Harbour and Luzzu boats
Favorite thing: Marsaxlokk is an old Maltese fishing village and therefore has a large harbour area with many fishing boats. It is especially popular for the traditional fishing boats called Luzzu.
They are usually painted in bright colours like red, blue, yellow and green and are therefore a popular photo motif.
The boat bow is normally decorated with a pair of eyes, which symbolise vigilance to protect the fishermen against the dangers of the sea. The luzzu boats often have Christian names.
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Buildings in the harbour
Favorite thing: The area around the harbour is surrounded by beautiful old buildings, some of them still having facades with old coats of arms.
Maintaining the low-density character of the zone is a must and buildings of more than two storeys in height are not permitted.
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Favorite thing: The pictures of Marsaxlokk Bay, with the colorful eyed luzzus and the cyan water, are the among the most representatives for Malta.
There will always be a picture of Marsaxlokk in every guide about Malta and many tourists come here just to admire the bay's wonderful view.
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The Maltese Luzzu
Favorite thing: The Luzzu is uniquely Maltese Fishing boat. It is painted in the traditional colures of red, yellow and blue. The Luzzu is a sturdy boat and can be used in almost every kind of weather. Most of the Luzzus have the eye of Osiris painted or carved on the bow ( to protect the vessel and the crew from evil ), a symbol brought to Malta by the Phoenicians. These boats could be seen all around the Marsaxlokk waterfront.
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Fondest memory: Its a lovely fishing harbour here with the colourful Luzzus's - just try to ignore the construction off a new power station at the edge of Marsaxlokk!...really its not that noticeable. Just enjoy a stroll along the tree-lined promenade.
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Waiting for Anne
Fondest memory: Well there's not an awful lot to do here, but sometimes not having anything to do except sit at a cafe and watching the world go by is a pleasant way to while the time away. We were here in the afternoon the market was packing up for the day so we found a bar and had a drink while waiting to meet Anne (Xemx) here....don't worry Anne your secret is safe with us! This little local kept us entertained in the meantime ;-)
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Favorite thing: Marsaxlokk church is a lovely colour. It stands in front of a square that also houses the "town hall" or whetever the village equivalent of that is (just next to the church).
The church has a lovely red dome (it's hard to get it into a picture) and from inside the dome is decorated in the usual lavish way.
Favorite thing: We wondered about this blue crossed flag, especially as some of the other villages we'd passed on the way here seemed to be flying flags like this from almost every building. We found later that all Maltese towns & villages have their own flags and that some villages fly them more priminently than others. This flag shown here is the village flag of Marsaxlokk.
The Police Station
Favorite thing: Strange place Malta. It makes me think of how I expect "wild west Mexico" to look, with Catctii, palms, dusty streets and flat roofed, slightly shabby buildings. This police station did nothing to dispel this view ;-)
Favorite thing: The waterfront buldings are built in the traditional Maltese stone with its lovely honey colour. Some are houses, some are cafes, some are workshops. maybe with a flat above... All look a little shabby, but attractively so.
The Eye Of Osiris
Favorite thing: Many of the Luzzo are painted with The Eye Of Osiris. Osiris was a pagan Egypitian god, and his eye on the boat is indended to ward off evil while at sea. Despite their strong Catholic faith this pagan symbol has lived on in Malta.
Favorite thing: In fact the Pretty Bay belongs to a village of Birzebbuga, but I have only one picture from there and it´s near to Marsaxlokk. Anyway: a nice sandy beach with a confusing view to the container ship terminal. I had a great time there, like anywhere else in Malta ... cause the outgoing and friendly Maltese people I met in the restaurants and the beach.
A typical Maltese fisherman’s boat
Favorite thing: This is a typical Maltese fisherman’s boat, a “luzzu”, that can be seen all over the island, but especially all over Marsaxlokk. All of these boats display a certain amount of set colours. The arrangement of these colours determines the owner of the boat.
Note the Egyptian Eye of Osiris at the front. Most of these boats have them. Though Malta is a very Catholic island, these good luck symbols to ward off evil spirits demonstrate how much Maltese customs were influenced by all the various sea faring nations that visited its shores throughout the centuries.
When looking at these boats from the front it even appears as if they are “staring” at you.
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Fondest memory: The church of Marsaxlokk (devoted to Madonna of Pompeii) looked so mysterious after the sunset. The lasts rays of the sun made it enigmatic. The bus stop is located right in front of the church, and we enjoyed the sight while waiting for the bus.
Visit the market! There is a...
Favorite thing: Visit the market! There is a daily market by the bay that sells lace and linen wares,all kinds of souvenirs.nougat,honey,capers,olives etc. Sunday is the huge fish market day.
Fondest memory: I was in Malta in June,when the World Cup was going on. Like most of the world,watching it was HUGE there! Everywhere I went people were watching it or listening to it. I even caught a bit of it myself. How could I not! It was everywhere! I had just caught a bit of the USA/Germany game the day I went to Marsaxlokk. I was at the market,looking at some beautiful tablecloths,chatting with the lady selling them,admiring how pretty they were and deciding which one to buy. The lady then asked me' Are you American?' I said'Yes'. She then said' I am so sorry,they just lost....I heard it just now!' and then she pointed to the radio.Then she said, I am closing up soon and you will probably be the last customer of the day, I will sell you the 15 Lm tablecloth and 6 napkins for 10Lm. Well, of course I had to buy it!It was lovely!........You know, she was probably going to sell it to me for 10 Lm anyway,I probably could have paid less money for it even... if I had tried to haggle a little. But it was so pretty and the lady was so nice,I would have gladly paid the full 15Lm and would have been quite satisfied with my purchase. What a pleasant market experience....especially after walking through the crazy souks of Tunisia the week before!
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