While I have great affection for the resorts of Sliema and St Julian’s, it is the sea-side promenade extending from one to the other that I really admire and appreciate. This is the Tower Road which has been developed into a charming tree-lined walkway and is a joy for walkers, joggers and strollers like me who just like to meander along and enjoy the wonderful views of the blue Mediterranean.

Halfway between the two resorts is the pleasant little Balluta Bay nestled in a quiet corner, shaded by trees and with quaint little cafe bars and lots of seating. Here, along by the waterside a pathway is provided which give walkers the cool freshness of the sea and the pleasure of lingering a while in the beautiful gardens watching the children play, the wild cats roam and the sun smiling down.  Above on the main street is the imposing Carmelite Church with the Carmelite Convent beside it. This is an impressive landmark, visible widely, with its exterior a rare example of Gothic  Revival.


For me the striking feature of this little bay is the iconic Balluta Buildings. This is an apartment-block built in the 1920s and is regarded as Malta’s finest example of Art Nouveau. With a wonderful facade featuring two huge arches, intricate motifs of angels and terraced profile, those buildings are simply ornate and beautiful.


The Tower Road promenade continues all the way from St Julian’s to Tigne Point in Sliema. This is the most popular prom-walk in Malta. They come from all over the island, especially in summer, to stroll along, to savour the special feeling of wellbeing, and to enjoy the delights of this unique promenade. When I’m in Malta I never miss an opportunity to join them and enjoy this rare pleasure too.


From ‘IN LOVE WITH MALTA’ (The Hidden Treasures)

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