The site contains sights of St. Julian's - photos, descriptions and travel tips. The list is based on popular guides and is presented by type, name and rating. Here you will find answers to questions: what to see St. Julian's, where to go and where are the popular and interesting places of St. Julian's.
St. Julian's is a Mediterranean coastal island of Malta and a popular tourist resort with well-equipped beaches and a wide range of attractions. The name of the city comes from St. Julian the Host, who is the patron saint of the city.
The main attractions of St. Julian's are the Spinola Palace and the Palace of Dragonard, the Gothic Church of St. Julian's, Portomaso Business Center, as well as fortifications: coastal fortifications and the watchtower of St. George.
Most tourists prefer beaches in St. George's Bay, as there are mostly sandy places for swimming. One of the places visited is the Paceville district, a center of nightlife. A huge number of restaurants, night clubs, discos, bars, shops, restaurants, etc. are concentrated here.
Garden for Independence
Independence Park is located next to St. Julian's Bay and is a kind of dividing strip between the cities of St. Julian's and Sliema on the island of Malta.
Walking here is a pleasure, as indeed everywhere in Malta. Here you feel very cozy and comfortable at any time of the year.
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Dragonard Casino, Malta's oldest casino, was opened in 1964. The casino is located in the city of St. Julian's, on Cape Dragonara Point in a historic building, built in 1870, in the former summer residence of the banker Emmanuel Scicluna. The building is stylized as a structure of the ancient Roman era.
The casino has 186 slot machines, a 12-seat automatic roulette and a 12-seat automatic machine with horse races. In addition, there are 19 roulette tables, Black Jack, Caribbean Stud Poker, Super Texas Poker, Punto Banco, Open Poker.
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One of the most beautiful cathedrals of St. Julian's, built in the neo-Gothic style. He spread his wings over Ballut Bay. The cathedral was built in honor of the Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel.
An interesting installation of Richard England's LOVE at the entrance to Pachville. In the evening, it is illuminated by searchlights so that in the bay on the shore of which it is installed, the word Love is already read in mirror image.
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How to get there
You can read about how to get to Malta in the corresponding article on our website. I’ll talk about how to get directly to St. Julians below.
Air Baltic flies from Moscow and St. Petersburg with a transfer in Riga (about 120 EUR) and Turkish Airline with a change in Istanbul (a little more expensive - from 150 EUR). Direct flights are obviously not permanent.
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In Malta, from Luca Airport to St. Julian's can be reached by taxi. The cost of such a trip will be approximately 20 EUR. Malta has fixed taxi fares that depend on distance. It is also convenient to travel around the island by bus, more on this in the corresponding section below.
The island has an extensive network of bus routes. From the airport in St. Julians, for example, there is a bus with a mysterious number X2. I will give more detailed information on buses and fares with the section “How to get around the city”, since the prices for buses within the city are no different from the prices for moving around the island as a whole. Looking ahead, I’ll say that one trip will cost you a maximum of 2 EUR.
To get to St. Julians by car, you can rent it at Luke Airport. Read more about this in the "Car rental" section.
From Italy, from the island of Sicily (port in the city of Potsallo) to Malta you can get a ferry, the cost of which is about 50 EUR. The ferry arrives at the port in Valletta, where you can get to St. Julian's by bus (the cost of the trip is 1.5-2.5 EUR) or by taxi (about 15 EUR). In Valletta, the area on which buses stand is a three-minute walk from the port.
Areas. Where is better to live
In St. Julian's you can find lodging in various price categories: from luxury hotels to inexpensive hostels. However, regardless of the level of housing, for the summer it makes sense to book it for six months. Consider the areas of St. George's Bay (San Gorg), Spinola Bay, Balluta and, of course, Paceville.
Housing prices in all areas of St. Julians are approximately the same. In high season, hostels (bed in a dormitory room) cost from 25 EUR per day. Apartments and three-star hotels from 40 EUR. But in December the room in the apart-hotel can be rented for 10-15 EUR per day. Hotels can be booked at Bucking. Remember to compare prices here and make sure that they are the lowest. If you want to feel the local flavor, then it makes sense to rent an apartment with the locals, you can find the option that suits you here.
If you come for more than three weeks (for example, to study in one of the English schools), then it is more profitable to rent an apartment. Usually schools help you find housing, but if you still decide to do it yourself, keep in mind that in Malta the “long term” is six months, and in some cases a year. That is, if in the description of the apartments you liked you see the price of 800 EUR per month (this is a good price for a studio with one bedroom), be aware that the price is valid when renting apartments for half a year. When renting for 2-3 months, the monthly payment may increase to 900-1000 EUR or, which is very likely, you may simply be denied rental housing for a period of less than six months. It is also worth clarifying whether electricity, Internet and gas are included in the price. Often they are considered separately.
One of the most recognizable places in Malta. Apartments and hotels overlooking the bay are in great demand. It is in this area where the most luxurious restaurants with excellent cuisine and no less beautiful views are located. And to the Portomaso skyscraper (Portomaso) to go only seven minutes. From the ground floor to the sixth floor of this business center, the Hilton Hotel is located.
This area of St. Julians already borders the neighboring city of Sliema. It is traditionally believed that business people like to settle in Slim. Thus, Balluta is at the junction of St. Julians, who never sleeps and Sliema, where people have a more relaxed schedule, which makes its location very advantageous. It takes only 20-30 minutes to go to the center of active day and night life, and at the same time, no one bothers you when you are used to sleeping.
St. George's Bay
The northern part of the island where St. Julian’s is located is mainly rocky beaches. The only sandy beach here is located in the bay of St. George. Cozy cove, golden sand and. a lot of people. From about mid-June to mid-October, there is nowhere for an apple to literally fall on the beach. Not surprisingly, many people prefer rocky beaches, as the guidebooks say. Such a number of people is also due to the close proximity of the Pacheville area and the concentration of English schools.
On the north side of the bay, a little away from the hustle and bustle are the five-star Corinthia and Radisson Blu Malta hotels. On the opposite side of the bay, on a small peninsula, is also the five-star Westin Dragonara Resort. It also houses one of Malta's largest and most magnificent casinos, Dragonara Casino.
The closer to Pacheville, the more diverse the set of hotels becomes. In close proximity to the beach, you will find four- and three-star hotels and even hostels.
The division into Pacheville and the area of St. George's Bay is geographically very arbitrary. Nevertheless, Pacheville is a place that you can’t confuse with anything. Firstly, here, as already mentioned, there are English schools, and therefore the temptation to live nearby is very great. However, remember that, secondly, in most guidebooks in Malta they write that this is a "mecca of entertainment." In a sense, it is. There is a cinema with 13 halls, a diving center, and a beach. But, first of all, Pacheville is the center of the city’s nightlife. If you decide to live in this area, it means that you boldly and confidently decided not to go to bed earlier than six in the morning, and, sometimes, on Mondays, get enough sleep.
Starting from the square, which bears the same name, streets diverge in all directions, where each house has several clubs, bars or restaurants. One piece of advice, if you still decide to live in Pacheville, choose the streets closer to the sea. They are much calmer. It takes only ten minutes to get to the whirlpool of events, and there are a thousand times more opportunities to sleep.
What are the prices for vacation
Vacation prices here are slightly lower than, for example, in neighboring Italy. Accommodation starts from 25 EUR per bed in a hostel and from 40 EUR in hotels (off-season numbers can be significantly lower). You can eat together for 30 EUR. Some beaches may have a paid entrance, but not more than 2-3 EUR. Excursions from 10 EUR. More details on each item in the relevant sections of the article.
The cheapest way is to rent an apartment (best two bedrooms for 3-4 people) and cook at home (a supermarket in the city is excellent). It is best to travel around the island by bus, and walk around the city. It is not only cheaper, but also much more convenient than all other modes of transport.
|Eating (lunch / dinner) in a reasonably priced restaurant||709 rub|
|Lunch / dinner for two, 3 course, middle class restaurant||3190 rub|
|McMill at McDonald's or similar combo lunch||496 rub|
The main attractions. What to see
Once upon a time, when pirates still ruled the Mediterranean Sea, no one wanted to settle on the northern coast of Malta. However, something had to be done with the pirates, or rather, it was somehow necessary to defend themselves against them. To do this, at the end of the 17th century, the first fortifications began to be built in the area of the current city of St. Julians, the remains of some of them are still preserved, despite all the efforts of the pirates to destroy the glorious history of the Maltese. We will certainly talk about the tower of St. George and the Spinola Palace, around which, in fact, the city grew, that is, at first it’s just a fishing village. The true city of St. Julian's only became at the end of the 19th century, when this place became a popular resort among the wealthy people of Malta and Great Britain.
St. Julians is a small and not very ancient city. As already mentioned, history has never been seething here, but you can still see something. The main attractions of the city can conditionally be divided into three types: fortifications, churches and chapels and palaces. The churches are all relatively modern and the sights are very conditional. Among the other significant historical monuments, only three can be distinguished: Spinola Palace, Dragonard Palace and St. George's Tower.
Spinola Palace (Villa Spinola)
The city began with a palace that was built in the 17th century by the Marquis Paolo Spinola as a summer residence. Around the palace there was a beautiful park, and for a while everything was going well. However, the palace was twice destroyed (during the French occupation at the beginning of the 19th century and during the First World War). After almost a century of reconstruction, the palace is now closed for visitors, with the exception of the basement, where the restaurant is located.
On the map dedicated to hotels, there is a pointer to a small peninsula of Dragonar, the name of which comes from a legend claiming that dragons that once repelled pirates once lived there. It is not surprising that the Marquis of Shiklun (who at that time, however, was still not the Marquis) called his summer residence, built at the end of 1870, the same sonorous name. Today, the building houses a luxurious casino. A hotel of the same name was built much later.
Defensive installations. St. George's Tower
Malta has been attacked and brutally destroyed throughout its history. At first it was the pirates, for the protection of which the first watchtowers and coastal fortifications were built. Then the French came, then the First World War, then the Second - and all of these fortifications were very few. The St. George Tower, built in the 17th century, served as a radio point during the Second World War, now it is located on the territory of the Corinthia Hotel. A little further inland you will find the barracks of St. George, which are perfectly preserved to this day.
Beaches. Which are better
- The most famous St. Julian's beach and the only sandy one is beach in the bay of St. George. It looks magical, especially if you are lucky to see it empty. Golden sand and clear blue water in combination with the bend of the bay - an unforgettable picture. The entrance to the water is gentle, and in general the bay is not very deep. The beach is well equipped - a bar, changing cabins, sun loungers (for a fee within 2 EUR).
- A small piece of sandy beach is also located on the territory of the Dragonar Hotel, where you can get for a small fee.
- The rest of the beaches of St. Julianas are rocky. One of the most famous is located in the Ballut area. The beach is also equipped with sun loungers. On rocky beaches, descent into the water is carried out by a special ladder, as in a pool, that is, immediately off the coast it is quite deep.
Churches and temples. Which are worth a visit
The peculiarity of the St. Julian's churches is that almost all of them were built in the 20th century and look quite modern, which is why they are not immediately recognized by tourists as religious institutions.
- The largest church in the city is St. Julian Church, the patron saint of the city, was built in 1978. It is located at Lapsi street, 115. Services are held daily early in the morning.
- On the same street of Lapsi is a church built in 1682. This church is also called oldChurch of St. Julian. She was the focus of the religious life of St. Julians until a new large church was built. Today, services are also held in the old church, and you can get married here.
All other churches were built in the twentieth century:
- Church of St. Rita (St. Ritha chirch) was built in the early twentieth century. It is valid today
- Church of Our Lady - Mother of Good Counsel,
- Church of St. Claire,
- Chapel of the Millennium (The Millenium Chapel), which is located in the heart of Paceville.
More information on all St. Julian's churches - addresses, opening hours, hours of service, etc. - can be seen here.
What to see in 1 day
All St. Julians can be seen in one day. All movements within the city, even on foot, will take 15–20 minutes maximum.
Suppose you woke up in the morning. Well, in the morning - closer to noon. You do not have to rush. Not in the morning for sure.
- 12:00 - Have breakfast at the hotel.
- 13:00 - Go to the nearest beach. Release all thoughts. Everything. You are on vacation.
- 15:00 - As soon as you feel that you are hungry, choose one of the fine restaurants for lunch, for example, in Spinola Bay. And the view is beautiful, and the food is delicious.
- 16:30 - Then you can take a walk to the Spinola Palace, from there go to Cape Dragonara to admire the palace of the same name and, perhaps, swim again on the beach. Finish the walk at the tower of St. George - everything, you have seen all the sights of St. Julian's.
- 18:30 - Now you can already return to the hotel to change clothes for evening adventures.
- 20:00 - Dine in the area of the Portomaso skyscraper.
- 21:30 - Then go up to the 22nd floor to drink the first cocktail.
- 22:00 “Now is the time to go to Pacheville.” Walk the streets, peering into the liked clubs. Have a little drink, dance. Go to bed and repeat the route in the morning.
What to see in the surroundings
Since there isn’t much to see in St. Julians itself, first of all, I recommend
- Take a bus ticket City sightseeng (more on this in the "What to Do" section) - there are five stops along the bus in St. Julian's).
- Of course, it’s worth a trip to the city. Mdina (more about this in a special article on our website) - the distance from St. Julian's is 13 kilometers. By bus number 202, the trip takes 40-50 minutes.
- And to the capital of Malta Valletta (more about that here) - by car Only 8 kilometers. You can also get there by bus number 13 (approximately 25–35 minutes excluding traffic jams).
- Island of gozo is part of Malta. You can get there by ferry. Very detailed and beautiful about this island is written in a separate article, where it is said, for example, that ferries (fare on which from 1 to 5 EUR) leave the port of Chirkev. From St. Julians to Chirkeva you can get on the bus number X1 (about 1 hour on the way). Theoretically, you can still get there by helicopter from Luka Airport (to which there is bus number X2). But helicopters fly on demand, I also could not find the actual cost.
- Or you can go on a short trip to neighboring Italy, on island of sicily. Ferries depart from Valletta and arrive at Pozallo. To Valletta from St. Julians goes bus number 13, as we said above. The timetable for ferries is best recognized locally, it can vary greatly depending on the season (as well as cost). In Potsallo there is a wonderful beach and the remains of an old fortress. For new impressions you will have to send inland, and this is an independent trip with its own characteristics. You can read about Sicily here.
Food. What to try
St. Julians has a huge selection of restaurants. This is why people come here. Italian, Thai, Indian cuisine, steak bars, burger. Take note:
- Caviar & Bull (St. George's Bay),
- Zest (Spinola Bay),
- Hugo's Burger Bar (in the same place as Eden Cinemas, and nearby, by the way, Hard Rock Cafe).
For my taste, Thai restaurants are very good here, and they are popular. At the same time, it is very difficult to find something that could be called a traditional Maltese restaurant. As already mentioned several times, before the British appeared on the island, there was just a fishing village on the site of St. Julians, which means that a traditional restaurant should be something like a tavern. If you set a goal, you will find such a restaurant, but you are unlikely to like it, as it was made specifically so that meticulous tourists could visit the conditionally “traditional Maltese restaurant”. Do not do this. Maltese cuisine is Mediterranean cuisine. Read more about Maltese cuisine in our country review article on our website.
Enjoy it. For example, select Zeri's Restaurant (Hilton Hotel) or Barracuda (in the Balluta area). However, remember that in such restaurants it is better to book a table in advance.
If you decide to cook yourself, then in the building of the Portomaso skyscraper there is an excellent supermarket where you will always find a large selection of all categories of products, including fresh fruits and vegetables.
Another nuance worth mentioning is that in Malta there is not a single river, and there are no lakes either, that is, there is no fresh water here at all. All drinking water is brought, which is why its cost increases markedly
Throughout St. Julian's with concentration in Paceville, you will find a huge amount of street food and fast food. And also the most diverse. There will be pizza, and burgers, and Thai noodles - for 3-4 EUR you can quickly have a bite to eat, without stopping for a long time.
- Kuya Asian Pub
- Crow's nest pub
- Hugo's burger
A lot of mid-range restaurants. I especially remember the Hugo’s Lounge (this is not the same as the Hugo’s Burger but nearby) - a pretty decent Asian restaurant (excellent Thai soups for 7 EUR, California rolls - 8.5 EUR)
- Wigi's kitchen
- Truffle & truffles
- The Terrace Restaurant Malta at The Westin Dragonara Resort
- Hugo's lounge
In expensive restaurants (Barracuda, Caviar & Bull) a lunch for two will cost you about 70–90 EUR. And in Zeri's restaurant, for example, one dish can cost 25-30 EUR, but the portions are so huge that it is recommended to take one for two - this is typical for Mediterranean cuisine and Maltese, in particular, to make large portions
- Caviar & bull
- Blue elephant
- Barracuda restaurant
Security. What to watch out for
In general, Malta and St. Julians in particular, the place is very safe. There are no thieves, crooks or rapists. What to watch out for is too much / big amount / alcohol if you decide to go to Pacheville at night. With all the consequences. Your main enemy is your carelessness. Keep track of your documents, money and head. The first and second is best left at the hotel, and do not lose your head under any circumstances.
And remember: firstly, tequila for 1 EUR - it is unlikely that it will be Olmeca. There are a lot of cheap low-quality alcohol in Malta. Of course, clubs that protect their reputation and therefore exist for years will not do this. But one-day clubs, thirsty for a quick season (or even a couple of months before they were closed) to earn money, are ready to go for it. The second point is age restrictions. Malta officially has a law prohibiting the sale of alcohol to minors. However, in fact, even 15-year-old teens bartenders pour without blinking an eye. Not all and not always, of course, but the story is quite common. The same is true, by the way, with smoking. Officially, smoking is not allowed in institutions, but if not abused, nobody will notice a cigarette or two.
Shopping and shops
- On the same street where the cinema is located, there is also a huge shopping center, where you will find almost all famous brands. The place where the shopping center is called Bay Street is located, near the shopping center itself, as far as I know, there is no special name.
- Another major shopping center is located in the Portomaso building. However, it is worth remembering that this is an island, and it is not very big and they do not go here for shopping, so the range and prices may seem dull.
- Souvenir shops with magnets and t-shirts are scattered evenly throughout St. Julian's, with a special cluster in the Pacheville area.
Bars Where to go
The focus of the night life of St. Julians is the Pacheville area. And it’s hard to say what a bar is from and what a club. In order not to get confused in the terminology, I will say how I remember it. Nightlife is Pacheville. There are many cafes and restaurants in other areas of St. Julian's. If I wanted to go to a bar, to a regular bar where music plays and people sit at the bar (the key word is "sit" rather than dance), I went to the neighboring cities of Gzira or Sliema
Clubs and nightlife
Pacheville is a lively area, day and night. There are an incredible variety of cafes, restaurants, clubs. But only after eight in the evening does this fountain turn on at full capacity and St. Julians does not sleep until morning.
On the map, I marked the epicenter of Malta's nightlife. Streets diverge from Paceville Piazza, where every centimeter is busy with what we call nightlife. Every month, some clubs are closed, and in their place new ones immediately open. I think no one knows for sure, but they say that there are more than five hundred establishments on just four streets.
Sky club, Plush fuego, Native, Soho lounge, Havana, Hugo’s Lounge - The most famous clubs in Malta.
- About Hugo we have already mentioned above, as a restaurant, these are two separate floors: on the first floor - food, on the second floor - a dance floor and a bar (the cost of cocktails is 6–7 EUR).
- IN Soho - A good selection of cocktails (at about the same price) and delicious desserts (I recommend trying Panna Cotta with hot pepper, if it is on the menu).
- In the club Native there is a hall where you can take salsa lessons in the afternoon, and at ten in the evening the hall opens for everyone to show their skills in this hot Latin American dance.
- On the twenty-second floor of the Portomaso skyscraper you will find a cozy club Twenty two with pleasant music and a stunning and one-of-a-kind panorama of the city.
Each club, trying to attract as many customers as possible, offers some fantastic promotions: buy two cocktails - the third as a present, or even buy one - get the second for free, endless compliments from the bartender, barkers scampering in the streets distributing flyers that allow you to get a glass of tequila for only 1 EUR, many clubs distribute free drink flyers in English schools in the neighborhood. It is difficult to hold on and still leave on your feet from this place.
Of course, they never take money for entry here. There is no face control and dress code either. Because everyone is dancing!
Despite all the nuances, it’s worth visiting Pacheville to feel this crazy energy of the party. And yes. It’s very cool there! Just don't lose your head.
However, in St. Julian's, not only is active life at night. There are several diving schools. You can take an express course - 1 hour in the pool + 1 hour in the sea. The cost of such a course is 65 EUR. Optionally, you can take a longer course (4-5 days). In the future, the cost of one dive from 28 EUR. The indicated price includes all the necessary equipment, equipment, certificates, transfer around the island.
Theoretically, in St. Julian's you can find company offices that will also offer you fishing or horseback riding, however, in fact, this will happen in another part of the island. In general, active recreation in Malta can be found in the review article on our website.
Souvenirs. What to bring as a gift
There are no special souvenirs in St. Julian's. You can carry everything that is typical for Malta as a whole - souvenirs with Maltese symbols, jewelry, glassware, cactus jam - more about souvenirs can be found in the review article. A cluster of souvenir shops can be found on Bay Street and in Pacheville.
Taxi. What features exist
Taxis are easy to book at the hotel reception or in special offices (there is one, for example, near EC English School). The cost of a trip around the island can vary from 10 to 25 EUR. There is no point in taking a taxi around the city - firstly, it will still cost at least 10 EUR, and secondly, the city is so small that it’s easier to walk
The island has an excellent network of bus routes. Almost from anywhere in the island you can get to St. Julians by direct bus, as almost 15 routes pass through the city.
With Valletta St. Julians connects route number 13.
The bus fare is 1.5 EUR in winter, 2 EUR in summer (from mid-June to mid-October) and 3 EUR at night. For the money you can go anywhere, make transfers and don’t pay anything for two hours. You pay the fare to the driver. Moreover, if in your wallet there were no banknotes smaller than 10 EUR, you may be denied access. If you come for a week and do not plan to sit still, use unlimited cards for traveling by bus. The cost of the card for the week is 21 EUR for an adult and 15 EUR for children. Please note that only children under three years old can ride for free. Travel for children 4 years and older must be paid. If you come for a longer period (from 1 month), then in Malta there is a system of discounts on bus fares for all categories of passengers.
The city of St. Julians itself is not very large. There are only five or six bus stops from the border with the neighboring city of Sliema to Pacheville. On foot it is about half an hour, maybe 40 minutes. In my opinion, it's easier. Buses sometimes stand in traffic jams.
Details about renting a car are written in a review article. Do not forget only that the traffic in Malta is left-hand, and even experienced drivers can not easily change their gears the first time. Compare prices from different distributors here.
Theoretically, you can rent a bike. But there are no bike paths in the city. There are a lot of people on the sidewalks and very busy traffic on the road, so cycling is not easy.