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Off to Malta this year? If so, maybe you'll be staying in Bugibba, the family holiday resort on Malta's north-east coastline.

Bugibba : Malta's Largest Sea Side Resort

There's a lot to be said for familiarity when you're away from home, especially when you're travelling with young children or like many of us,  are just set in your ways. Bugibba is a place which has grown around the necessities of the British holiday-maker and one which takes every care to make sure that a Brit on Maltese soil is made to feel welcome.

Where in Malta is Bugibba?

Bugibba is part of the extended holiday resort which lines St Paul's Bay on Malta's north-east coastline. From the airport it takes around forty-five minutes to an hour of travelling through the beautiful Maltese countryside before you see the stretch of hotels appearing before you.

Bugibba's Beach

The one thing Bugibba hasn't got is a beach of any description, but crablike bathing on the abundant rocks is a must for holiday makers who visit this resort in Malta and want to go home with a tan. If a beach is on your list of holiday essentials, consider catching the bus round to Mellieha in the next bay and make the most of the almost one kilometre long stretch of sand it has to offer.

Hotels in Bugibba

Bugibba is full to overflowing with hotels and apartments. Many line the sea-front and have spectacular views across the blue expanse of the Mediterranean Sea. If you want to stay in one of the best positions and have both sea view and all amenities to hand try the four star Relax Inn Hotel on Halel Street. There's even a roof top pool for cooling off in during the long months of summer.

Family run places in Malta guarantee you get good service with that added local touch big hotels just can't offer. At the Damiani Apartments, a modern family run property tucked away on one of Bugibba's side streets, they'll spoil you and  you'll get to know the true Maltese way.

Night life and Eating Out

International is the scene flavour in Bugibba and is one of the things which makes everyone feel as if they've wandered into a comfy, home from home, zone. The Victoria Pub in Bugibba Square is a huge and very British style pub where you won't want for a draught of good ale and a typical bite of good old English pub grub.

What would a holiday resort be without a good Guinness on pump, and for not leaving out the Irish, Murphy's bring on the Emerald contingent in the large establishment on Bugibba's Tourist street. There's live music there at night too, which really adds a big plus to the holiday atmosphere.

Restaurants in Bugibba are everywhere, or at least on almost all the streets. Some are good and others not so, but after you've tried one or two you'll find somewhere which suits your own personal taste. If you want to dive into the Maltese culture check out the Mal Et on the Triq San Xmun for traditional cuisine.

Bugibba has its fair share of fast food restaurants and cafeterias , but for something just a bit different have dinner at Geronimo's. No, it's got nothing to do with Malta or Maltese food, but is themed on the Wild West instead and if you're off to Malta – then make sure you have the best.