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Hotels in Sliema

Laid-back Sliema – even its name means ‘peace' – has long been a retreat for the rich and famous, with sophisticated waterfront cocktail bars and upmarket shops.

Book one of our Sliema hotels and explore a former fishing village which has become one of the island's most popular resorts.

Seaside

Like most of Malta, the beach at Sliema is mainly rocky – though it is still well used for swimming, sunbathing and waterskiing. You can also bathe at the lidos along the beach. The calm, crystal-clear waters, which have a number of wrecks covered with marine life, are good for diving, and there are several diving centres. Or just enjoy a stroll along the promenade, where the locals relax on the benches on summer evenings.

You can take boat trips from Sliema, including glass-bottomed boat trips, day cruises round the island or trips to the island of Comino, whose sandy beach is known as the Blue Lagoon.

Sights

Sliema has a strong British connection, as Malta was part of the Empire, and you can see the British legacy in its ornate Victorian buildings. The town's oldest parish church, the rose-gold Stella Maris Church, has a lavish interior decorated with paintings and frescoes.

The Saint Julian's Tower is one of a series of 14 fortified watchtowers built along the coast, nine of which still exist. It's now a restaurant and bar. At Tigné Point stands the 18th-century Fort Tigné, one of the oldest polygonal forts in the world. Shoppers should head here for the Point Shopping Mall, home to dozens of stores, including numerous international brands.

Sliema is just across the bay from Malta's tiny capital, Valletta, and we'd highly recommend a trip to this elegant fortress city, chock-full of history and architecture while you're here. On its other side is Paceville, Malta's nightlife capital.

Family fun

Playzone has playhouses, a bouncy castle, a climbing area, two ball pools, a trampoline, SEOSITE_LEVEL_DESCRIPTION football and a special area for the under-fives. There's also a play area in the verdant Independence Garden, a park filled with flowers, trees and a fountain.

At the Mediterraneo Marine Park conservation park, you can swim with dolphins, get up close with sea lions and hold and feed macaws. Next door is the Splash and Fun Water Park, which has water slides and a playground.

Eating and drinking

A TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner, L'Artist is a family run fine-dining restaurant named after a late relative of the family. The extensive menu features unusual concoctions such as mushroom and strawberry soup and octopus with chorizo alongside more straightforward options.

You'll constantly find new things on the varied menu at Mint, another Certificate of Excellence winner, whose extensive selection of home-bakes include gluten-free, dairy-free and diabetic options. You can buy spices and condiments here too, including homemade salad dressings and relishes.

Booking is advisable at the Al Solito Posto pizzeria, where the menu even includes pizza-based desserts, such as Nutella pizza.

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