The city of Sliema is located in the northeastern part of the island of Malta, and only a few minutes drive from the capital of Malta, Valletta. It is one of the most bustling cities of Malta, because it includes all major business, entertainment, night life, and tourism. It has become an interesting place for tourists as it offers a feeling of traditional city with a big-city appearance. The interesting thing about Sliema is the dual personality, with tall modern buildings including offices, apartments and hotels, in front of the picturesque traditional elements of the old buildings, churches and safe.
Traditional a Sliema Sliema was once a small fishing village, like most of the Maltese coastal cities in ancient times and are a crucial role in the history of Malta. During the Great Siege of 1565, Sliema was known as “il-Qortin” and was used as a camp of Turkish troops led by Dragut. Dragut was killed by a bombardment from Fort San Telmo on the other side of the Port of Marsamxett, where Sliema. Fort Tigne then has been developed by the Knights of St. John in the 18th century and has been developed by the British in later years. Currently, a major restoration and development plan is underway to restore the fortress (one of many scattered along the coast of Malta), and for building ultra-modern apartments, a plaza, and a new shopping center .
Sliema is today a major business centers in Malta, in particular with regard to retail, and is today an important center of commercial life and a cafeteria.