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About Sliema

 

Sliema means ‘peace, comfort’ and  is a town located on the northeast coast of Malta. It is a major residential and commercial area and a centre for shopping, bars, dining, and café life. The population of Sliema is around 20 000 and it has a significant turnover of foreign expatriates who reside temporarily. Fort Tigné was built by the Knights of St. John in the late 18th Century. The town began to develop rapidly in the second half of the 19th century becoming popular as a summer resort for wealthier Valletta residents.

Lining the coastline is a promenade  which has become the ideal spot for joggers and walkers as well as a prolific meeting place for locals during the summer season. Romantic moon strolls, barbeques and open air restaurants and cafes have made Sliema the hub of social nightlife. Sliema is also known for its numerous rocky beaches, water sports and hotels. It is is considered a desirable place to live and is relatively affluent, with extremely high property prices compared to the national average.

Historically, stylish villas and traditional Maltese townhouses lined the streets of Sliema but these are slowly being replaced with with modern apartment blocks, some of which are amongst the tallest buildings in Malta.

Victorian, as well as art nouveau houses, are still to be found on the inner streets, although only a handful remain along the shoreline, as there has been significant modern development of apartment blocks and hotels.

A distinctive group of six traditional houses with Maltese balconies has survived remarkably intact at Belvedere Terrace, set back from Ix-Xatt (the Strand). These houses overlook Manoel Island to the South across the Sliema Creek; the houses have heritage protection.

The promenade was upgraded in the late 1990s and is a common spot for leisurely walking, particularly on warm summer nights when it remains crowded into the early hours of the morning. Shopping is primarily centred in an area called the Ferries.

Area hosts many schools and English Language Schools and other notable buildings include Stella Maris Church, the Sacre Coeur Parish Church, Fort Tigné, Sliema Point Battery , St. Julian’s Tower and Palazzo Capua and areas of interest are Exiles Beach, Independence Gardens, The Three Trees and Chalet (now demolished).

The feasts are held in honour of the Our Lady Stella Maris in August and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in July. That of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is also held in July and that of St. Gregory in September.

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