Sliema, Malta

Originally a small fishing village, the resort town of Sliema on the east coast of Malta is now a commercial hub along with its beautiful waterfront promenade. The seafront promenade walk is approximately 2 kms in length with unhindered sea views along Tower Road. As a busy social centre, the promenade overlooks the harbour and has a lot to tempt you; including a number of ice cream parlours, cafés, restaurant and eateries. Sliema might be lacking those sandy white beaches but it is still a popular destination thanks largely to the baths and rock cut pools for swimming.

Sliema has a very distinct feeling and character about it, and the surrounding suburbs are easy to reach and ready to explore. From the neighbouring suburb of St. Julian’s to the north, with its 17th Century Watchtower and Battery to the exuberant nightlife of Paceville just a few minutes away. To the south, the 18th Century Il-Forti Tigné (Fort Tigné) and Manoel Island with its star shaped Fort Manoel, situated in Gżira. The fort was built by the Knights of St. John in the 18th Century. If you wish to venture further afield then Valletta is only a short 15 minute ferry ride away.

The back streets of Sliema open up a new vision for its visitors of continuous rows of houses with fancy colonnades and colourful balconies, Art Deco and Art Nouveau facades that remind you of times past and of the local Sliema urban landscape. There are also plenty of beautiful Churches to explore including the 1853 Baroque inspired Stella Maris Church, which is arguably the most remarkable, however within a few minutes you will also find St Patrick’s, the Neo-Gothic Our Lady of Mount Carmel and the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Street, boasting two paintings by Mattia Preti. Sliema is arguably an extremely central location for your next holiday, making it the ideal base.

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