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San Pawl il-Bahar / St. Paul’s Bay

Online since: 09. April 2013

St. Pauls Bay

San Pawl il-Bahar lies in the St. Paul’s Bay (which is English for San Pawl il-Bahar), in the north of the country. Using the newly built highway alongside the town, you can get to the more northern regions of Malta, such as Mellieha or Cirkewwa, the ferry harbour to Gozo. Over the years , the town has merged with Bugibba and Qwara. No one really knows where San Pawl il-Bahar starts or ends – maybe with the exception of the administration office.

Xemxija, a smaller village, borders directly on the town. St. Paul’s Bay, Xemxija, Bugibba and Qwara are popular tourist destinations; here you can find many hotels, holiday accommodations, restaurants, souvenir shops, cafés, a casino and more entertainment opportunities for tourists. The kilometre-long promenade, which stretches almost along the entire coast, is worth a visit. Unfortunately, there are no natural sand beaches, only rocks from where you can climb down stairs to get to the sea. Recently, a small artificial sand beach was built there, but you cannot compare it to a real beach! The promenade offers a beautiful view onto the bay and the St. Paul’s Islands across the water. Apparently, the apostle Paul shipwrecked here in 59 AD, when he was on his way to Rome as a prisoner. Paul and the entire ship’s crew managed to swim to the island. Shortly afterwards, the father of the islands commander (Malta was occupied by the Romans at that time) fell ill and was healed by the apostle. Out of gratitude, the commander converted to Christianity. A 12 m high statue was erected on the island to honour Paul.

S. Wagner

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