All you need to know
The street where the apartment is located, is called in Maltese “Triq il Kullegg Antik” or in English “Old College Street”. This is one of the most typical and ancient streets of Sliema as originally it was the road leading to the ancient monastery.
Please do not forget that in Malta the cars come from your right! We recommend you pay attention when you cross the street.
Official languages of the island are both English and Maltese, but the Italian language is widely understood.
The apartment is just a few steps from the promenade and from the only natural sandy beach in Sliema. It can be reached directly from the coast road called “Tower Road” that goes down the whole coast. The view is beautiful and in the evening you can enjoy an unforgettable sunset in many places in the area overlooking the sea.
As soon as you book the apartment and know your flight details, please get in touch with us so we can best organize your arrival and do everything to fulfill your needs.
Sliema is the real capital of the Maltese tourism, although one should not miss many cities that represent the culture of the island such as Valletta, Vittoriosa, Mdina etc … but we will have time to talk about it afterwards!
Once you arrive at the airport, it will be very easy to reach us. There are several options you can choose:
the cheapest is definitely the bus(BUS n° X2 -about 2 euros), which leaves just opposite the airport exit and stops a few metres away from the apartment (bus stop ANTIK SLIEMA). The only drawback is that it needs about 45/50 minutes to reach Sliema but I can assure the service is great.
Alternatively, if you cannot wait to start your holiday, you can take a comfortable taxi (the cost is fixed and is 20 euros). You can find a taxi just out of Arrivals. On your left, in the direction of the exit, you will find the Box Office where you can to inquire and pay for the taxi ride.
If you need to arrange your pickup with me or want to rent a car to visit the island, I suggest you call me or write to me a few days before departure so that I can get a good price for you! This allows you to compare the price with what you have found online; if fares obtained by me are cheaper, I’ll be happy to book the car for the dates you need.
You can also email me if you have any special requirements, if you need food or drinks or if you want me to buy something for your arrival.
We are a young family and we love helping our guests by offering hospitality, cleanliness, courtesy and good advice in order to help you enjoy your holiday as best we can.
The apartment has been completely refurbished recently, it is served by a lift and is located in a strategically central area.
The apartment consists of a living room, sleeping area and a bathroom as well as a small storage room and a beautiful balcony overlooking the street from where you can enjoy side sea views .
Once inside the apartment, you will feel at home. The decor is tasteful and of good quality, and there are also original pieces of furniture in Venetian style, coming from Italy.
Right at the entrance, there is an old typewriter that we love so much and that is the symbol of our job; my wife and I are journalists and we like to join our guests for an aperitif in the romantic places located in the vicinity.
The apartment is perfect for all your needs, for people who decide to spend a lovely holiday by the sea, for those who love hiking and trekking or for those who want to have a base in a central location from which to visit our beautiful island.
We decided to dedicate a large bedroom to our guests’ comfort. You can find a very spacious wardrobe with sliding doors that will allow you to place all your luggage. There is also a designer bed with a true orthopaedic base and mattress to ensure the best rest possible. In the room, you will also find a useful shoe rack and several books to read. Various collections of books, including some which are very old, are available in the apartment.
The dining room can comfortably accommodate four people, although generally the apartment is rented to couples, singles or to families with children. The kitchen is fully equipped with modern appliances including a fridge, dishwasher, oven, toaster, microwave and a modern set of dishes which will give a sophisticated air to your lunches and dinners with friends.
Our desire is to accommodate people who may enjoy the home for a holiday or work period in Malta.
In the living room you will find a LED tv with international cable programming, a comfortable sofa and beautiful original chairs MR VAN DER ROHE.
Technology lovers can connect to the free Wi-Fi with no web navigation limits. The apartment has a Wi-Fi network with excellent performance.
The house has white parquet flooring throughout which provides plenty of light. The bedroom and the living room are lit by the sunlight throughout the day; two large French windows lead to the balcony where you can enjoy the breeze from the nearby beach and sip a good glass of wine at sunset.
The apartment is equipped with a comfortable bathroom. The large and fitted bathtub allows guests to enjoy relaxing baths by candlelight after a day spent at the nearby beach or just to relax after a hard day’s work .
The bathroom is modern too, enriched by sophisticated elements such as bathroom fittings and essences that are frequently changed in order to make your stay more pleasent.
In the apartment you could also enjoy a big painting of Balluta Bay, purposefully chosen to remind our guests that this wonderful view can be enjoyed in person in less than five minutes walk.
Regarding the linen provided, the apartment is equipped with non-synthetic fabrics, carefully washed and with a very refined style.
All the household linen is laundered with ecological detergents, the same goes for housecleaning. Our philosophy is to respect nature and the environment while ensuring cleanliness. Respecting the environment means respecting our guests.
Another issue we care a lot about is energy saving, so the apartment has been refurbished with new appliances and lighting to reduce energy consumption. We decided to install LED light fittings throughout. Energy saving will directly affect the environment of the island.
Energy saving is not intended to save money but to respect the environment, have a healthier and coherent idea of how to use them and how to preserve them always naturally respecting our guests’ habits.
Each room of the apartment is equipped with smoke, carbon monoxide and gas detectors, as well as with a first aid kit for emergency. We believe in safety first. In the apartment you can find a manual with the emergency procedures too and the most important telephone numbers.
Safety, comfort and cleanliness are our trademarks. We are travellers too, and we love visiting places and staying in locations providing the facilities we offer.
We would be glad to help you to better organize your stay here in Malta and to make it as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.
At AntikMalta, families with children are very welcome. Free of charge for our little guests, we offer a pushchair to visit the island comfortably, plastic plates and cutlery for babies, a high chair where children can sit in an ergonomic position, children’s books and games and much more.
In the close proximity of the apartment, you can find everything. Less than 50 metres away, there is a big supermarket where you can also buy local fruits and vegetables and ask for free home delivery. In the streets that surround the apartment, you will find many kiosks and refrigerated vans selling fresh fish, bread and typical products of Malta. We suggest you buy always local products because of the incomparable smell of recently harvested fruit and the taste of freshly caught fish. On the promenade, you will find the most popular restaurants of the island. Just across the main road, you can enjoy extraordinary fresh fish at Fresco’s Restaurant or a few steps towards Balluta you can go to the chic Barracuda. If you like the real Neapolitan pizza, turning at the corner you will come across the “Pizzeria Vecchia Napoli” where you must try the calzone “Capo di Monte”!
Lovers of good food at an affordable price can visit the restaurant “Piccolo Padre” which has a special place in the hearts of all tourists, not only for the good food but also for the amazing view just a few steps away from the reef and the sea.
Those who want to have a quick lunch of typical Maltese Pastizzi should go to Pepi’s … you can come here even wearing your swimsuit directly from the beach!
Breakfast lovers will have fun; those who love Italian breakfast will certainly go to “Dolci Peccati”, a cool place in Sliema (please do not forget that it is also one of the best places to have an ice cream!!!). Those who love natural cuisine or an authentic English breakfast can’t miss the U Bistrò where you will not just eat natural foods but also enjoy a unique view of Balluta Bay and of the beautiful church. Just a few steps from the apartment, you could go directly where the typical Sicilian sweets, sold in many restaurants in Malta, are produced. In Triq In Nazzarenu, in fact, you can enjoy Sicilian cannoli at the “Antica Pasticceria Siciliana” among other numerous traditional sweets.
From the many and noteworthy restaurants and bars, I would like to recommend the real PUB in Malta. Its name is Anchor’s Pub and it’s located less than 50 metres away from the apartment, right at the corner of Tower Road. Here, besides immersing yourself in a unique atmosphere, made up of wooden boards coming from the boats and relics found in ancient boats going to demolition, you can drink the best beer on the Island. At Anchor’s Pub you can drink only beer, expertly tapped by the owner who looks like a character out of a pirate movie, and it may happen to run into a cheerful crew of old fishermen who appear very often and make the place really gorgeous. As in any tale, here there is also a legendary character: everybody calls him Popeye, because of his remarkable resemblance to the famous Cartoon Popeye. He has a thick beard, wears a nice white captain cap, jeans and the unmistakeable red t-shirt of his favourite team which, together with the pipe and the beer, make him an attraction for both young and old.
The area is rich of places to visit and things to do. If you have children, you could be interested in the beautiful playground recently opened just behind the beach that is certainly one of the most popular places for families. From the park, you can start a long walk that goes through the Casa dei Gatti, meeting place for cats lovers, and the old kiosk DIXYE where you can eat simple and freshly cooked meals sipping a beer or a glass of wine while watching the sunset dipping behind the horizon and offering incomparable colors that reflect in the sea waves. Continuing your walk, you will run into the famous EXILE, a trendy place where every night is party time and you can dance on the seaside until the break of day or, alternatively, during the day you can rent a beach chair and enjoy the pleasant sound of waves crashing on the rocks. Venturing onto the cliff, suddenly an unexpected and truly unique rocky expanse will appear in front of you, a beach of smooth rock, moonlike and leading to the surfside area, perfect destination for lovers of waves and snorkeling.
This grandiose expanse of rocks, during the day turns into a peaceful and relaxing place, where you can practice yoga, physical exercises and enjoy the warm Maltese sun while in the evening it lights up with thousands of bonfires and barbecues, a typical Maltese tradition to enjoy the beach till late.
Climbing the stairs you will realize what a long way you have walked, because the beauty of the place around brought you to discover this side of Sliema. You can stop at the excellent MINT, both cafe and snack bar where natural products and homemade meals are served. Here it’s easy to bump into groups buying take-away food to eat at the beach or at home.
Let’s take the walk back, though this time not down in the park but on street level. Here, one can realize that the promenade is vast, wide and long, running along the entire Sliema leading right up to the capital Valletta. It’s time to head for Balluta Bay, a few minutes away from the apartment. Here you can see the beautiful church and the Bay, its best at dusk. Going ahead, you will reach the next Bay, Spinola, where it is not uncommon to see fishermen adjusting their nets or arranging the traditional Maltese fishing boats. Spinola is really romantic; compared to Balluta it is less elegant, but unique in its charm originating from the colours of the boats moored in the small port.
For those loving nightlife or simply the hustle and bustle there is Paceville, located at walking distance from Spinola Bay. Paceville is the perfect location for discotheques, dancing, bars and movement that lasts until dawn and it is also the ideal place for young people coming to have fun in trendy bars.
A few steps from the apartment, there is the Antik bus stop. This stop is incredibly strategic because it allows you to easily reach all destinations on the island. From here, you can take all buses headed both to Valletta and to the North of the island, to discover the famous beaches of Golden bay, Ghajn Tuffieha, Paradise Bay, Ghadira Bay etc. ..
You can also book one of the nice tours to discover the amazing island of Comino with its crystal-clear sea or the island of Gozo, which is the destination for those looking for peace and meditation.
Many are the destinations that we suggest you visit. We encourage you to truly experience the island and visit the less touristic destinations; if you want, we will be happy to help you organise the trip.
I would like to remind to all fishing enthusiasts that in Malta you can arrange daybreak fishing trips directly with the fishermen on their boats; lovers of tranquillity could enjoy isolated destinations to face the challenge between nature and man.
There are still many things that we would like to tell you about Malta: we’d love to tell you of the old fish market in Marsaxlokk, or of Fort Rinella and the biggest cannon in the world, we would tell you to visit the Grand Harbour where there are the most beautiful boats around the world and much more …
I hope I made you live Malta, its origins and its history. I hope you realized that our purpose is not simply to rent the apartment but to allow you to live a unique experience, made of beauty and so much goodwill.
Welcome to AntikMalta.