Area 14.5 km2
|Mayor Raymond Tabone (PL)|
Saint Pauls Bay (Maltese: , Italian: ) is a town in Malta, situated in the northwest of the island of Malta, sixteen kilometres (9.9 miles) from the capital city Valletta.
Map of St. Pauls Bay
Its name refers to the shipwreck of Saint Paul, as documented in the Acts of the Apostles, due to the tradition that Saint Paul was shipwrecked on the isles, named St. Pauls Isles, which are situated in St Pauls Bay. According to the Bible, St. Paul was shipwrecked on an island which many scholars have identified as Malta on his voyage from Caesarea to Rome. The Maltese people believe that it was St. Paul who laid the foundations of Christianity on the island.
The localities of Burmarrad, Qawra, Bugibba, Xemxija, Mselliet, and San Martin as well as part of Bidnija and Mistra, form part of the San Pawl il-Bahar Local Council. The area of the locality is 14.47 km2 (6 sq mi).
The resident population in March 2013 stood at 20,925 persons. This population goes up to about 60,000 during the period of June to September. The increase is due both to Maltese summer residents and tourists lodging in hotels, especially in Bugibba and Qawra.
Although the town is a modern tourist area there are some very pretty natural highlights close by. Heading north there is Mistra Bay, its headland and St Pauls Island. Going west and crossing the island towards Gnejna Bay and Golden Bay is the scenic Wardija Ridge.