The beauty of Sliema is the two kilometer long beach promenade and the busy port, where you have connections to all over the island of Malta.
Sliema is more modern than the rest of Malta. It's mainly a business and residential area rather than a tourist resort. The shopping possibilities are great in Sliema - the biggest shopping centre in Malta, The Point, is located in southeastern tip.
Where to stay in Sliema
In the south side of Sliema you find the best shopping spots, selection of restaurants and the port with connections to other places in Malta. Sliema isn't a big city, the distance between pictures 2 and 13 pictures approximately two kilometers on the map of Sliema below.
From the north side of Sliema you have a short distance to St Julian's, which is the centre of nightlife in Malta. The distance from picture 2 on the map to Paceville in St Julian's is 1,5 km and to St George's Bay beach 2 km.
Things to do in Sliema
There is a good selection of sightseeing cruises and party boats to go around the main isle of Malta, Gozo and Comino. The promenade on the south side of Sliema is full of booths where to buy tickets from. Here are a few operators with good ratings on Tripadvisor:
Ferry to Valletta
The ferry operates from morning till evening from Sliema to Valletta. The departure point is under picture number 15.
More information: vallettaferryservices.com
Shopping in Sliema
There are several diving centres in Sliema organizing courses. The actual diving sites are located all over the island.
The vast part of the coast of Sliema (between pictures 1-12 on the Sliema Map) is cliffs ideal for sunbathing, and often there are ladders for dipping in for a swim. The closest sandy beach is located in the neighbor town St Julian's. The best beaches of Malta (Mellieha Bay, Golden Bay, Ghajn Tuffieha) are located about 20 kilometers away. More information about them at best beaches of Malta.
From Malta Airport to Sliema
Luqa airport is the only airport in Malta. It's located about 10 kilometers southwest from Sliema. Bus line X2 goes from Malta Airport first to San Giljan and then goes to Sliema on the way back to the airport. The easiest way to figure out the quickest way is to use the journey planner of the public transport.
The bus journey costs 1,50€ during the winter months and 2,00€ during the summer months.
Taxi from Malta Airport to Sliema takes around 20 minutes and costs around 20€, depending on the company. It's possible to get a taxi for a fixed price by paying it at the taxi booth in the arrivals hall. You will get a receipt with your taxi number, which you have to find outside the terminal building. You will pay the taxi fare with that receipt.
Prices for different destinations can be found here. An administrative fee of a few euros could be added to the price.
Taxify works in Malta, and it's cheaper than traditional taxi companies. You can pay the fare with either by their mobile app or directly to the driver.