Welcome to Sliema & Around
Once a summer bolt-hole for Valletta's movers and shakers, Sliema is one of the island's most sought-after neighbourhoods, a melange of golden-stone townhouses and swish apartment blocks. Covering its own peninsula, it merges into the district of St Julian's to the northwest, and Gżira and Ta'Xbiex to the south, and is separated from Valletta by narrow Marsamxett Harbour. The main seafront drag is Triq it-Torri (which turns into Qui-si-Sana further south) and is marked by two towers: St Julian's Tower is one of the network of coastal watchtowers built by Grand Master de Redin in the 17th century, and Il-Fortiżża was built by the British in Gothic style. Most of the seafront is public, so you can swim off the rocks. The district has some very good restaurants and a couple of welcoming pubs. More raucous nightlife continues round the bays northwest to Paceville.