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Known as San Giljan in Maltese, Saint Julian's is a dynamic city, both in terms of its amenities and its inhabitants. The city has been attracting tourists and expats in large numbers for several years now, creating a vibrant part of Malta to live in and visit.

A former fishing village, Saint Julian's boasts a mixture of traditional and modern architecture. Combine that with the rocky coastline and views out to the horizon of the Mediterranean Sea, and it’s easy to see why Saint Julian’s is so popular.

The waterfront area, many boutique shops, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs give Saint Julian’s a fresh, modern look. In short, Saint Julian's blends history with modernity, providing quality living to its inhabitants, as well as plenty of fun and activity for tourists.

Neighbourhoods in Saint Julian’s

Saint Julian's is divided into several zones. So make sure to choose the one which best suits you according to your criteria. Here is an overview of the different neighbourhoods:

Paceville is a relatively modern neighbourhood, built back in the 20s. This neighbourhood is famous for its vibrant nightlife with bars, casinos, clubs, etc.

Portomaso hosts luxury accommodation, a leisure centre, a beach club, shops and boutiques, as well as a luxury hotel and a conference centre. You will also find the Portomaso Business Tower there, which is the country's only skyscraper at 23 floors.

Pendergardens is another prestigious development in the Saint Julian’s neighbourhood, providing a range of residential properties.

There are three bays in Saint Julians. Spinola Bay is filled with luzzus, or traditional colourful boats, and fishermen. Balluta Bay, where the Church of St Julian’s watches over everything. And St. George’s Bay, with a small sandy beach.

Features of Saint Julian’s

Saint Julian's is served by several bus lines, which can take you to Paceville and Sliema. Valletta is just a short trip away, and the coastal road brings you to the St. Paul’s Bay area in northern Malta.

The city has several schools. Some of these are quite popular with expats: Sacred Heart Foundation, which provides both primary and secondary education, the Verdala International School, St. Michael School, Maltalingua Language School, EF International School of English, Berlitz Language Centre, and EC Malta.

Saint Julian is a lively area – it is home to the Spinola Palace Gardens, several shops and boutiques, cinemas and bowling clubs. There are also several grocery stores and small shop around for convenience.

Find accommodation in Saint Julian’s

As Saint Julian's is a tourist centre, finding accommodation online should not be complicated. However, you are advised to distinguish between short-term holiday rentals and long-term rentals.

If you have already read the article 'accommodation in Malta', you know that many online listings are not up-to-date, so it’s important to contact real estate agents by phone to view currently available units upon arrival.

Prices have increased dramatically in recent years, so most prices found online are no longer realistic estimates for the popular areas of Malta, including Saint Julian’s.

Finally, classified ads in local newspapers, some of which are available online, may also help in your search.

 Useful links:

Saint Julian’s Local Council
Times of Malta – Housing offers
Yellow Pages – Real estate agents

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