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Tas-Sliema, more typically known as just Sliema, is a popular tourist and expat region located on the northeastern coast of Malta. In recent years, the population of this small, former fishing village has grown exponentially, making it one of the most densely populated areas of Malta.

Sliema has all that you might need for your expat experience: varied cuisine, shops, and boutiques; vibrant nightlife, watersports, and swimming areas; and a variety of international companies based in the area.

In reality, the area along the coast from Sliema to Saint Julian's and extending out to Pembroke is incredibly popular for its high concentration of international inhabitants, visitors, and businesses.

As a result, the rental market has grown, and prices continue to rise with such competition. Construction is a staple of life here, but being able to walk to amenities and work is a crucial factor for many expats who want to avoid the notorious Maltese traffic jams while commuting.

Living in Sliema

Sliema is a highly dynamic area boasting modern amenities and quality infrastructure to attract foreigners.

Sliema is a hub for boutique shops, supermarkets, shopping malls, as well as a wide range of restaurants, coffee shops, and bars.

The Sliema Waterfront, which stretches over several kilometres, provides a wonderful view over Marsamxett Harbour of the iconic Valletta skyline. You can enjoy the rocky coastline, where sunbathers and swimmers indulge into water activities. Walking along this promenade is a favourite activity for locals and tourists alike.

International and local schools are available throughout the Sliema area, including primary schools, independent and private nursery schools and child care centres, kindergartens, pre-schools and junior schools, as well as language, music, and dance schools.

Sliema also hosts the St James Clinic, the Capua Hospital, leisure centres, churches, a post office, banks, gyms, a police station, and many other facilities.

As the main road for public transport, several bus lines also traverse Sliema en route to/from Valletta. A night-bus service links neighbouring cities, making it easy to enjoy this entire region of Malta.

There is also a ferry running regularly between the Sliema Waterfront and Valletta, which is a popular option for quick access to the capital.

Find accommodation in Sliema

During your housing search in Sliema, as with everywhere else in Malta, feel free to check out offers online. Just know that the prices and current availability will likely differ. It’s best to contact real estate agencies or homeowners directly by phone once in Malta so you can view currently available flats in Sliema.

Given Sliema’s popularity, prices for flats have risen quite rapidly in the area. This is now considered to be one of the most expensive areas of Malta. That’s not to say you shouldn’t look there, however, since prices in Sliema are still generally below many other European cities.

Don’t forget that you can negotiate lease terms with a landlord, from paying several months in advance to negotiating the lease length and renewal terms.

 Useful links:

Sliema Local Council
Yellow Pages – Real estate agencies in Sliema

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