Visit Manoel Island

For an interesting sightseeing trip on your holiday to Sliema, make sure you visit Manoel Island. With a historic fort and beautiful scenery, it’s a great way to mix up your days relaxing in the Mediterranean sun.

Sitting in Marsamxett Harbour, Manoel Island is connected to Gzira by a short bridge. From Sliema, it’s just a short stroll along the seafront to the south of town. Enjoy the warm Maltese sunshine as you walk by the harbour and see the impressive Fort Manoel rising up before you.

Built in the early part of the 18th century by the Knights Hospitaller, the fort is a World Heritage Site with lots of history. The British military took over the fort in 1800, and used it until 1964, including during World War Two. Having been badly damaged, it’s being gradually restored to its former
glory.

After crossing the stone bridge, you’ll pass the island’s marina and yacht yard on the way to the fort. On the southern edge of Manoel Island is the Lazzaretto, a former hospital that dates back as far as the 17th century. There’s currently regeneration work being done on the hospital, which has been abandoned after also getting damaged during the war.

Soak up the fabulous views towards Valletta, Fort Tigne and out of the harbour across the
Mediterranean. After you’ve got some great photos on Manoel Island, head back over to Sliema and visit St. Patrick’s Church. If you have lots of time left in the day, take a ferry over to Valletta, or enjoy a family outing at the Mediterraneo Marine Park.