Things to Do in Sliema

Between the classes during your fitness and yoga holiday in Malta, you will have lots of free time. The training centre and your accommodation are located in Sliema - a vibrant centre and Malta’s touristic heart. Despite being only 1.3 sq km in size, there is so much to see and do in this area! 

From cafes, shops and restaurants in Sliema or Gzira to the nightlife capital of the islands, St. Julian's. We have created a list of the top things to do in your free time.

1. Bars and Restaurants

In Sliema, there are many bars, restaurants and cafes to choose from. Most of these places offer a good standard of food and service. You can find many options suiting your budget, with a variety of food from almost every corner of the world. Around the training centre, you will find several outlets with healthy food and post-workout snacks.

Traditional, Maltese food can also be found in places around Sliema. You can indulge in the authentic homemade food at restaurants such as “Ta’ Kris” and “il – Merill”.

For those who may wish to occasionally cheat on their diet, you can find a few popular fast-food joints around town. 

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2. Shopping 

Sliema  is the island’s centre for shopping. Both locals and tourists visit this area. With a relatively range of stores (remember, we are a small island), you will find somehing regardless of the size of your pocket.

The Point at  Tigné is the biggest and most popular shopping complex in Malta. The Point opens its doors every day, even on Sundays, Most shops in Malta open from 9 am till 7 pm, Monday through Saturday. 

Other good retail spots in Sliema are the Plaza Shopping Centre and the pedestrianised  Bisazza  Street.     


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3. Take a Ferry to Valletta  

A picturesque ferry ride to the capital of the islands is the nicest way to travel. This 15–minute ferry crossing of Marsamxett harbour shows off a stunning view of the Maltese capital and the medieval Fort Manoel.

Valletta was completed in 1566 by the Knights of St. John. The Spanish baroque-style architecture laced throughout the streets is iconic, definitely worth a visit.

You can also take another ferry from the other side of Valletta to the Three Cities of Cottenera.


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4.  Visit Sliema's Churches 

Walking the streets of Sliema is an opportunity to take in the modern and traditional architecture. Built from the traditional limestone that characterizes much of Malta’s  architecture. 

The local Maltese are deeply religious catholics. As a result, there are 5 chapels and churches around Sliema alone. Most notably the Stella Maris Church, a 5-minute walk from the Preluna hotel and around 10–15 mins for those staying at the 1926 and Plaza Regency.

This baroque-style church was completed in 1855. Across the road from Stella Maris is the oldest chapel in Sliema, The Chapel of our Lady of Graces, built in 1802.

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5. Go or Learn how to Scuba Dive   

The Mediterranean Sea has a special variety of underwater wildlife. Home to over 17,000 species including monk seals, loggerhead turtles, whales, and dolphins.

The temperate, clean waters are just right for scuba diving. There are a good few, high-quality diving schools within walking distance from our training centre. No matter your skill level or advancement, they will be able to instruct and assist you in enjoying a fun and exciting dive.

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6. Water Sports

Water sports are another fun way to enjoy the fresh seawater. Activities such as canoeing, SUP, and snorkelling among others can be learnt or enjoyed close to our training centre. Other experiences such as jet skiing and jetflys are also available.

If you simply wish to relax and enjoy the sun and sea, the summer months are perfect for this. The beaches are mostly rocky with ladders at many convenient spots for entering into the clean waters. The beaches are large and relatively flat, perfect for sunbathing and relaxation. 

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7. Enjoy the Seafront

Sliema  has an iconic, almost 10 kilometres long seafront, known as The Strand. It stretches from Gzira all along to St. Julians. 

The Strand is a good choice for a leisurely walk at sunrise or sunset. In the day there are a few restaurants and beach clubs right on the waterfront where you can eat or drink while enjoying the sea views. 

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8. Nightlife 

As the sun goes down, there are still lots of opportunities to enjoy Sliema!

Check out the beach clubs with pools overlooking the sea, bars and lounges to relax and take in the evening. 1926 Beach Club, Surfside and il – Gabbana are very popular. Live music is often played at bars around town as well.

For those who wish for something more exciting,  Paceville  is the nightlife centre of the island. Almost all bars and clubs offer free entry.  Paceville  is located in St. Julians, which also has something more peaceful to offer: a different choice of restaurants and pubs overlooking the charming Spinola Bay.

St. Julians is only 5-10 minutes by car (Bolt) or a 30–40-minute walk from  Sliema.


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