Down near St. Julian’s, stands the lovely city of Sliema, one of the most touristic resorts in Malta. Sliema’s coast abounds with many hotels as well as charming souvenir shop, surrounded by restaurants, cafés and pubs, making it just pleasant to dine, drink or shop around. Sliema is surely as popular as St. Julian’s and truly worth a look.
- Sliema’s Promenade
Along Sliema’s coast, is its lovely promenade. This long walkway allows visitors to appreciate the breath-taking views of St. Julian’s, its Casino and skyscraper, the ‘Portomaso Tower’. Stairs also give an easy access to the rocky beach of Sliema. People wanted to go for a swim there can use the ladders put for a safer access to the sea, as seaweeds could sometimes make the rock really slippy.
However, if you stop at Antik’s bus station, you will find Sliema’s small sandy beach. The place might be pretty small but is still really pleasant to swim and sunbathe. It is the ideal place for a BBQ, while watching the sunset over the Mediterranean sea or for a beer before moving to Paceville. This beach is appreciated by locals and is nicely surrounded by many restaurants.
Further forward on the coast is Sliema Ferries. This part of the resort is more for boats than swimmers, as this is the departure point of a lot of cruises and ferries. These cruises will bring you to the islands of Comino and Gozo or around Malta, allowing you to admire the amazing landscapes of the archipelago. Furthermore, the panorama on Valletta’s Grand Harbour is simply amazing. If you keep going a bit further, you will find Balluta Bay with its wonderful old Neo-Gothic Parish Church. The bay is actually split between Sliema and St. Julian’s and offers an amazing panorama, often found on many a postcard.
- The Biggest Shopping Area of the Island
Among other things, Sliema holds an impressive number of souvenir shops and shopping malls, the biggest ones being The Point and The Plaza.
The Point is located on Pjazza Tigné next to the impressive Tigné Point belvedere bridge. This modern building is known to be the biggest commercial centre of the island, offering more than 50 shops on 4 floors. The mall also displays a few restaurants and a pretty big supermarket. From Monday to Saturday, 9.30am to 7.30pm, the shopping complex welcome tourists as well as residents of all ages. However, foreigners searching for unique Maltese items there may be a bit disappointed, as The Point holds more international brands than local one. Although don’t worry, the souvenir shops around Sliema will please you for sure.
The Plaza is also a shopping and leisure destination of choice in Malta. The shopping and business centre has 9 floors around a gorgeous atrium. Located in Sliema’s commercial area, nearby Sliema Ferries, The Plaza is much older than The Point with its almost 20 years of experience. However, the shopping mall is a main venue, providing visitors with modern as well as international brands and quality goods. Open Mondays to Saturdays, from 9am to 7.30pm during the summer. In winter, from 7th October till 16th June, the mall opens at 9am as well, to close at 7pm.
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