Sliema itself is a 1970s holiday resort waterfront which is in the process of being transformed with better quality accommodation and shopping areas such as the Point at Tigne.
Some buildings are still quite run down but many sites are now being developed. Accommodation will get more expensive as the area is popular and is a great centre for visiting Valletta by the 15 minute shuttle ferry to the historic centre. Restaurants are improving from low grade English breakfast and burger joints to more sophisticated Italian restaurants offering international cuisine.
Sliema is a nice town located close to the landmarks of Valetta and other places. It´s very beautiful to see the narrow streets and the architecture.
Midway between Valletta and Gozo Ferry Terminal. Well served by buses, you have buses to everywhere. Be warned, many Malta's bus lines only run once an hour.
Plan you trip well using bus company's timetables, and/or Google Maps recommendations to manage bus connections Great harbour view, very scenic, very popular with party animals, traffic and people noises, great atmosphere if embrace the idea that this is a holiday town, so blend it.
Sliema is not beautiful, it has suffered from a glut of cheap hotel building but it is a great centre for visiting all parts of Malta and Gozo as public transport is excellent, frequent and cheap.
Staying on the harbour front looking across to Valetta will give a great view of the harbour and the historic city of Valetta. Go for a room at 4th floor or higher to get the best view and reduce traffic noise.
Sliema is a hub for those visiting Valletta and surrounding sites. There are many small hotels and restaurants across from the Esplanade and two well stocked supermarkets up the hill from the Grand Harbour.
All the tourist boats for trips around Malta, the Harbour and even Sicily have agents along the Esplanade. The walk along the Esplanade is beautiful and great for an evening stroll or a morning job. We discovered The Sliema Wanderers Football Club bistro/cafe on the way up to the supermarket. It has a wooden sandwich board on the footpath advertising meatballs and mash, fish soup, lasagna and other delicious meals at bargain prices compared to the restaurants on the main drag. Don't be put off by the informal environment. You need to go down a small corridor into the Club itself and the bistro is pretty relaxed, very clean and friendly but not elegant. The food however is 'home cooked', plentiful and the staff very friendly. Around the main supermarket are a number of fashion souvenir shops. Down the hill on the opposite side of this little centre is a continuation of the Esplanade with beautiful sea views and swimming areas. Tourists wanting to laze on a beach would probably stay in other areas of Malta but for good food and transport to Valletta, Sliema is perfect.
Sliema is a hub for those travelling across Malta or visiting just Valletta. Sliema has many clothing and boutique shops, a couple of good supermarkets, lots of restaurants along the Strand and many tourist hotels and apartments.
The Grand Harbour and the Strand's esplanade are beautiful and offer good views of Valletta. There are many agents on the Strand offering land and boat cruises and the many bus stops make it easy to get to Valletta's bus station from where buses leave for all parts of the island. Sliema is less a destination in itself than a place to stay when visiting cultural and historical areas.
Sliema is the main shopping area of Malta and a number of bars and restaurants all along the strand the locals all walk along the seafront - more entertainment at St Julians and Paceville bus gets you there easily and night busses back.
Beaches are from rocks / lido's no sand here but still as good
Never opt out of a boat cruise that covers all creeks and starts from Sliema. Take a walk along the bay front and enjoy great food of all kinds
Sliema is a real meet and greet area of Malta. For visitors if they are not visiting the shops or relaxing in their hotel by the pool, the area is the best for a morning coffee and snack in one of the numerous sidewalk cafe's.
Here you will meet visitors and locals all mixing and chatting together, afterwards a walk along the beautiful promenade or just sit quietly on one of the many resting benches and watch the world go by on sea and land. Sliema is beautiful by night with the restaurants filled with all nationalities, super prices for food and drink to suit everybodies budget is a welcome. By night all the locals take to the benches along the prom to meet and are very friendly towards all visitors.The backstreets of Sliema are a gem to visit also, every building is so different, little family restaurants and tiny local bars are hidden back here and all are very welcoming.A huge plus is that you have no fear of taking to the backstreets, as Malta is one of the safest places in Europe.With all its beauty Sliema is also so well positioned for travellers to go anywhere on the Island with no long journey taking any more than 40 minutes.