Saint Paul's Bay

Tom Gomez

Joined January 2008

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Looking from the town of Saint Paul’s Bay across the inlet of Saint Paul’s Bay (Maltese: San Pawl il-Baħar) to the resort town of Xemxija and the larger town of Mellieha on the hill behind it. The town of Saint Paul’s Bay is situated in the north east of the island of Malta, sixteen kilometres from the capital city Valletta.

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. Paul’s Isles, which are situated in St Paul’s Bay. According to the bible, St. Paul was shipwrecked on 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.

A party of tourists are returning to the habour after a pleasant sail around the Island.

Malta is a small island situated south of Sicily in the Mediterranean Sea. Malta covers just over 300 km² in land area, making it one of Europe’s smallest and most densely populated countries (population 413,627 on 1st Jan 09). Malta is ranked at number 7 in the list of most densly populated places in the world (the UK is number 51). This means that when looking from the battlements of Mdina, the thing that strikes you most is the number of towns, villages and buildings you can see in all directions.

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