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Malta's second largest natural harbor, the colorful Marsaxlokk Bay is an attraction that shouldn't be missed by any real tourist.

... and if not for the famous Sunday fish market or a tasteful fish lunch at least for the fantastic view of the small bay full of traditional Maltese boats with the eye of Osiris painted on their prows and the relaxed atmosphere, the charm and serenity of this place.

The name of Marsaxlokk derives from two words "Marsa", an Arabic word meaning harbor (or port) and Xlokk, the Maltese word for the south-easterly Mediterranean wind. In Italian the word is "sirocco", and is describing the direction (south east), which the bay faces.

With an agitated history over the years, in recent times, Marsaxlokk was the scene of the Bush-Gorbachev Summit in 1989.

  • Last visit to Marsaxlokk: Aug 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Arkeolog's Profile Photo
    Mar 23, 2009 at 12:38 PM

    Hi Diana Ive been to Marsaxlokk and your page birng my memories back. Great page here with tips. thx for sharing with us. Bora

  • babettu's Profile Photo
    Sep 21, 2008 at 9:11 AM

    Very good info... ... Great Pics!!!!!!

  • Jul 14, 2008 at 9:20 AM

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  • TheWanderingCamel's Profile Photo
    Apr 10, 2007 at 7:23 PM

    It's many, many years sice I was in Marsaxlokk but I do remeber the boats, the church and the good fish restaurants. I guess there's a heap more tourists there now. leyle

  • GordonP's Profile Photo
    Apr 6, 2007 at 8:36 AM

    Having also been to this market, I totally agree with what is written.

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Feb 14, 2007 at 7:35 AM

    Excellent page! Marsaxlokk bay and its colorful fishing boats is among my foundest memories from Malta. And my VT passport picture was taken just there :-)

  • sylina's Profile Photo
    Feb 11, 2007 at 9:43 PM

    wonderful page! love the colourful boats and cute church.. it's indeed a charming town.. enjoyed your tips.. :) greetings~

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Dec 5, 2006 at 5:46 AM

    Marsaxlokk Bay with its colourful little fishing boats, is indeed very charming. Enjoyed your tip on the "eyes of Osiris" or the evil eye. The Maltese nougat sounds yummy!

  • tiabunna's Profile Photo
    Nov 24, 2006 at 11:09 PM

    I hate shopping, so I'd have to agree with you including the markets in the 'tourist traps'! Apart from that, it does look a very pleasant place - especially the colourful fishing boats.

  • nickandchris's Profile Photo
    Nov 23, 2006 at 7:43 AM

    There is something beautiful about brightly painted fishing boats in Mediteranean harbours.


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