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Holidays in Sliema
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.
Malta experiences hot, dry summers which are most enjoyable in June and September. But their winters aren’t too shabby either, with temperatures rarely dropping below 15°C, even in January.
The nearest airport to Sliema is Malta International Airport, 20km away.
On a holiday to Sliema with Thomas Cook, there’s plenty on offer for holidaymakers of all ages, families and couples.
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Located on the northeast coast of Malta, Sliema continues to attract UK holidaymakers each and every year due it’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.
There might not be many beaches in Sliema but you’re still certain to find some truly ideal places to take a dip, with calm coves and warm rock pools. And, if you fancy it, you can even find watersports at the end of the few wooden jetties , although most families travelling to Sliema tend to stay laid beside the lidos, which are dotted along the coastline. But of course Malta is famous for its bountiful diving spots, and Sliema offers plenty of top-notch diving centres that can take you further out to sea. Scuba-divers and especially snorkelers can expect some truly spectacular underwater views.
If you’re a fan of seafood restaurants then head to Baracuda in Baluta Bay. Fish is well and truly what they do best; fresh out of the sea and cooked with delicious, traditionally Maltese and Mediterranean flavours. And for drinks, you can’t go wrong with a few glasses at the popular Café Cuba, near to the Sliema Marina. Sliema is a town that prides itself on its typically Mediterranean streets, lined with quaint cafés and cosy restaurants offering delicious meals, and the seafront promenade is the best of them. It’s the perfect place to grab a bite on an evening out.
The resort of Sliema is right across the bay from the capital city, Valletta, so you’re in exactly the right place to set off on an excursion to any of Malta’s beautiful islands. Whether you’re interested in spotting historic landmarks and pre-historic temples or simply want to breathe in the amazing natural Mediterranean scenery, you’re sure to find the right trip for you in the harbour’s near to Sliema. The small islands of Gozo and Comino are particularly popular with holidaymakers to Malta where you spend the day soaking up the sun and swimming in crystal-clear waters.
Divers & snorkelers: Malta’s north east 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 hop and skip away with a wealth of historical treasures and sights to be discovered
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: The local time in Sliema is +1 hour
Fly to: The nearest airport to Sliema is Malta International Airport, 20km away
Flight time from UK: 3 hours
Tourist Information: Further Malta tourist information can be found at www.visitmalta.com
Visa & 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.
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 aren’t too shabby either, with temperatures rarely dropping below 15°C, even in January.
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.
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.