Sliema holidays 2021
Sliema has progressed in leaps and bounds since its days as a quaint fishing village in the early 19th-century. Today, holidays in Sliema offer beaches, historical sites, cosmopolitan dining and great shopping.
Set along Malta's northern coast, Sliema is a sophisticated city with a bustling promenade and plenty of seaside action. Away from its lively beaches, Sliema is famous for its historical attractions, including churches and forts, as well as slew of restaurants, bars and shopping centres.
Connected to the mainland by a bridge, Manoel Island on Marsamxett Harbour features a yacht marina, as well as numerous historical points of interest, including 18th-century Fort Manuel and the 16th-century Lazaretto building, a former hospital used as a filming location for the ‘Games of Thrones.’
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Holidays in Sliema deliver numerous cultural and historical attractions, and plenty of natural appeal.
- Take a stroll down Sliema’s promenade to admire its historical buildings, striking Art Deco townhouses and seaside views. Grab a coffee or a freshly-squeezed juice at one of the walkway’s gabbanas, or kiosks.
- Around 250 meters from the shore, the Tug 2 shipwreck makes for a fascinating scuba diving expedition. The 30-meter wreck, which lies at the depths of 22 meters, was deliberately sunk in 2013 to create an artificial reef.
- A heaven for art-enthusiasts, Christine X Art Gallery showcases the work of local and international up-and-coming artists. The gallery also features a revolving schedule of exhibitions.
- Once the site of Tigne Barracks, today Tigne Point is unrecognisable. Having undergone a huge redevelopment project, the area is home to high-rise buildings, glitzy apartments and the country’s biggest mall, The Point.
- Catch a show or an art exhibition at the Salesjan Theatre. Dating back to 1907, the venue features an arched proscenium adorned by a wall painting by the Maltese-born artist Giuseppe Cali.
Historic highlights of Sliema
Despite its modern appeal, Sliema has held on to traces of its past. Admire the city’s churches and forts, or visit a museum or two in Valletta.
- The charming 19th-century Chapel of Our Lady of Graces is Sliema’s oldest place of worship. The chapel is decorated with two works by Mattia Preti, as well as a copy of a painting by Raffaelo.
- Towering over the entrance to Marsamxett Harbour, Fort Tigne was built in 1793 by the Knights of St John. The polygonal structure stands in stark contrast to the rest of the area, which was recently redeveloped into a modern residential and retail centre.
- Constructed in 1878, when Sliema was transitioning from being a village, the Stella Maris Parish Church is home to the statue of Our Lady Stella Maris, which is carried across the city during the annual Titular Feast.
- Delve into Malta’s history at the The National Museum of Archaeology in Valletta, a 20-minute drive from Sliema. Housed in a 1571 building, the museum showcases prehistoric, Roman and medieval artifacts.
- Used as the Presidential Palace, the 16th-century Grand Master's Palace in Valletta also houses a fascinating museum. Don’t miss the Palace Armoury, which displays bows, firearms and cannons from between the 15th and 18th centuries.
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Valletta, capital of Malta, is a captivating fortress city of golden stone that sits on a narrow peninsula. It was built by the Knights of the Order of St John in the 16th century, and its elegant grid of palace-lined streets has been so beautifully preserved that it is now ...Continue reading
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In terms of the weather, the best time to visit Sliema is during spring and early summer months from April to June.
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