Both Sliema and Valletta are among the busiest and most attractive cities in Malta. Valletta is the capital city of Malta and the European Capital of Culture 2018. Sliema, on the other hand, is a commercial hub and a popular tourist destination and is located to the West of Valletta, across the Grand Harbour. While both localities are considered to be busier than any other in the surrounding area, neither come close to the kind of chaos of larger European cities and both have their own distinct character which is loved by both locals and tourists alike.
Like most historic regions, living in Valletta offers locals a sense of wonder. The mix of cultural, historical and commercial lifestyle is well balanced, and every day could result in the exploring and discovering of new wonders.
The capital of Malta is home to just under 7,000 residents. Life here is a little like living in Rome; wherever you look, history surrounds you. The city was founded after the Great Siege of 1565 (when an invasion of the Ottoman Empire was successfully defeated) in the time of the Crusades by the Order of St John. It was originally designed as a refuge for Knights returning from the Crusades and throughout history became known as a ‘city of palaces built by gentlemen for gentlemen.’
Saint Julian’s is a popular vacation spot on the coast of Malta. The small town successfully blends its fishing village charm with its tourist center. Latin architecture, such as Spinola Palace, built in 1688, and the Old Parish Church are popular historical sites. Divers will enjoy exploring shipwrecks via the Divewise Center. The renovated Paceville district, a former military haunt in the 1930s, is now the hub of Saint Julian’s nightlife with an array of restaurants, bars, and clubs.
Sliema is where many local residents love to live, despite being one of the busiest localities in Malta. This is partly due to the shopping and leisure opportunities the place affords. It is currently home to 17,000 residents, and is a commercial hub for many industries on the island, as well as a shopping destination. Though Sliema does not have the cultural punch of Valletta, its coastal resort and related activities have proved popular with foreigners.
If you want to reside close to the two cities – there’s a small and quieter town called Ta’ Xbiex with a population of just about 1,835. Ta’ Xbiex is known for the number of foreign embassies it houses and for the luxury apartment buildings overlooking its yacht marina and gorgeous views of the Valletta Grand Harbour; amongst other beautiful houses and buildings in the area.
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