Located in the north of the island of Malta, St. Pauls Bay is a village. Traditionally it was referred to as the fisherman’s village. However, the fisherman village character has been slightly lost with the area becoming a popular tourist destination and all the developments that have been done to promote the same. The name of the village is in reference to the shipwreck of St. Paul’s. As per the Bible, St. Pauls was shipwrecked on an island while he was travelling to Rome from Caesarea. It is believed that the island where the shipwreck occurred was Malta.
St. Paul’s Bay is a comparatively quieter location than all the other famous locations of Malta. It has a higher concentration of Maltese people. The population of this location is around 30,000 people.
Why you should not skip up on visiting St. Pauls?
If you truly want to see the culture of Malta, you cannot skip up on St. Paul’s. Despite not being a typical Maltese village, you will still find remnants from the time when it was a fisherman’s village.
This was one of the six watchtowers which were built by the Knights of the order of St. John. This night was the grandmaster Alof de Wignacourt. The construction of this tower was completed in 1610 and is currently the oldest surviving tower.
Xemxija and the bay
The bay of Xemxija it’s worth a visit. It has in national reserves referred to as is-Simar. The reserve is managed by the organisation of Birdlife Malta and falls under the EU Natura 2000 network as a part of its special area of conservation. The reservation is open for public viewing from November to May. The entrance is free; however, a small donation is appreciated.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can plan a hike to the top of the Xemxija. On the top, you will come across Ferkuna beach. Even though the beach is mostly rocky, it is a beautiful location for a swim.
St. Paul’s Bay was inhabited in the early period of 4000 BC. Archaeological surveys have found a megalithic temple in Bugibba. St. Paul’s Bay also acted as a very important harbour during Roman times. You can even see the Roman road remains on the hill of Xamxija, and on the seabed, you can see where the Roman ship anchors used to land.
Getting to St. Pauls Bay is pretty easy since it is one of the major localities of Malta. You can either opt for bus or cabs as your mode of transportation if you are looking for cabs for transportation from the airport to St. Pauls; check out https://www.cool.mt/routes/airport/from-airport/to-st-paul-bay/. There are around six bus routes that bring people from all parts of the island to St. Pauls. If you do not visit this location, an important part of understanding the history of Malta would remain incomplete. Therefore, make sure this location is a part of your itinerary.
The author, Dr. David K Simson is a trained radiation oncologist specializing in advanced radiation techniques such as intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT), volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) / Rapid Arc, stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT), stereotactic radiotherapy (SRT), stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). He is also experienced in interstitial, intracavitary, and intraluminal brachytherapy.