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

16th June 2019 – Helen (UK)
Beautiful apartment
We stayed in Michelino and we loved this apartment. Jeff was an excellent host, he organised a return airport taxi and a hire car for us. The apartment is an old Maltese house that has been beautifully renovated and extended, with many original features. The courtyard garden was lovely for an evening drink before heading out to one of the many fish restaurants. There is a little sandy beach less than a 5 minute walk away, perfect for a swim after a day out exploring. We would definitely return to these apartments.

6th June 2019 Melanie (UK)

Amazing. Loved it. Come here if you're planning a trip to Malta.

We loved everything about this place. The hosts were so friendly and accommodating, the location was great - with the bay less than 30 seconds outside the front door and within a 14 min drive to Valetta. The apartment was beautiful, full of character (beautiful tiled floors and beams), very clean and had good facilities (hob, microwave, hairdryer, tv with Netflix). The little courtyard outside was great for when we cooked our own meals too. We would recommend this place to anyone looking to come to Malta.

2nd June 2019
Jenny (Australia) - Beautiful and peaceful
Michelle was great, she had put some bread, cheese, meat and tomatoes in our room as we did not arrive till late in afternoon so was good to have something to eat. Booking in was really easy. The apartment was right great, so near to the water, could just open the door and sit outside and take in the views of the boats, fishermen etc. Beds were comfortable, shower was great. Beautiful garden out the back to sit in and take in the sun. A real bonus was the laundry room with washing machine and dryer. Loved the position was so quiet for a relaxing break. Our flight was not till later in the day so could leave our luggage, and were offered the use of a bathroom when we returned to freshen up or have a shower. Would highly recommend this apartment.