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Swieqi

Swieqi

Swieqi is a calm and also nice district/village above St. Julians and adjacent to Paceville. From Swieqi you just need between 5 - 15 Minutes by walk to the entertainment centre Paceville or to St. Julians.

Swieqi is a nice place to live. Dogs are allowed; almost everybody has at least one. The prices for flats/houses are comparably cheap.

Swieqi is a mere residential area. There are no sights or monuments. It’s just a simple village with small shops (Corner Food Stores and the sort), dentists, a farm (for fruits and vegetables, no livestock farming); vegetables are cheap to buy from the farm.

Almost every day you can find dealers in the streets with their small trucks selling fruits and vegetables. The prices are cheap but one has to take care, because tourists may get cheated and overcharged sometimes, the prices are not always written down but need to be asked for from the dealer. Just trade a bit and you will get it cheaper or you just leave to the next dealer (who often is only a few meters away).

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