Malta Towns & Villages
Location: East Malta.
Shopping in Sliema: Numerous shops and 2 of Malta's largest shopping malls - Tigne Point and Plaza Shopping Complex.
Banks, Bureau De Change, ATM's: Numerous all around Sliema.
Entertainment: Island pleasure cruises, seaside bars, restaurants, cafes, clubs, water sports, snorkeling, scuba diving, waterpolo clubs.
Popular Beach Clubs & Lidos: Sliema Waterpolo Club, Exiles Waterpolo Club, Surfside Beach Club, Medasia Lido and Beach Club.
Popular Cafes: Cafe Cuba, Giorgo's Cafe, The Mint.
Beaches: Rocky beaches, waterpolo clubs and private lidos.
Dive Centres: Watercolours Dive Centre
Public transport: Regular and frequent buses.
Health: Several Pharmacies and a Hospital are available in Sliema.
Town Information: Sliema and the coastline up to neighboring St Julian's constitutes Malta's main coastal resort. It is a centre for shopping, restaurants and cafe's life. Sliema is pronounced "sleeyma" and sometimes mistakenly pronounced "selima" by tourists. Sliema is also a major commercial and residential area and houses several of Malta's most recent hotels. Tower Road is its 5Km promenade, full of shops, restaurants, banks, supermarkets, Internet cafes, and day cruise boats.The road continues north to St. Julians and Paceville and southward towards the Strand Gzira, Ta Xbiex , Msida and Valletta. Sliema, coming from the word Sliem ,meaning `peace', was once a fishing town on the peninsula across Grand Harbor from Valletta. The town began to develop rapidly in the early 20th century as a summer resort for wealthier Valletta residents. Their elegant villas and town houses line the quiet, inland streets. The Sliema promontory offers on one side stunning views across to Valletta and on the other, open sea views. The promenade, which runs for several kilometers from Gzira just south of Sliema to St Julian's, is ideal for walker and joggers. There are plenty of seats along the promenade and on summer evenings the seafront becomes a sociable meeting place for locals. The coastline has two tower fortifications: a De Redin watch tower built in the 17th century; the other was built by the British in neo-gothic style in the 1880s. Nearby Valletta with its historic attractions and corporate importance is also very close the area is considered to be most central on the island They are also key commercial and residential areas with some of Malta's newest hotels in Sliema as well as modern apartments. Sliema, once a fishing town, began to develop in the early 20th century as small resort for wealthier Valletta residents. Their elegant villas and town houses line the quieter back streets. The sea front from Gzira to St Julian's, which offers first stunning views across to Valletta and then open horizons, is a popular meeting place and ideal for walkers and joggers. St Julian's and Paceville are Malta's main nightlife areas. Picturesque St Julian's Bay, still used by fishermen, is lined with bougainvillea-clad cafés and restaurants.
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