Marsaxlokk should be on top of every traveler’s list.
Marsaxlokk should be on top of every traveler’s list.
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Marsaxlokk should be on top of every traveler’s list. It is a colourful, traditional Maltese village located in the south Eastern Side of Malta with several attractions such as the market that covers the whole village operating majorly on sundays…

Marsaxlokk should be on top of every traveler’s list. It is a colourful, traditional Maltese village located in the south Eastern Side of Malta with several attractions such as the market that covers the whole village operating majorly on sundays and all days of the week for tourists and brightly-coloured fishing boats (and their mytical Eye of Horus infallibly painted on their prows). This fishing boat is called ‘luzzu’ and the painted eyes on these luzzus are believed to protect fishermen and their boats from harm.

Photo by  tomcensani
Photo by
tomcensani

The market itself offers a delightful variety of traditional Maltese things, from handicrafts to home-made delicacies, as well as other less traditional items such as clothing and houseware. A smaller version of the market is also held daily.

Photo by Shepard4711  and Ramon
Photo by Shepard4711
and Ramon

Marsaxlokk can be considered to be a village rich of beauty and wonderful history. As the name suggests, Marsaxlokk can be further divided into two inorder to give meaning that is ‘marsa’ which stands for port and ‘xlokk’ is a south eastern local name which is said to be associated with the dry Sirocco wind that blows from the Sahara. The inhabitants of the Marsaxlokk village are known as the Xlukkajri whose history is mainly attached to the fishing activities.

Being a secluded village, can also be concidered to be very special due to its popular tourists attractions. Fort Delimara can be said to be one of the best destinations in Maraxlokk. Built between the period of 1876 and 1888 by the British, it was very instrumental in the protection of Marsaxlokk harbour. Although it is said that there is a great need of resoration of the fort since it is under the danger of collapse due to the coastal winds, still holds very historical and important features such as the four of its original victorian 12.5 inch muzzle loaded guns mounted on its dwarf carriages.

Photo by You Tube
Photo by You Tube

Xrobb-I-Ghrahin temple also serves as one of the major tourists attraction in Marsaxlokk village. Discovered by an architect by the name Carmelo Rizz between the year 1914 and 1915 , is also believed to have been greatly destroyed by the coastal erosions. However after series of investigations, it is said that most of its remains are still in existance.

In addition to the Temple, Marsaxlokk village also boasts existance of another tourist attraction known as the Delimara Lighthouse which is said to be built in the year 1990. Through the light house one can have a wonderful veiw of Marsacala and Bizeburga which are found on the opposite side of the lighthouse. The lighthouse is also currently used as a means of traffic control.

Delimara lighthouse

Among many attractions, Marsaxlokk parish is also worth visiting in Marsaxlokk village. It was a parished built by fishermen inorder to reduce on travelling time when fisher men started building and settling along the sea coast. It is popularly known as Our Lady of our lady of Pompei. If you decide to travel please concider visiting the Marsaxlokk village.

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