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Located in the St Paul's Bay area of Malta, Salina Bay is not so much a resort as a quiet stretch of coastline offering wonderful sea views. Next to the Qawra region and the popular resort of Bugibba, Salina Bay is ideal for visitors looking for a peaceful base from which to access to all of Malta's major tourist destinations. Salina Bay is great for families with children or couples looking for a quiet place to get away from it all.
Although the beautifully rugged coastline around Salina Bay does not offer sandy beaches, the water is warm and clear and there are a number of accessible rocky sections from which to swim. For those that enjoy relaxing on a beach, the largest sandy beach on the island in nearby Mellieha is just a few minutes away. This is a lovely spot to spend the day soaking up the sun or enjoying the range of watersports on offer. A number of bars and cafes can also be found along the beach, offering plenty of opportunities to cool down with a refreshment or enjoy a light snack.
For one of the best views of Salina Bay, head to the Wignacourt Tower situated at the entrance to the Bay. This is a great place to visit near the beginning of your trip as it allows you to familiarise yourself with the area and locate many of the island's top tourist attractions.
A visit to the nearby walled town of Mdina is a must for anyone interested in learning about the history of this fascinating island. Only six miles from Salina, the streets of Malta's old capital are easy to explore on foot. The city's intriguing 3000 year old history is really brought to life by the Mdina experience, a unique audio-visual account of the area. The 'Silent City', as Mdina is also known, offers impressive views of the island and can be reached by public bus from Salina.
For anyone that likes to keep active on holiday, Salina Bay has lots to offer. There are plenty of stunning coastal walks between neighbouring towns while divers will love the area around Salina for the wealth of underwater marine life waiting to be discovered. The clear, warm water of the Mediterranean offers excellent diving conditions and there are a number of opportunities for cave and wreck diving in the region. Salina is an excellent base for divers and courses are available all year round for both experienced and novice divers alike.
No visit to Salina Bay would be complete without spending at least a day or two exploring the area from the sea. Well worth a visit are the islands of Gozo and Comino, both of which are just a short boat ride away. St Paul's Islands are also a popular stop on several of the regular boat tours on offer from beaches along the coast, offering spectacular views and a fun experience for all the family to enjoy.
Salina Bay itself is a quiet area with little in the way of evening entertainment other than a quiet drink with the locals. That said, visitors do not have to travel far to access the island's vibrant nightlife scene. This makes Salina Bay an ideal choice for anyone wanting easy access to lively nightlife for the occasional evening but a peaceful base for the duration of their stay.
Nearby Bugibba is one of the best options for guests staying in Salina with several discos, karaoke bars, restaurants and pubs as well as bowling and cinemas. In the summer months the crowd is a lively mixture of locals and holidaymakers and taxis are readily available to take you wherever you want to go. The centre of Qawra also offers a range of nightclubs and bars with a slightly more laidback crowd.
Due to its size, accommodation options within Salina Bay itself are fairly limited. The Coastline Hotel is one of the most popular choices, offering guests both an outdoor and an indoor heated pool, evening entertainment, comfortable and stylish rooms and great food.
For anyone wanting to enjoy a relaxing break and explore the attractions of Malta at their own pace, Salina Bay makes an ideal base. Families and couples will enjoy the slower pace of life here and thanks to the compact size of the island, all of Malta's main tourist attractions can easily be reached by taxi or public transport.