St. Julian’s is a hub of energy night and day, so you’ll be spoilt for choice there’s so much to do!
The beautiful promenade runs all the way from Sliema right up to St. Julian’s. Even though this is such a hectic town, you can still find it to be quiet and relaxing in many ways. You can easily slip away from the main streets and find those spots of solitude.
If you’re out to relax and take it easy there are a couple of bays you can get to. If your kind of relaxation is an afternoon or day at the SPA you can choose from a multitude of hotels in the area which all have spa facilities and indoor pools. Or how about heading to the gym?
If an early morning swim is what you’re looking for or you want to catch some sun then head over to St. George’s or St. Julian’s bay. The former covers a larger area, with large-grained sand brought over especially from northern Africa. It is a great spot to see sunset from too.
If seeing a film is your kind of relaxing then there’s a cinema bang in the centre. Eden Cinemas houses 13 screens and they also offer the opportunity to rent the theatre for private groups or screenings.
If simply walking round is what is most appealing, don’t panic. We have a route for you right here!
Your day on foot
Start off your morning with a breakfast or a light snack at one of the cafe’s in the Balluta area of St. Julian’s (very close to Sliema). Here you will pass the beautifully maintained gothic church of ‘Our Lady of Mount Carmel’ where mass is celebrated almost six times daily. Then you must not miss having a good look at the Art deco buildings just a few meters down from this very church.
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If you keep on walking along the front you will come to Spinola Bay. At the corner you will find Richard England’s ‘LOVE’ monument. This monument consists of the word ‘love’ written upright and an inversion of the word just opposite – so that the word can be seen to be reflected in the water below it. You can add your padlock, as a sign of your love, to the growing collection on the rails alongside this monument.
Now you’re at the heart of St. Julian’s. If you’re peckish then stop to have lunch at one of the many restaurants that surround you in Spinola or leave them for a hearty dinner and continue on your journey. Pass Portomaso and the Hilton hotel on towards St. George’s Bay. From there you will be able to see the gorgeous Villa Rosa – now catering for wedding receptions mostly. The road will lead you towards Pembroke.
From the bay onwards there won’t be many distractions, places to buy water or snacks from so make sure you pick them up if you need. Pembroke is the quintessential British town, with the barracks now being used as schools or by private education corporations mainly. The clock tower is a unique sight so make sure to pass it.
If you keep on walking up from here you will reach an area known as ‘White Rocks’ – there are various abandoned buildings which are being used as practice by graffiti sprayers, some are gorgeous works of art.
If you’ve reached ‘white rocks’ head down to the salt pans and the beach. You have now ventured to Bahar ic-Caghaq. You will find a couple of tacky-but-sweet drinking spots the locals like to spend time at.
You can make your way back on foot through Bahar ic-Caghaq, up to Madliena and the small town of Swieqi. From here you will only be a 10-15 minutes away from the main part of St. Julian’s. At any point you can hop onto a bus from the main road.
Shopping in St. Julian’s is a big thing. You can find clothe and shoe shops, along with accessory and sport outlets in an area called Bay Street. It is your one-stop-shopping centre. You can also dine here and in winter they usually set up an ice-rink on the top level, from November to February which the locals really enjoy.
For something more exclusive head to Portomaso. For a more luxurious take on your shopping and dining experience. This area is very close to the Hilton in St. Julian’s and to the main area of pubs and restaurants.
Talking about eating and drinking. Where should you go for lunch and dinner?
We don’t even need to specify. Most of the restaurants here are up to standard and you literally have a little bit of every type of cuisine. You can pick from Michelin star restaurants to Asian and Mediterranean fusion, or simply go for Italian or Greek – it’s all at your fingertips.
If you want to make your own lunches or are renting an apartment in the area, there are various supermarkets or groceries situated in the heart of St. Julian’s – i.e. close to the Portomaso and Bay Street centres. If you’re located in the side-streets look out for the grocer who comes round with his van in the streets daily. Shopping from such places will be a treat.
It’s all about fun, fun, fun. From the beaches to the sea sport activities you can take part in in Balluta Bay during the day to Paceville at night. Paceville is the place Maltese youth come to to party and drink. From wine, jazz and reggae bars to clubs it’s all here.
If you like to take a risk or just visit the Casinos, there are three over in St. Julian’s and they are all next to each other.
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