A Valletta vs Sliema standoff, where did I get this notion from then? Why would anyone portray them like this?
Valletta vs Sliema Standoff
When you look out into the harbour from either side, Valletta stands face to face with Sliema, separated only by water. Each side stares almost nose to nose, neither backing down, like opponents waiting to get into the ring.
You’d be forgiven for thinking they were two completely different islands, siblings that couldn’t more different.
Valletta could well be the Vatican’s little brother, while Sliema seems like the Manhattan of Malta.
A sand blasted kingdom of domes, spires and steeples, Valletta is an ancient fortress – standing proudly in its history.
Military ships, huge cargo vessels and countless boats float all around the harbours, like an elaborate boat show.
Polar opposites at first glance, though Sliema still retains some of its ancient Maltese charm, hidden in its back streets, which you’ll see if you venture beyond the Sliema strip, (The Strand waterfront).
With Valletta, what you see is what you get, from the outside and deep within. Beautifully mature, growing old gracefully, beaming with character, digging its heels in tradition – staying loyal to its much loved historical buildings.
Sliema Stands Tall and Proud
Red break lights begin to cluster as thick traffic moves up in the direction of St Julian’s. Yellow headlights stream along the opposite side in the direction of Valletta.
Sliema looks on, all fresh and modern with it’s ongoing face lift of modern hotels, high rise apartments and new builds. The brights lights of the city, and its streams of fast cars, restaurants and people – stare out at Valletta from across the water, admiring the contrast.
Later in the night, a firework display sparkles over the Valetta skyline, not to be confused with the flashing lights of nearby cranes.
Polar opposites at first glance, but if you venture beyond the Sliema strip, (The Strand waterfront) and take a short walk you’ll spot dilapidated and charming buildings – the rustic kind, like those in Havana Cuba.
Malta is rapidly evolving, with more and more examples of the modern and the traditional rubbing shoulders.
Valletta Stands Firm
Cruise the shared Harbours
A harbour cruise is a great way to see the main harbours and get shots from the sea looking inland. It’s approximately 2 hours long, with both a day and night time option.