Marsaxlokk

Marsaxlokk is a traditional fishing village, located in the south eastern part of Malta, with a population of about 3,500 people. The name comes from ‘marsa’, which means “port” and ‘xlokk’, which means “south east”. The Phoenicians landed here and set up trading posts in the ninth century BC. During Maltas Great Siege, Marsaxlokk was used as an anchorage by the Turkish Fleet.

 

Most recently, most of Malta’s fishing supplies are caught by fishermen coming from this Village. Nearly all the fish is transported to the main market in Valletta, however on Sunday’s, Marsaxlokk is home for the market located on the newly renovated quayside. On the other side of the bay is situated the Power Station. The long Quay which leads up to the Power Station has been planned for a yacht marina, which will only enhance the area further more.

 

Marsaxlokk is a small, traditional fishing village, boasting many family run restaurants which run along the sea front. Fresh quality seafood and traditional Maltese food, with a delightful blend of Western European and International cuisine compliment the menus. Most of the restaurants offer takeaway meals, if one wishes to relax on the Penthouse terrace after a tiring day. Additionally there are many delightful cafeterias all along the seafront offering all kind of snacks, from early morning until late in the evening.

 

Cuisine, local beer and wine are inexpensive in Malta compared with most of Europe. Marsaxlokk is no exception and competes favourably with the more traditional tourist areas on the island.

 

Marsaxlokk is wide awake in the mornings, taken over by the quiet Maltese siesta in the afternoons and comes to life late afternoon. The Village is peaceful and tranquil, so there are no nightclubs or noisy bars. The noisiest it gets is during local feast days… where the Village bursts into festive life and fireworks, celebrating the patron Saint ‘Madonna of Pompei’. There are many small bars where you can sit outside, with a cold local beer or glass of wine, and relax in relative peace at any time of the day.

 

The church is the main feature of this Village, and the skyline south of the village is dominated by a fort situated on the hill.

 

There are many local food outlets such as bakery, fishmonger, butcher, vegetable store…and other small convenience stores. Everything here is fresh. Food is cheap from local sellers.

 

The Village is also very safe and the locals a little shy, but very friendly. It has a small Police Station on the seafront, and has several cash-points from which to obtain Euro’s.