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

13th July 2022 – David Morris & Robert Topp (Leeds, UK)

Hi Mike/Jeff,
Just a short note to say how we thoroughly enjoyed our stay last week (6-13/7/2022) in the Glenn apartment.  The apartment was beyond our expectations.
Please extend our thanks and good wishes to Michelle, who was welcoming and a delight.
All the best, we hope to stay with you again.

28th June 2022 – Oleg (Estonia) -

Liked everything The best location in Marshalokk. Most beautiful. Penthouse apartment is just perfect. Staff will solve all your problems. The shop is nearby, the cafe is nearby, the beach is nearby. And don't read about St. Paul's Beach. Yes, of course he is. But you don't need special shoes for the beach in Marsaxlokk. The bottom is sandy and perfect. And we dragged such shoes onto the plane like fools. If you want to see real Maltese village life, stay at Quayside.

That there were only 3 nights at Quayside. That's definitely not enough!

30th May 2022 - Lisa (UK)

perfect for a relaxing holiday to watch the world go by..friendly staff who couldn't do enough for us

The owners were very welcoming and couldn't do more for us the apartment had everything we needed and staff were available to answer our questions - the location was perfect for a relaxing holiday and having the balcony was the highlight of the apartment and the extras worth the small price we will book again for next year...we fell in love with the place.

I can't think of anything that we didn't like - couldn't fault anything.