, picture 13 on the St Julian's map above. The sea bottom gets deep quickly, which is why it might not be the best for small children.
The best beaches of Malta (Mellieha Bay / Golden Bay / Ghajn Tuffieha) are approximately 20 kilometers away.
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 centres in St Julian's, and they offer courses for both beginners and more experienced divers.
Here are some service providers with good reviews on Tripadvisor:
On the north 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 north shore of Spinola Bay:
From Party Cruises to sightseeing cruises there are several options available. Visit Gozo or Comino and Blue Lagoon, or go around the island. The bigger ferries depart from Sliema Port, not St Julian's. It's located about 2.5 kilometers away from Paceville. Some of the smaller boats leave 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.
There's a shopping complex in Paceville, behind St George's Bay, called Bay Street.
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. The easiest way to figure out the quickest way is to use the journey planner of the public transport.
The TD2 lines takes only 25 minutes to St Julian's, where as X2 line takes around 80 minutes, so take the direct line if you can. The ticket costs 1,50€ during the winter months and 2,00€ during the summer months.
Taxi from Malta Airport to St Julian's takes around 20 minutes and costs around 20€, 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.
Fixed 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.