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Top 5 Things To Do In Sliema

When you finally arrive on the Maltese islands, you might have a well-designed plan for your fitness programme for Malta in mind, but what about your free time? There is no need to worry!  Sliema  is the touristic heart of our Mediterranean gem. Bustling and exciting, there is so much to do and see without breaking the  bank! 

Here are our TOP 5 favourite ways for you to spend your time in  Sliema  and the areas around, absolutely free of charge.  

1. Enjoy a stroll along The  Seafront Promenade 

The most iconic part of the cityscape in Sliema is the almost 10km stretch of seafront known as The Strand.

This promenade is perfect for a leisurely walk, a fresh, airy sea – breeze can be felt especially at sunrise and sunset when the sea views are thoroughly breathtaking. Great for exercise as well with lots of space to jog or run. There are also a few free to use gyms along the way which would be useful for different kinds of workouts.

Some of our early morning boot camp style classes are held in the fresh sea air against the backdrop of the sunrise. 

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2. Take a dip in the Mediterranean 

The Mediterranean Sea is clean, clear, and inviting, especially in the summer. Although, it is a mistake to think Malta’s bathing season is year-round. It is in fact from May till October. During these months, the beaches are also one of the island’s best attractions.   

Most of the beaches in and around Sliema are rocky – the limestone glistens in the temperate Maltese sun throughout the summer. There is always lots of space making it perfect for sunbathing.

Wondering how difficult it could be to enter the refreshing waters? This really is no problem, there are many ladders at convenient spots that make it ever so easy to enter the water. During the bathing season, there are lifeguards on duty.  

If you look a little closer, you will notice that there are square and rectangular cuts into the rocks meeting the sea. These are the Roman baths, which were carved in the Punic times, 264 – 146 B.C.

These baths were one of the first ways people could flock to the beach enjoy the temperate and consistent climate even in ancient times! The baths are hollowed out almost to the seabed with inlets allowing seawater to flow in and out while remaining sheltered. They are very safe and completely free to use. So, take a relaxing dip after one of your classes during your fitness holiday in Malta.  

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3. Visit the Gardens  

The Independence Garden is a charming spot located in the heart of Sliema. Just a 5-minute walk from the Plaza Regency hotel or 10-15 mins from The  Preluna  and 1926 Hotel & SPA. 

Down a staircase from the main street, the garden is scenic and tranquil with an abundance of flowers and greenery. Perfect for relaxing, reading a book, taking a sunrise yoga practice, or enjoying the view of neighbouring St. Julians. Completely free of charge, you can also take a moment to soak in the sun at Exiles beach club and bar right next to the garden.

There is also an artistic wooden statue of a cat in the middle of the garden which is usually a favourite for holiday photographs.  

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4.  Tigne  Point walk (with a view of Valletta)  

Around  Tigne  Point (the biggest shopping mall in Malta), at the very end of the  Sliema  Coastline and close to the 1926 Hotel & SPA, you can find a beautiful and peaceful scenic hidden path. It is not usually known by tourists but locals in the know go there frequently.

The walk itself is very easy and  relaxing, with a picturesque, unobstructed view of the islands’ capital, Valletta, throughout the whole walk.

Close to spectacular from every angle, especially at sunrise or sunset – it is a great location for a landscape photo, an Instagram selfie. You can also use it for a run on a Sunday – the resting day with no scheduled classes during your Fitness & Yoga Holiday in Malta.   

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5. Nightlife    

The nightlife in and around Sliema and St. Julians is considered the most exciting on the islands. This area thrives when the sun goes down. In Sliema especially, there are beach clubs with pools and bars where you can relax and take in the wonderful sea views as the sky turns orange and pink in the evenings.

During summer months, beach clubs like the 1926 and Medasia are our recommendation. Restaurants such as “Surfside” and “il – Gabana” are also in great spots, with a view of the sea, which is very pretty in the evenings.

Around the town, there are also other bars and restaurants where you can enjoy the traditional Sliema streets while you wine and dine. For those of you who are more eager to dance and party, the neighbouring town of St. Julian’s is home to Paceville, the island’s nightlife centre. It’s within a relatively walking distance from your accommodation, around 30 – 40 minutes by foot, or 5 – 10 minutes by car. 

At night St. Julian’s positively rocks, you can find many bars, clubs, and pubs that remain open till the early hours, with entry being free almost everywhere. 
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Bonus Feature: Visit Manoel Island   

Just steps outside Sliema, Manoel island is a lovely way to spend an afternoon. A short walk down The Strand from your accommodation, the island is linked to the mainland by a small bridge. On the island, you can visit the medieval Fort Manoel, built by the Knights of St. John and later occupied by the British military when Malta became a colony from 1800 till 1964.

Fort Manoel is quite a spectacular sight and has featured as a filming location for the hit television series “Game of Thrones”, as well as the movies “Assassin’s Creed” and “13 Hours: Secret Soldiers of Benghazi”.

Along with Fort Manoel you can also visit the duck village and the yacht Marina on the island.    

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