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Sliema Holidays 

With sophisticated dining and shopping, Sliema is the town to soak up the Mediterranean sun and the Maltese culture. A peninsular with three fantastic seafront views, it’s not just beach lovers and boat enthusiasts that’ll love the shoreline here. Full of activities both on dry land and in the water, and some of the best views on the whole island, our great selection of Sliema holidays will let you see it for yourself.

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Summer months have average temperatures reaching the high 20s (°C), winters are mild and annual rainfall is very low.

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Malta International Airport which is approximately 10km from Sliema.

Book a cheap holiday to Sliema with Airtours to experience the sophisticated Maltese life in the Mediterranean sun.  

Featured holidays in Sliema

Hotel Gillieru Harbour

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • Overlooking St Paul's bay
  • Sea view terrace and rooftop terrace
  • Weekend Pizzeria

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Hotel Santana

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • 15 minute walk to Qawra centre
  • Regular evening entertainment
  • Rooftop swimming pool

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Preluna Hotel & Spa

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • In resort centre
  • Indoor and outdoor pools
  • Beautiful sea views

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Plaza Hotel & Apartments and Plaza Regency

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • Across the road from the beach
  • Breathtaking bay views
  • Close to the resort centre

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Qawra Palace Hotel

7 Nights, Half Board
Hotel highlights
  • Seafront location
  • Short walk to Qawra bars and restaurants
  • Spa with sauna

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Situated perfectly between the capital city of Valletta and the nightlife hub of Paceville, Sliema is the relaxed and sophisticated Maltese resort. As a fishing town that grew into a popular summer resort, it’s also a great place to soak up some winter sun with a range of accommodation choices including Self Catering and All Inclusive. On a peninsula with three different sea views, the activities on the shoreline will take up most of your time, and with our selection of beach holidays in Sliema, you’ll find a deal to suit you. 

Known for its sophistication, the shopping in Sliema is great. With some of the best designer shops on the island and traditional Maltese lace, pottery and fine silverware, you’ll do more than just window shop here. Along the promenades on Tower Road and The Strand, you can look out at the beautiful island views as you shop. There’s also a shopping centre on Tigne Point and at ‘The Ferries’ you’ll find upmarket stores and UK highs street shops.

The sophistication doesn’t stop in the shops, it's felt throughout Sliema including in its bars and restaurants. The harbour offers lots choices of wine bars and pubs and is also the perfect place to try the catch of the day. The Strand is a broad promenade with even more meal options, from cafes to restaurants. To really get into the Maltese way of life, try the traditional food, which includes fresh fish and rabbit dishes. If you want to carry on into the night, Paceville is just a 10 minute drive away and is the heart of Malta’s nightlife.

Sliema’s seafront faces three directions. Main Street faces St Julian’s Bay with views of the bustling town of St Julian’s. Tower road faces the open Mediterranean Sea and has a 5km promenade with shops, restaurants and supermarkets. The Sliema Strand and Tigne seafront face the harbour with unrivalled views of the capital city of Valletta. The Strand is a broad promenade with a wide choice of cafes and restaurants, as well as children’s playgrounds and fountains and statues to admire. Though the beach is rocky, there are flat rocks with sun loungers available for hire and outdoor pools for public use. There are also roman baths built into the rock at the sea edges, with a ladder to lower yourself into the ideal swimming spot. There are also many different options to get you out onto the water. Admire the clear waters of Sliema harbour on a trip to see the Dingli Cliffs and Blue Lagoon and the, ferry from the Sliema Strand to Valletta is a popular crossing just for the views on the journey alone. For a more lively boat ride, you can also take a party boat with DJs and entertainment. Whether you want to cruise around the whole of Malta or visit its sister islands of Gozo and Comino, there’s a boat trip for you.

Sliema is best for

Views: On the promenade you’ll find some of the best views of the capital city, Valletta. 

Shopping: The best of the upmarket and designer shops are found in Sliema as well as traditional Maltese lace, pottery and fine silverware.

Boat lovers: The harbours are not only great to admire the boats, but you can also jump aboard for a variety of cruises around the island.

Fast facts

Language: Both Maltese and English are main languages.

Currency: Euro. 

Local time: Malta is 1 hour ahead of UK time.

Fly to: Malta International Airport approximately 10km from Sliema.

Flight time from the UK: Approximately 3 hours from London, UK.

Tourist Information: Further Malta tourist information can be found at

Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit. advice/malta for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Malta.

Weather and climate

Temperature: High 20s to mid 30s in the summer. 

Best time to visit Sliema: The summer months of July, August and September are the hottest, with August being the best time to swim in the sea as it’s the warmest. Summer also has over 12 hours of sunshine a day with a cooling sea breeze to ease the warmth of the sun. November and December are the wettest months, usually in the form of thunderstorms, but Malta’s average rainfall is very low and winter temperatures are still mild.

Getting Around

By train: A tourist train takes you around Rabat, Mdina and Mtarfa. 

By taxi: Always agree on a price before you use a taxi. The airport taxis run for 24 hours a day.

By hire car: Cars are available to hire in Malta or can be booked in advance.

By bus: The public transport bus service in Malta operates all over and is easy and cheap to use. Buses also run from the airport.


Malta Fireworks Festival: With some of the best views and easy access to the capital city Valletta, you’ll be in a great location for the International Fireworks Festival which takes place at the end of April in Valletta. 

Arts appreciation: The Malta Arts festival celebrates a variety of art forms from theatre and dance to music and art. Taking place in Valletta, the programme has something for everyone.

For the jazz fans: Heading back into the capital, Valletta hosts a three night jazz festival in July with a line up of top international and Maltese artists.

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