The Church of Jesus of Nazareth is the large church that you will see when walking along the promenade "The Strand" towards Fort Tigne. Take a look inside,it has some interesting details in architecture, but unfortunately it is closed the most time of the day.
The church is open for visitors from 06.30-09.30am and then again from 05.00 -07.45pm. In these times there are mostly also church-services going on.
Sunday-mass is: 07.00 + 08.30 + 10.00 + 11.30am + 07.00pm
Tigne Fort dates back to 1792 and it was built by the Knights of St. John in order to defend La Valletta in a perfect combination with Fort St Elmo at the other side of the bay.
At the moment there are some restaurantions going on, so I could see it only through the fence. The walk to the fort is also worth the time for a great view of La Valetta.
Manoel island is an island in Marsamxett Harbour, where Sliema Creek is. It is now linked to the mainland by a bridge. This island is very interesting because it is the home of four interesting ruins – which in 2010 were being restored after having been bombed during WWII.
The first of these sights is Fort Manoel, an 18th century fortification built by the Knights of St. John and shaped like a star. It owes its name to the Portuguese Grand Master Manoel de Vilhena who had it built between 1723 and 1755.
The second sight is the Polverista, an unusual building that served as storage for gunpowder and ammunitions. But which was occasionally used as a canteen and chapel, too. You can also see the Casemates, whose vaulted ceiling protected soldiers and their artillery. Finally you have the very charming Chapel of St. Anthony of Padua
The church of Jesus of Nazareth was built by Marchese Ermolao Zimmermann Barbaro di San Giorgio and it was dedicated on 2 July 1895;. In 1908 the church, usually called "In-Nazzarenu", was handed over to the Dominican Friar, which worked on its enlargement. In 1973 it became a parish church. There are 4 parish churches in Sliema, the others being Stella Maris, the Sacred Heart and St Gregory.
The church is open every day 6.30am - 9.30am and 5pm - 7.45pm. Mass
Sundays and Feast Days is at 7.00, 8.30, 10.00, 11.30., 19.00pm, Weekdays at 7.00, 8.00, 9.00, 18.30 (winter) and 19.00 (summer)
Fort Tigne was built in 1792 by the Knights of St. John and served as a defensive fort to La Valletta. With Fort St Elmo on the other side, it turned out to be a powerful protection to Marsamxett Harbor. When Napoleon Bonaparte invaded Malta in 1798 it became a centre of resistance and rebellion
The fort is currently being restored ant it is part of the redevelopment project. A promenade is being built passing in front of the fort, going up as far as the Point shopping complex and eventually linking up with the other part of promenade that leads to St. Julian.
This is the stretch of Tower Road where you'll find many hotels. This means that the area is full of shops & restaurants. The paved area next to the sea is a promenade for both locals & tourists, it was busy both day & night. There is a rocky public beach here too.
The Strand is where the ferry departs for Valletta. It's also the place to catch one of the many boat cruises to the Grand Harbour and further afield to Comino & Gozo. Many buses also depart from here to destinations around the island. The Strand also has many cafes & restaurants. It's a great place to visit both day & night as you take in the views of Valletta.
If you have taken the little ones on holiday with you, there is no beach around Sliema but rocks to sunbathe on. Alternatively you could take the children to the play area below the promenade where it is safe for them to play.
We took a cruise with Captain Morgan around the Marsamxett and Grand Harbours. The red boat cruises into the harbour creeks allowing for photo opportunities. A commentary was provided in English and German throughout the cruise. Be aware that it is aired over a loudspeaker, not through earphones.
An adult ticket costs 15 Euros 75 cents, a child ticket is 12 Euros 25 cents. Trips operate regularly daily between 10 am and 3.30 pm in high season.
I found that seeing Valletta, Sliema, the three cities and Manoel Island from the sea added an extra dimension, however I would recommend exploring these places by foot first.
Sliema's passegiata or promenade stretches for three kilometres. In the evening, it becomes quite a good place to people watch or simply take in the views of Valletta by night from a bench.
The more energetic may consider the promenade ideal for an early morning power-walk or jog. That wasn't me, unfortunately! ;-)
Sliema has some of the best shopping on Malta. The shops have a distinctly British feel- Marks and Spencer, Topshop, Next, Dorothy Perkins- to name just a few. There are also many smaller souvenir shops where T-shirts, glass, lace, nougat etc can be bought.
Head down to the Sliema Ferries terminus on the Strand and jump on a 'hop-on hop-off' open top bus tour of the North of the island which both starts and ends in Sliema.
Tickets can be bought before boarding at the small kiosk marked 'Maltasightseeing'. Then just get on the BLUE bus and relax. The best views are from the upper deck of course.
The tour takes around two hours and costs 15 Euro per adult but it is definitely worth the money and time. There is audio commentary throughout the tour and the driver will provide you with earphones so you can understand more about the history and tradition of the areas you pass through. Commentary is available in eight languages: Maltese, English, German, French, Danish, Italian, Spanish and Japanese.
The highlights of the tour are the Silent city and former capital of Mdina, the Mosta Dome and the great sea views between Bugibba and St Julians. The beauty of this trip is that you can hop off the bus wherever you like and rejoin a following service, just make sure you keep hold of your ticket!
About 7 buses operate a day during weekdays and Saturdays with about 4 in operation on Sundays. There is a gap of an hour between each. Don't miss the last one! Also be aware that some of the places you visit may be closed on Sundays. It's best to check before you get off.
Take a Harbour Cruise (Captain Morgan cruises are the most popular) which takes you to Marsamxett Harbour where there is a huge Marina, into the Grand Harbour where you can view the three cities, Floriana, Senglea and Vittoriosa, also French creek, Dockyard creek, and Kalkara creek. There is narration in 3 languages, it takes about 1 1/2 hrs., and you can see very interesting sights along the way.
In the center of Sliema harbour (which is situated in a center of Sliema), there is small island called Manolo island. This is also a historical site with a medieval fort. You can't approach the fort cos it's closed for reconstruction. This Manolo island is the private one. On the island there is also a yacht yard for yachts reparation.
At several of the beaches on the island there are some 'companies' that offer to bring you and some of your friends, by boat, to one of the beautiful blue grottos that can be found some places around Malta. This costs around 10$(US dollars) per person, maybe a little bit expensive, but absolutely worth it!!
We were a group of 10 people who got to enjoy the exciting speedboat ride from the beach, along the coast and to one of the well-hidden grottos.
The grotto that we went to was absolutely gorgeous!! The water was bright blue, it was breath-taking!
We got to swim around for a little while, before we were 'shipped' back..