Marsaxlokk is a traditional fishing village located in the south eastern part of Malta. The village's name comes from marsa which means "port" and xlokk which is the local name for "south east". The word is related to the name given to the dry sirocco wind that blows from the Sahara comparable to the equivalent Catalan word "xaloc". During the week days Marsaxlokk is teaming with hawkers selling traditional souvenirs to tourists. The Marsaxlokk market has an interesting and lengthy history and is immensely popular on Sundays where hawkers sell a variety of seafood.

The inhabitants of the village are known as "Xlukkajri" and many of them are practicing fishermen. A main attraction is Marsaxlokk Bay which is full of traditional Maltese fishing boats called luzzus having the mythical eye of Osiris painted on their prows. The painted eyes on these luzzus are believed to protect fishermen and their boats from harm. These boats are thought to have been used by Maltese sailors since Phoenician times (around 800 BC).

The Xlukkajri also have their very own dialect which is spoken by a majority of the village's population.


Visitors Comments

September 2014 - Didier (Germany)
Friendliness, professionalism and research of perfection from the owners and all the staff. The charm of the apartments, clean and fully equipped. The location on the port and middle of fishermen village makes you feel a part of it. The absence of touristic industry makes it real. Recommended for discovering the real friendliness of Malta's people.

September 2014 - Geraldine (France)
Accueil à la fois sérieux et chaleureux. Décoration sobre mais très soignée en préservant le caractère typique du lieu. Jardin très agréable pour manger le jour comme la nuit. Très propre.

August 2014 - Karina & Michal Grocholski

"Marthese invited us at the airport (!), arranged taxi service to the place - contact through all reservation process was kind and very quick. Then we come to the apartment and met Mike - our host. Mike is very friendly andhelpful: we come late but he took care about filling our fridge with basic products to have dinner. On the next day he took as for a ride with his car around entire village - shown best beaches, restaurants, shops etc. He arranged us rental car (with delivery to door, with very affordable price!) and gave very useful directions, informations and suggestions - and was helpful and caring. (Click for more)

August 2014 - Kevin Nakonechny
We just stayed in the quayside apartments for 5 nights and really enjoyed our stay. A nice spacious interior with AC, wifi and a full kitchen. Close to the water, restaurants and everything in town. Would recommend these apartments.