Over the years, St Paul’s Bay was the go-to village for Summer getaways, and I am sure that if we had to ask around about their favourite summer memories, St Paul’s Bay would definitely feature.
St Paul’s Bay is now one of the largest resorts on Malta’s north coast, but it knows its humble beginnings as a fishing village.
There are a hundred-and-one things to do nowadays in St Paul’s Bay. From a walk along the coast that can take you to Bugibba and Qawra, to a relaxed drink al fresco in one of its bars and pubs. Plus that, a nice seafood meal is always the ideal cherry on the cake.
St Paul’s Bay’s population is just above 29,000 but this goes up to over 60,000 in the summer months, with Maltese and tourists alike making it their perfect summer spot.
Apart from the main part of the village, St Paul’s Bay includes other areas. In fact, Burmarrad, Wardija, Qawra, Bugibba, Xemxija and San Martin, as well as parts of Bidnija and Mistra all form part of St Paul’s Bay.
Here are 10 brilliant vintage photos that show life in St Paul’s Bay over the past 70 years.
Life in St Paul’s Bay in the times of the Second World War
Tower Street and the iconic Wignacourt Tower in the 1950s
Did you know that Wignacourt Tower was built in 1610, and it still stands today?
The year is 1961 – The place is the tiny harbour at Veccja Point in St Paul’s Bay
St Paul’s Bay Harbour including one of its renowned restaurants in the early 60s
The small Il-Menqa Harbour in St Paul’s Bay in the 1960s
St Paul’s Bay was a tiny fishing village up until the 1980s
The view across St Paul’s Bay in the early 1970s
Veccja Harbour in the 1980s
Bugibba Harbour as it looks today