At the Fortina : a great public pool with a view
In Sliema you will find a great public pool with an excellent view of Valletta. It is part of the hotel Fortina, but non-guests are welcome there as well. In the beginning of November it was a bit chilly there on a windy day, but I also had some days that had been warm enough to take a bath there.
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Beach-bumming and swimming in Sliema is not exactly that easy, nice or scenic. There are no sand beaches and of the two waterfront areas, only one is suitable – the other being a harbor. So if you want to go to the “beach”, head to Tower Road and its rocky shore.
In front of the Preluna Hotel you can find large smooth sandstone rocks which sometimes slabs have metal handrails so that you can access the water. Pay attention to of the strong currents, though. If you’re not a good swimmer there’s a number of seafront lidos, though they do look a bit on the sad side.
Equipment: Swimsuit and a good sun-screen as there realy is no shade.
Looking from our balcony we see divers either practicing, or going out in the boats for dives.
I have listed this under Sliema as that is where the photo was taken, but there is diving all over Malta, Gozo, Comino
There are 12 sites listed for Malta 13 in Gozo and 3 in Comino & Cominotto (v. tiny island)
I do not dive myself, but thought this information would be useful to divers.
Football Scarves !!! Hundreds of them
This small cozy bar tucked away in Tigne Street, has Sky TV and screens the football matches, as well as other sports. they have two tv screens.
The collection of football scarves has to be seen. These are given by supporters frequenting the bar, and I am told there over 400 of them and he said he has the collection of the 4 English Divisions.
Cisk beer is 50c. a bottle, and he does serve snacks.
I put this under Sports activity, and though strictly not an activity, football fans would find it a talking point.
Swimming And So On
There’s an abundance of swimming facilities around here – well, it’s called the sea. But more than that, there are swimming clubs and water polo clubs at various points along the coast and right up to St Julian’s. Most of the clubs are members only but allow paying” guest” during the daytime. By night it seems fully members only, with polo games or practice sessions in full swing.
The Maltese way of high diving
I watched these young Maltese people jumping down from the old pier in Sliema for a while.... They had fun, even if looks quite dangerous to me. The policemen that were patrolling the promenade didn't liked it either, and so they had to go off....
Equipment: Bathing suits and courage
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