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SliemaMalta

Discover a picturesque seafront, historic landmarks, upscale shopping zones and lively nightlife districts while visiting one of Malta’s most chic coastal resorts.

Sliema is a stylish seaside town on a peninsula on Malta’s northeastern coastline. Visit this area to enjoy its elegant waterfront, rocky beaches, nightlife and superb retail experiences. The scene of a violent battle during the Great Siege of Malta in 1565, Sliema then developed as a humble fishing village. The town rose to prominence in the 19th century, when British colonists shaped the architectural landscape and it became a summer retreat of affluent Maltese.

Experience the town’s style while walking along Sliema Promenade, which parallels the waterfront and connects to the villages of St. Julian’s and Gzira. Find benches, cafés, children’s playgrounds, lavish apartment blocks and several Victorian-era buildings. Admire ancient watchtowers, including the 17th-century St. Julian’s Tower and Gothic-style Il-Fortizza. Steps lead down from the promenade to rocky beaches. From here, jump into the warm Mediterranean water and swim at public lidos.

Visit religious landmarks at the heart of the town, including Stella Maris Church and the Holy Trinity Church. Enjoy uninterrupted views from Tigné Fort across to Valletta, Malta’s capital. Relax amid flower-filled lawns and fountains at Independence Garden.

Indulge in shopping along the town’s commercial streets and malls. Browse over 70 stores and attend fashion shows at the Point Shopping Mall. Shop at boutiques, upscale outlets and well-known chain stores on Bisazza Street and Triq Manwel Dimech. Explore the bars, cafés and restaurants lining Triq Ix-Xatt street along the bay.

See Sliema and Malta’s glorious coast on a boat tour. Cruise across Marsamxett Harbour to Valletta, home to attractions such as St. John’s Co-Cathedral and the National Museum of Fine Arts. Sail out into the Mediterranean to see the Dingli Cliffs on the opposite side of the island.

Reach Sliema by flying to Malta International Airport and taking a shuttle bus or taxi. Walk around comfortably on the flat streets. Ride local buses or rent a scooter to St. George’s Bay beach and the Paceville nightlife neighborhood, both in St. Julian’s.

Top Hotels in Sliema

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Waterfront
Waterfront
4 out of 5
The Strand, Sliema, Malta
The price is $105 per night

Located in the heart of Sliema, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Triq Manwel Dimech and Sliema Ferry. Balluta Bay and Sliema Promenade are also within ...

4.1/5Very Good! (943 reviews)

"The location is perfect for access to Valetta and for tours to the rest of the island. Staff were friendly and helpful and the food was also very good."…"

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2020

Waterfront
1926 Hotel & SPA
1926 Hotel & SPA
4 out of 5
THORNTON STREET, Sliema
The price is $116 per night

Offering direct access to the beach, this Sliema hotel is in the city center and within 1 mi (2 km) of Sliema Promenade and Sliema Ferry. Grand Harbour and Upper ...

4.1/5Very Good! (285 reviews)
Memorable

"Excellent experience, staff very helpful"…"

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2020

1926 Hotel & SPA
The Maltese Sun
The Maltese Sun
3.5 out of 5
53 St Margaret St, Sliema
The price is $77 per night

Located in the heart of Sliema, this guesthouse is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Sliema Promenade and within 12 mi (20 km) of Mnajdra Megalithic Temples and Blue Grotto. ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (24 reviews)

"A very pleasant quiet hotel, good location. Simple check-in. Helpful staff but no desk assistance from mid-afternoon."…"

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2020

The Maltese Sun

Popular places to visit in Sliema

Point Shopping Mall
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Point Shopping Mall

4/5(2 reviews)

During your trip to Sliema, you can enjoy retail therapy at Point Shopping Mall. Wander the area's seaside or simply enjoy one of its top-notch restaurants.

ll-Fortiżża
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ll-Fortiżża

You can learn about the history of Sliema when you stop by ll-Fortiżża. Wander the seaside and beautiful beaches in the area.

Mellieha Bay
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Mellieha Bay

4.5/5(93 reviews)

Spend your days in the north relaxing on the sand at this sparkling natural beach perfect for swimming and windsurfing. 

St George's Beach
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St George's Beach

4/5(45 reviews)

Beloved by young revelers, this shoreline in St. Julian’s is a rare stretch of sand along a generally rocky coast. 

Bugibba Beach
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Bugibba Beach

4.5/5(32 reviews)

The liveliest enclave of St Paul’s Bay has a special draw, unique for Malta: a beach, with real sand that you can get between your toes. 

Grand Harbour
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Grand Harbour

4.5/5(135 reviews)

Ancient peoples were beguiled by the spectacular Grand Harbour, with huge natural cliffs, forts and villages overlooking the shining Mediterranean Sea. 

Top things to do in Sliema

Nighttime Tour of Valletta, Mdina & Mosta with Malta 5D Show
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Nighttime Tour of Valletta, Mdina & Mosta with Malta 5D Show

$34
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Gozo island guided tour from Malta including Ggantija UNESCO
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Gozo island guided tour from Malta including Ggantija UNESCO

$78
Per adult
3 Cities Guided Tour & Wine Tasting
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3 Cities Guided Tour & Wine Tasting

$40
Per adult
Three Cities guided tour including harbour creeks boat tour
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Three Cities guided tour including harbour creeks boat tour

$41
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Marsaxlokk Market and Blue Grotto guided tour
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Marsaxlokk Market and Blue Grotto guided tour

$39
Per adult
Gozo, Comino and Blue lagoon Cruise
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Gozo, Comino and Blue lagoon Cruise

$40
Per adult

Reviews of Sliema

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 50%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 33.333333333333336%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 15.151515151515152%
2 - Disappointing
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1 - Terrible
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4/5 - Good

Maha

Dec 1, 2019

It is a very tourist friendly place. Also, it was very close to the capital Valetta via boat. From this spot, we were able to take ferries to different places. The hop-on-hop-off tourist bus originates from here, so it was very convenient.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 15, 2019

Safe area with lots of restaurants within waiting distance

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 10, 2019

Good place to stay

3/5 - Okay

Lucas

Jul 22, 2019

Valetta is a much nicer area to stay in. Gozo is much more scenic.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jul 21, 2019

The location is very convenient to take trips into Valletta, and there seems to be more abundant hotel options than in the city of Valletta.

5/5 - Excellent

Bit

Jul 11, 2019

Would love to visit again!

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