The Picturesque Harbour of Marsaxlokk, Malta

Marsaxlokk Village

The mediterranean islands of Malta are home to plenty of beautiful and scenic spots and the village of Marsaxlokk has to be one of its most picturesque. A traditional fishing village on the east coast of the island of Malta, Marsaxlokk woos visitors with its bright colours and laid-back atmosphere. Here’s a quick look at the delightfully picturesque spot.

Marsaxlokk Waterfront

A visit to the village of Marsaxlokk has to begin with a walk along the harbour’s curved waterfront. Sure this is so you can take in the village houses and people watch, but the main reason is so you can spy all the vibrant, pained boats floating in the water. Known as “Luzzu“, these traditional Maltese fishing boats are a real spectacle and it’s hard not to be enchanted by their colours and simplicity.

Luzzu Close Up Marsaxlokk

You may be lucky to spot a luzzu in around Sliema or Valletta, but in Marsaxlokk they’re everywhere and more’s the better. It seems nearly always they are painted light blue with yellow and orange stripes.

Marsaxlokk Harbour

Marsaxlokk Winter

Marsaxlokk Boats

Marsaxlokk Harbour

Marsaxlokk Water

As Marsaxlokk is situated so far from Valletta (relative to the size of Malta), it’s often included as part of various tours or cruises that take in multiple sights around the island. Given that it’s a fishing village, it’s usually a lunchtime stop where visitors can try some of the fresh, local seafood.

Aside from lunch, the other main activity for tourists is the food and craft markets that the village is known for. While not really my kind of thing, the other visitors about seemed to be enjoying the local food and knickknacks to no end.

Marsaxlokk Market

If the village has one main landmark, it has to be the Parish Church at the centre of the village. Built in the typical Maltese style, the Marsaxlokk Parish Church dates back over 100 years and is definitely a fine example.

Marsaxlokk Parish Church

Wanting to get out and explore a bit, I decided to head towards a tower nearby that was showing up on my map. Only about a kilometre south of the village, lies the bulky St Lucian’s Tower. Despite the gates being open when I arrived, I was quickly told that it wasn’t open to the public. Still, the tower is a historic landmark and the views over to the port at Birżebbuġa make you appreciate how left alone the village is.

St Lucian's Tower, Marsaxlokk



  • As I said, the common way to reach Marsaxlokk is with a tour, but you can take the 81 or 85 Bus from Valletta into town. Timetables can be found here.
  • Commonly only a stopping point, you could choose to instead stay in Marsaxlokk and unwind in peace and quiet. There are a handful of places to choose from.


Have you heard of the small fishing village of Marsaxlokk in Malta? How do you like the traditional Luzzu? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

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One sight you shouldn't miss in Malta is the traditional fishing boats known as Luzzu. These colourful boats abound in the small fishing village of Marsaxlokk on the east coast of the small Mediterranean nation. via @travelsewhere


14 Comment

  1. What a great and colorful waterfront! It definitely looks like the sort of place you’d like to sit at a cafe and watch the boats and people all afternoon! The church is pretty, but the tower looks intriguing. All the more because they said it’s off limits!! Makes you wonder what’s inside. 😉 Great stuff as always, David!

  2. Anisa says:

    I had not heard of it, but it looks beautiful I do love the colorful fishing boats. I would love to go for a ride on one, pinning for future reference. Thanks for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard.

  3. Great photos, they really make me want to book a trip to Malta! #theweeklypostcard

    1. David says:

      Thanks Annabel, I’d highly recommend a visit!

  4. galanda23 says:

    Oh, Malta looks so beautiful! But so does the entire Europe. I wouldn’t know where to go first. Those fishing boats are a photographer’s dream. #TheWeeklhyPostcard

    1. David says:

      I totally agree Anda, Europe is one big beautiful continent. Malta is a pretty nice pick though 🙂

  5. Julz says:

    Absolutely beautiful pics! I want to go!!! #theweeklypostcard

  6. Vlad says:

    I loved the boats in Marsaxlokk, they’re so colorful! I took a bus from Valletta, but for some reason it didn’t go all the way into town that day (the road was closed) so I had to walk about 30 minutes in the sun. But it was well worth it 😀 #TheWeeklyPostcard

    1. David says:

      Ah I managed to take a bus that brought me right to town, but I can imagine walking around wasn’t too bad either 😉

  7. Always great to meet someone else who loves Malta as much as I do. Marsaxlokk is top of my places to see next time I’m in Malta. The church as all Maltese churches is beautiful. I love their architecture, but those fishing boats are super! Could happily wile away a few hours lounging on one with a book taking in the harbour from a different perspective, lol… not sure that’s poss though!

    1. David says:

      Malta really is a fascinating place that feels much larger than it is. I’m sure you could hire a boat there somehow but I was pretty happy just watching them from the waterfront.

  8. Laura says:

    I was disappointed we couldn’t go into the tower either! Nevermind, the bay is so pretty, it’s worth a visit. Thanks for sharing #theweeklypostcard

  9. I’m DYING to see those colorful boats!! They’re so pretty and I could spend hours just standing there snapping pictures in every which direction, much to my husbands dismay haha

    1. I couldn’t agree more! My husband is also completely amused by how many photos I have the ability to snap on the one subject matter! These boats would definitely cause excessive camera use!

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