St Paul's Bay is named after the saint who was shipwrecked here in AD 60. Despite being a built-up area, there's a scenic view across the bobbing boats of the harbour. Although there are hotel developments, the promenade along the Qawra part of the coast is stunningly pretty, and has the fantastic Malta National Aquarium at its tip, as well as panoramic views and some scenic rocks from which to swim. The Buġibba area is the most built up, entirely devoted to tourism, with the most facilities.
This is the heartland of the island's cheap-and-cheerful package-holiday trade, and it's mobbed and lively in summer. It's full of hotels, bars and restaurants – the perfect base for a spell of inexpensive, sun-filled hedonism.