Part 1: Sliema, Malta
When someone asks me where is your favourite place to stay or visit in Malta and Gozo I find it hard to pick one specific resort. I always say it depends on what you’re looking for from your holiday.
For me, I like to do a combination of relaxing, sightseeing and enjoying the local culture & celebrations and you can do plenty of all three in nearly all resorts so I have come up with a top 6 resorts which I like to visit and tried to explain why they appeal to me.
My list is in no particular order but I have started with Sliema in Malta.
Large stretches of the Maltese coastline consist of a rocky coastline and this is true for Sliema. You will not find many stretches of sand here but there are plenty of flat rock sections perfect for sunbathing with safe and proper access to enter the sea. You can spend hours watching the world go by whether you’re soaking up the rays, reading a book or just swept away with the tranquil seascape. As well as relaxing by the sea, there are a number of hotels that offer a relaxing surrounding with a variety of self-catering options such as the ST Blubay Apartments, 3 star Sliema hotels such as the Plaza & Plaza Regency Hotel or the popular 4 star Sliema hotel – the Preluna Hotel & Spa. For 5 star luxury Sliema hotel look no further than the Palace Hotel Malta offering a superb mix of facilities, atmosphere and top service. Many hotels have their own seafront lido’s offering exclusive seafront facilities. The sea front of Sliema is quite flat although access to hotels off the sea front may feature some inclines.
Another great part of Sliema is its location, Sliema is just a stone’s throw away from Valletta offering up some of the best sightseeing opportunities. The city of Valletta is itself a UNESCO world heritage site and is home to fortifications, the Grand Harbour, St Johns Cathedral and so much more. It is certainly a place to visit for museums, history, architecture and just the pure grandeur of this magnificent city is a sight to behold. If you are not into the sightseeing then you can shop until your hearts content, and while you are there have a local lunch and coffee and get a real taste of the traditional Mediterranean cuisine in one of many top restaurants or local cafes.
If you like you’re shopping then Sliema itself is a great place to be. The Tigne Point shopping centre, Sliema is home to numerous brand name shops and if you’re looking for bargains then there are lots of local stores and kiosks all along the sea front.
The Sliema sea front takes you from Sliema all the way to St Julians, its friendly pathway takes you past shops, kiosks, cafes, kids parks and there are plenty of benches with a view to take a break and enjoy your surroundings. An evening stroll along the promenade proves to be a great romantic setting and for those looking for some major nightlife then you can walk through to St Julians where there are late night parties and clubs in high concentration. If you’re looking for a quieter or chic bar to relax with a bottle of wine there are a number of very good bars along the promenade to sit back and enjoy a quiet and relaxing evening.
Celebrations in Sliema consist mainly of Village Festa’s which are common events across towns and villages in Malta and Gozo and mainly take place in the summer. At Festa time you are sure to see a town spring to life in colour. Homes and buildings get jazzed up with coloured festoons and flags with the streets full of local and fast food stands offering local delicacies and more colour follows with evenings often finishing with a spectacular fireworks show.
So how to sum up Sliema…A scenic setting with relaxing and romantic opportunity as well as a base for local sightseeing, shopping and evening entertainment.
Annual Sliema Events
Feast of our Lady of the Sacred Heart – Often celebrated in the first week of July
Feast of Stella Maris – Normally celebrated mid August 2019
Feast of St Gregory – Traditionally celebrated first week of September
Check out our Events Calendar for this year’s Festa dates.