Sliema Water FrontSliema Water FrontSituated on the coast between St Julians and Valletta, Sliema is a highly desirable residential area and one of the main shopping centres in Malta. Sliema is also home to numerous hotels and as a popular destination for locals and tourists alike tends to get very busy. Maltese come to Sliema to shop, dine and take a passegiata or walk on the promenade which runs for some 5km. During the summer months and especially on Sunday evenings, the Sliema Promenade better known as Tower Road is inundated with strollers, joggers, children and people out shopping. There are no sandy beaches to be found here - you can either bear the cold comfort of the rocks or pay for the luxury of entrance into a private lido.

Originally a fishing village, Sliema began developing at the turn of the 20th century. Improved roads and access to Valletta led to an influx of wealthy residents who built luxurious town houses and villas. The seafront was once lined by picturesque if grandiose architecture. This has all but been replaced by highrise blocks of flats and hotels which have been thrown up in the last 30 years with little to no thought of town planning and development. Some town houses have survived nevertheless and can be found just a short walk into the back streets of Sliema. There are no tourist attractions as such in Sliema although tourists will find all necessary facilities from banking to internet cafes readily available. Two towers stand out as landmarks on the Sliema Promenade. The first, the De Redin Watch Tower was built as one in a series of coastal defences by the Knights of St John in the 17th century. It lies next to a children's playground and is open for snacks in the summer. The other tower in Sliema was built in the neo-gothic style by the British in the 19th century and is now home to a popular local pizzeria, the Fortizza.

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  Sliema Tips
Don't take the bus take the ferry! Regular boat ferries leave from Sliema for Valletta. The short trip will get you out on the Valletta Harbour for a very small price. Once in Valletta, you can either walk up the steep hill into the city or take a small cab.

There is a small strip of sand in Sliema opposite the Carmelite Church in Ballutta Bay. The bay is enclosed and as the water here here tends to get polluted swimming here is not recommended.

On the beach behind the De Redin Tower is a popular hippyish hotspot known as Exiles. A beach bar with an old juke box, it's a great place for a drink with beautiful views over to St Julian's Bay
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