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Sliema: Resort and Accommodation

Sliema: Description

Aerial view of Sliema
Arms of Sliema

Sliema, from the Malti word for peace, was once a quiet fishing village. It is located approximately half way between St Julian's and Valletta, so it is handy for those who want to both club all night and sight-see all day! It is probably most suitable for couples of all ages. The seafront has now been taken over by high-rise hotels, but there are still remaining buildings from the past in the back streets. There is an over 2 mile long promenade to St Julian's which is popular with both locals and tourists in the evening. Whilst there is no beach, the shore is made up of flat rocks, ideal for both sun bathing and swimming from. Whilst there are bars and a few clubs, Sliema is quieter than St Julian's.

Sliema Beach

Most of the shore line around Sliema is the typical Maltese rocky beach. However there is a small sandy beach just where Sliema joins St Julian's. Along the shore line there is a promenade running along the Tower Road on the north and The Strand on the south side. The Strand provides some of the best views of Valletta, particularly at night, when it is lit up. The end of the peninsula Tigné Point, is inaccessible because of building work. The promenade forms a popular place to go for a stroll for both tourists and locals during summer evenings. There is a public garden, the Independence Garden, on the north side.

Eating in Sliema

Sliema is one of the best places on the island for restaurants. There are several very good Far Eastern restaurants, along with sea food, Italian, Mexican and International dishes. Restaurants serving Maltese food are also well represented.

Shopping in Sliema

Sliema is also an excellent place for shopping. There are many fashionable shops and boutiques, particularly in an area called the Ferries.

Things to do in Sliema

There are at least two firms providing harbour cruises from The Strand.  The cruise covering both the Grand Harbour and Marsamxett Harbour takes about 1½-2 hours.

There are several diving schools along Tower Road and this area is popular for snorkeling. Sliema Wanderers has the reputation for being one of the best football clubs on Malta. They also have probably Malta's best water polo team.

Given its proximity to Valletta, it is not surprising that there are several fortifications from the time of the Knights. On the northern most point of Sliema is St Julian's Tower, from 1685.  This has been turned into a snack and pizza bar.  Next to it is a small children's playground. Fort Tigné was one of the last fortifications built by the Knights, and is one of the first polygonal forts in the world.  On Manoel island, between Sliema and Valletta is Fort Manoel.

Getting to and from Sliema

Sliema is on many bus routes particularly to and from Valletta.  Hence it is an ideal place for taking advantage of the local buses.

Whilst the buses are very frequent to Valletta, probably the most interesting way of getting there is via the 15 minute ferry journey from The Sliema Ferries.  Be warned, it is a steep climb from the Valletta landing stage to the town.


Sliema Accommodation

3* SC, RO, BB, HB

Bayview Hotel & Apartments

Bayview Hotel and Apartments, Sliema

 3* BB, HB, AI

Hotel Plevna

Hotel Plevna, Sliema

3* SC, RO, BB & HB

Plaza Hotels 

Plaza Hotels, Sliema

4* HB, AI

The Diplomat Hotel

The Diplomat Hotel, Sliema

4* HB, AI

Hotel Fortina

Hotel Fortina, Sliema

4* BB & HB

Windsor Hotel, Sliema

Windsor Hotel, Sliema

5* BB, HB AI

Fortina Spa Resort

Fortina Spa Resort, Sliema