Sliema, St Julian’s & Paceville attractions

Historic Site in Sliema & Around

Manoel Island

Manoel Island, which can be accessed via a short bridge from Gżira, is largely taken up by boat-building yards and the partly restored Fort Manoel. The island was used as a quarantine zone by the Knights of St John;…
Beach in Sliema & Around

Sliema Beach

The Sliema waterfront is edged by flattish rocks, with stepped access at various points. It's a good place to swim from, though the water tends to be deep. There are also facilities for hire (sunbeds, water sports) …
Area in Sliema & Around

Tigné Point (The Point)

Tigné Point, a promontory east of Sliema, was one of the sites where the Turkish commander Dragut Reis ranged his cannons to pound Fort St Elmo during the Great Siege in 1565. The tip of the peninsula is still known…
Area in St Julian's & Paceville

Portomaso Apartment & Marina Complex

The glitzy development of Portomaso is overlooked by the towering Hilton Hotel, and centres on a marina ringed by restaurants and bars. It's a popular place to hang out, drink and dine while watching the sun bounce …
Historic Building in St Julian's & Paceville

Villa Dragonara

Villa Dragonara, an aristocratic residence that became the Dragonara Casino in 1964, is dramatically set on the rocky southern headland of St George's Bay. It was built in 1870 as the summer residence of the Marquis…
Historic Building in St Julian's & Paceville

Palazzo Spinola

Once St Julian's was rural, with just a few grand houses, of which this was one, built for the Italian knight Rafael Spinola. It is surrounded by a walled garden and is home to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Medi…
Beach in St Julian's & Paceville

St George's Bay

Most of the beaches around St Julian's are of the bare rock or private lido variety (the five-star hotels offer beach clubs and water sports), but at the head of St George's Bay there's a small, sandy beach.
Historic Building in Sliema & Around

Lazzaretto di San Rocco

A 17th-century plague hospital on the south side of Manoel Island. More recently, the hospital served as an isolation hospital during WWI and was last used during an epidemic in 1936.
Church in Sliema & Around

Stella Maris

'Our Lady Star of the Sea' was built in 1877. On the third Sunday in August, the church's revered Our Lady Stella Maris statue is paraded through nearby streets.
Church in Sliema & Around

Sacred Heart Church

Built in 1872 by Paul Vella, a Valletta priest. During WWII, the church's Franciscan friary was bombed and 23 people were tragically killed.