We left Marsaxlokk on foot to Birzzebugia, which is the next bigger town south of Marsaxlokk. The walk took only about 45 Minutes and leads along the streets Triq Tat Trunciera and Triq Il-Qajjenza.
The walk offers nice views of the Fort St. Lucian, the coastline and the freeport of Birzebbugia.
Birzebbugia is dominated by its large freeport, but it also offers some nice sandy beaches. The St. Peter in Chains Church in the city centre was built in 1938 and is well worth seeing.
Bus #11 connects Birzebbugia with Valetta. The trip takes about 30 minutes and costs 0,47 Euro (2010).
We came to Marsaxlokk on foot from Marsaskala, which is the next bigger town north of Marsaxlokk.
From Marsaskala we went via St. Thomas Bay along the coastline towards Marsaxlokk. The walk took about 1,5 hours and offered splendid views of the steep cliffs and sandy beaches.
Marsaskala is home to about 10.00 people in winter and about twice as much in summer. It is a seaside village, which is situated at the Marsaskala Creek.
One of the main sights is the St Anne Parish Church. The modern church dates back to 1953 and dominates the northern side of the harbour.
Marsaskala can easily be reached by bus from Valetta. Bus #19 serves the route and the trip takes about 30 Minutes.
On your way down to Marsaxlokk, if you look left just opposite the Marsovin Vineyards, you'll see this abbandonned detached House. It's one of the most popular alleged Haunted Houses in Malta. All doors and windows are barred with stones. Not much to do about it but it's always good to know !
The fort was built by Grand Master Wignacourt in1610 . Fort St. Lucjan was originally armed with six strong bronze cannons. It was surrounded by a dry ditch and had a drawbridge. . During the invasion of Malta by the French in 1798, Fort St. Lucjan was one of the few forts to offer resistance to the forces of Napoleon. It continued to fire on the French troops until the ammunition had run out.Between the late forties and early sixties, Fort St. Lucjan was used by the R.A.F. as a bomb depot. It also served as a military prison in certain periods.Now the tower is was allocated to the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries in order to accommodate the newly set up National Aquaculture Centre. To reach the tower walk all the way past the Marsaxlokk waterfront were the market is held, up the hill and turn left. Only ten minutes walk from the church.
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Most people visit Marsaxlokk for the luzzi,markets and restaurants, but it has a very pretty church too! This is 'Our Lady of Pompeii' church and it is located near the harbour. This church usually has its festa the first week of August.