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Silema or Qawra/Bugibba

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Silema or Qawra/Bugibba

Planning a week late April next year. Looking for somewhere with good public transport links, seafront promenade, preferably a bit of history/local culture, selection of places to eat & drink, and things to see and do. (Middle aged but young at heart!!!).Originally looked at Qawra/Bugibba area, but now wondering about Silema. Wondered how they compared.

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1. Re: Silema or Qawra/Bugibba

Qawra / Bugibba / St Pauls Bay is more a resort town wheras Sliema is more cosmopolitan.

Both have a good selection of restaurants and bars but Sliema has the better shopping including a couple of Malls --- one of which is the largest and newest on the island .

From Sliema , it is only about 20 minutes on a bus to Valletta but an hour from Qawra .

Harbour cruises go from Sliema and it has a nice view of Valletta over the harbour.

Qawra and Bugibba will probably have less expensive accommodation.

Difficult to know which to chose !

Graham

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2. Re: Silema or Qawra/Bugibba

Sliema is a busy cosmopolitan town. Qawra / Bugibba - Malta's closest definition of a purpose built resort area,

For first timers, I always recommend Sliema due to better links to Valletta.

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3. Re: Silema or Qawra/Bugibba

Thanks - helpful about the bus as want to visit Valetta.

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4. Re: Silema or Qawra/Bugibba

You can get a ferry or bus to Valletta from Sliema

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5. Re: Silema or Qawra/Bugibba

Wherever you decide on try to find out before you book how close the hotel is to any construction sites, enduring roadworks, and bars that emit noise late into the night.

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6. Re: Silema or Qawra/Bugibba

Have stayed in both, they are both great but prefer St Pauls bay as it quietens down a bit at night. The bus from bugibba bus station to Valletta takes about 40 mins. Sliema is busier more to see and do. More choice of restaurants and bars

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7. Re: Silema or Qawra/Bugibba

Hi we stayed in the Diplomat hotel - Slema for 7 nights from the 9th June 2017. Very happy with the area in walking distance of St Julian's and Sliema Harbour. Lots to do around Malta and went out every day bought a weekly bus pass for euro's 21.00 each with unlimited travel for 7 days. Hop on and off every day if you want. Spent 2 days in Valletta with half of one of those day touring The 3 cities before returning to Valletta by Ferry for Euros 1.50 including use of the Lift. Then stayed around Valletta for the rest of the 2nd day before using the Valletta to Sliema Ferry again at Euros 1.50 and then walking to the Point Shopping centre then back to our hotel

Other trips Gozo, Rabat, Mdina, Milleha Bay, St Julian's favouate location Mdina (the Silent city) and our trip to Fontennellas cafe in Mdina (Chicolate cake). Don't bother going to Valletta market we found it awful but again that was our view and maybe other peaople enjoyed it. Lots of chimese items which we can get anywhere

If you check out my reviews / Photos it will give you an idea of what you can do and whether you want to go to any of the destinations that we visited oh missed Bugibba 1/2 day

If you need any further assistance or info message me

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8. Re: Silema or Qawra/Bugibba

Depends really whether you prefer a purpose built tourist resort,or a cosmopolitan working town where tourists stay,I think from what you have said either would suit,if your wanting bars with entertainment both have that,albeit bugibba/qawra more than silema ,but still plenty in silema,bugibba has its own bus station with direct routes,silema does not but still regular buses some direct some not you would have to change at Valletta for some places,but still easy to get about.

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9. Re: Silema or Qawra/Bugibba

As said , both places have plenty of bars and if , in your week you visited three a day you wouldn`t use all of them.

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10. Re: Silema or Qawra/Bugibba

Silema is much cleaner than bugbibba which is filthy always bags of rubbish lying around and footpaths and roads in very very poor condition I have been coming to Malta for 6 yrs always stayed in Bugeba Qura palace hotel because there is a bus station very near, and being disabled I need to get on bus easily and be able to put my mobility walker on at the front, you have to close your eyes to the dirt and rubbish I would like to stay in silman but have not found an easy bus station

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