Sliema

  • Once a charming fishing port, Sliema has become one of the most populated Maltese towns today. It prides itself on being a high-end seaside resort - despite the absence of sandy beaches!Sliema is a modern city that offers many opportunities to spend a comfortable seaside stay with water sports, restaurants, hotels, nightclubs and shops.Mini-cruises are organised in the bay where you can enjoy a beautiful ...
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    Sliema

    Once a charming fishing port, Sliema has become one of the most populated Maltese towns today. It prides itself on being a high-end seaside resort - despite the absence of sandy beaches!Sliema is a modern city that offers many opportunities to spend a comfortable seaside stay with water sports, restaurants, hotels, nightclubs and shops.Mini-cruises are organised in the bay where you can enjoy a beautiful ...

Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination Malta

Once a charming fishing port, Sliema has become one of the most populated Maltese towns today. It prides itself on being a high-end seaside resort - despite the absence of sandy beaches!

Sliema is a modern city that offers many opportunities to spend a comfortable seaside stay with water sports, restaurants, hotels, nightclubs and shops.

Mini-cruises are organised in the bay where you can enjoy a beautiful view over the capital. Sights from the bay include Fort Tigné and The Black Pearl, a replica of a galleon from the eighteenth century, formerly used for films, and now transformed into a restaurant today.

On the dock of Sliema Ferries, it is possible to call an agency that offers a wide variety of excursions such as a guided tour of the port of Valletta, a tour of Malta in a sailing boat or an evening cruise.

Sliema: what to do?

There are few opportunities to do water sports in Sliema, as the bay is dominated by pleasure boats. You should go a little further, to St. George's Bay, to find companies offering windsurfing, water skiing or jet skiing. It is also at St George's Bay where you can find a sandy beach. In Sliema, the coast is rocky, though you can access the water by the ladders that have been laid out.

Sliema being primarily a seaside resort surrounded by hotels, restaurants and cafes, there is not much to see when you get there as far as history is concerned. Valletta is just a short walk away though. You can get there by by-passing or crossing the port of Marsamxett. In the bay, you can also see an islet, now connected to the island of Malta by a bridge; this is Manoel Island where Fort Manoel is built.

  • The central position between Valletta and St. Julians.
  • The varied activities.
  • The possibility of nightlife in the evening.
  • The absence of sandy beaches.
  • The environment is very urban.
  • The limited cultural interest.

Reminders

As for the traffic, it is slow everywhere. Avoid renting a car. Instead, take the local bus (very cheap) or a taxi (for semi-rural areas poorly served by public transport). Also, know that the rainiest month is February. There should be good weather (with exceptions) for the rest of the year.

To avoid

Rent a car to discover the region of Sliema. To go to Valletta, take a bus or a boat through the port of Marsamxett. On the side of St. Julians, several bus routes operate as well. In the evening, take a taxi. Also avoid choosing Sliema as a seaside resort stay, the hotels, with the exception of a few, are on the promenade, with no sea view.

Sliema: what to eat?

Try the fish, the seafood and the pasta. On the menu of all restaurants, a good dish that is not too expensive is that of spaghetti with seafood. Other flavours include those of fusion cuisine, which blends Asian and Western flavours such as at the a la carte restaurant of the Fortina Resort.

Sliema: what to buy?

Maltese wine (red or white). There are three main wineries that produce wines that are very light to drink; the grape is of Italian origin. As for crafts, there is handmade lace (which adorns handkerchiefs, doilies or blouses), decorative objects made of glass and works of art. Ask for more information in the hotels where exhibition sales are offered very often.

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