Experience the elegance and style of St Julians on a budget
With promises of blue skies and idyllic temperatures, the English speaking island of Malta can be reached in around three hours from the UK.
And as a small island, average airport transfers to your resort are only 30 minutes.
Night owls and those who love to wine and dine will be well catered for in the vibrant city of St Julians, which is jam-packed with restaurants and bars for all budgets. As the nightlife capital of the island, you’re never more than a few minutes walk from the action.
Alongside the plush hotel developments and lavish marina you’ll find a fabulous public bus service connecting you to the historic capital Valletta and the beaches of nearby Sliema.
Cheap things to do around St Julians
If you’re simply craving a beach day, a 10-minute stroll from the centre of St Julians will land you on the small, Blue Flag beach of St George’s Bay, while the large rocks along the city’s coastline offer perfect tanning platforms.
By using the cheap and frequent buses along the seafront, exploring this tiny island is both affordable and easy. Head to the capital and navigate the cobbled, narrow streets of the UNESCO walled city, marvelling at the 16th-century architecture and landscaped gardens.
Enjoy a relaxed day-trip to Malta’s sister islands Gozo or Comino, both just a 20-minute ferry ride from St. Julians.
In Gozo, wander around some of the oldest temples in the world and tuck into local produce at the daily open air market, before making your way to the car-free island of Comino for a snorkel in the Blue Lagoon.
How to get a great St Julians holiday deal
Malta starts warming up as early as April, and by May the delightful Mediterranean Sea is a comfortable 18°C. Booking your perfect getaway between April and June also means you not only avoid the high season of July and August, but with less crowds and plenty of local festivals to celebrate, you can get better deals on flights, hotels and hire cars too.
Alternatively, Malta’s balmy autumn temperatures of around 25°C to 30°C in September and October showcase even more fabulous deals.
For a last minute break and the best chance of scoring a competitive deal, start looking around eight weeks before your preferred departure and browse the fine selection of chic hotels boasting rooftop pools and modern furnishings across the city. If you prefer a larger selection of beaches on your doorstep take a look at Sliema, just 10 minutes’ drive south of St. Julians, which features an extensive promenade and spectacular views of the capital.
Or, up on the island’s northernmost tip, the picturesque village of Mellieha Bay is bursting with local culture and showcases a fine ensemble of golden sand beaches.
However, to find out more about Julians Bay, check out our travel guide. And scroll down for some excellent cheap, yet classy hotels.
Tucked away down a quiet side street in the centre of St. Julians, this stylish hotel is perfectly positioned to explore the vibrant city. A stone's throw from a fantastic selection of restaurants, bars and the plush marina, spend lazy days lounging by the rooftop pool enjoying sweeping views of the city or in the shade of the terrace with a refreshing cocktail. With indulgent guest amenities provided by The White Company and immaculate, designer furnishings throughout, a stay at this affordable boutique hotel will leave you feeling like a million dollars.
Boasting wraparound views of the Mediterranean and the bustling city, you'll quickly get used to living the high life as you soak up the sun around the chic rooftop pool at this designer hotel in the centre of St Julians. Just a few minutes' walk from the beach, shops, restaurants and bars, up on the roof you'll find a contemporary cocktail bar while down below an a la carte Italian and generous buffet breakfast restaurant await. Located in the heart of the entertainment district, come nightfall you'll find plenty of lively bars and clubs to match your budget or simply enjoy a quiet stroll along the marina.