Written and Photographed by Szidonia Lorincz
Independence Garden in Sliema was built in the commemoration of Malta’s independence in 1964. The garden itself used to be a field and was made into a garden in 1990. It’s a very popular garden due to its central location and proximity to the sea. The garden is also famous for its stray cat sanctuary, which sees locals and foreigners the same come and enjoy the furry residents.
Inside the garden there is a playground for small children as well as a food kiosk for anyone wanting to enjoy a relaxed afternoon. There are various plants and trees in the garden, and it’s being taken care of all year round. It’s an ideal place for families with small children, as well as for people looking for a place in the city away from the city.
There is a staircase leading down to the sea, with a beautiful beach which is well-protected from the noise of the street. The sea is crystal clear and at some points azure blue, which makes it more inviting, even in the colder months for visitors to take a dip. There are plenty of bars and restaurants in the area, so one can spend hours in this beautiful place without having to travel far.