The views back across the Marsamxett harbour to Sliema are lovely. There's a mixture of boats in the harbour - small pleasure craft, larger yachts and the cruise and daytrip boats of the various cruising companies.
The promenade actually runs for many, many km. You can walk on a well paved promenade, by the sea (or harbour) right from St Juilans, through Sleima, Gzira, Ta' Xbiex, Msida to Pieta. Almost all of this promenade has nice views, trees planted along it, kiosks for refreshments, pavement cafes and benches to rest on. To walk the entire length would take maybe 3 hours. There are a few shabby bits around the edges of Gzira, especially where it approaches Ta' Xbiex, but the shabbiness is kind of appealing and gives an insight into how the whole of The Strand used to look before Hi-rise hotels & apartments took over.
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The Strand Gzira, Sliema, Il Gzira, GZR03, Malta
Good for: Families
60 University Rd, Msida, Il Gzira, Malta
Good for: Couples
Cuschieri Str. Gzira, Sliema, GZR05, Malta
This Turkish Restaurant is situated just on Gzira Seafront. They serve good and genuine food for eat in and take out. They have a couple of tables on the front with wonderful views of Manoel Island and have recently refurbished the seatings area inside.
If in a hurry and looking for some nice chicken, beef or lamb with turkish salads this is a good place to visit and by the number of people queing all the time one can tell its good food.
Favorite Dish: My favourite dish here is Chicken Shish with couscous.
Bookbites is a bookshop with a nice cafe attached (hence the name Book-Bites see). Both are very good, the bookshop having a good selection of English language newspapers, magazines and books and especially a nice section of local-interest books that I couldn't see on Amazon and are probably not easy to get hold of outside of Malta itself.
The cafe is really nice too, and does basic food (toasted sandwiches, baguettes and pastizzi) and lovely cakes. It also does a lovely range of "special coffeees", which are a cross between coffee and a cocktail!
Favorite Dish: The speciality coffees and the cakes. All that we tried were delicious!
Bookbites is a bookshop with a nice cafe attached (hence the name Book-Bites see). Both are very good, and we visited the cafe a couple of times for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up.
What to buy: There is a good selection of English language newspapers, magazines and books and especially a nice section of local-interest books that I couldn't see on Amazon and are probably not easy to get hold of outside of Malta itself.
Fishing is very popular along the whole length of the promenade beside the Marsamxett harbour. You'll see people with rods every few meters at times, they tend to be on the inner walkway and not on the promenade proper. Never seen anyone landing anything especially large, I suspect that like in England fishing is a gentle pastime aimed more at getting you away from the wife than at actually catching fish.