Along with the adjacent town of Qawra, Bugibba is one of the largest coastal resort towns in the north of Malta. It originally started off life as a tiny Maltese village, nothing more than a simple addition to the neighbouring town of St. Paul’s Bay. However, over the years and with increasing demand from tourists, Bugibba has grown into a favourite holiday base. The town is therefore geared around tourism as both local and foreign visitors flock there in summer to enjoy the panoramic promenade and the numerous touristic amenities.
As a resort, Bugibba is all about fun: fun activities, fun facilities and fun-loving individuals. The town is located on a sheltered creek, which keeps the water calm and the currents at bay, and the rocky coastline is spotted with easy-to-access entry points to the sea. Therefore, from June to September the stretch of coastline reaching from St. Paul’s Bay through Bugibba and up to Qawra is a favourite among swimmers and sunbathers. Many hotels along the Bugibba promenade have beach concessions offering various facilities for swimming and water sports in addition to swimming pools for those guests who would rather avoid the crowded beaches during the summertime.
The Bugibba promenade is a great place from which to take in some lovely views of St. Paul’s Island and the open Mediterranean Sea. Starting off in a small quiet bay with colourful local fishing boats just at the end of St. Paul’s Bay, both locals and tourists alike pace up and down the Bugibba promenade taking in the lazy atmosphere and summer breezes. The promenade comes to life in the evenings when visitors can enjoy bars, funfair activities, gelaterias and even a casino. Over the years, Bugibba has accumulated a wide array of pubs, bars and restaurants cooking up both local and international cuisine.
A rather recent activity is the Bugibba trackless train tour, which departs from the Bugibba promenade and explores the town and coastline. The train even makes its way down to St. Paul’s Bay and past the Wignacourt Tower, an impressive defence post built by the Knights of St. John in 1609. Cruise boats to Comino and other parts of Malta also depart from the Bugibba promenade, and the town is particularly well connected by public transport to other parts of Malta, including other major towns and beaches.
As an unfortunate result of its development into Malta’s most established resort, a large part of Bugibba’s traditional housing has been transformed into holiday accommodation for both locals and tourists alike. However, this also means that Bugibba now offers the visitor to Malta all sorts of accommodation, including large resort hotels right on the seafront with spectacular sea views, smaller in-town guesthouses, and self-catering apartments.
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