St. Julian's is now a major residential and tourist centre, and home to some of Malta's newest hotels.
It is now an extension of Sliema although it started life as a small fishing port based on Spinola and Balluta Bays. St. Julian's merges with Paceville, Malta's main nightlife centre where there are clubs, casinos and numerous restaurants, cafes and bars.
Picturesque Spinola Bay is still used by fishermen whose traditional boats are housed just below the restaurants. The bay is particularly attractive at night and as a venue for open-air dining. The elegant Spinola Palace, built in 1658 by an Italian knight, Giovanni Spinola, is the landmark historic building on the bay.
Concentrated around the central areas of St. Georges Bay and Paceville, St. Julians is Malta’s premier entertainment resort with a wide choice of dining and leisure activities for all the family. The Bay Street complex which has lots of popular boutiques and excellent restaurants is only 100 metres from the Intercontinental hotel whilst the sandy beach of St. Georges Bay is only 200 metres from the hotel. The pretty Spinola Bay which is lined with restaurants overlooking colourful Maltese fishing boats is a short walk from the hotel.