Sliema Holidays

"Designer Shops, Restaurants and Bars can all be found in Sliema, with fantastic views of Valletta..."

A vibrant resort town, renowned for the quality of its beaches, beautiful coastal promenade and proximity to the buzzing Paceville area, famous for having the best nightlife in Malta. This means that Sliema is ideal for people who want a relaxing beach holiday, while still being able to enjoy the nightlife. The best two beaches in the area are known as St George’s and Spinola Bay, famed for the quality of their sapphire waters. Sliema is also an excellent destination for those who love to get out and about, with activities like scuba diving, snorkelling and hiking available in the area. This means that it is an exceptional holiday destination that will appeal to a vast array of tastes.

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Sliema Travel Guide

At A Glance:

  • Airports: Malta International Airport (MLA)
  • Avg. Flight Time: 3 Hours
  • Avg. Temperature: 26°C
  • Avg. Transfer Time: 45 Minutes
  • Time Zone: GMT +1
  • Currency: Euros
  • Language: Maltese
  • Population: 430,000

Location

A popular holiday town on the eastern coast of Malta, it is famous for its seaside promenade, which features the 18th-century Fort Tigné. Next door is the vibrant town of St. Julian’s, home to the buzzing area of Paceville. This makes it the perfect destination for those who want to enjoy the deep blue Mediterranean Sea. The town is fairly large for Malta with a population of around 16,000, ensuring a good time for all who visit.

History and Culture

Considered one of Malta’s most modern towns, it doesn’t have the same rich history as places like Valletta. During the Great Siege of Malta, the town was known as il-Qortin and was actually a base used by the Turkish soldiers who were assaulting the Fort of St Elmo. It was here that the Turkish leader Dragut was killed during a bombardment from the fort of the same name. The new town really came to life in the middle of the 19th century, when it was given its unique design and maintained its link to Valletta via a ferry service. This link to Valletta gave it tourist appeal, allowing it to transform into the most popular destination on the island, by the 1960’s.

Family Activities

Considered one of Malta’s most modern towns, it doesn’t have the same rich history as places like Valletta. During the Great Siege of Malta, the town was known as il-Qortin and was actually a base used by the Turkish soldiers who were assaulting the Fort of St Elmo. It was here that the Turkish leader Dragut was killed during a bombardment from the fort of the same name. The new town really came to life in the middle of the 19th century, when it was given its unique design and maintained its link to Valletta via a ferry service. This link to Valletta gave it tourist appeal, allowing it to transform into the most popular destination on the island, by the 1960’s.

Tours and Attractions

As Sliema is a built-up tourist destination, it has a multitude of exceptional attractions, including two stunning bays, called St George’s and Spinola, which are both known for their majestic turquoise waters. The coastal promenade that runs between it and the town of St Julian’s is an excellent place to wander, find a nice restaurant or quiet seaside bar to enjoy a refreshing drink. Further afield visitors can make a day trip to Valletta or Mdina, both exquisite historic cities that visitors are guaranteed to appreciate.

Entertainment

A vibrant tourist centre it has a wide selection of different night time options that will appeal to each and every taste. It is famous for its wine bars, where visitors can enjoy a delicious drink, alongside food or snacks. There are also a good number of smaller nightclubs, ideal for people who want to dance the night away. The majority of the night time action is found on the seafront promenade, where visitors can stop off at a trendy bar, replete with spectacular views across the sapphire blue sea.

Shopping

The best shopping in Sliema is found along Tower Road, Bisazza Street and the Strand, where visitors can find a host of excellent shops. The majority of people tend to shop for clothes, although other options include jewellery, shoes, toys, pharmacy items, cosmetics, souvenirs and gifts. Slightly further afield are places like St Julian’s and Portamoso, where there are yet more stores, which will sate your every shopping desire.

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