Malta is an archipelago of three islands, with a surface area of 316 sq km, in the centre of the Mediterranean. Malta is an island boasting long-standing traditions, a rich cultural heritage and a history pre-dating the pyramids.
Remnants of the earliest civilizations still remain on the island in the form of mysterious large stone megalithic temples, which are known to be the oldest freestanding monuments in the world. The stunning fortress city of Valletta is an example of the rich architectural heritage built during the reign of the knights of St. John. Despite its small size, Malta is known for its hospitality and diversity which is why it appeals to visitors of all ages. The sister island of Gozo can be reached by a 30 minute boat trip. Gozo is a rural and relatively unspoilt island; its culture and way of life rooted in fishing and agricultural activity.
The St. Paul’s Bay resort is in the northern part of the island, comprising Qawra, Bugibba and St. Paul’s Bay village located 25 minutes away from Malta International Airport 20 minutes away from the capital city Valletta, St. Julian’s and Sliema.
Both Hotel Santana, and our 3 star sister hotel the Sunflower Hotel, are on the Qawra peninsula within a few minutes walk from a 2.5 km stretch of promenade. Qawra hosts a number of shops, supermarkets, restaurants, bars, a cinema and a casino, as well as a vast array of water sport facilities. This popular all year round resort offers easy access to the rest of the island with a bus terminus situated just two minutes walk from the Hotel Santana and ten minutes from Sunflower Hotel. Qawra is also very close to the rural areas of Wardija and Mellieha, offering interesting country and scenic walking trails. The popular resort of St. Julians which is a mecca for nightlife is only a 20 minute drive away.
Places of interest in the north of the Island