Population: 17,000 Religion: Christianity Languages: Maltese and English Currency: Euro Time Difference: GMT +1 Flight duration: Approx. 3 hours 15 minutes
Malta is located in the heart of the Mediterranean, with Sliema in the northeast of the island. This gives the city a sublime climate that entices visitors from overseas as much as it does locals who enjoy holiday homes away from the capital, Valletta.
As you might expect, the summer months between May and September see both the greatest number of visitors and the most enticingly hot temperatures, with bright days above 30°C being very much the norm.
Come the cooler months, Sliema package holidays still have plenty to offer. With temperatures in December and January hovering around the 17°C figure, it's quite the balmy winter break, with autumn temperatures around 25°C complementing that nicely.
British citizens don't need a visa to enter Malta, but must have a valid passport. Carry your passport with you, as you may need to show it when paying by credit card. For the most up-to-date passport and visa info, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/malta/entry-requirements.
Most flights will touch down at Malta International Airport, making for around an hour's journey from the airport to Sliema. Most tour operators include transfers as part of a holiday package so getting to your resort is easy, but if you really want to make your own way over, it's as little as eight euros to catch a bus, or you can opt to hire a direct shuttle or personal driver.
Malta is a small island, so if the mood really took you, you could tour it via the well connected bus lines in a day. Sliema is a smartly set out city too, meaning that getting lost is never a concern, especially when you use the much-loved seaside promenade as a frame of reference.
Sliema is a fantastic city for family visits, with a big promenade where kids can play, as well as the chance to bundle onto a boat for a trip out to sea, jump on bikes and head out into the countryside, or explore the parks, malls and plazas that make up the city.
If you want to take as much stress out of travelling as possible, opt for an All Inclusive holiday to Malta. There are many great options available, including family-friendly dinners and comfortable transfers.
Connector type: Three-pin plug, the same as the UK
Voltage Info: 230V, the same as the UK
All of Malta's emergency services can be reached by dialling 112.
If you're a victim of crime or affected by a crisis overseas, or if something happens to a relative or partner, contact the British Consulate in Ta' Xbiex. It's a community located midway between Sliema and the capital of Valletta.
Address: Whitehall Mansions, Ta' Xbiex Seafront, Ta' Xbiex, XBX 1026, Malta
Phone (from within Sliema or Malta): 2323 0000
Phone (from the UK): (+356) 2323 0000
The main hospital for Sliema is St James Hospital Sliema, which is a sleek, modern facility with public access links and connections to the seafront promenade.
St James Hospital Sliema
Address: George Borg Olivier Street, Sliema, SLM 1807, Malta
Phone: (+356) 2329 1000