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Malta is an island situated in the southern central Mediterranean Sea, about 200 miles east of northern Tunisia and 60 miles south of the Italian island of Sicily. It is a popular tourist destination for many Europeans and a number of new hotel complexes are built on the island year after year.
St Julians itself is located on the northern coast of the island, possessing beautiful architecture in its historic centre and overlooking the fantastically clear Mediterranean Sea. St Julians was once a fishing village, which over the years has become a popular destination for international tourists and a residence for wealthy Maltese. It is a major hub for entertainment and nightlife, with a large young and middle aged population arriving here to soak up the warm sun and the vibrant atmosphere that exists both day and night.
Younger tourists and those young at heart will find that nearby Paceville offers a wide selection of casinos, discos, bars and restaurants which are open all year round. Paceville is popular with students who prefer Malta to Ibiza and with those who have gone on holiday with their parents but wish to escape the folks after sunset.
Away from all the noise and craze of Paceville, however, tourists can enjoy rather more subtle nightlife activities at St George's Bay, where a typical evening comprises bowling and perhaps a trip to the cinema, as opposed to stag nights and clubbing. Some may prefer to head over to a quiet beach and watch the beautiful sunsets - as virtually every day is cloud free.
The resorts of St Julians and Sliema are the main tourist resorts in Malta, offering plenty of shopping opportunities, entertainment and a variety of cafes, along with luxury hotels and villas in the quieter streets. The coast from St Julians to Gzira offers stunning panoramic views towards nearby Valletta, just across the harbour to the south east. The seafront of St Julians is mostly rocky but suitable for swimming and some sunbathing.
Sea temperatures in Malta are warm enough for comfortable swimming between the months of May and October, although many locals swim in the sea in the winter months when the water temperatures are between 13 and 15 degrees Celsius. On the sea front there is also a play area for any children in the party and a selection of cafes. Along the promenade there is a wider variety of bars and cafes. Snorkelling and diving can be arranged in these beautiful clear waters and lessons can be arranged for beginners as well.
Spinola Bay, St George's Bay and Paceville collectively comprise what could be seen as Malta's very own playground. This two mile stretch offers some of the most vibrant and concentrated nightlife to be seen anywhere in Malta. St Julian's promenade is a popular place for street parties, which take place regularly during the warmer months as the locals parade about the town. Despite the recent developments of high-rise architecture, Spinola still engenders the impression of a traditional, quaint Mediterranean fishing port.
The brightly coloured boats and historic buildings paint a distinctively picturesque atmosphere, particularly at night when the beautiful lights of the buildings reflect onto the calm waters. Many of the former fishing boat houses have been renovated into restaurants, reflecting the importance and growth of tourism as one of the most important contributors to the local economy.
The climate of St Julians in Malta is subtropical, with long hot, sunny summers and mild, wet winters. There is an average of 12 hours of sunshine a day in mid summer, which almost equates to the total amount of daylight. The weather is shaped by its geographical location, which means that daytime temperatures in the summer are modified by the cooling effect of the sea and temperatures at night will often remain very warm.
The typical average maximum temperature varies between 29 and 34 degrees Celsius, whereas in January the daytime temperature usually peaks at around 16 to 20 degrees Celsius. It is very rarely chilly and snow and frost is virtually unheard of in Malta. Storms can occur during the autumn and winter but even then there is still a great deal of sunshine.
In fact, many tourists from northern Europe travel to Malta in the winter months to escape the cold and enjoy the milder temperatures. At this time of year the island is much quieter and most of the younger tourists tend to arrive in the summer. August is by far the busiest month, when families and students on summer holidays fly to Malta for their main break.