St. Paul's Bay 360°
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St. Paul's Bay 360°
Grand Master Alof de Wignacourt
personally financed the construction
of 6 coastal towers to defend the
coastline of Malta.
The first erected was the tower at St
Paul’s Bay in 1610 and was named
Wignacourt Tower in honour of the
The Knights of Malta had already
constructed a Coastal Tower in 1605 at
This was demolished in 1845 meaning
that Wignacourt Tower is today, the
oldest surviving coastal tower on the
islands. For 39 years, it remained the
only northern defence post until the
Red Tower was erected in 1649.
During the Tarxien phase of Maltese
prehistory, a small temple was built in
what is now Buġibba. The temple was
excavated between the 1920s and
1950s, and it is now located in the
grounds of a hotel.
In around 1715, the Order of St. John
built Buġibba Battery as part of a series
coastline. Today, only remains of its
foundations and ditch have survived.
In the 1960s, Buġibba began to see
rapid development, and it is now a
popular tourist resort. It is especially
popular among students who go to
Malta to learn English.
The town's main highlight is the
square, which is located along the
nightclubs, bars and restaurants.
Xemxija Heritage Trail
Being part of Maltese heritage, the
Punic Roman road is still preserved for
a considerable length and is unique in
Malta. The stones holding up the road
surface are in good condition despite
their age – over 2000 years old.
Channels were cut along the road at
the most opportune points where
water would naturally collect.
This road is one of the network which
connected the settlements and served
to transport farm produce as well as
salt. Besides, this road is also known as
the Pilgrims Way, an old road taken by
pilgrims on their way to our lady’s
sanctuary in Mellieħa.
Wardija is a hamlet in St. Paul's Bay,
Malta, about 363 feet above sea level.
Its name is corrupted from the Sicilian
or Italian word guardia, meaning 'to
watch'). Although the name of the
hamlet has Arabic lexicons, it was
probably named later when Maltese,
then an Arabic dialect, remained a
The hamlet is bordered with Bidnija,
Several archeological remains are
found in the whereabouts, proving that
it was inhabited in pre-history and the
Roman period, and it has always been
mainly a rural village. From the 16th till
the 18th-centuries it saw a shift into a
hunting zone with the construction of
several hunting lodges and chapels.
Mistra is a bay in northwestern Malta,
near Mellieħa. The bay is surrounded
by cliffs and is considered an inlet of St.
Paul's Bay. To the north, lies Selmun
The Mistra Battery is found on the east
side of the bay. Two restaurants are
also in the north side of the bay,
connected via a rugged road. Several
fish farms are located around 595
metres (1,952 ft) offshore. Recent clean
ups have also reduced the amount of
waste found on the beach.
The beach present is made out of
pebbles and has been cited by
Roman and Phoenician authors living
Qawra is a zone within St. Paul's Bay. It
is located close to Buġibba and Salina,
and it is a popular tourist resort,
In around 1638, the Order of St. John
built Qawra Tower at Qawra Point. A
battery was built around it in 1715,
added in the 1760s. Today, the tower
and battery are a restaurant, and parts
of the entrenchment can still be seen.
The town is home to many water-sport
speed boat and jetski rides, as well as
Summer temperatures can be as hot
as 40 °C (104 °F), with an average of
over 30 °C (86 °F). Casinos, bars, and
clubs are also a major part of this small
Xemxija Flour Mill
reconstruction following World War
II’s devastation, and the memories of
privation and hardship during the
Siege of Malta between 1940 and 1942
were still fresh. The British forces who
were still in control of Malta at the
time made the decision to arm the
Maltese Islands with a civil defence
system as the Cold War heated up
and a new threat of nuclear war
This was done to ensure that there
would always be bread available in
case other food supplies ran out in the
event of an attack.
Il-Fekruna is a small partly sandy beach
as well as a mooring jetty.
The water is sparkly clear and one can
especially during sunset.
A few restaurants are also in the area,
all offering excellent food including the
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