Mini guide to Sliema
Situated eight kilometres around the harbour, west of Valletta, is the resort
of Sliema. This bustling town is Malta's largest tourist retreat, with an expansive
beach and a profusion of busy restaurants overshadowed by the ever increasing
Each morning, the harbour is frenetic with people boarding cruise ships; while
in the evening, the view over the bay of Valletta is dramatic. At the other
side of the peninsula, Tigne boasts a long seafront promenade, with Fort Tigne
casting an imposing shadow over the area.
The beach in Sliema is expansive, scattered with flat golden rocks leading
out to the sea. A busy restaurant and bar is nestled on the beach, and adjacent
are large, shallow rock pools which are fun for children to dig around in. Many
water sports are available throughout the day.
The cuisine on the island is somewhat pluralistic, with an abundance of restaurants
to suit all budgets. The nightlife offers everything from ballroom dancing to
the average beachfront bar. The larger hotels usually boast a late night lounge,
with frequent floor shows.
It's worth taking a day out to visit the town of Valleta, which has a more
historic appeal; a bus and ferry service is available at the harbour. For those
pining for smooth sandy beaches, you'll find what you're looking for at the
point where Sliema meets St Julians.
Mainland Europe has the best access to Malta. Air Malta has flights from a
host of European cities. It also has flights between Malta and Cairo, Dubai,
Damascus and Tunis. Other carriers with service to Malta include Alitalia, KLM,
Lufthansa, Swissair and Tunisavia. Malta International Airport is located about
five kilometres southwest of Valletta. Sliema is located 12.8kms from the airport
and buses, taxis and rental cars are available.
Selection of hotels in this region:
Howard Johnson Diplomat
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full list of hotels and online booking