St Julian’s often gets categorised as the party town of Malta but it’s got so much more going for it: alluring bays, great restaurants, close proximity to Valletta and Sliema (where a lot of boat trips leave from), some of the best 5 stars hotel in the country and good bus connections allowing you to easily go and explore the rest of the island.
I highly recommend a walk on Spinola and Balluta Bays at sunset, even better, start with Maltese bruschetta and wines at Spinola, get your mains at Balluta and end with gelato somewhere on the way back. A walk around the Portomasso marina filled with yachts is also a good idea. I had a hard time deciding which one I’d go for if I had all the money in the world. If you don’t mind walking, head to the Sliema promenade which has some of the best coastal views and plenty of restaurants for you to stop by if you need fuelling up.
Although there aren’t many photos of food in this post, we did have some pretty lush meals in St Julian’s. There are 2 restaurants in particular that I’d like to recommend:
Palio’s: it is part of the Westin Dragonara resort and is overlooking the sea. We went there on the day we arrived for lunch and it was so good we actually came back a second time later in the week. I am determined to try and replicate their cheesy garlic bread ‘en papillotte’ and the tomato dip they serve before bringing the food. I also had the most amazing lobster raviolis and their signature salad with parma ham, marinated artichokes, tomatoes and parmesan shavings. Yum!
Peperoncino: this one is not directly overlooking the sea but the location is great nonetheless. It’s located on the Balluta steps. Both Rich and I went for the catches of the day. I picked dolphin fish! (It’s not actually dolphin, don’t worry). It was perfectly cooked. The staff was very friendly and attentive. Price is more than reasonable as well. If you want to sit at one of the very few tables outside, arrive early or book.