Marsaxlokk Travel Guide

  • Luzzu boats in Marsaxlokk harbour
    Luzzu boats in Marsaxlokk harbour
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  • Typical Luzzu boat
    Typical Luzzu boat
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  • Church of Our Lady of Pompeii
    Church of Our Lady of Pompeii
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Marsaxlokk Highlights

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    HORSCHECK says…

     Colourful luzzu boats; lovely coastline. 

  • Con
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    steventilly says…

     Powerstation & Freeport Around The Bay 

  • In a nutshell
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    sandysmith says…

     lovely harbour port in Malta 

Marsaxlokk Things to Do

  • Marsaxlokk Church

    Marsaxlokk church is dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary The Madonna of Pompeii.There are various village feasts with religious processions and spectacular firework displays in honour of Our Lady on 8th May, 1st Sunday in August and 1st Sunday in October. Inside the church you can see the statue of the Madonna and Child which came from Lecce in...

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  • Birds of Prey

    When arriving in Marsaxlokk one of the first things we noticed was this guy stood on the waterfront with two large birds,one was an Owl perched on his arm the other a Falcon on its pedestal.He was quite happy to let people have the birds on their arm for a small tip so you could take photos.Locals told us he is here nearly every day.

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  • Our Lady of Pompeii Church

    During the 19th century Marsaxlokk became a popular summer resort and a church dedicated to Our Lady of Pompeii became the parish church of the local community in 1897.Built in 1892 it was at first dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary.The church is the site of a national pilgrimage every year on the 8th May.

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  • Market

    The main market in Marsaxlokk is on a sunday selling mainly fish,but the usual market is on every day of the week.Mostly selling souveniers to tourists like glass and ceramic ornaments,flags,tea towels,paintings etc.most goods are fairly cheap but depends on what you want.Its only a small market so expect a lot but its in a lovely setting on the...

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  • Harbour and waterfront

    Marsaxlokk has one of the prettiest harbours in Malta with lots of brightly coloured fishing boats bobbing about on the water and fishmen arranging their catch nets on the shore.There are a few nice bars and cafe's as well as shops on the waterfronts main st and the fish market (sunday mornings) and regular market (every day except sunday) are...

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  • Stroll Around the Harbour

    Marsaxlokk's most scenic feature is, of course, it's harbour full of colourful fishing boats (luzzu, traditional eyed boats), stalls selling juices, ice cream, as well as all types of local souvenirs. This is also where you arrive if you take one of the open-top buses to get round the island - the bus, in fact, stops right on the seafront.If you...

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  • Church of Our Lady of Snow

    The present Church of Our Lady of Snow was finished in 1833 on the site of an even older church. In 1933 the Discalced Carmelites, also known as Barefoot Carmelites, took over the church and the adjacent buildings. They use it as a centre of vocations as well as a retreat centre.Directions:The Church of Our Lady of Snow is situated a 15 minutes...

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  • St. Andrew Statue

    A statue of St Andrew stands in the Marsaxlokk square. The apostole St Andrew holds a diagonal cross as a symbol of his martyrdom. He is the patron saint of the fishermen and fish dealers, that's why the statue looks towards the harbour. St. Andrew and his brother were both fishermen.Directions:The St.Andrew Statue can be found just in front of the...

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  • Fort St. Lucian

    The Fort St. Lucian was built in the early 17th century to protect Marsaxlokk Bay against Turkish attacks. It is one of seven towers which were commissioned by Grand Master Alof de Wignacourt.During the Second World War the Fort St. Lucian served as a munitions depot for the British army. Nowadays, it is home to the Marine Research...

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Marsaxlokk Hotels

Marsaxlokk Restaurants

  • Don't miss the local Seafood!

    This restaurant is just a small one, but with a big terrace at the harbour waterfront.The waitress was real Britsh and talk the ears from my head with her amusing stories. Local Fish

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  • Quite disappointed

    I followed the advice from other reviewers and stopped at this restaurant on the promenade.In brief: the fish is cooked in fat butter even if it is grilled. Vegetables/rice/side dishes are without salt.The octopus in garlic is actually octopus in onion - they have have confused the look of those!That was for sure our last time at the place. None

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  • Try Lampuki Here!

    Nice,moderate priced restaurant at the bay.You have a decent view over the Marsaxlokk Luzzus. Lampuki - Maltese national fish food around September

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  • Matthew's Bar and Restaurant

    As we hiked from Marsaskala to Marsaxlokk, we were quite hungry on arrival in Marsaxlokk at around lunch time. More by chance than on purpose we spotted Matthew's Bar and Restaurant and as many of the tables were taken we decided to give it a try.Matthew's Bar and Restaurant is a simple family run restaurant with good local cuisine. About 10...

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  • This cafe has been closed for at least...

    This cafe/restaurant used to be well known in the village. Now it is deserted, windows smashed and generally very tatty. The owners do not wish to sell it, neither will they do it up or re-open it. It does nothing for the ambience of an otherwise up-and-coming village.

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  • Do miss the overcooked seafood!

    We read a glowing recommendation of this restaurant on your site and we went with high expectations. We paid over Euro 40 for a platter of seafood for two persons, consisting of 2 overcooked scallops smothered in a cheese sauce, about 14 nice mussels, about 8 overcooked prawns,about 8 totally uninteresting kalamare rings and a handful of badly...

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Marsaxlokk Transportation

  • Public Transport to Marsaxlokk

    Given that parking is most towns on the island is not the easiest thing, public transport is the easiest option. To get to Marsaxlokk, you can either take the tourist open-top bus (which stops right on the seafront of the town's colourful harbour) or public bus #81 from the capital Valletta. The public bus will reach the town in just over half an...

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  • Like a Luzzu?

    Marsaxlokk is Malta's unofficial luzzu capital. A luzzu is an awesome traditional fishing boat from the Maltese islands. Luzzus are awesome because they are traditionally colorful, painted in bright shades of yellow, blue, red, and green with a pair of eyes at the bow. Supposedly the eyes are added to avert the "evil eye", so the luzzu will be...

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  • The yellow bus

    The following bus services are available:- Bus 27 regular service from Valletta- Bus 127 regular services from Valletta via Birzebugia- Bus 427 Sliema seafront – Marsaxlokk- Bus 627 Bugibba bus terminusThe Marsaxlokk bus terminal is not at the harbour, but 2 streets up from the waterfront.2011 Update: The Malta bus service has taken over by the...

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Marsaxlokk Shopping

  • Market

    A daily tourist market is one of the main features of Marsaxlokk with a weekly Sunday market where one can find almost anything for a bargain.

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  • Souvenirs from Malta

    Beside the famous Sunday fish market, a daily tourist market is also held in Marsaxlokk. This market is the perfect place where one can find almost anything and can also bargain: hand-made knitted crochet table-cloths, clothes or souveniers, things to remind the wonderful time spent in Marsaxlokk.

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  • Maltese nougat

    The famous Maltese nougat, made of sugar and roasted almonds or hazelnuts, with different fresh flavours (banana, strawberry, chocolate, vanilla) can be bought from Marsaxlokk's market for a good price. Large pieces cost around Lm 2-3, while there is also a special offer of 3 small pieces for Lm 2-.

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Marsaxlokk Local Customs

  • Maltese Cats

    During our one week on Malta we saw quite a few stray cats. They can be found everywhere from busy towns to rural villages, near harbours; under cars or on benches. The stray cats are usually used to street life and offer a very good photo opportunity. The 5 photos of this tip where all taken near the Fort St. Lucian, just outside Marsaxlokk.

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  • Maltese currency: Euro

    Malta is a member of the European Union since May 2004. On the 1st of January 2008 Malta adopted the Euro as official currency, which makes travels for people coming from the Eurozone much easier.The Euro replaced the Maltese Lira (MTL), which was in circulation since 1972. The fixed exchange rate between the two currencies is 0,429300 EUR/MTL.The...

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  • Soft drink Kinnie

    Kinnie is a maltese non-alcoholic soft drink with a bitter sweet taste. It is made from bitter oranges and several aromatic herbs. The drink was developed by the Malteses company Simonds Farsons Cisk in 1952 as an alternative to Cola.My first encounter with Kinnie was on the Air Malta flight from Zurich to Malta, where I ordered a Kinnie to...

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Marsaxlokk Warnings and Dangers

  • Blots on the landscape

    The bay at Marsaxlokk is such a beautiful place, it's almost impossible to take a bad photo here. That's if you avoid the two blots on the landscape, the container port & the power station.

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  • The market program

    Marsaxlokk's Open Market is opened from 7:00am to 1:00pm.For the best of it, it is recommendable to start the visit early in the morning.Around noon the sellers start to collect all the stuff and close the stalls and until 1:00pm it will not be much left to see.

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  • Blot On The Horizon

    If you stand at the head of the harbour and look out of the bay, you might see at the left the huge power station. And if you look at the right hand side of the bay, the huge cranes of the container freeport. These are a bit of a blot on the landscape, but it is quite easy to ignore them. It's less easy to ignore the container port though if you go...

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Marsaxlokk Tourist Traps

  • The Sunday market

    I've heard a lot of locals recommending Marsaxlokk's market as the best place to buy souvenirs at a very convenient price. But, I personally found the widely publicized Marsaxlokk market more a tourist trap than an attraction.There was nothing special or cheaper than in other places in Malta and most of the things had also a poor quality.Parrots,...

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  • Don't be the typical tourist...

    Don't be the typical tourist and learn how to pronounce the name of this town correctly!Marsaxlokk is pronounced 'marshashlock' The name comes from the Arabic word 'marsa' meaning 'harbor' and 'lyokk',the Maltese name for the hot sirocco wind that blows from the Sahara.

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  • Marsaxlokk Hotels

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Marsaxlokk Off The Beaten Path

  • Hike to Birzebbugia

    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...

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  • Hike to Marsaskala

    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...

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  • A Haunted House

    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 !

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Marsaxlokk Favorites

  • Harbour and Luzzu boats

    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...

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  • Buildings in the harbour

    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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  • Marsaxlokk view

    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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