Bugibba is a small seaside town on the north coast of the Maltese Islands. The town’s long promenade along the sea front features various bars and restaurants and is a popular entertainment spot. Bugibba features all the modern amenities and conveniences whilst the town’s small size means that the sea is nevermore than a five minute walk away.
Its neighbouring towns, Qawra and St. Paul’s Bay, are renowned for their seafood restaurants and are both a stone’s throw away. The area offers many sports and outdoor activities for the adventurous as well as panoramic vistas and walking trails for those who prefer a more laid back lifestyle.
Bugibba is a 20 minute drive from the Island’s capital Valletta and a 30 minute drive from the airport.
Mellieha Bay is only a 20 minute drive away and Golden Bay 15 minutes away.
Bugibba is connected with all the main bus routes so getting around the island is very easy.
What to see and do as you relax in Malta
Because of Malta’s size, there is so much more to do as you relax in Malta. Malta’s uniqueness is due in part to the fact that it contains 7,000 years’ worth of human history in only 316 square kilometres of land. That’s why Malta has such a dynamic appeal, especially in summer – the more you look for things to do, the more you find. Valletta, for example, hosts plays and concerts as well as numerous exhibitions and street events throughout the year.
(see visitmalta.com and St. Paul’s Bay Local Council Website)
Choice doesn’t stop when you leave Carolina Apartments. A walk away from Carolina Apartments you’ll discover shops offering quality brands, fun activities and restaurants to choose from. The shops are located along the promenade. Apart from shops in Bugibba you may also find a cinema complex and bingo halls. The other main shopping districts in Malta are Valletta & Sliema. Valletta is a 30 minute drive whilst Sliema is 20 minutes away.
Visit the promenade alond Bugibba’s seafront and you visit a mecca for dining out right on your doorstep. They offer a variety of settings, standards and ambiance to suit all tastes and budgets. It really is a melting pot for the best continental and worldwide cuisines. And competition is fierce, too, so quality is not hard to find. Do sample Maltese cuisine if you get the opportunity. The Italian kitchen has a strong influence and it has close similarities with Sicilian Cuisine. When tipping, 10 - 15% is expected in hotels and restaurants when not included in the bill.
Night life in Paceville
Paceville is Malta’s No.1 place to party. Clubbing in Paceville (pronounced ‘Parcherville’) is a unique experience where you can party hard every night of the week in a car-free zone of small streets. Paceville is music-led so you’ll find the best clubs and discotheques to be found on the Maltese islands packed together right next door to you in St. Julian’s. Everyone’s musical tastes can be accounted for: House, Salsa, Hip Hop, RnB, Trance, Rock, Indie, Jazz and Dance are all to be found here. Nightlife in Paceville is relatively inexpensive. The price of alcohol is considerably cheaper than much of Europe and entrance to most bars, clubs and discotheques is free-of-charge. Yet there are so many of them that a visitor is spoilt for choice. That choice demands a certain amount of conservation of energy before your big night out with all that Paceville has to offer. Don’t forget, smoking in indoor venues is illegal and the minimum drinking age in Malta is 17. Paceville is located only 20 minutes away by bus from Bugibba. Bugibba is served by a night service to Paceville & St. Julian’s so you don’t have to worry about driving when going out.
Casinos & cinemas in Paceville
Roulette, baccarat and blackjack can be played at 3 casinos in Malta. The Casino in Bugibba is the nearest to Carolina Apartments. Its location is exaclty in front of Bugibba’s beach. There is also a cinema complex showing all the latest releases, so you are never short of choice.
Scuba diving is a professionally run sport on the islands so you are in good hands. A cruise round the Grand Harbour is a must if you want to understand Malta’s history more imaginatively. You can swim in the Blue Lagoon at Comino Island and St. Peters Pool in Marsascala or you can rent a jet ski, charter a yacht or para-kite from a sandy beach. Make time for the cove at Mgarr Ix-Xini. It’s so picturesque. Watersports is easily available along Bugibba’s promenade. Cruises to Crystal blue seas of the Blue Lagoon in Comino are avaialble everyday from Bugibba’s Jetty.
Art & antique lovers
Visit the art collection at the National Museum of Fine Arts. (The Sciortino collection of sculptures is especially pleasing.) Caravaggio’s painting of the beheading of St. John at St. John’s co-Cathedral is a most moving and powerful canvas. If you decide to visit Palazzo Falzon, the historic house museum in Mdina, you’ll find a large collection of Maltese antiques. For more contemporary exhibits, take a walk round the St. John’s Cavalier Art Centre in Valletta.
Two carnivals to look out for
Check your calendar for the Nadur village carnival in Gozo or the Valletta Parade in February. Children will love the old film set of Popeye Village.
Church bells and the countryside
The rural side of the islands is special too. Charming villages and 365 churches are set against warm, honey coloured stone walls and azure skies. Then there’s the Limestone Heritage Park and Gardens and the St. Nicholas church in the village of Siggiewi. For the 3rd largest dome in Europe, visit the church in the town of Mosta. That has a tale or two to tell. Next on your itinerary is the Three Cities in Cottonera or, if you have a free Sunday morning, visit the fishing village of Marsaxlokk and stay for lunch.