Sliema, Malta

Sliema was once a small fishing town that has developed into a thriving tourist destination. There are no sandy beaches in the resort but there are plenty of Lidos to be found on the seafront which provide sunbeds, umbrellas and refreshments.

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If you enjoy shopping then make sure that you visit the shops in Sliema, with its cosmopolitan air and its wide range of bars it is an excellent location for adults who are looking for a lively holiday. The flat rocky beaches which boast a small strip of golden sand is a haven for sun worshippers who can be seen diving from the flat rock into the blue sea. Transfer time from the airport is approximately 20 minutes.

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Sliema Hotels (?)

Sliema Hotel Photograph of Sliema Hotel
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A seafront hotel located in the heart of the resort. It offers guests spacious rooms within easy reach of local amenities. Ideal for those looking to explore the local area....

5 / 5 from 2 reviews

Palazzo Capua Hotel Photograph of Palazzo Capua Hotel
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This hotel is one of Malta's most prestigious historic buildings and has been carefully restored to its formal glory. Situated in the heart of the resort and next to the Palace Hotel where guests are ...

4.7 / 5 from 3 reviews

St Blu Bay Hotel and Apartments Photograph of St Blu Bay Hotel and Apartments
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Ideally suited to those who enjoy the flexibility of self-catering accommodation, the St BluBay Apartments are just steps away from the seafront promenade....

4 / 5 from 1 reviews

Fortina Spa Resort Hotel Photograph of Fortina Spa Resort Hotel
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Adult only hotel (except July and August) with tropical landscaped gardens, spa centre, 5 restaurants, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, stylish accommodation and views over the water to Valletta....

4.5 / 5 from 2 reviews

New Tower Palace Hotel Photograph of New Tower Palace Hotel
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This seafront hotel features a good size roof top pool with a view, and is in easy reach of the shopping and nightlife areas....

5 / 5 from 1 reviews

Roma Hotel Photograph of Roma Hotel
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A family run hotel set in a popular location with stunning views of the Mediterranean coastline. Roma Hotel is a perfect value for money hotel for both families and couples to enjoy....

4 / 5 from 2 reviews

Sundown Court Leisure Resort Photograph of Sundown Court Leisure Resort
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Well furnished family friendly apartments and penthouses in a peaceful location with on-site swimming pools and tennis courts...

3 / 5 from 1 reviews

Kennedy Nova Hotel Photograph of Kennedy Nova Hotel
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The Hotel Kennedy Nova offers good quality accommodation in an ideal location to enjoy the waterfront, the city and nearby attractions....

3 / 5 from 2 reviews

Sliema Marina Hotel Photograph of Sliema Marina Hotel
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The Hotel Marina is in an ideal location on the seafront close to numerous shops, bars and restaurants....

4.5 / 5 from 4 reviews

Victoria Hotel Photograph of Victoria Hotel
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An elegant boutique hotel offering a blend of Victorian charm and Mediterranean flair and hospitality in a quite spot, just a stroll from the promenade...

4.7 / 5 from 6 reviews

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A small and friendly hotel with a modern and contemporary style, a vibrant atmosphere and a central location....

3 / 5 from 1 reviews

Labranda Rocca Nettuno Suites Photograph of Labranda Rocca Nettuno Suites
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The spacious suites are situated in the centre of Sliema, just 200m from numerous shops and within easy reach of the many cafes, bars and restaurants....

3 / 5 from 1 reviews

Sliema Reviews

Holiday Date:22nd Oct 2017
Accommodation:Windsor Hotel
Room:Double Or Twin - Economy
Board:Bed & Breakfast
(3 suns)

It was very windy whilst we were there so we couldn't go in the sea or snorkel as we had hoped. The buses are a little unreliable.

Holiday Date:21st Sep 2017
Accommodation:Sliema Marina Hotel
Room:Superior Double Or Twin - Sea View
Board:Bed & Breakfast
(4 suns)

Lots to see and do in the area, plenty of places to eat and drink. The Brew with its micro brewery is a good eatery and the beers are excellent. Ta Kris is one of the best eateries in Sliema only 5 minutes walk from the hotel, but you have to book. Bus and ferry tickets are good value for money and the public transport is excellent.

Holiday Date:4th Sep 2017
Accommodation:Preluna Hotel and Spa
Board:Bed & Breakfast
(3 suns)

Good location for visits to other areas. Many restaurants within walking distance of our Hotel, which was good.

Holiday Date:17th Aug 2017
Accommodation:Fortina Hotel
Room:Double Or Twin - Sea View
Board:Bed & Breakfast
(4 suns)

Stunning views.

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Please note: the comments above are the subjective opinions of customers and not of Ltd


Sliema sits on a peninsula flanked by St Julians Bay, the Mediterranean Sea and the Marsamxett Harbour. The promenade runs around most of the resort and the 'beaches' are comprised of large flat rocks, perfect for sunbathing on and taking a dip into the clear blue waters. The waters are great for swimming and snorkelling but if you prefer a pool, there are a couple of Lidos too. Needless to say, there is also a choice of diving centres offering trips and courses.

Things to Do

Boat trips from Sliema are readily available; you can take a simple ferry crossing across the harbour to Valletta; go on a fascinating harbour cruise or join a boat trip to the neighbouring islands of Gozo and the picturesque Blue Lagoon at Comino.

If you walk along the waterfront to Gzira you will come to the Gzira Gardens and the Yacht Marina. There is also a footbridge to the uninhabited Manoel Island which sits in the Marsamxett Harbour and is home to the 18th century, star shaped Fort Manoel and the somewhat quirky 'Duck Village'.

On the other side of the resort, facing St Julians Bay, the Independence Gardens are a pretty place to sit and relax and there is also a play area for children.

Out and About

There are endless cafes, bars and restaurants in Sliema, mainly along the waterfront, offering a laidback atmosphere by day and a warm cosmopolitan vibe in the evenings with beautifully lit views to Valletta.

Sliema is a great place to shop too; you can find many locally produced items as well as designer boutiques and high street brands. The main shopping centres are the Plaza Shopping Centre (near the ferries) on the Strand and Tigne Point, near to the 18th century Tigne Fort, at the entrance to the harbour.

You can walk along the seafront into the neighbouring resort of St Julians and spend some time at the small and sandy Balluta Beach. Or, just a short bus or taxi ride away is the lively resort of Paceville (2.5km) where you can party well into the early hours.

Nearby Attractions

Sliema is located on the bus route and has stops all along the promenade, providing easy access to Valletta and other coastal resorts. There are endless historic and archaeological sights to see around the island as well as museums and educational visitor attractions, particularly in Valletta.

The big red hop-on-hop-off sightseeing bus passes through Sliema, en-route from Bugibba to Valletta (the green line) and, from Valletta, you could jump on the blue line bus to the ancient towns of Mdina, Rabat, Mosta and Attard.

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