Sliema holidays

Malta's largest resort‚ Sliema offers a long and reinvigorating shoreline, modern hotels, great international shops and a cosmopolitan vibe. On a peninsula‚ Sliema Strand looks out to Valletta. Enjoy a drink in an array of cafés‚ bars and restaurants whilst enjoying views across the harbour. Pronounced ‘Slee–maaʼ, Sliema has a choice of inviting bars and restaurants that, when the sun sets, form part of the resort's low key nightlife and make the perfect places to enjoy sunset views across the harbour.

Things to do

Located on the northeast coast of Malta, you'll love Sliema's stunning Mediterranean weather and relaxing atmosphere. You can unwind in the sun, try a delicious locally-sourced meal at a taverna or enjoy activities such as snorkelling and diving. But there’s more; as Sliema’s old fishing village also offers boutique shopping and a bustling nightlife. And of course, like any great Mediterranean destination, the seafront promenade is the perfect place for an evening stroll or to simply to sit and watch the waves of people go by.

Stunning weather

If you’re after a sun-drenched getaway by the sea, look no further than Sliema. Malta has some of the best weather across the whole of Europe, and a beautiful island setting in the Mediterranean between Sicily and North Africa. Sit back and soak up some golden sunshine at one of the lidos dotted along the coast, and spice up your day with some water sports or scuba diving.

Great attractions

When it’s time to explore, there’s lots of fascinating ancient history around Malta, which is nice and small for getting around. Hire a car to visit prehistoric temples, or go sightseeing in Sliema itself. Stroll around the seafront to Manoel Island, or spend some time in the peaceful surroundings of one of the local churches. If you need to keep the kids entertained, there’s everything from marine parks to water parks close by.

Lovely culture

Soak up the culture in Valletta by taking the short ferry across the harbour, or set sail on a boat trip to the small and peaceful islands of Gozo and Comino. When it’s dinner time, feast on local specialities like the freshly caught seafood. Settle down for the evening at the pretty Sliema Marina as you enjoy the atmosphere of this incredible destination.

Map of Sliema

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15-30 ℃

Malta experiences hot, dry summers which are most enjoyable in June and September. But their winters are mild too, with temperatures rarely dropping below 15°C, even in January.

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The nearest airport to Sliema is Malta International Airport, 20km away.

Sliema is best for...

Divers and snorkellers: Malta’s northeast coast is famous for its diving opportunities and Sliema’s in a prime position.

Shoppers: Sliema has lots of sophisticated bars and designer shops along its two coastal roads, Tower Road and Triq ix–Xatt.

Explorers: Malta’s capital city, Valletta, is just a short distance away, with a wealth of historical treasures and sights to be discovered.

Fast facts for Sliema

Language: English is the most commonly used language in Malta but you’re likely to hear some Italian too.

Currency: The currency used in Malta is the Euro.

Local time: Sliema is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Malta International Airport. The transfer time to Sliema is 30 minutes. 

Flight time from UK: The flight time to Sliema is 3 hours.

Tourist information: Further Malta tourist information can be found at https://www.visitmalta.com/en/home.

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Getting around Sliema

By bus: Like many European destinations, Malta has an extensive network of buses that make getting around the island straightforward.

By car: UK drivers will feel right at home here, as everyone drives on the left. Hiring a car is definitely one of the very best ways to get the most out of your holiday to Malta.

By ferry: If you fancy hopping over to another fantastic island, then regular ferries run between Malta, Gozo and Comino.

Events in Sliema

Valletta: One of the must-see tourist destinations in Malta is Valletta, surrounded by a high fortress built in the 16th century, and described as ‘one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world’ by UNESCO. There are plenty of ferries that regularly cross the harbour between Sliema and Valletta but buses are also available.

Holy Week: During the Holy Week of Easter, local people and many international guests take part in the ‘seven visits’, a tour of seven Maltese churches to pay homage to the Altars of Repose.

Sliema safety and security

Visa and health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/malta for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Malta.

Sliema weather

Temperature: A typically Mediterranean 30°C in the summer months.

Best time to visit: Malta experiences hot, dry summers which are most enjoyable in June and September. But their winters are mild too, with temperatures rarely dropping below 15°C, even in January.

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