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10 amazing images of St Paul’s Bay over the years

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Holidays in St Paul’s Bay are ideal for families and those who want to experience some authentic Maltese culture.

Now the largest resort on the island’s north coast, it started as a tiny fishing village.

Families are spoilt for choice when it comes to things to see and do in St Paul’s Bay.

Take a sunset stroll along the beautiful promenade that stretches from Xemxija to Qawra, and enjoy a leisurely drink in one of the bars or restaurants.

St Paul’s Bay as it looks today

Although there is some nightlife, the resort is quieter than some of its neighbours, making St Paul’s Bay perfect for those who want to enjoy their holiday to Malta at their own pace.

Since the 1980s, St Paul’s Bay has grown and grown to become the last town in the Maltese Islands.

The population in 2018 was 23,112.

However, this goes up to about 60,000 between June and September with Maltese residents and tourists lodging in hotels, especially in Bugibba and Qawra.

Burmarrad, Wardija, Qawra, Bugibba, Xemxija and San Martin, as well as parts of Bidnija and Mistra all form part of St Paul’s Bay.

The town is full of restaurants, cafes, wine-bars, pubs and beach clubs as well as the Malta National Aquarium in Qawra.

Here are 10 brilliant vintage photos that show life in St Paul’s Bay over the past 70 years.

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Life in St Paul’s Bay during the Second World War
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Tower Street in St Paul’s Bay in the early 1950s
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Wignacourt Tower was built in St Paul’s Bay in 1610
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The tiny harbour at Veccja Point in St Paul’s Bay in 1961
The harbour at St Paul's Bay in the early 1960s postcard
The harbour at St Paul’s Bay in the early 1960s
Il-Menqa Harbour in St Paul's Bay in the 1960s
The small Il-Menqa Harbour in St Paul’s Bay in the 1960s
St Paul's Bay was a tiny fishing village until the 1980s
St Paul’s Bay was a tiny fishing village until the 1980s
The view across St Paul's Bay in the early 1970s
The view across St Paul’s Bay in the early 1970s
Veccja Harbour in Xemxija in the 1980s
Veccja Harbour in Xemxija in the 1980s
Bugibba Harbour in Malta as it looks today
Bugibba Harbour in Malta as it looks today
9 Comments
  1. Marie Noelle Poggetti says

    I think there might be a mistake this last picture is Marsaskala ! I spend a lot of time there …. i am sure it is not what ou say it is ! check it !

    1. Malta Easy says

      Hi Marie, it’s St Paul’s Bay.

  2. catrina louise attard says

    Beautiful little place so scenic in the past, before it was turned into a concrete jungle that it is today!

  3. Peter Farrugia says

    I will make sure of visiting St. Paul’s Bay on my next visit to Malta.

  4. Paul says

    I remember all of them. Those were the good paradise days.
    We used to play on the steps of the Wignacourt tower. This was built in the place where st Paul’s original Chapel was, because of the vantage obsevation position.

  5. Debbie Kerr says

    I love St Paul’s Bay but was more beautiful years ago by the photos.

  6. Esmerelda says

    How I wish it is still like that….those were the days

  7. Poppy says

    Definitely SPB just up from the tiny church in the middle of the road

  8. Francis says

    I was born and raised in the area.As a child I did a lot of fishing in the Menqa.Such fond memories.

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