The tiny Mediterranean Island of Malta may be small in size, but it is rich in history and has plenty for tourists to do and manages to squeeze 1.2 million of them in a year. The mostly dry, hot climate and laidback local attitude make it the perfect retreat for those looking to unwind, with the village of Saint Julian’s being a big attraction. Saint Julian’s is a small fishing village on the Islands coast, and has successfully embraced tourism without losing its authentic charm. Historical hotspots blend in seamlessly with modern bars, clubs and restaurants, giving the area a broad appeal. Its proximity to the town of Sliema only adds to its appeal.
A hatchback is perfect for zipping around the roads and excellent to manoeuvre and park in small spaces.
Driving in Malta St Julians
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Important things to note
Road conditions have improved immensely in recent years, meaning that while the vast majority of roads are easily driven, some are still undergoing improvement works.
The GPS coverage of the island can be sketchy at times, so drivers should be sure to pick up an up-to-date map upon arrival.
There are many narrow and one-way streets in Malta, but the local drivers are often quite friendly, so visitors should be sure to ask for directions when visiting a new location.
Highlights & Hotspots
Spinola Bay in the St Julian’s district is perfect for a romantic stroll and a bite to eat. The picturesque bay is lined with great bars and restaurants, with everything from local family run businesses and chains covered. St Julian’s is also known for its nightlife, so head to one of the clubs if you fancy.
Balluta Square is a popular retreat for locals in Saint Julian’s, who flock here to relax and watch the world go by. Lined with historic buildings, it’s the perfect place to grab a coffee or some brunch, whilst you soak up the atmosphere.
Malta has plenty of remarkable prehistoric sites on offer, one of them being the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum. Dating back more than 5,000 years, this underground necropolis of rocky caves offers a fascinating glimpse of the Island you won’t forget in a hurry.
Saint Julian’s has some wonderful restaurants that won’t break the bank; Wigi’s Kitchen is one such place. Offering mouth-watering rib-eye steaks, chateaubriand and freshly caught seafood, it’s perfect for a romantic meal or special occasion.
Malta International Airport is located at Gudja, making the town a popular place to stay during the trip. As the island is small, most places of interest can be travelled to by car within the space of an hour.
From Saint Julian‚Äôs, try to drive in a southerly direction via some of the dual carriageways going around the centre of Valletta, as they will make your journey times a little bit shorter.