A laid-back cosmopolitan escape in Malta, Sliema is a shopping haven in the sun. Ideally placed between the cultural capital of Valletta and the bass-thumping party town of Paceville, Sliema holidays place you right in the heart of Malta’s action. For a city renowned for its wealthy residents and visitors, you don’t need an A-lister’s wallet to enjoy yourself. The shopping quarter is home to everything from bargain buys to unique boutiques. And there are plenty of on budget restaurants and bars to choose from. Away from the shopping mall and city life, there’s plenty of adventure on offer. Beach-lovers can take advantage of a premium Mediterranean location on Sliema’s smooth rocks. Temperatures soar to 30 degrees in summer, so you’ll want to dip into the lidos to cool off. And for those who prefer to take to the waters to kick off their holiday, Sliema’s harbour is the ideal place to start a boat tour of the island, go fishing or book yourself onto a diving course.
If you’re travelling in the summer, you’ll almost certainly get swept up in the party spirit in a village festa. Celebrated in different villages across the island, the three days events see the streets filled with lights, processions, food, music, market stalls and amazing firework displays.
Hot, hot summers make a Sliema holiday a sun-worshippers dream. The mild temperatures through the winter months and clear coastal waters make Malta a diving hotspot all year round too. If sunbathing and scuba diving doesn’t float your holiday boat, Malta has much more up its sleeve to tempt you. Historic buildings, offshore idyllic islands, theme parks, beautiful beaches and so much more. With every destination on the island just a short drive away, Sliema is a great base from which to explore Malta’s hidden treasures.
To see a different side to Malta, head inland to Mdina. An ancient walled city, the streets are lined with grand churches, opulent palaces and homes of some of Malta’s wealthiest residents. Walking the cobbled streets is the best way to explore this historic city. Stopping off along the way to enjoy a well-earned coffee.
Popular with tourists, lively Bugibba really hots up in the summer. An aquarium, waterpark and expansive man made beach - complete with Blue Flag status - make this town in St Paul’s Bay a magnet for families looking for a day out. Recently rejuvenated, along with a brand new cinema complex, Bugibba has an impressive selection of cafes and restaurants too. To escape the summer crowds, visit the quaint fishing harbour for a relaxing stroll.
Just a stone’s throw away from Sliema, Malta’s capital has a wealth of activities on offer. Adventurous foodies can enjoy a gourmet meal high in the sky. Strap yourself in as a crane lifts you, and your fellow diners, 40 metres into the air for unrivalled views and delicious dining. Back on the ground, holidaymakers of all ages can immerse themselves in Malta’s history with the 5D theatre experience. 3D film, water spray, moving seats and air blasts make this a fun way to learn about the island. For the real thing, hit the streets to see Valletta’s historic buildings and palaces.
Take to the water
Take advantage of Sliema’s harbour - home to many boat tour operators - and cruise around the beautiful waters off the coast. Take a quick trip along the shore or a full day cruise to the islands of Gozo and Comino. If you prefer to check out Malta’s reefs and undersea wrecks, there are diving schools on hand to lead the way or to get you PADI qualified.
Hit the beach
Sliema doesn’t have any stretches of sandy beach, but that needn’t stop you soaking up the sun’s rays or going for a dip. There are large, smooth sandstone rocks on Tower Road which serve as a beach for residents and visitors. Handrails secured to the rocks allow easy access to the water for a swim. If you’re not keen to brave the waves, there are plenty of shoreside lidos for a calmer dip in the waters.
Roll the dice
For an evening of glitz, glamour and high stakes gambling head to St Julians and the Dragonara Palace. Home to Malta’s first casino, opened in 1964, the palace sits overlooking St George’s Bay. The only casino on the island to feature a poker room with a sea view, there’s also a VIP room for the high rollers in town. Enjoy a meal in the brasserie, grab a cocktail in the piano bar and try your luck on the slot machines, roulette or blackjack tables. Good luck!
Shop ’till you drop
Sliema’s cosmopolitan streets are stacked with shopping havens. From a glitzy shopping mall to small, local boutiques and gift shops, you’ll find just about everything in Sliema. Fashion brands range from bargain High Street names to high end couture. With something for every style and budget, Sliema’s shopping experience is one you won’t want to miss.
Maltese cooking benefits from a feast of flavours most of us are familiar with. The English, Italian and Arabic flavours combine to make some tasty dishes. If this is your first trip to Malta, try some authentic cuisine in one of the excellent, authentic restaurants. For an easy and flavoursome introduction to Maltese cooking, try the popular bragioli. Steak, covered in bacon, garlic and breadcrumbs, is served with a red wine sauce. A delicious way to start your gastronomic journey of discovery.
Sliema holidays have something to offer every holidaymaker. From dancing divas to families looking for a break in the sun. With day trips to Valletta and other hotspots on the island as well as world-class casinos, gourmet dining, historic buildings, summer festas, and of course unrivalled shopping venues, this is a chic and cosmopolitan city to enjoy at your own pace.
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