Marsaxlokk

Marsaxlokk Bay is Malta's second largest natural harbour. It is the best place to see the colourful, traditional Maltese fishing boats, the Luzzus, with the mythical eye painted on their prows. The village is the Islands' main fishing harbour; its Sunday fish market a fascinating insight into local life and a traditional industry. The stalls brim ... Read more
with the night's catch - fish of all shapes, colours and sizes. The village itself has many good fish restaurants.
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Local from Valletta

Local fishing and fishermen s village With the best fish restaurant s int he Maltese Islands
Colorful fishing boats all around

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Located on the south-eastern coast of Malta at the shoreline of the island's second largest natural harbour, Marsaxlokk is a small and quaint fishing village, heaped with tradition and dotted with fish restaurants making it a haven for seafood lovers.

The name of the village is derived from the word 'marsa' meaning port and 'xlokk' the local word for south east. 'Xlokk' is also related to the name for the dry sirocco wind that blows from the Sahara.

Marsaxlokk has a sizeable population of active fishermen with many traditional and colourful fishing boats anchored in the bay. The boats are known as 'luzzi', plural for 'luzzu'. They are sturdy boats with a double-ended hull and are stable even in inclement weather. It is believed they date back to Phoenician times. The boats are normally painted in bright shades of yellow, red, green and blue. The bow is pointed with a pair of eyes referred to as the Eyes of Horus which protect the fishermen whilst at sea.

In Marsaxlokk, it is still possible to see fishermen, with weathered faces, tending to their nets before going out to sea for their next catch. With the exception of Sundays, when thousands descend on the village for the weekly market, Marsaxlokk remains a village where one can relax and while away the time walking along the promenade or having refreshments at one of the many al fresco restaurants.

The Sunday fish and souvenir market has, over the years, evolved in a much larger one with stalls on the promenade selling any wares from fish to fruit and vegetables to local confectionary and from traditional lace to clothes made in China to toys and houseware. It attracts tourists and locals from all over the island alike from the early hours to mid-afternoon.

Most of the restaurants in Marsaxlokk are found along the village's main street, off the promenade. All offer an experience in fresh, locally-caught fish and seafood and are sought after very much. Reservations are recommended.

Half way along the main street visitors find the parish church of the village, dedicated to Our Lady of Pompeii, one of the oldest buildings in Marsaxlokk built in 1890 in Baroque style. In the 1900s, the church was enlarged altering the shape to that of a Latin cross.

Besides blue Mediterranean sea, Marsaxlokk is also surrounded by beautiful countryside. From the village core, visitors can walk up to Juno Heights, past the Church of Our Lady of tas-Silg through country roads and pathways leading to St. Peter's Pool, Xrobb l-Ghagin Nature Park or Delimara, its bays fort and lighthouse. Close to the tas-Silg church visitors can also see the Juno temple ruins at the Tas-Silg Archaeological Complex however the site is not open to the general public.

The Xrobb l-Ghagin Nature Park is a project promoting education, demonstration and research in renewable energy, wastewater management and safeguarding biodiversity. The park sits on a jutting peninsula, presents scenic views of the white cliffs of Munxar and offers safe, picnic areas for families.

Fort Delimara is a defensive structure built by the British as part of a chain of fortifications intended to defend Marsaxlokk Harbour. Today, whilst the fort is still intact, it is in dire need of restoration and in danger of collapse due to coastal erosion.

On the other side of the harbour, the older St. Lucian Tower stands strong. Originally built by the Knights of St. John, the tower was upgraded to a fort in the 1790s to strengthen its defense to the harbour from invaders. Today the complex is used as an aquaculture centre but there are intentions to restore it and convert it into a historical attraction.

The fields around Marsaxlokk also produce some of the best local wines. Small vineyards are situated in the outskirts with Marnisi Estates being the best known. They produce Marnisi - a highly tannic, robust red wine expressive of terroir characteristics made with a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc.

There are no hotels in Marsaxlokk though some apartments are available for rent and guest houses are also on the increase. Visitors should not expect a vivacious night life but for the more relaxed, laid back traveller, Marsaxlokk offers loads.

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Trevignano Romano

You have to visit this place if you are in Malta..so colorful!! Take a walk and eat the local fish, is so yummy!

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Local from Valletta

It is a beautiful and lovely place nice panorama lots of restaurants to enjoy good food.

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Marsaxlokk (Marsa for port, and xlokk for southeast) is a cool little fishing village in the south-east of Malta. Site of ancient Phoenician trading posts, and anchorage for Ottoman invaders, today it’s the home of Xlukkajri fisher folk. Picturesque harbors, colorful boat and outstanding seafood. A tourist market during the week – and the authentic Marsaxlokk Market is held Sundays. There’s a small sandy beach, Saint Peter’s Pool 20 minutes’ walk away (not safe during high weather).

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Halifax

A vibrant, colourful, picture postcard fishing village. The perfect location for an afternoon stroll and watching the fishing boats return with their daily catch.

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London

Marsaxlokk is a fantastically colourful and traditional fishing village in Malta. Here you will be able to visit the daily fish market and you can also find numerous fish restaurants along the bay. It is also a fantastic location for fishing and walking. Evening walks are very popular here and good with the sunset. If you require any further information let us know and we would be happy to provide recommendations.

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Cape Town

Marsaxlokk is rich in color and personality. Its a blue waters and sunny docks attract locals and visitors alike. Grab some seafood at the market or some chachkies to bring home and spend half a day strolling around watching the fishing boats go by.

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nice market

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Local from Valletta

Parish church marsaxlokk

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