Sliema Travel Guide

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    Public beach
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  • Sliema from Valletta
    Sliema from Valletta
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Sliema Highlights

  • Pro
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    Elly01 says…

     Very central but commercialized place! 

  • Con
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    Elly01 says…

     Parking can be unbearable at times !!!! 

  • In a nutshell
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    sandysmith says…

     good base to explore Malta 

Sliema Things to Do

  • My kind of place.

    Much of the Maltese economy is based on the tourist trade from Northern Europe and most of the bars, especially in the seaside place, are geared to that trade. Multiple huge plasma screens show football (soccer) from UK, Germany, Italy or wherever or else pump out interminable dance music on a continuous loop. That is all well and good, and I have...

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  • You don't have to be a soldier.

    It is a sad and awful truth of war that you don't have to be a soldier to suffer the consequences. This memorial is a case in point and reminded me very much of a similar memorial near where I live in London. I can almost guarantee the good people of Sliema did not have to fight a battle with international developers for use of the land like their...

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  • The world moves sideways.

    I have been struck in my relatively short time in Malta by how fond they seem to be of public statuary. Virtually every ten yards you will find some sort of statue, either old or very modern. I suspect it must be something i the Medittaranean psyche that like susch things.Anyway, on a walk along the seafront between Sliema and St. Julians on my...

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  • All along the watchtower(s).

    I quote here in the title unashamedly from the title of the Dylan song, so wonderfully covered by Jimi Hendrix, such are my musical leanings. Early in my stay in Malta, I was having a leisurely stroll alo9ng the seafront in Sliema, heading for the adjacent St. Julian's (San Giljan) when I came upon this tower. Initially, I was unsure if it was a...

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  • Two Harbour Cruise

    A cruise around the Grand Harbour is a must for any visit to Malta, and trips are easy to arrange from the Strand in Sliema where the water taxis go from. In fact you'll have salespeople falling over themselves to sell you tickets. In the off season you can even bargain the prices down a little if you have patience. A typical cruise of the two...

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  • Tigne Point

    Recently redeveloped, the Tigne Point area of Sliema offers a quiet, traffic free walk along the coast, with the best views of Valletta in town. This is where Sliema juts out into the rough seas of the Mediterranean, so the breezes are fresh and cool. The walk is worth coming twice a day for, and best of all its kid friendly, with high fences,...

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Sliema Hotels

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Sliema Restaurants

  • Lovely sea views!

    We visited Fresco's Cafe, Bar & Restaurant during our visit to Malta in December 2013.Fresco's is located on Sliema's seafront promenade and its dining room offers floor-to-ceiling windows that afford wonderful views across St Julian's Bay. The much sought after window seats were already occupied when we arrived, but we were still able to enjoy the...

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  • A good local restaurant.

    Given the fact that the Le Malte restaurant was situated in the building I was staying in, it seems strange that it was actually my last night on the island that I finally managed to go there for a meal but that is the way it happened. I had been wandering in and out of the building every day past the place and had looked at the menu which is...

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  • Excellent Italian cuisine.

    With it's geographic proximity to Italy you would expect there to be an Italian influence on the Maltese cuisine and you would expect it to be pretty good. La Cuccagna restaurant, just off the main seafront in Sliema, supports both expectations in some style. It is a very good Italian restaurant.I went there fairly late on a midweek night...

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Sliema Nightlife

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  • Nice pub

    This was close to tex mex-bar we went the same night, so we popped in. It felt more like a "real" pub than those in the Strand. I think if would have been closer to our hotel, we might have visited it more. Allthough there was the same problem as in allmost all the bars! Don´t the locals have any other intrests than football??!! Sorry...

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  • Our regular place for a "nightcap"

    We felt this more realxed than some other places at the street, and it was big enough to find a table. It also had some beers to choose from (sorry locals, but Cisk isn´t that good if you ask me) icluding local Hopleaf and Blue label, witch were o.k.,but nothing really special. You could also have wine by glass for 2 eur and of course drinks. My...

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  • views of La Valletta

    A good idea to spend some time at night is to go for a walk along the Strand Promenade... there are magnificent views over La Valletta and its churches and buildings lit at night. As you wish

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Sliema Transportation

  • Water Taxi

    The quickest way to Valletta from Sliema is the ferry that runs straight across the harbour (the bus goes on a detour around the coastal road). It takes only about 15 minutes and isn't affected by traffic, but it does tends foul up when the weather gets bad - and it doesn't seem to take much wind to shut down boats on the harbour. The ferry does...

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  • Air

    Malta's airport is located just seven kilometers from Sliema in Luqa, and is typically referred to as Luqa Airport. It's a very busy airport for such a small island, and has international flights all over Europe and North Africa. Along with multiple budget airlines and charter flights for holiday makers, Air Malta is a major national airline...

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  • Bus

    The two key buses are 12 and 13 which run west along the coast from Valletta to Qawra and St. George's Bay respectively. These will take you to the central bus station in Valletta from where you can visit pretty much anywhere on the island. It takes about 20 minutes when the traffic is normal, and up to 40 minutes in bad traffic. There are some...

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Sliema Shopping

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  • Malta's Biggest Shopping Mall

    Malta's newest shopping mall, and also its biggest, was built on the renovated peninsula of Tigne Point, where the old barracks used to be. It's fully air-conditioned shopping heaven stretched across three floors. There's all the best stores, with a definite British bent, including Malta's largest department store: Debenhams.

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  • For a shop-aholic :)

    It´s a shopping centre. I guess many people find it very nice, but we didn´t. Allmost all of the shops you can find anywhere in Europe, there was nothing intresting in here. Only shop we went in was shoe-store at lower floor, the other ones didn´t get us intrested. We spend about 15min in this whole place.But if you like shopping in stores wich are...

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  • Next

    The shop sells women's clothes and shoes, kids shoes and clothes and in the ground level there is the male section.

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Sliema Local Customs

  • Electricity & Plugs in Malta

    Electricity in Malta has 220 Volt, but the plug might be different from the one that you use in your homecountry and so it will be the best to take an adaptor-plug with you, because even the big hotels obviously dont have a single plug in the rooms for the ordinary plugs of Europe.Charging your batteries etc. will only be possible when you have the...

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  • Need a Lilo?

    As there are no beaches to speak of in Sliema, the locals (and hardy visitors) sunbathe on the rocks below the promenade.If I were you I would take a lilo or something to cushion the hardness of the rock. There are small ladders that you can climb from some of the rocks into the sea.Beware there are no lifeguards, so do ask the locals regarding the...

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  • Pandemonium

    We walked to the sea front at Sliema when everyone seemed to go mental shouting and beeping horns people got on top of cars and danced, I didn't know what was going on so I asked and England had just won a game in the world cup.It made me feel proud to be English to see the Maltese people backing England so much.

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Sliema Warnings and Dangers

  • My smallest shower-cabin ever !

    Oh gosh,lets see this the positive way: I really "made it" and was able to somehow slip into that tiny shower-cabin in my hotel and I also was able to take a shower without beeing able to get any soap on my feet, as standing was possible, but bending down was totally out of reach.BTW the size of my sandals is No 47, so take such a shoe and add 2-3...

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  • Watch your step in thepublic toilets.

    A serious tip.There are public toilets on the beach under the Sliema promenade, on the way to St Julians. They are absolutely fine to use. But.......The floor is marble, and on a slight slope. Lighting is dim, and even more so when it is bright sunlight outside and/or you are wearing sunglasses. Both times I have visited the floor has been covered...

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  • A lack of mosquitoes, an abundance of...

    Swimming in the sea off Sliema is a great way to relax but just under the surface lurks a hidden danger that can pack one hell of a sting- that's right, it's Mr Jellyfish. The amount of jellyfish seems to differ from day to day. There was one day during my holiday when no-one was in the sea as the jellyfish had moved closer to the shore than...

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Sliema Tourist Traps

  • Tour agents in Sliema

    As you walk along the promenade in Sliema (opposite Valletta), charming street sellers will try to sell you boat and minibus tours. They work for agents who have offices nearby. Be careful that you are given the total price of any trip because I had the experience of being sold a trip to Sicily and when the tickets were produced the next day there...

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  • Luzzu Round-the-Harbour (or 1/2 round!)

    Wanted to do the round the harbour trip in Oct '05, so was checking out the times at the Luzzu Tourboat desk. The guy there said 'We are going now' and took our two fares at Lm6.50 each. ' We were loaded into a yellow speedboat thinking we awere the only ones aboard for a private trip, but, much to our dismay were simply ferried out to a trip that...

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  • Beware of the Kiosks vendors

    On the Sliema promenade where the Chalet still stands there are vans that sell ice creams, snacks, drinks and all sorts of stuff. At times, these vendors seem to change the prices of things especially if they realise that you are a foreigner. Well, my suggestion is either ask them them the price of the thing you want to buy and if you think they...

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Sliema Off The Beaten Path

  • Rabat

    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...

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  • Mdina

    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...

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  • Qawra

    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...

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Sliema Sports & Outdoors

  • At the Fortina : a great public pool...

    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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  • swimming...

    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...

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  • Diving

    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, CominoThere 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...

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Sliema Favorites

  • Sliema

    Sliema – originally named Tas-Sliema is a city axcross the of just under 15000 inhabitants across the water from La Valletta’s Marsamxett harbour. It is predominantly a modern town, with a long seafront promenade, plenty of unassuming buildings and lined with hotels, bars and restaurants. Here and there, unexpectedly, you can find the odd old and...

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  • The beaches in Sliema

    The beaches in Sliema are stony as in whole Malta. I'm not sure whether there are more than two sandy beaches in whole Malta island or not? So, if you plan your vacation in Malta, better book hotel with outdoor pool.

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  • Sliema

    Sliema is one of the biggest business and tourist cities in Malta. It is just next by Valletta. There you can go for shopping, dining, sightseeing or just to relax by the sea.

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Excellent local cuisine.
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Great kebabs and open late!
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St. Julian's
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Valletta
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M&S Food Kitchen with a Difference
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New Zealand Cafe
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Quality Seafront Pizza
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Waterfront
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Japanese
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Promenade to St Julians
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Sculpture on the Promenade
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Open top bus trip- Southern Malta
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got worse
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Ta Kris was Great
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Nice snack food
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Print the list of buses
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Poor service
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Great pasta
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Ferry crossing to La Valletta
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Take the ferry from Sliema to Valetta
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maltese food
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Big portions!
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DuckVille
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Great toasts for 2e!!
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The old distillery of Sea Water
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My view from my room in Hotel Milano Due
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Manoel Island & Fort Manoel
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The boulevard "The Strand"
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The Church of Jesus of Nazareth
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Tigne Fort
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By taxi to and from the airport
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Take the Hop-on & Hop-off-bus from Sliema
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From Sliema to the airport by public bus
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great food & reasonable prices
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A Coastal City
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Harbour Cruise
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Manoel Island
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away from the tourist crowd
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sea water distillery
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