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Top 6 Things To Do in Marsaxlokk That You’ll Love

Are you planning a trip to Marsaxlokk anytime soon? If so, you’re in for a treat! This charming fishing village in Malta is full of hidden gems and exciting things to explore. After you’ve visited Malta’s capital, Valletta, visited “The Silent City” of Mdina, spent some time on the stunning beaches and maybe visited the sister island of Gozo, it’s time for a colourful village. From colorful fishing boats to delicious seafood markets, there’s something for everyone in Marsaxlokk. So, grab your sunscreen and get ready to embark on an unforgettable adventure! Check out our top 6 things you can’t miss in Marsaxlokk.

Marsaxlokk is not just your average tourist spot; it’s a whole vibe! This cozy village has a unique charm that will make you fall in love the moment you set foot here. The friendly locals, the fresh seafood, the picturesque views – it’s a paradise waiting to be explored. Whether you’re a foodie, a culture lover, or just looking for some relaxation, Marsaxlokk has got you covered. So, get ready to immerse yourself in the laid-back atmosphere and create memories that you’ll cherish forever. Trust me, this place is a hidden gem worth discovering!

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Top things to do in Marsaxlokk

You only need a few hours to visit Marsaxlokk, so it’s a great choice for a day trip from any town in Malta. Malta is a fairly small island and it’s quite easy to explore, especially if you choose to rent a car. Of course, if you decide you want to spend a little more time exploring, you can also spend a night or two there.

💡Did you know? The name Marsaxlokk is a Maltese word meaning “harbour” (marsa) and “south-easterly wind” (xlokk). It is correctly pronounced “mar-sa-shlock”.

Admire the colourful luzzu boats

As you wander along the waterfront promenade, you’ll be greeted by a mesmerizing sight: a sea of brightly painted fishing boats known as luzzus. These traditional Maltese boats are adorned with intricate designs and the iconic ‘eye of Osiris,’ believed to ward off evil spirits. Don’t miss the opportunity to witness the luzzu parade as the fishermen return from their daily catch, adding a splash of color to the serene waters of Marsaxlokk Bay.

In keeping with traditions dating back to Phoenician times, the eye of Horus (an ancient Egyptian symbol of protection) is painted on the front bow to protect fishermen out at sea. The boats are attractions in themselves and a colourful symbol of the Maltese islands.


Explore the Sunday fish market

For a true taste of local life, be sure to visit the Sunday fish market, a vibrant affair where fishermen sell their fresh catch straight from the boats. Wander through the bustling market stalls, filled with an array of seafood, local produce, and artisanal crafts. Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere, haggle with the vendors, and savor the sights, sounds, and smells of this authentic Maltese experience.

The market begins early in the morning, usually around dawn, as the fishermen return from their overnight fishing trips. If you arrive too late, you’ll miss out on the fresh fish, as the locals buy it earlier.

If you can’t make it to Marsaxlokk on Sunday, you have the option to visit the daily market every day between 8am and 2pm. This market is small and rather underwhelming compared to the Sunday Market, but it is still worth a visit to buy some local delicacies or a souvenir.

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Indulge in fresh seafood delights

Marsaxlokk is renowned for its seafood, and no visit would be complete without sampling the local delicacies. Head to one of the waterfront restaurants or cozy cafes lining the harbor and feast on freshly caught fish, calamari, and prawns prepared in traditional Maltese style. Whether you prefer grilled, fried, or stewed dishes, the culinary delights of Marsaxlokk are sure to tantalize your taste buds and leave you craving for more.

Visit the Marsaxlokk Parish Church

Steeped in history and architectural splendor, the Marsaxlokk Parish Church is a must-visit attraction for history enthusiasts and culture lovers alike. Admire the intricate Baroque facade, adorned with statues and ornate carvings, and step inside to marvel at the stunning interior featuring majestic vaulted ceilings, gilded altars, and intricate frescoes. Take a moment to soak in the serenity of this sacred space and appreciate its role in the village’s rich religious heritage.

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Wander through the village streets

Take a leisurely stroll through the charming streets of Marsaxlokk and soak in the village’s laid-back atmosphere. Admire the quaint pastel-colored houses, adorned with vibrant flowers and traditional Maltese balconies, and discover hidden gems around every corner. Stop by local shops to browse for souvenirs, chat with friendly locals, and immerse yourself in the authentic Maltese way of life.

Take a trip to St. Peter’s Pool

For the more adventurous travelers, a boat trip to St. Peter’s Pool is a must-do activity while in Marsaxlokk. Located just a short distance from the village, this natural swimming pool is renowned for its pristine turquoise waters and dramatic limestone cliffs. Spend the day swimming, snorkeling, or simply basking in the sun surrounded by the stunning coastal scenery. You have to visit St. Peter’s Pool! With its secluded location and unspoiled beauty, this is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered.

A trip to St. Peter’s Pool should definitely be on your list of things to do if you’re keen on jumping from the rocks into the sea. I have to admit that unfortunately I haven’t tried it myself, but maybe next time I’ll take the plunge.

A boat trip is not the only way to get to St. Peter’s Pool. You can get there with your car, but be warned, parking spaces are limited and visitor numbers can be quite high in high season. Another option is to take a taxi/Uber (it should cost about 7-8€). You can even walk, but be aware that you’ll definitely need a hat, sunscreen and of course plenty of water!

What to eat in Marsaxlokk?

So, now that you’ve wandered the market and soaked in the colorful atmosphere, it’s time to treat your taste buds to some mouthwatering seafood in Marsaxlokk! Head over to one of the charming waterfront restaurants and feast on the freshest catch of the day. From grilled octopus to succulent prawns, there’s a seafood delight for everyone. Don’t forget to pair your meal with a glass of local wine or a refreshing Mediterranean cocktail. Trust me, the flavors of Marsaxlokk will leave you craving for more!

So, what are the must-try dishes in Marsaxlokk?

  • Lampuki pie – a traditional Maltese dish. Lampuki pie features fresh lampuka fish (also known as mahi-mahi) encased in flaky pastry along with a savory filling of vegetables, herbs, and spices.
  • Calamari – it’s a simple yet delicious dish that highlights the natural flavors of the sea. Often served grilled or fried.
  • Prawn linguine
  • Fish soup / aljotta
  • Seafood platter
  • Octopus salad

These are just a few of the delicious foods to enjoy in Marsaxlokk, each showcasing the rich culinary heritage and abundant seafood bounty of this charming Maltese village. Bon appétit!

How to get to Marsaxlokk?

It all depends on your starting point. I won’t bother explaining how to get to Marsaxlokk by car, I’ll focus mainly on public transport. It will take you approx. 25 minutes to drive from Valletta. The bus will take about 40 minutes.

The bus to Marsaxlokk leaves from Valletta, so if you are staying somewhere else you will need to get there first. For me, I had to take the bus from Sliema to Valletta first and then wait for the bus to Marsaxlokk. There are two bus lines that will get you there – line 81 and 85.

If you are staying in Marsaxlokk, you can get there directly from the airport with bus line 119.

Buses run quite frequently, but I advise you to check the timetables in advance.

Top tips for exploring Marsaxlokk

Before you set off to explore Marsaxlokk, make sure to wear comfy shoes for strolling around the charming village and its picturesque harbor. Don’t forget your sunscreen and hat to stay protected from the Maltese sun. When haggling at the market, remember to smile and be friendly to the local vendors – you might score some great deals! Lastly, immerse yourself in the local culture by chatting with the friendly locals and trying out some traditional Maltese dishes. Get those cameras ready to capture the vibrant colors of the fishing boats and the stunning sunsets by the harbor.

Alright, folks, it’s time to pack your bags and hit the road to Marsaxlokk! But don’t go overboard with your luggage – light and easy is the way to go for this trip.

From its bustling fish market to its tranquil beaches and rich cultural heritage, Marsaxlokk offers a delightful blend of experiences that capture the essence of Malta’s coastal charm. A visit to this enchanting village is sure to leave a lasting impression. So pack your bags, set sail for Marsaxlokk, and embark on an unforgettable journey through one of Malta’s hidden treasures.

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