Roaming Malta for a day or so will lead to many walled cities, tons of history, lots of limestone hourse and then Marsaxlokk. It’s pronounced Mar – sa – shlock”, which took me about 30 mins to figure out how to pronounce, is a small picturesque village in the south eastern coast of Malta. It’s known as the ‘fishing village’ of Malta.
There is a cute little town square and like everything else in Malta, it’s that limestone brown that is synonymous with most Maltese buildings.
Marsaxlokk is located around a natural harbour , which is home to the traditional Maltese fishing boats known as “Luzzus” (heavy, wooden fishing boats painted bright blue, yellow and red and decorated with a set of eyes – a style said to date back to the Phoenicians). The ambiance is unique as the sea is full of the luzzus. Nowhere else on the island can you see such a concentration of colours so vivid and bright, that brighten the entire harbour.
These gondola types of boats are used by fishermen to capture ‘lampuki’, a Mediterranean fish mostly caught between August and December. A luzzu will have a mythical eye painted on both sides of the prow, which should protect the fisherman and his family from evil. As a working harbour, you’ll see tons of fishing nets drying out in the sun during the hot daytime hours.
Once you’re done with taking pictures, head over to one of the shoreside restaurants to have some great fish. Everything is caught daily for lunch and dinner, so it would take something unique for me to choose one of the restaurants. In the end, I loved the sign for the “The Three Sisters”, a restaurant located in the middle of the harbour area. They tease with slogans such as “fresh fish caught by my husband” & “most of our fish are fresh. not kept in refrigerator”. As for ordering, one of the sisters suggested “mixed plate of fresh fish” without a pause. That plate came with 3 types of fish, chips & salad. Everything was great and the prices were definitely on point …
So next time you’re here, get a picture, grab a Cisk draft and get a plate of fish. Your heart, wallet and belly will all be full! Also if you’re interested in doing holidays in Malta, feel free to check out Dealchecker for some rates.