Marsaxlokk Fishing Village

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by cls223 on June 23, 2005

Marsaxlokk, southeast of Valletta, is a traditional fishing village popular with tourists for its picturesque charm. Vibrantly painted luzzu (fishing boats) provide colorful photo opportunities, with their traditional blue, red and yellow colors and the vigilant "Eyes of Osiris" on their bows. These painted eyes are believed by locals to be protection from the "evil eye". As you stroll along the seafront, you can watch the local fisherman mending their nets or working on their boats. There is a daily market along the waterfront, whose wares are aimed mainly at tourists. On Sundays, check out the Fish Market, where you can find swordfish, tuna and lampuki. There are several food kiosks and cafes by the seafront where you can relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of this peaceful village.

After wandering the seafront, I stopped in The Local, which sits on the road along the sea. Not surprisingly, fish is a staple on the menu here, but there are also Italian and traditional Maltese dishes. I decided to try mizet, a cold plate of Maltese specialties. My favorite of these was the bread, spread with tomato paste and olive oil and topped with sliced olives and chopped onion. There were several types of Maltese sausages and cheeses, olives, tomatoes, greens and a small helping of bean pate and Maltese crackers. The bean pate was my least favorite of the lot, but nonetheless I enjoyed my first taste of traditional Maltese fare. The Local/Xlukkajr Restaurant, Xatt is-Sajjieda, Marsaxlokk; phone +356 21 652 109.

By bus, it’s just a bit over 30 minutes from Valletta: take bus 27, which operates about every half hour between 6:30am and 7:30pm.

Marsaxlokk Fishing Village

Marsaxlokk , Malta

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