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Il-Qaliet

As St Julian’s continues to become ever more urbanised, multicultural and modern, it is interesting to look back at its roots. The area now referred to as the St Julian’s and Sliema front, often bustling with tourists along the promenade, used to be referred to as “Il-Qaliet”. Although hard to pronounce to non-Maltese speakers, one can still appreciate the history behind the name. “Qaliet” is the plural of “Qala”, sometimes pronounced as “Kala”. This is a semitic word meaning “inlet”, and is popular in other names around the islands (E.g. Il-Qala, Gozo). Thus, the area is known for its various inlets, which today have become popularly known as Balluta Bay and Spinola Bay.