Sliema Off The Beaten Path

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    Rabat

    by antistar Written Jan 23, 2013

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    Rabat is the bigger than its Siamese twin town of Mdina. It's name derives from the word "suburb" in Arabic, a name it shares with the capital of Morocco, and once upon a time it was exactly that: the suburb of Mdina. There's not a huge deal to see in Rabat, but if you are visiting Mdina (and you should) it's a shame not to make Rabat a little side-trip. The church of St. Paul's in the centre is particular worth a visit.

    Directions: Take bus 203 from Sliema. Note that Mdina is the walled city on the other side of the park, and Rabat the town on the other side of the car park.

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    Mdina

    by antistar Written Jan 23, 2013

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    Mdina is Malta's original capital and a very old city. While Valletta dates to the 16th century, Mdina was founded by the Phoenicians in 700BC. It remained Malta's capital until the island came under the control of the Knights of Malta in 1530. But the Knights didn't abandon Mdina, they just felt the whole country would be better protected with fortifications around the Grand Harbour. The Knights swore an oath to protect the city and country here, and after the city was severely damaged by an earthquake in the 17th century, they rebuilt the city.

    Today Mdina is called the "silent city". It is small, and has a population of only 300 people. Cars are mostly banned. Its located on a hill in the centre of the island, and this allows it amazing views back towards Valletta and the coastline. It is small, but home to some fine buildings, especially St. Paul's Cathedral. Combined with its near neighbour, the town of Rabat, it makes a fine day trip from Valletta.

    Directions: Take bus 203 from Sliema. Note that Mdina is the walled city on the other side of the park, and Rabat the town on the other side of the car park.

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    Qawra

    by antistar Written Jan 21, 2013

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    Qawra, along with Bugibba, form a single conurbation along St. Paul's bay about 15 km from Sliema. It has a beautiful coastline that's perfect for sunbathing, but not so good for making sandcastles as it has no beach. For me this area was the most touristic of all I saw in Malta, and to be honest I didn't like it much. I felt I could be anywhere in the Mediterranean - any tourist town in Greece, Cyprus, Spain or Turkey. There was no distinct character, although it was pleasant enough. It was full of big hotels, restaurants, new-build apartments and retired Brits buying rolling tobacco from the local newsagent.

    There is one place worth visiting in Qawra if you are interested in cars: It has a fine car museum and it's only a short bus ride from Valletta.

    Directions: Bus 12 runs to Qawra and Bugibba from Sliema.

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    St. Julian's

    by antistar Written Jan 21, 2013

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    East of Sliema on Malta's northern coast is the town of St. Julian's. It's more like a suburb, though, as you can't tell where the town begins and where Sliema ends. St. Julian's is one of the most touristy parts of Malta, full of English style pubs, British shops and franchise restaurants. There's even a Wagamama's here.

    The coastal area is pleasant to stroll along in the evening, and it makes a nice walk from somewhere more central. It's also party central. The beating heart of this haven of pubs, clubs and restaurants is called Paceville. It has a reputation for drunkenness, and occasionally violence, but no more than you'd expect at a night out in England, and probably a lot less.

    Directions: You can walk there from Sliema, and its a pleasant stroll along the waterfront. Otherwise you can shorten the journey by taking bus 12 or 13 (any direction but Valletta).

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    Valletta

    by antistar Written Jan 21, 2013

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    Tiny Valletta. It's the smallest capital in the EU, and at just over 6000 people it's one of the smallest in the world. It's no wonder it's small: With so many important buildings, churches, government offices, museums and shops, there's not much space left on the cramped peninsula for people to actually live on. Instead they spill out into the city's only suburb, Floriana, and all the connected small towns that make up the patchwork super city of urban Malta.

    It may be small, but it is still magnificent. It draws comparisons with other great Mediterranean cities, and the likes of Benjamin Disraeli considered it an equal of Venice and Cadiz. Certainly its skyline, especially when viewed from Sliema across the harbour, is stunning, but there are many delights to discover too within its small, tight, steep streets. The highlight of all is probably the St. John's Co-Cathedral, a sumptuous palace of a church built with the overflowing coffers of the Knights of Malta.

    Valletta was born of the famed Siege of Malta, one of the greatest battles in history that lasted four months and cost tens of thousands of lives. The Knights of Malta built a fortress in Birgu overlooking the Grand Harbour. When the Ottoman Turks came for Malta they laid siege to Birgu from across the harbour. This penisula, once cleared of Ottoman soldiers, was quickly converted into a new fortress city: One that would become the capital of the country.

    The success of the Siege of Malta, and the fame of the Knights, brought streams of gold into the island and allowed Valletta to become one of the great cities of Europe. Despite some hideous bombing during World War 2, it retains this status of greatness in everything but size.

    Directions: Take bus 12 or 13 from the coastal road stops in Sliema.

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    sea water distillery

    by call_me_rhia Written Jun 10, 2010

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    Walking along Tigne seafront I came upon this strange little building with a strange writing on it. Sea water distilling 1881. Thanks to Wikipedia I laer discovered that this was the first ever sea water distillery on the island of Malta and that it was used to provide fresh water to the British barracks on the Tigne Seafront. As far as I know it was in operation for only one year, then it housed a printing press. In 2010, when I visited Sliema, it did not look very operative…

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    The duck's village

    by call_me_rhia Written Jun 10, 2010

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    The duck's village on Manoel Island in sliema is a bizarre place: a fenced garden of improvised stone sculptures and decaying animal figurines as well as – obviously – real living ducks. And those ducks have houses, gardens, a cemetery and even a boat. Each house has a sign on top of it, with the name of the duck which inhabits it. A weird place… but I liked it.

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  • Tallira shops

    by stewartbel Updated May 2, 2007

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    Tallira shops are very popular in whole Malta becauyse everything they sell, sell it for 1 Maltese lira (pound). BTW 1 LM= 2.33- 2.4 euros.

    In Tallira shops, for 1 pound you can buy:
    - 4 0.5 liters cans of German beer
    - large Malta flag
    - 2-4 pieces of different food
    - 1-2 pieces of different souvenirs...

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    Road that joins St.Julians to Sliema

    by Elly01 Written Jun 16, 2005

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    Road that joins St.Julians to Sliema

    This is the road that joins St.Julians to Sliema. If you follow this road you will end up in Sliema and the Strand of the Sliema Promenade. This photo was taken coming from the Sliema direction just opposite the Church of Balluta which is a small village that joins Sliema and St Julians. Just opposite the church there is Neptunes sports club and a little sandy bay which is not good for swimming as the sea is contaminated.

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    Balluta Buildings

    by Elly01 Written Apr 11, 2005

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    Balluta Buildings

    Balluta Buildings are one of the few eldest buildings in St.Julians/Sliema. Unfortunitly don't know alot about them however people still live in them today and the architectural style that was used to build them is so amazing. If you go close to them one can realise the great detail the architect used to build them.

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    The family Monument

    by Elly01 Written Apr 11, 2005

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    Family Monument

    If you pass this monument then you are the right way to the Sliema Shopping Centre so follow the promenade either from Gzira or from St Julian's direction and you will find the monument on the side of the sea.

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    Harbour Cruises

    by steventilly Updated Feb 9, 2005

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    Harbour Cruises, Sliema

    There are a few companies offering Harbour Cruises and I’m sure they are all pretty good. We went with Captain Morgan and it was hard to fault the tour, though I have seen (while walking) that some other companies go a bit further into some of the creeks than Morgan’s did on our cruise. Whether there’s anything to be gained from that I don’t really know.
    The cruises all depart from roughly the same part of Sliema harbour front, up towards the Valletta ferry landing, and the front is lined with the kiosks of the companies, and their reps try constantly to get you to go on a cruise. It can be a bit wearing at times, as you can be asked 5 or 6 times every time you walk up The Strand – and we walked it a lot of times in the two weeks we were there!

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    Popular Place to swim but u have to know about it

    by Elly01 Written Sep 17, 2004

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    Tini Beach

    This place is situated at the tip of Tigne' which is a small place which forms part of Sliema. This beach is called Tini beach and is very popular amongst foreigners. This is the beach of NSTS therefore one has to present his or her card to enter. Here you can play vollyeball in the sand pit and make use of many sport facilities.

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    Watch out don;t crash into it !

    by Elly01 Written Sep 6, 2004

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    Old Break water !

    This photo was sent to me by my friend so I am not very sure what it is. In my opinion it was once the old 'Break Water' however during the time of the War it was bombed by a torpedo and this is what is left of it. This is situated just between Sliema and Valletta. Today another breakwater of stone was built. This is a curved wall which is built to protect the Grand Harbour from huge waves during bad weather !

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    Black Pearl !

    by Elly01 Written Sep 3, 2004

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    Black Pearl

    Well this ship is called the Black Pearl - you can find it at the end of Gzira beginning of Ta' Xbiex. Today it is there just as decoration however one can go on board and you can have a drink and also dine. The boat is really nice inside and one can also eat on deck too !

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