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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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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