Agents’ Malta tips: Shopping in Sliema, by Sandy Ogier

How do you make the most of Malta? Travel Weekly asked the 10 agents we sent to the island to cover Abta’s Travel Convention

Sandy Ogier, Travelmaker GuernseyFinding myself with a day to spare, where else would I go but to Sliema for a spot of retail therapy? Sliema is easy to access from most parts of the island.

“Buses frequently pass through the area on the way to the Valletta terminus and the fare from St Julians, where the Travel Convention was being held, was only 47 cents – a bargain by any standard.

“The area has expanded during the last few years and now boasts many British stores including Marks and Spencer, BHS and Debenhams, but it also had many smaller shops offering great bargains for shoes and handbags. Several hours and a few choice purchases later, I decided to see what else the area had to offer.

“Sliema is a busy town with nice views of Valletta, and it’s a great place to enjoy the cafe culture. After lunch I explored the seafront and decided to take one of the many harbour tours that leave from Sliema and explore the harbour around Valletta.

“There are frequent tours in a variety of ships ranging from mock pirate boats to sleek cruisers. These tours are reasonably priced, or free if you have purchased a ticket for the hop-on hop-off Malta sightseeing bus, and the commentaries offer a great insight into Maltese history.”

The Agent Reporters scheme was made possible by the generous support of:

Malta Tourist Board              Belleair Holidays

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