Marsaxlokk Malta is a small fishing village with a population of around 4,000 located on the south-eastern coast of Malta located at the shoreline of the second largest port in Malta.
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You will find this fishing village on all Malta guide books. Surrounded by green vegetation, this port is very sheltered and has deep waters. For this reason it has served many purposes over the centuries.
The nearby village of Birzebbugia also forms part of this port however it offers a very different character. At present this important fishing village has the largest population of active fishermen with many traditional fishing boats of all sizes anchored in the port.
The Malta fishing village is a very quiet location compared to others, with few cars passing through. But at the same time it has become a very touristic location with many fish restaurants and cafes lined along the promenade.
Street hawkers set up their daily stalls here selling souvenirs, clothing and all kinds of things. You will also notice there are stalls selling fresh fish. Marsaxlokk Malta is busiest on Sunday when many people flock to the Sunday market.
Many locals come on this day to buy their weekly supply of fish and vegetables.
You will still see the usual souvenir stalls and the Maltese lace table-cloths with crochet finishing many of them depicting the cross of the Knights of Malta. For those with a sweet tooth, one will find many locally baked sweets to savour and purchase.
The most popular fish in Malta are the Swordfish and blue fin tuna. During spring and autumn dolphin fish or Dorado, known locally as ‘lampuki’ is caught in abandance and is very popular with the locals.
If you are lucky enough you might see the fishermen tending to their nets before they go out to sea for their next catch. It is indeed a village where you can relax and gently stroll around.
When is the Market open during the week?
What happens on Sunday in Marsaxlokk?
Despite its importance in the history of Malta over the years and its reputation as the most picturesque seaside locality in Malta, Marsaxlokk fishing village remains a peaceful and touristic location.
Despite having become very commercialized, the beauty is in its old houses laden with character. Various historic buildings can be still seen in the harbour, while the fishing nets are still spread on the quay to dry in the sun.
We suggest that here is a good choice for meals, not only for the fresh fish on offer but also for its’ quiet and picturesque location. For those who come to our islands in search of a relaxing holiday, this is the place where this can be achieved.
The typical Maltese church with the large square at the front, and the laid back village atmosphere that enable it to retain its character.
Fish is one of the most popular dishes on the menu as it is fresh and locally caught. Most fish restaurants are open for lunch and dinner and are sought after by all types of persons, not least by foreigners who live or work in Malta. Click here to see all restaurants in Marsaxlokk.
The most popular things to do in Marsaxlokk is to visit the daily stalls or the Sunday market. At the stalls you find souvenirs, clothing and all kinds of things while also seeing stalls selling fresh Maltese fish.
The Parish Church which is located in front of the promenade, was built in 1897 and is dedicated to our Lady of Pompei.
The Tas-Silg historical site is a living memory of generations of culture that have settled on this island over centuries. It is worth viewing a feature describing its’ importance. While visiting the tas-Silg complex, you can also visit the church of Our lady of tas-silg which is a one minute walk away.
It has been used for many centuries by inhabitants and invaders alike. In fact the Knights of St. John had constructed a large fortification which is called St. Lucian. It is located at the centre of the port on a peninsula. It’s main purpose had been to protect this harbour from invaders to which often fell prey.
Marsaxlokk bay is the location mentioned on all Malta guide books.
Since Marsaxlokk fishing village is right by the sea, there are ample of places to swim or walk.
If driving your own rented car, take the road leading to Zejtun. Follow the signs on the main road until you find the signs which will take you to the centre of the village which is adjacent to the sea shore. When you arrive you can then park your car along the promenade and on the left side of the bay there is a large parking area. If you will be visiting on a Sunday, it might be difficult to find parking since there will be the market by the seafront.
Villages close by are Birzebbugia, Zejtun and Marsascala.
The CitySightseeing Malta hop-on hop-off service, passes from Marsaxlokk too. First departure from Valletta Waterfront at 09:15 to 16:10 every 30 minutes. You have to get on the South Malta red line. Marsaxlokk is stop number 4. For further details click here.
You can catch a taxi or transfer for around €20 (one way) for a standard car. If you are planning on travelling back to the airport with a taxi, we would suggest booking a round trip as it will come cheaper.
Banks: There are two ATM's around Marsaxlokk.
Local Council of Marsaxlokk
Sanctuary of Our Lady of Pompeii Church
St. Peter's Pool, Harbour Tour
In Marsaxlokk you will not find any hotels, but you will find Guesthouses or apartments for rent.
If you are looking for a 2 & 3 star hotels but want to stay in the vicinity of Marsaxlokk, you will find hotels at Birzebbugia or Marsascala. The following are the hotels found at those two locations.
All restaurants offer a particular experience in fresh locally caught fish and sea food. Most fish restaurants are open for lunch and dinner and are sought after by all types of persons, not least by foreigners who live or work in Malta.
Other restaurants in Marsaxlokk:
Since Marsaxlokk is a Maltese word, sometimes it is difficult to pronounce or write by foreigners. These are the various ways it is expressed: marsaslok | marsaxlok | marsaxloxx | marsaxxlok | marsaloxx | marsalokk.
Marsaxlokk Malta remains one of the most attractive places to visit.
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