Originally a tiny fishing village, today's Sliema is an energetic beach resort on the east coast of Malta, just across the Marsamxett Harbour from capital city Valletta. Home to a huge variety of hotels, attractions and shopping opportunities, Sliema is a top holiday destination for Maltese travellers as well as international tourists. With its high-rise buildings and posh restaurants, it feels much more metropolitan than Valletta or Birgu, and it comes with all the perks of a modern city. Come to Sliema for the cool art galleries and buzzy nightlife, and stay for the chance to explore the rest of Malta with ease by using Sliema as your home base.
Visit Valletta: One of the best things about Sliema is its spectacular views of Valletta across the bay. Ferries to Valletta run once an hour during peak season, and a round-trip will set you back less than 3 euros. Not only is it fun to be out on the open sea, but the trip also offers great views of the fortified Manoel Island and the azure Marsamxett Harbour.
Swim in the "Roman" baths: Beneath the Surfside restaurant on the waterfront you'll find baths cut into the rock. Though they're often referred to as Roman, they were probably built in Victorian times for English aristocrats who were increasingly using Malta as a holiday home. Whatever their origins, the baths are a great place to take a dip in the sea - just be careful if it's windy, as the waves have been known to crash violently over the edge.
Stroll along the promenade: The seaside promenade stretches for 2km along Tower Road, the main street in Sliema. Here you'll find joggers, walkers and cyclists enjoying the unobstructed sea views as well as the waterfront restaurants and cafes. At one end of the promenade is Balluta Bay in the nearby town of St Julian's, where you'll see picturesque Georgian and Art Deco-style terraced houses. At the other end you'll see Fort Tigne, an old 18th-century fort built to protect the harbour.