A favourite shopping area in Malta
Situated opposite the fortified city of Valletta, across Marsamxett Harbour, is the town of Sliema. Since becoming popular with the wealthy of Valletta and the British rulers in the early 19th century, Sliema has become the islands’ premier residential area.
As the town grew it also became a mini commercial centre and Sliema is now a favourite shopping area in Malta.
Unfortunately, many of the original villas and art deco houses from the early period of the town have disappeared to be replaced with high-rise apartments and hotels. Whilst there are still a few original buildings in some of Sliema's back streets, most tourists prefer to enjoy the bustling waterfront area. Here you will find pavement cafés, restaurants and exclusive shopping, all with the sea in the background.
As with many towns in Malta it is difficult to tell where one ends and another begins and it is no different with Sliema. If you follow the promenade along Tower Road towards Balluta Bay, you'll soon find yourself in Spinola Bay and St. Julian's. Tower Road is primarily residential but there are a few bars and restaurants along the promenade. Follow the promenade in the opposite direction, towards Manoel Island and you will pass into Ta'Xbiex. This walk passes the harbour and the many cruise boats and there are a number of bars and restaurants from where you can enjoy the splendid views of Valletta.Sliema - Preluna Hotel area.
If you want to ‘shop till you drop’ then Sliema is the place for you. With a multitude of trendy shops, all within easy walking distance of each other, it is a paradise for shoppers. Two of the main shopping areas are Bisazza Street and The Ferries where you will find top quality outlets including well-known international franchises. Another great shopping experience can be found in the new mall - The Point, at Tigne Point. With its vast array of exciting shops and restaurants, all in an air-conditioned building, you will be spoilt for choice. An area above The Point offers stunning views of the harbour and Valletta.
There are restaurants to cater for almost every taste in Sliema. From American-style diners to Maltese restaurants and Italian pizzerias you will find a place to dine where you can enjoy good food and good company. Be adventurous and try some of the smaller restaurants and cafés inland and be amazed at the quality and service these small establishments provide.
Walking along the promenade near the bus terminus you will probably be approached by one of the many vendors selling boat trips. From here you can book trips around the spectacular Grand Harbour; to the Blue Lagoon; day trips around the island and many others. The trip around the Grand Harbour is not to be missed.For a cruise with a difference take the ferry that runs between Sliema and Valletta which takes about 10 minutes. This ferry ride is spectacularly cheap when compared to the other Harbour Cruises and you'll have the same great views of the Valletta fortifications. However, on the Valletta side, be prepared for an uphill walk to reach the centre of the capital city.