St. Julians, Malta

The popularity of this resort probably even surpasses Sliema, because, in addition to the usual attributes of a tourist town (hotels, restaurants, etc.), one of the districts of St. Julian’s is the so-called “mecca of entertainment”, Paceville.

St. Julians is located in the northeast of Malta. It was named after St. Julian the Hospitable, or the Poor – a legendary medieval saint, whose cult was strengthened on the islands thanks to the Order of the Knights of St. John. The population of St. Julian’s is approx. 8,000 people. It is believed that living here is prestigious.

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History of St. Julian’s

Until the beginning of the 19th century, the coast on which modern St. Julians stands was almost deserted – they were afraid to settle here because of possible pirate raids. A whimsical shore with two bays (inner and outer) was patrolled by the so-called militia – something like the people’s militia of Malta, a medieval formation. In the 2nd half of the 17th century. the first fortifications appeared here, as well as the Spinola Palace, which was occupied by the French during their invasion at the end of the 18th century. In the 19th century on the outskirts of St. Julians, the British built barracks. It also gradually became a resort village, which remains, in general, to this day.

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How to get there

Buses No. 12, 13 car.

St. Julian’s Hotels

St. Julian’s is a resort town that has hotels of any star rating, as well as apartments / apartments for rent.

  • 5* hotels: Corinthia San Gorg, Hilton Malta, InterContinental Malta, Le Meridien St.Julians, Radisson SAS Bay Point Resort, The Westin Dragonara Resort, Corinthia Marina Hotel
  • 4* hotels: Golden Tulip Vivaldi Hotel, Hotel Bernard, Hotel Juliani, President Hotel
  • 3* hotels: Alfonso Hotel, Rafael Spinola Hotel, Valentina Hotel, Burlington Aparthotel
  • 2* hotels: Dean Hamlet Holiday Village, San Gorg Hotel

Cuisine and restaurants in St. Julian’s

Most cafes, restaurants, pizzerias, bars are located in Paceville, however, something comes across along the promenade. Descriptions of some restaurants can be found on the Webstarmalt resource, and reviews of some of them can be read in the LJ community dedicated to Maltese restaurants

  • Establishments of the 1st category (mostly restaurants of expensive hotels): Barracuda Restaurant, Blue Elephant Restaurant, Bottega Del Vino, Carissa / Al Fresco Restaurant, Corsairs Restaurant, Da Marina Restaurant, Dragonara Casino Brasserie, Eastern Breeze, Fra Martino Restaurant, Gallerie San Georges, Hard Rock Cafe, Harruba Restaurant, Il-Frejgatina Restaurant, Kontiki Restaurant, Ku de’ Ta Restaurant, La Dolce Vita, Le Bistro Restaurant, Le Petillant, Narcis Restaurant, China House Restaurant, Oceana Restaurant, Palio’s Restaurant, Paranga Restaurant, Quadro Restaurant, San Giuliano Restaurant, Scirocco Restaurant, Soprano Restaurant, Terrace Restaurant, The Casino Brasserie, The Edge Restaurant, Villa Brasserie
  • Restaurants of the 2nd category: All Seasons Restaurant, Antonio’s Restaurant, Lulu Restaurant, Peppino’s Restaurant & Winebar, Red Aroma Restaurant, Vinotheque, Zest Restaurant
  • Establishments of the 3rd category: Alfonso’s Restaurant, Café 24, La Bajja Pool Bar & Grill, Paparazzi Restaurant, Zeppi’s Restaurant
  • Snack bars 1st category: Lobby Bar, Paranga Lido, Pool Bar Restaurant, Raffael
  • Eateries 2 categories: Buon Café and Pizzeria, Burger King (St. Julian’s), Nove Wine & Beer, Pizza Hut (St. Julian’s), SJI’s Smooth Jazz Inc. snack bar

Shopping: shops

St. Julians has both large supermarkets Arkadia Foodstore, Park Towers, Scotts Supermarket, as well as small shops.

Where to buy everything else

The largest shopping complex in St. Julians is Bay Street, which presents, for example, brands such as Adidas, Chilli, Ecco, French Connection, Gas, Guess, Marks & Spencer, Mexx, Tommy Hilfiger, etc. In addition, there are music, and bookstores, restaurants and coffee houses. Another shopping center is Portomaso Shopping Complex, which is located in the first and so far the only skyscraper in Malta – Portomaso, where you can also buy from food to fashionable clothes (there are several outlets). Souvenirs are sold mainly in Paceville.

Bank branches

  • HSBC (bank branch, ATM, automatic currency exchange and deposit acceptance) are located on Georges Road. Opening hours: Mon – Thu from 08:30 to 13:30, Fri from 08:30 to 16:30, Sat from 08:30 to 12:30
  • Bank of Valletta (BOV) (bank branch and ATM) are located on Dragonara Road. Opening hours: Mon – Thu from 08:30 to 14:00, Fri from 08:30 to 15:30, Sat from 08:30 to 12:30

BOV ATMs are also located at/at Dragonara Casino, Mayfair Complex, Portomaso, St. George’s Road


  • Balluta Pharmacy 30, Triq il-Kbira St.Julians
  • Melita Pharmacy 127, Triq San Gorg, St. Julians
  • Julians Pharmacy 24, Triq G. Borg Olivier, St. Julians

St. Julian’s beaches

Dragonara Point, St. George’s Bay.

Tourists, students of English schools and local youth usually swim in St. George’s Bay (Pacheville area). Aborigines aged prefer quieter places. By the way, the beach in the bay is sandy – the rest of the swimming places in the area are rocky.

Entertainment and attractions of St. Julian’s


  • Watchtower of St. George (St. George’s tower) (17th century) It was built by order of the Grand Master of the Order of the Order of St. John Laskaris.
  • Coastal fortifications (coastal entrenchments) (2nd half of the 18th century) were built during the reign of the Grand Master of the Order of St. John Pinto.
  • Barracks of St. George’s (George’s barracks) (19th century), which were intended for British royal engineers. An excellent example of British colonial architecture.

Palaces and villas

  • Spinola Palace (2nd half of the 17th century) was built by the Marquis Francesco Napoleone Spinola di Roccaforte in the picturesque bay that bears his name. The palace was intended, among other things, “for the amusement of the public” – performances were staged in its gardens. During the French invasion, it was occupied by the French. Now it houses a restaurant.
  • Dragonara Palace (2nd half of the 19th century) – the former residence of the banker Emanuel Scicluna, and now – a casino.

Churches and chapels

  • Parish Church of Julian (St. Julian’s Parish church) (built in the 20th century)
  • Old Church of St. Juliana Old St. Julian’s church (built in the 17th century)
  • Immaculate Conception church (built in the 17th century by Marquis Spinola).
  • Church of Rita (St. Rita Church) (built in the 20th century, given to the Augustinians)
  • Church of Our Lady of Good Counsel (built in the 20th century, given to the Augustinians). Sunday masses are held in English (beginning at 11:30 am)
  • Church of Clara (Church of St. Claire) (built in the 20th century, given to the Franciscans)
  • The Millennium Chapel (built in the 20th century) is a kind of oasis of peace and faith in the heart of Paceville, the Mecca of entertainment.


  • Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Balluta) – last week of July
  • Julian – last week of August


Dragonara Palace.

Night life

Paceville, St. Julian’s “vile district”, is known throughout Malta. This is a cluster of restaurants, bars, nightclubs, discos, shops and hotels. If earlier in Paceville it was possible to find a place for almost every taste (first of all, we are talking about the style of music played in a particular institution), then in recent years, preference has been given to the tastes of the “yellow-mouthed youth”, so basically it can be found on the streets of Paceville sparkling in the night. Older and quieter people in this place are unlikely to be interested in spending all the evenings, although, of course, you can look into the bar or club you like a couple of times.


Dragonar Palace.

St. Julians, Malta