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KNOW BEFORE YOU GO - STAY SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD (foreign office travel advice)

Sliema

When to go

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.

Health and safety

As with any holiday, you should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover yourself and family on your trip.

It's also a good idea to apply for a free European Health Insurance Card - EHIC before leaving the UK as this entitles you to emergency medical treatment on the same terms as Maltese nationals. It won't, however, cover you for medical repatriation, ongoing medical treatment or non-urgent treatment.

If you're booking cheap Sliema holidays specifically to take part in sports or watersports, including hiking, you should make sure your insurance covers this. See our holiday extras page for more information, and for the latest health and safety information visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/malta/health.

Passports and visas

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.

Getting around

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.

Advice for travellers with children

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.

Electricity

Connector type: Three-pin plug, the same as the UK

Voltage Info: 230V, the same as the UK

Emergency information

All of Malta's emergency services can be reached by dialling 112.

British Consulate

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

Email: malta.consulate@fco.gov.uk

Phone (from within Sliema or Malta): 2323 0000

Phone (from the UK): (+356) 2323 0000

Hospitals

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