St Julians Holidays
St Julian’s Holidays – Gourmet sun and sea
Once a quiet fishing village St Julian’s is now one of Malta’s top resorts with five star hotels as well as less expensive accommodation set around two attractive bays, Balluta Bay and Spinola Bay. Both have sparkling clear waters for summer swimming and snorkelling off the rocky shore.
St Julian’s offers a remarkable selection of restaurants: everything from gourmet Mediterranean and fish straight from the sea to Asian fusion and family pizza, often with a twinkling view across the water.
And there is more next door in Sliema to one side and Paceville to the other, both seamlessly joined to St Julian’s. Paceville is Malta’s nightlife capital where the streets reverberate into the early hours as the younger crowd dance the night away.
You can easily go further afield, too, and enjoy Malta’s fascinating historic sights and the ornate baroque legacy of the Knights of St John.
When to go
St Julian’s is at its liveliest in summer when evenings extend well into the early hours. The resort is open all year round, however, and accommodation and flights are much cheaper outside the peak summer months. St Julian’s has reasonable transport links so you can base yourself here for an off-season sightseeing trip and in spring and autumn you might well still have good enough weather to swim.
The weather in St Julian’s
Hot dry summers make this the time for guaranteed sunbathing and perfect swimming conditions. Temperatures regularly top 30ºC in July and August and hardly a drop of rain falls. Autumn is warm too with daytime highs well into the twenties throughout September and October and sea temperatures staying easily warm enough for swimming though it is unwise to swim off rocks if it is windy. Spring is fresher but still warm with the daytime high averaging 23 ºC in May. Even in January you can expect five hours a day of sunshine and highs in the mid-teens.
Getting the best deal
Holidays in St Julian’s are dramatically cheaper outside the peak summer season, which for some accommodation in Malta includes September. In winter even the five star hotels offer some remarkably good deals and flights can be very cheap at this time of year. Booking well in advance or just before travelling can also bring the price down. Take a look at our best deals below or see our special late offers here.
Airport and transport need to know
Malta is just a three hour flight from the UK and there are regular departures from Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle, Bristol, Leeds-Bradford, Edinburgh and East Midlands Airport. All fly into Malta International Airport, a modern airport with few queues.
Getting from the airport to St Julian’s should take no more than about 45 minutes. Malta has a good bus system costing just €2.20 (under £2) for a two-hour ticket and there is an express bus direct from the airport to St Julian’s.
Taxis are also readily available. Fares from the airport are regulated. The journey to St Julian’s should cost €20. Agree this with your driver before travelling.
You could, of course, hire a car, although parking in St Julian’s is not easy and driving in Malta, though officially on the left as in the UK, can be erratic.
The best beaches in St Julian’s
Malta is surrounded by beautifully clear blue Mediterranean waters, ideal for swimming, snorkelling and diving. There are a few sandy beaches, mostly in the north of the island - particularly at Mellieha Bay - as well as miles of rocky foreshore where Maltese and visitors alike gather to swim in summer. St Julian’s does not have a beach as such, but plenty of people happily swim from the rocks and there are other beaches nearby.
The closest sandy beach to St Julian’s is the man-made beach at St George’s Bay, just the other side of Paceville. This was Malta’s first blue flag beach – an accolade it continues to receive. It has all the usual beach facilities as well as being close to a copious supply of bars, restaurants and takeaways as well as a cinema and bowling alley.
Just the other side of St Julian’s is the S
liema waterfront, a 3km rocky ‘beach’ with lidos, cafés and bars. This is a popular place to sunbathe, swim and snorkel in summer with plenty of ‘beach life’, a couple of lidos and water sports facilities.
For a more secluded swim, head southeast to the Delimara Peninsula and Peter’s Pool. This rocky cove, a five minute walk from the road, is a delightful place to swim (in calm seas only) well away from the crowds. There are no facilities here except rocks to laze on and perfectly clear inviting blue waters.