The modern resort of Sliema is one of Malta’s tourist hot-spots. Boasting several high-end restaurants and a fantastic shopping district, Sliema is a great destination for couples and families with older children. While the lack of a sandy beach might put off those looking for package holidays in Sliema, many visitors find they actually prefer the well-equipped beach clubs located along the seafront. Offering easy access to the sea via steps and ladders, these establishments serve food and drink throughout the day and are a great place to spend a relaxing few hours in the sun.
Shopping is big business in Sliema and you’ll find international high street brands such as Zara, Mango and H&M jostling for space alongside designer outlets. Sliema also has a wide range of small, independent shops selling local Maltese crafts and the usual holiday souvenirs. Sliema’s restaurants are scattered about the town with many of the most popular located around the seafront. This area is very well developed and you’ll find bars, cafes and restaurants serving all kinds of food here. Accommodation in Sliema is largely modern and of a high standard. Holidays in Sliema tend to be on a bed and breakfast or half-board basis, allowing plenty of opportunities to sample the fantastic restaurants in the area.
Malta’s small size means it’s possible to reach most points on the island within a few hours. The main bus route from Sliema is to Valletta and if you wish to travel further afield by public transport, you’ll probably have to change buses here. It’s also possible get to Valletta by ferry from Sliema harbour and this can be a refreshing way to travel in the hot summer months. Those on package-holiday deals will probably find their tour operator offers daytrips to areas of interest around the island but if you prefer to arrange your excursions independently, you’ll find no shortage of ideas for days out.