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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.

15-30 °C

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.

On a holiday to Sliema, there’s plenty for families, couples and holidaymakers of all ages.

Recommended offers in Sliema

Plaza Hotel & Apartments and Plaza Regency

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • Across the road from the beach
  • Breathtaking bay views
  • Close to the resort centre

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Based on 1553 reviews

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Based on 4 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

Preluna Hotel & Spa

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • In resort centre
  • Indoor and outdoor pools
  • Beautiful sea views

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Based on 2454 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 7 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

The Palace

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • Stylish boutique hotel
  • TripAdvisor Travellers Choice winner
  • Award-winning restaurant

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 3868 reviews

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Your Seat Choice*
  • Return Transfers

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.

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 water sports 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 excellent diving spots, and Sliema offers plenty of top-notch diving centres that can take you further out to sea. Scuba divers and especially snorkellers 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.

Silema 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.

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Fast facts

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

Visa and health: Before you travel, visit for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Malta.

Weather and climate

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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Getting around

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.

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