Sliema is a resort town on the east coast of Malta, just north of the capital Valletta. It provides an enchanting getaway in the country's premier destination. Sunbathers and swimmers flock to the coastline - especially during the summer - to settle on the rocky beaches and dive into the warm, clear waters of the Mediterranean.
The climate in Sliema is typically Mediterranean and is similar to southern Italy or Greece.
In summer (June-August) the temperatures reach the high-20s and sunlight shines for 12 hours of the day. But, being on the east coast of Malta and in the Mediterranean, temperatures are warm all year-round, including during winter months when temperatures can average around 15C.
The coastline promenade of Sliema is an ideal spot for a romantic moonlit stroll or a scenic jog. There is also a number of churches to visit in Sliema including:
- Stella Maris Church
- Sacro Cuor Parish Church
- Gesu Nazzarenu Parish Church
- San Girgor Parish Church
Tigne Point and the oldest polygonal fort are UNESCO World Heritage sites worth visiting to see the history of Sliema.
Sliema has no sand beaches, but, the Maltese consider any stretch of waterfront that gives access to the sea a 'beach'. Despite the lack of beaches, Sliema is a favourite for swimming and their Roman Baths are a series of rectangular rock-cut pools sheltered from the open sea currents.
In July and August, religious events and feasts are held in honour of Our Lady Stella Maris and Our Lady of Sacred Heart which represents a perfect opportunity to get a taste of Maltese culture.
The Salesian Theatre is the only century-old theater in Sliema, located a couple of streets inland from the coastal promenade. Restored and reopened with a mission to become one of the country's cultural reference points, its intimate setting plays host to a number of shows from various disciplines including classical and more popular live music, plays, as well as contemporary art exhibitions.
Malta may be a small island, but there's no shortage of places to eat. Two restaurants really worth a visit include Mint Cafe, ran by a New Zealand couple who serve wholesome, light and locally sourced food with vegetarian and vegan options available.
Malta has a vibrant nightlife scene. Clubs, bars and discos pump out the latest music for party-goers but, for a more refined night, try visiting a casino or atmospheric wine bar. There's a nightlife scene for everyone.
Surrounded by seas, winds and great weather, Malta has many opportunities to satisfy a thirst for adventure. Why not try:
A major advantage of Malta's small size is travel time is kept to a minimum. Malta offers a modern, reliable and relatively cheap public transport system of buses and taxis and bikes are also available for hire as a more economical and environmentally friendly way of getting around.
The climate is typically Mediterranean, similar to that of Southern Italy or Southern Greece. In the summer there is up 12 hours of sunshine a day.