Evening of elegance at Portomaso Marina
Portomaso is one of the most prestigious addresses in the Mediterranean and makes for a great spot to unwind and enjoy the relaxed pace of marina life. Take a stroll around the quayside and admire the high end yachts before settling into one of the many boutique bars.
If you’re feeling peckish, there’s also a host of stylish restaurants offering incredible views across the waterfront. You’ll find everything from pizzerias and brasseries to exquisite, contemporary Japanese dining experiences. For elegant evening drinks, head to the Tiffany Wine and Champagne Bar and soak up the plush atmosphere of this world class designer bar.
Party in Paceville
St Julian’s sits adjacent to Malta’s central party scene which is located in the district of Paceville, perfect for those who want to taste the island’s nightlife. Wander around the streets, adorned with bars, clubs, casinos and cinemas and you’ll soon find a venue that appeals.
You can be as raucous or classy as you like in these parts. Go for an all night rave at Havana, visit Hugo’s Terrace – the stylish cocktail lounges boasting stunning views – or spend the evening in one of the lively Irish bars.
Try a new watersport
Along with a whole raft of standard watersports, off the coast of St Julian’s you can try SUP Yoga Fitness, combining yoga and stand-up paddle boarding. SUP Yoga Fitness provides a fun day out on the Mediterranean sea for all experience levels, complete with stunning views of the Maltese coastline.
The world of Playmobil
For an exciting day out with the kids, head 20 minutes south towards the seaside town of Birzebbugia, where you’ll find a life-size Playmobil castle. Not only will your little ones come face-to-face with their favourite plastic characters, they’ll also have the chance to ride Playmobil pigs, horses and crocodiles in the themed indoor and outdoor play areas.
As the company’s second largest factory in the world, visitors are invited on a tour to watch the toys being made, learning how the different characters are transformed from a pile of plastic pellets into 3,995 characters. Whatever your age, this is certainly a day out that won’t be forgotten in a hurry.
Day trip to the stunning Capital
For such a small city, Malta’s capital of Valletta certainly packs a punch. Described by UNESCO as one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world, this world heritage site is an elegant capital full of charm. Just a 20-minute drive down the coast from St Julian’s, you can explore the stunning Grand Master’s Palace, the 16th-century St John’s Co-Cathedral and more modern offerings such as the recently completed Parliament Buildings.
Awarded the European Capital of Culture for 2018, you’ll find lots of brand new bars and restaurants housed in converted mansions and rustic buildings. For the best vista in town, head to the Upper Barrakka Garden where you’ll enjoy uninterrupted views right down to the medieval harbour.
Discover Gozo and Comino
No cheap holiday to St Julian’s would be complete without a trip to its sister islands, Gozo and Comino. Both are easily accessed via a short 20-minute ferry ride from St Julian’s. Explore the popular landmarks of Gozo, from the Citadel in Victoria to the Ggantijja Temples – the oldest freestanding temples in the world. Once you’ve done enough exploring, head to the market to pick up freshly produced local goods.
The smaller, car free island of Comino is a haven for watersports enthusiasts and attracts many snorkellers, divers and windsurfers to its virtually uninhabited shores. The main attraction in the summer is the Blue Lagoon, a sheltered bay of dazzling blue water with white sand. In fact, it’s noted as being one of the best beaches in the whole of Malta.