Discover beautiful views without breaking the bank
A holiday to Sliema will save you money and time, as the flight is only three hours and the transfer just 20 minutes on the other end.
Idyllic weather means that Sliema is an all-year-round destination, with the best deals to be had outside of peak summer travel times. To get great prices and sunshine-filled days, May and October are top times to travel as average temperatures are around 21°C.
A picturesque town with Instagram-worthy views, Sliema has a kilometre-long waterfront promenade that leads down to the rugged pebbled beaches. Its cosmopolitan restaurants serve all sorts of flavours, with lots of chances to try Maltese and seafood dishes, and some have children’s entertainment areas. The nightlife is fairly low key but you can tap your foot at live music venues or dance in nightclubs for a livelier evening.
Cheap days out in Sliema
It’s an activity on its own wandering along Sliema’s promenade or turning into town to see the beautiful classic architecture, and it’s also free. You can window shop at the Ferries area of posh boutiques and designer outlets or stop for a coffee to people watch in the streets.
Having grown slowly into its position as a tourist destination, Sliema has retained much of its deeply rooted culture, which is best seen in the high number of churches. The Baroque Stella Maris Church dates back to 1853 while the Lady of Graces on the High Street – one of the area’s oldest religious buildings – was originally constructed in 1802.
No island getaway would be complete without a trip across the water. Ferries travel past Manoel Island, which sits in the middle of Marsamxett Harbour, so you can view the ancient fort built on it. Or hop on a ferry across the bay to the capital, Valletta – it costs just a couple of euros – then wander around the historic walled city with one of the highest concentrations of UNESCO-rated monuments in the world.
Other popular holidays in Malta
You won’t just find cheap holiday offerings in Sliema. Other affordable places to stay in Malta include St Julian’s, Bugibba and Mellieha Bay, both with sandy beaches. If you still think Sliema is for you, take a look at our travel guide for more information on planning a budget trip to this slice of Malta. And to get you started, here are our top choices for cheap hotels in Sliema.
Another hotel with a rooftop pool, you can also dine on top at the poolside snack bar. Choose to go Self Catering, Bed & Breakfast or Half Board to suit your needs and try the buffet restaurant, pizza and pasta house and coffee shop. It's literally across the road from a rocky beach and only 50 metres from the nearest restaurants and shops. For nights in, rest at the TV lounge and enjoy the regular evening entertainment.
Already voted among the top five best hotels in Sliema on TripAdvisor, this 4* hotel had a complete refurbishment in June 2017 to rejuvenate its 116 twin rooms and all social areas. The Waterfront Hotel offers not only an enviable location by the turquoise harbour but a price that won't sink the wallet. You can dine at the rooftop Harbour View Restaurant and bar beside the rooftop pool or listen to weekly live music in the lounge.
With elegant interior touches such as Chesterfield sofas in the sitting area, The Victoria whispers luxury and style. Slap bang in the middle of Sliema, you'll be walking distance from a plethora of shops, restaurants and bars. Wi-Fi is available for free, nightly entertainment can be found at the Penny Black Bar and Copperfield's Restaurant has buffet style cuisine or a la carte options for a little extra. There's an indoor pool and sauna as well as, of course, one more rooftop pool.