Photograph of a sailing boat on the Strand Sea front Sliema, Malta Valletta is in the background
This boundary is between the small headland of Balluta Bay & the Plaza / Regency hotel.
Located on the Malta's east coast 5km north of Valletta by road, 0.5km by ferry
Sliema occupies a peninsular with sea fronts 'The Strand (Ix-Xatt)' facing Marsamxett harbour, Valletta, Sliema Creek & Manoel island or 'Tower Road
(Triq It-Torri)' the open Mediterranean sea
Package holiday Transfer time between Luqa airport and Sliema 30 minutes to 1 hour
Sliema is the main coastal resort on Malta, it is also a very large residential area. If you like a little sightseeing in your holiday, combined with sports
and good food, Sliema fits the bill. This busy – and still growing – town focuses on The Strand, a broad promenade with views of Valletta 0.5km
to 1km away. Sliema’s shops are among the best on the island - look for Maltese lace, fine silverware, pottery, and woollens. When night falls Sliema’s
bars and restaurants are relaxed and mellow in mood with a cosmopolitan feel.
Ensure you see the fabulous view of the magnificent fortifications and church domes of Valletta rising high above Marsamxett harbour, from The Strand in
Sliema. This is one of the best views of Valletta available.
Sliema Seafront Walk
Sliema has a sea front faces in 3 direction
On Main Street it faces St Julian's Bay, with St Julian's to the left side and on the far shore
On Tower Road and Oui Sana Place it faces the Mediterranean
On Sliema Strand & Tigne Sea Front it faces Sliema Creek & Marsamxett Harbour with Valletta on the far shore and Manoel Island jutting into the bay on the right
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Start of Walk Mediterranean Sea Front near Balluta
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Lets take a walk along the Sliema Sea front starting at the junction of Sliema seafront & St Julian's seafront
Sliema Border Sign separating Sliema Sea front from St Julian's on the wide promenade with palm trees
Bay. The background shows the cafe & fountain
Wide Sea front Promenade Tower Road
has a beautiful Promenade
The Sliema seafront runs from St Julians in the north to near Manoel Island and Gzira in the West. For most of this distance there is a wide promenade
with seating, cafes, children's playgrounds statues and fountains. In some areas these facilities are on different levels.
The entire length of the Mediterranean Sea Front is rocky, there are no sandy beaches. The majority of the rock is flat toped and suitable for sunbathing on. Being rock rather than sand ensures that the water is crystal clear.
If going for a swim be careful entering & leaving the water, the rocks can be slippy and be aware of the black sea urchins that grow in nooks & crannies. The spines are painful if they penetrate the skin and there tip usually breaks off & remains embedded.
Most of the promenade is backed by the busy main roads, Tower Road and The Strand. Several bus routes run along these roads see below
The promenade overlooks a flat bed rock beach, 2 swimming pool lidos and hotel pools at the Qui Si Sana end
See Location of Sliema Promenade on our Sliema Map
A small cafe located next to a round fountain with outside seating either in the sunshine or in the shade under large parasols or palm trees.
A pool table is next to the cafe
There are amazing views over Balluta Bay & St Julians Bay to the buildings on the far shoreline
See Location of Fountain and Cafe Sliema Sea Front on our Sliema Map
At several parts where the sea front the widens you will find gardens.
Our first photographs shows in the background the Cavalieri hotel, the large white building on St Julian's sea front.
Behind the hotel to the right is the 98 metre tall Portomaso Tower, the tallest in Malta. The tower is an office & business centre but it also has a bar on the 22nd floor.
The second photo shows in the background the Dragonara Casino located in Paceville.
See Location of Gardens Sliema Sea Front on our Sliema Map
There are 2 large Kids
located on the promenade at the first level down from the road.
See Location of Kids Playgrounds on our Sliema Map
Located on the Sliema Sea front as a watchtower and overlooking St Julian's Bay.
The tower was built in 1659. by Grand Master Martin de Redin. who built 13 similar towers
In 1659 this area was open countyside..
Earlier 5 Lascaris towers were built by Grand Master Juan de Lascaris-Castellar
The total of 18 towers are known collectively as De Redin Towers and adjacent towers are in sight of each other and they also provided a communication service along the coastline to the knights headquarters .
See Location of St Julian's Tower on our Sliema Map
See Location of Rock Pools Sliema on our Sliema Map
Surfside Sports Bar and Grill
Built right on the rocky foreshore ensuring fantastic 1800 views of the Mediterranean.
This garden is located between the 2 carriageways of the Sliema Strand.
Beneath the garden is a large underground car park.
In the distance across the other side of Sliema Creek is Valletta.
The dome on the sky line is the Carmalite church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. The dome was replaced after bomb damage in World War II.
The tall 65 metre spire can be seen next to the dome is St. Paul's Anglican Cathedral
The second photo shows an usual stone sculpture
In the background are the very popular cafes that are plentiful
and popular in this very busy area
See Location of Sliema Strand Small Garden on our Sliema Map
Tigne peninsula Sea Front
The tip of the Peninsular separates the Mediterranean Sea front from the Sliema Strand Sea Front
The tip of the Tigne peninsula has been under development with the building of modern living apartments, shopping centre, bars & cafes and the restoration of Tigne Fort is still in progress.
Views from the Balluta Bay are of Sliema Sea Front looking over St Julian's Bay to St Julian's and Paceville on the high ground beyond
There is a very small strip of golden sand in St Julian's near to where it meets Sliema at Balluta. The Sliema coast along Tower road consists of wide promenades fronted with flat, rocky
beaches with water sports and 2 swimming pool lidos. Besides hotel pools and sun terraces the golden flat rocks are popular with sun worshippers. There is
easy access to the sea for a cool down in the hot summer months.
Shopping in Sliema
Sliema attracts the sophisticates of Maltese society. This is where the fashionable shops and boutiques can be found, most congregate in an area called
"The Ferries" which will cater for all your expensive tastes, and a new shopping centre has opened on Tigne point.
You will find several of the UK's High Street Shops in Sileama. such as Boots (the chemist), British Home Stores, Marks and Spencers, Miss Selfridge
The Point Shopping Mall
Level 8, Bisazza Street,
Sliema. SLM 1640,
The Point Shopping Mall,
. Tigne Point, Malta's newest & biggest
Nightlife in Sliema
This is a place to see and be seen. Watching the world go by whilst enjoying an evening meal, or taking in the views over the floodlit bastions of Valletta
are stylish ways to wind down and prepare for a night in one of Sliema's many bars and clubs.
Sliema is more up market than the nearby Paceville area, Malta's Nightlife capital for the younger crowd.
Sliema Restaurants & Cuisine
Sliema restaurants offer international style cuisine from across the globe including Italian to Indian & Chinese.
Many restaurants are along the coast.
Ensure you try some traditional Maltese cuisine especially the fresh fish dishes and rabbit dishes- Fenech, fried or baked rabbit in
a casserole. Regarded as national dish
2 extremely popular cafes can be found on either side of Tower road at the bottom of the hill where it meets The Strand.
Some of the better quality restaurants in Sliema
Regarded by many as the best in Sliema - A great seafood restaurant
16 High Str / Triq il Kbira
Sayame Thai restaurant
Thai & Chinese cuisine
The Dragon Oriental cuisine
The Peak Oriental restaurant
Level 8 Plaza Complex, Bisazza Str
Anni Venti restaurant
11 The Strand
Cafe Tigne restaurant
21 Tigne Seafront
Giorgio's restaurant & cafe
Specializes in Maltese food &
17 Tigne Seafront
Hole in The Wall restaurant
32 High Str / Triq il Kbira
Il galeone restaurant
36 Tigne Seafront
La Vigna restaurant
7 Tigne Str
Magic Kiosk restaurant
St. Anne Square
Mamma Mia restaurant
Very popular Italian cuisine restaurant
Marianna's Tex-Mex restaurant
Mexican style restaurant & cuisine
132 Tower Road
MV Mecklenbrurg restaurant
New Strand Pebbles restaurant
89 The Strand
Ponte Vecchio restaurant
Porto Palo restaurant
30 Tigne Seafront
Sea Cliff restaurant
220 Tower Road
T.G.I. Friday's restaurant
Marvelous location that adds to the atmosphere. Steakhouse/ American cuisine.
Well known in UK. American restaurant group
Il-Fortizza (Sliema for)t, Tower Road
Ta' Kris restaurant & Maltese bistro
80 Fawwara Lane, off Bisazza Str, Tigne Seafront
Ta' Kolina restaurant
Maltese & international cuisine.
151 Tower Road
Tigne Seafront / Bisazza Str
67a St Domenic Str
Vino Veritas restaurant
65 Dingli Str
SCUBA Diving and Training
Scuba Diving for beginners and experienced divers is available from Diving schools along Tower Road
Aquanauts Dive School In the Qui San Sana area of the seafront
NSTS Aqua Centre
60 IX Xatt
Ta Sliema Aquanauts Dive School provides both Dive trips and Diving courses. Aquanauts Dive School
Planet Court Ground floor, Tigne Seafront, Sliema SLM15Malta
Snorkelling in the sea along Tower Road and the eastern end of the Tigne seafront
The Marsa Sports Club, about 12km, offers golf, tennis and squash.