Busy streets of Paceville
Always busy, Paceville and St Julian’s are renowned locally and amongst tourists for its several bars, restaurants, coffee shops and shopping mall.
The picturesque town of St. Julian’s never stops. In the morning, English language students are busy taking it easy at one of the many coffee shops before their lessons, while people flock to the sandy beach of St George’s Bay. In the afternoon, the eateries lining the coast and the main drag are full of punters dining on pizza and a glass of wine, or just snacking on one of the famous ħobżas (a crunch loaf of bread stuffed with tomatoes, olive oil, and other delicious ingredients) with their feet dangling in the sea. The evening brings about revellers of all ages flocking to the bars, nightclubs, cinemas, and other venues in the area known as Paceville.
St Julian’s, and its famous bay Spinola, are as picturesque as it gets. During the day, this old fishing village provides a quaint backdrop for a day of exploring. Spinola bay, with its bobbing fishing boats, fishermen repairing nets, and stunning views, makes a great start to a walking tour. Make sure to visit the palace and its surrounding gardens. While the palace is closed to the public, the gardens aren’t, and they make an excellent stop for a peaceful stroll. The coastline provides a number of bathing options, from the rocky coast of St. Andrews with its open seas, to the sandy beach at St. George’s Bay. There are also the chic private pools belonging to the hotels along the coast – all of which offer day-memberships.
Shopaholics are well catered for, with a large shopping mall and plenty of smaller shops along the main road. International brands are readily available and the Maltese are a fashion-conscious bunch. Prices compare well to the rest of Europe, and when it comes to some items of clothing, your Euros will take you a lot farther in Malta than in other more prominent tourist destinations.
An evening walk is best for soaking up the atmosphere this town and its surrounding areas have to offer. You’ll find the locals out in force, dressed to the nines, on their way to dinner or a movie. Don’t be embarrassed to strike up a conversation with a local – whether you’re asking for directions or a restaurant recommendation, most will be more than happy to oblige, and who knows the local eateries better than the locals themselves? Thanks to Malta’s exceptionally mild winters, your walks along the promenade won’t be spoiled by inclement weather, even in the middle of winter. In fact, many prefer that time of the year for a cool stroll next to the crashing waves.
If this town is bustling during the day, it’s at night when St Julian’s really comes alive. The main nightlife area of Paceville is lined with bars and clubs with people spilling out into the street. Many of the venues have world-class DJs and music lovers of any genre will find their fill. For the high rollers, there’s even one of Malta’s premiere casinos housed in a nineteenth century palace on a promontory overlooking both St George’s Bay and Sliema.
Being a fishing town, one would expect some great fish and seafood restaurants - St Julian’s won’t disappoint in this regard. Whether it’s a simple plate of the local favourite lampuki (Dolphin fish) at one of the many small restaurants along the coast, or a more refined fish dinner at a more upscale restaurant, complemented by bow-tied waiters and a stunning sunset over the Mediterranean, there’s a choice for all budgets.
And for those after more conventional entertainment, the town’s choices include a 16-theatre Cinema, a bowling alley, a diving centre, and boat rentals.