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Top Choice Aquarium in Buġibba, Qawra & St Paul’s Bay

Malta National Aquarium

Opened in 2013, this glass-and-metal starfish-shaped building perches in a sublime position on the Qawra headland, with endless blue views. It's great fun, with huge tanks showing environments that mimic the waters …
Top Choice Mediterranean in Buġibba, Qawra & St Paul’s Bay

Tarragon

Tucked above the harbour at St Paul's Bay, Tarragon combines sea views with a sophisticated Mediterranean-fusion menu. The white-tableclothed, wooden-floorboard style is both upmarket and informal, and seasonal stan…
Top Choice Bistro in Buġibba, Qawra & St Paul’s Bay

Lovage

This corner bistro may be surrounded by tourist pubs, but it's a dining standout in the backstreets of Buġibba. The trio of lamb, beef and wild-boar sausages with onion marmalade is a hearty starter, while more deli…
Top Choice Italian in Buġibba, Qawra & St Paul’s Bay

Acqua Marina

A tiny Italian restaurant that stands out for its attention to detail. It's a cut above, from the sea-hued decor and careful table decorations to the warm welcome from owner Carlo, to the simple yet delicious Italia…
Ice Cream in Buġibba, Qawra & St Paul’s Bay

Sottozero

OK we're calling it: Sottozero sells the best ice cream and gelati in all of Malta. Our favourite flavours are the black chocolate, cannella (cinnamon) and liquorice, but with 115 flavours there's something for ever…
Church in Buġibba, Qawra & St Paul’s Bay

Church of St Paul's Bonfire

The old fishing village of St Paul's Bay, now merged with Buġibba, has retained something of its traditional Maltese character and has a few historical sights. The 17th-century Church of St Paul's Bonfire stands on …
Nature Reserve in Buġibba, Qawra & St Paul’s Bay

Salina Nature Reserve

The newest of the nature reserves managed by Birdlife Malta is a haven for gulls and terns and migrating herons and egrets. Very occasionally, flamingos have been known to visit. The reserve is situated on the recen…
Museum in Buġibba, Qawra & St Paul’s Bay

Malta Classic Car Collection

Housed in purpose-built 3000-sq-metre premises, the Malta Classic Car Collection is a tribute to Carol Galea's love of cars. The privately owned collection of mint-condition vehicles (cars and motorbikes) includes p…
Bistro in Buġibba, Qawra & St Paul’s Bay

La Nave

With floor-to-ceiling windows, the architecturally spectacular La Nave celebrates its absolute waterfront location in a big and bold way. Considering it's above the Malta National Aquarium, you may feel uncomfortabl…
Mediterranean in Buġibba, Qawra & St Paul’s Bay

Capuvino

Capuvino is near Buġibba's centre but feels slightly removed; the restaurant is shaded by tall palms and features chequered tablecloths and a few outside tables on a pedestrianised section of street. Food includes f…