Marsaxlokk (meaning the south-east port) is the foremost fishing village and, perhaps, the most picturesque seaside locality in Malta.
One can here admire the small fishing craft, the 'Luzzu' and 'Kajikk' painted in vivid colours of red, yellow, green and blue, floating lightly on the calm waters of the bay.
Fishing nets are often spread on the quay to dry in the sun and, quite often, sturdy fishermen can be seen mending these nets. These activities, together with the modest fishermen's houses by the quayside, lend the place charm and serenity.
Beaches and Bays Around Marsaxlokk
Marsaxlokk Bay is Malta's second largest natural harbour. The seafront is an amazing postcard scene with colourful boats and scenery but the seafront here is all concrete. The nearest beach is at Brizebugga about 3 miles from Marsaxlokk although St Peters pool, a natural pool of water is located nearby and ideal for swimming and sunbathing.
Things to do in Marsaxlokk
You could spend all day gazing at the colourful seafront in Marsaxlokk but there are a few more things to do in Marsaxlokk. The fish market takes place every sunday and although dominated by the fish stalls, there are now a number of souvenir stalls and local produce stalls selling local honey, jam, veg and wine. A great place to mix and interact with the locals.
St Peter's pool is a natural pool carved into the coast, with calm waters the pool is perfect for safe swimming for all ages and sunbathing. Marsaxlokk Parish Church dominates the villages skyline and is well worth a visit with its stunning decor and paintings along with historical statues.
Fort Delimara, an endangered fort due to coastal erosion, sits on the cliff face and is truly a sight to behold. Unfortunately you are now unable to enter due to its precarious nature but it can be seen from the outside whether by land or boat, some may recognise it from the 2016 fil Assaisns Creed.
St Lucian Tower is an impressive structure built in the 17th century by the Order of St John and is one of the islands largest watch towers. Steeped in history and legend, the tower is well worth a tour for any history lover (tours in the tower are offered on saturdays).
The only way to finish any day in Marsaxlokk is by choosing one of the many top fish restaurants proving some of the best and freshest fish dishes the island can offer.
Places to Eat and Drink in Marsaxlokk
Most of the island's fish supplies are caught by fishermen coming from this port. Swordfish, tuna and the popular 'lampuki' are caught in abundance during the season between spring and late autumn. On weekdays, the catch is taken to the fish-market in Valletta, but on Sundays fish is retailed by fishermen in the open on the quay.
Fish restaurants have sprung to meet the ever increasing demand. The tourist influx to Marsaxlokk has also attracted many hawkers and souvenir vendors. There are many great fish restaurants located in Marsaxlokk.
Shopping in Marsaxlokk
Shopping in Marsaxlokk Malta is a little limited. There are a number of small souvenier kiosks and shops and a large market on the seafront, however, if you want a shopping experience then the place to be is the nearby capital, Valletta. Valletta is just a short drive or bus journey away and is the perfect place to blow away those purse cobwebs with a selection of products and shops, you are certain to find whatever you set out for in Valletta.
History of Marsaxlokk
Overlooking the northern arm of Marsaxlokk Bay is the hill of Tas-Silg. This archaeological site contains remains of megalithic temples of the Tarxien phase, with later alterations resembling the Hagar Qim model. Bronze-age material was also found scattered around the area.
The site's most important period in Marsaxlokk History, however, is considered to be that which goes from the end of the 6th Century BC to the 1st Century AD, with most of the extant structures belonging to the latter part of this span. Again it was used as a religious site, this time as a temple dedicated to Astarte/Hera. In fact a number of dedications to both goddesses, or to the one goddess, under both the Phoenician and Greek names, have been found.
How to get to Marsaxlokk
The Tas-Silg site was to be used again for religious purposes sometime in the 4th century AD, when it was adapted to a new religion, Christianity, and possibly used as a monastery.
Chevron package holidays
include complimentary transfers to and from the airport, however, if you are looking to make your own way bus route 119 is the only direct route. The bus is one of the easiest ways to get around Malta and for those looking to travel to Valletta, a short ride on bus 81 or 85 will takje you to the city centre. Travelling around Malta can be done by bus or you can rent a car, the Maltese drive on the left just like the UK.Accommodation in Marsaxlokk
There are a few accommodation options in Marsaxlokk
Malta to book, however, we recommend Marsaxlokk should be a day trip on your Malta Itinerary.