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What Happened to the Sliema Chalet?

In this walk and talk in Sliema Malta, I ask what happened to the famous Sliema Chalet.

The Chalet was a Marvel in Malta, a real Gem. The Sliema Chalet at Ghar id-Dud was a first-class open-air “Chalet”, inaugurated in May 1926, became the most popular rendezvous on the island particularly in the hot summer months. On the right-hand side there even was a Waterpolo pitch. What happened to it? Watch the video to learn what happened, and view some old and not so old photos of the Sliema Chalet.


View my video of the Sliema Chalet Revival in 2014:

Free Wi-Fi Hotspots in Malta and Gozo

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Photo Credit: Adam Pantozzi/Times Alliance

Will be using this entry to compile a list of free WiFi hotspots all over Malta and maybe Gozo as well. If you know of any other free WiFi hotspots that are free, please leave a note here so i can update my list.

All public gardens and bus stops will soon have free Wi-Fi access according to the Malta Communications Authority.

Updated: 23/4/15

First published on 1st June 2010.

MCA = Malta Communications Authority. Hotspot requires going to Google.com and accepting MCA’s terms and conditions.


  • Tumas Dingli Square (MCA)


  • Bertu Fenech Square (MCA)


  • Couvre Port Square (MCA)


  • Station Garden (MCA)


  • Pretty Bay (MCA)


  • Primary School (MCA)


  • Bugibba Square (MCA)


  • Jubilee Cafe – Ask for password
  • Subway – Password is given on receipt


  • R. Miller Square (MCA)
  • Subway – Password is given on receipt


  • The Granaries (MCA)


  • St Rokku Zone (MCA)


  • Gidi’s house, Nadur, Gozo
  • McDonalds Outlets


  • Public Library (St Mark Street) (MCA)


  • St Leonard Square (MCA)


  • Vittoriosa Lawn Tennis Club (MCA)


  • Trattoria 1530, outside Xara Palace hotel
  • Carmelite Priory Museum cafe – Villegaignon Street


  • Mifsud Bonnici Square (MCA)


  • iPlace
  • Our Lady of Pompeii Square (MCA)


  • Lo Spuntino, near University gate
  • Meet ‘N Eat, near University gate
  • Pasha Restaurant, near University gate


  • Giovanni Curmi School
  • Mustang American Bistro


  • Bay Street Shopping Centre
  • Cafe Nero
  • EC/EF schools
  • Eden Superbowl
  • Portomaso
  • Westin Dragonara Hotel

Rabat (Malta):

  • National Archives (MCA)


  • Cafe’ La Rive
  • Cuba Cafe
  • Independence Gardens (MCA)
  • Fortizza at Ghar id-dud
  • McCafe at Plaza Centre
  • Giorgio’s Cafe
  • McDonalds (near ferries)
  • Misto
  • Plevna Hotel
  • Preluna Hotel (ask at reception)
  • Sakura (ask at Preluna Hotel reception)
  • Sicilia Cafe
  • St James (Capua) Hospital reception area
  • Bisazza Street (MCA)

St Julians:

  • Balluta Bay Gardens
  • Bianco’s Cafe in Spinola Bay
  • Hotel Juliani Lobby
  • Le Meridien Hotel lobby
  • McDonald’s – Triq Santu Wistin – 356 23721400 – St Julian’s
  • Millennium Chapel (MCA)

St Paul’s Bay:

  • Bugibba Square (MCA)

Ta’ Xbiex:

  • Irrera
  • Ta’ Xbiex Coast Road (MCA) (I’ve never seen this signal though)


  • British Hotel – Battery Street
  • Burger King – Republic Street (requires password, ask for it)
  • Jubilee Cafe’ (requires password, just ask for it)
  • Marks & Spencer cafe- Strait Street – 356 21220614
  • McDonalds – Republic Street
  • Passports Office (MCA)
  • Piazza Regina – Republic Street
  • Upper Barrakka Gardens – access from Cafe Deux Baronnes, ask for password
  • Old Railway Station Garden – Birkirkara
  • St Anne Square
  • St George Square
  • Valletta Hotel, Valletta (requires registration)
  • The Courts


  • Del Bogo Wine Bar (from 17.30 each day) – Vittoriosa/Birgu
  • Limestone Heritage -Siggiewi
  • Malta International Airport (open.com.mt in airport and at McDonald’s)
  • Mater Dei Hospital Foyer
  • Melita Cafe and Restaurant – near Sant Anton Gardens, Balzan
  • Outside Melita outlets
  • Saracino Cafe & Restaurant – Attard
  • Reflections Bar & Diner – Mellieha
  • Mgarr Ferry Terminal – Mgarr