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Sliema, part-residential and part-touristy town, sits at the heart of an urban center that’s the most modern in Malta. There are hardly any historical sights to speak off, but the area has superseded the capital Valletta in terms of quality shopping and entertainment – and that’s where its allure lies. Set around a craggy coastline, the urban conurbation starts from the town of Gzira in Marsamxett Harbour to St. George’s Bay at the fringes of St. Julian’s. A road skirts the coast all the way, and most of the action takes place along the coast road. Sliema has its heart at the Sliema Ferries, where there are lots of cafes and shops, and then ...

Sliema, part-residential and part-touristy town, sits at the heart of an urban center that’s the most modern in Malta. There are hardly any historical sights to speak off, but the area has superseded the capital Valletta in terms of quality shopping and entertainment – and that’s where its allure lies. Set around a craggy coastline, the urban conurbation starts from the town of Gzira in Marsamxett Harbour to St. George’s Bay at the fringes of St. Julian’s. A road skirts the coast all the way, and most of the action takes place along the coast road. Sliema has its heart at the Sliema Ferries, where there are lots of cafes and shops, and then the road cuts across the Tigne peninsula to emerge on the northern coast: here the road is called Tower Road, and in the summer the rocky coast beyond is the de facto beach for local residents and tourists, especially northern European students who visit Malta to study English. Tower Road stretches all the way to Balluta Bay, where Sliema imperceptibly meshes into St. Julian’s. The most scenic part of St. Julian’s is Spinola Bay, still home-base to a diminishing number of fishermen, and a romantic bay at night as lights from numerous restaurants reflect across the water. St. Julian’s is home to Malta’s nightlife quarter: Paceville, a cluster of streets lined up with bars and clubs which get very busy throughout summer and on weekends, although if you’re over 30 you’ll feel distinctly over-age.

Victor Borg
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Victor Borg has authored whole guidebooks to Malta and Gozo for Time Out and Rough Guides, and has contributed to other guidebooks on Libya and China, where he lives.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Northeast coast of Malta, Southern Europe, in the Mediterranean Sea
  • Language: Maltese, English
  • Currency: Euro
  • Research: Wikitravel | Wikipedia
  • Weather: Rainfall
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  • Best Time to Visit:

    In summer, when the beaches buzz with activity and nightlife in St Julian's is at its peak.