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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
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  1. Miriam says

    We remember the pink dome in the background at the top of the hill leaving Xemxija for Mellieha In the late1970’s. Our young children used to shout “There’s the pink pumpkin!”.

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