Marsaxlokk Harbour
Marsaxlokk Harbour
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  • becky248
    London, United Kingdom309 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good market in fishing village
    We went on a Sunday for the fish Market and enjoyed seeing both the fish and the fruit and veg stalls and all the other general stalls. We got early (around 9) which I would recommend. There are lots of lovely places to eat at. I don't necessarily think it is as beautiful as the guide books say but definitely worth a visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 26, 2023
  • shw18
    Surrey, United Kingdom53 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Marsaxlokk
    We journeyed on a Sunday to experience the fishing village & market. Due to the feast, there was no market, however the bay was so beautiful to visit, it surely gave us more space & time to enjoy the views & the few street stalls that were on. The local church was lovely.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 5, 2023
  • Pate_on_toast
    England, United Kingdom42 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sunday markets
    Visited here with a couple of friends on Sunday morning, the markets were great, they kept going and going. We walked a lot of the bay and by lunchtime it was starting to get really busy. Only advice would be to plan your transport as we found the buses on this day were really busy and they often then drove past the stops.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 16, 2023
  • Melandherbackpack
    Portsmouth, United Kingdom294 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely at sunset
    This was our favourite stop on our two week two around Malta and Gozo. We popped to Marsaxlokk from Valletta in the late afternoon and it seems that's when the bay is at its prettiest and most authentic. Not too many other tourists, all of the brightly coloured fishing boats were anchored in the harbour, the fishermen were fixing their nets or readying their boats for the next day and cats were stealing leftover fish if they could find them. We took a short walk along the harbour as the sun set and then had a drink in one of the little restaurants set up by the water. Really nice way to spend a couple of hours and definitely worth a visit.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 19, 2023
  • Yas46
    Adliswil, Switzerland966 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    More traditional Maltese bay to see the Maltese boats and to take boat trips
    This is a lovely bay to visit, although getting far busier than when we came before, 6 years ago. We had a great boat trip out to see St Peter pool and further round- Zuza boat trips. The boat captain spoke English..he even got one of the huge egg fried jellyfish out of the water to show that it doesn't sting. We enjoyed a lovely coffee and cake around the corner at Tina's coffee house..go but don't expect a quaint traditional harbour any more.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 29, 2023
  • Escape from Reality
    Kent, United Kingdom321 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Sunday market is a must
    The bustling Sunday market is a must, we arrived early on the advice of a local. This market is visited by locals and tourists alike and is an insight in to Malta’s culture. Yes, there are tatty touristy shops and stalls selling tutt however the fish and produce, linens and homewares are shopped by locals. We spent a couple of hours walking along the picturesque harbour with the traditional colourful wooden boats, and stopped for coffee and breakfast. Top tip - if your going for the market, then arrive early and leave before it becomes too busy. Hope this is helpful
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 29, 2023
  • Joanna H
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best spot in Malta
    Marsaxlokk is for me the best, most authentic spot in Malta. Chill atmosohere, great local food, cute colofrul boats and many restaurants. Definitely worth visiting. A few kilometers hike leads to St. Peter's pool, a nice natural bay to take a swim.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 15, 2023
  • a c
    Wirral, United Kingdom200 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A bight fishing harbour
    We travelled from Sliema on a Sunday. Ferry to Valetta, then a bus from the bus station T81. approximatel 30 minutes on the direct bus. The market is huge. The harbour is busy and bright. Plenty of eateries about. This village was recommended by our taxi driver and we were not disappointed. Little outing for a few hours.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 17, 2023
  • Peter Simmons
    London, United Kingdom83 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Toilets need improvement
    We visited on a Sunday morning in December so we could visit the market. Clothing, bags,fruit,fish,vegetables,shoes and souvenirs amongst the items for sale. Toilets were appauling in one case and closed in the other. Boat rides to St Peters Pool for just e5 available
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written December 13, 2023
  • KatePnz
    Auckland, New Zealand51 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't miss the boat ride!
    Got to the bay on a local bus from Valletta Bus station. Check with the bus companies for the correct bus as we waited at the wrong place from advice given in an up-to-date guide book. The bus also passes the castle on the top of the hill above the Bay and given our time over again we would have got off there and caught the next bus down to the bay. The village is small and probably an hour would do for eating and walking around. The market was the usual stuff. The best thing we did was spend 4Euros each for a boat ride. There were several competitors offering this and luckily we got a boat with a covered top. The boat went out around the end of the harbour passing the Roman salt pans to the swimming beaches where they dropped one couple off (and told them when they would pick them up again.) It was a wonderful trip and well worth much more.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 14, 2024
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Clarissa B
Berlin, Germany10 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
We got told to urgently visit the fish market on our south tour through Malta. It was super bad beginning from the food that we had in a restaurant there and ending with a tourist overloaded place. The fish might have been all right and fresh, but it is only for locals who will buy fish and then cook it straight away. Also the prices are much more expensive if you do not speak maltese or look like a tourist. There were a lot of stands with old looking clothes and DIY like a cheap flee market. All the traders just badly wanted to sell their stuff for a lot of money. Tourists are being dumped at the market to spend their money, but if you are a smart tourist you quickly realise the theater being played there.
Written October 18, 2020
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Coryy20
Port of Spain, Trinidad6,373 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
The bay is lined with hundreds of beautiful yachts. The area is quite clean and tranquil. Along the bay are lots of restaurants with dining opposite the bay.
The bay has the statue of Peter the fisherman and seems popular spot for the tourists.

There are also vendors selling vatious local items along the bay.

It's a sure must visit if and when you are in the area.
Written July 12, 2020
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Cazz K
143 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Arrived by public transport, very expensive market stalls selling junk souveniers. Couldn;t find a cafe, had to have a drink at a very expensive Costa. Boat ride to set of caves E10 return rip off.
Written August 12, 2020
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Javamang
Pensacola, FL204 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
The boats are indeed colorful, and you can watch the fishermen and vendors prepping and selling their catch. Skip this on your itinerary, unless you enjoy crowds of tourists who are all lured because of the brightly colored and picturesque boats. okay and quaint, but not worth the visit in my opinion. We only came for the waterfront which was super-crowded. The view from the cafes along the waterfront was obscured by the tents and tarps of the venders selling overpriced "traditional Maltese" pastries and a whole lot of flea market style junk. Arriving at 7 a.m. might have been better than midmorning.
Written September 6, 2021
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wherehaveinotbeenyet
Manchester, UK411 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
The photos I'd seen before I visited made it seem vibrant and colourful, but when I got there I was quite disappointed. Everything just seemed subdued and dull and a little drab. There were people touting boat trips to St Peter's Pool which also kind of detracted from the atmosphere.
Written August 31, 2020
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Ann C
Nashville, TN3,291 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
While Marsaxlokk Bay does have colorful boats and is Malta's largest fishing village, I can not say that I would recommend going out of your way. If you do visit, I would plan for your visit to be short.

Sadly there is a very large power-plant in full view, I am not sure how clean the water in this area actually is.

We found the strip of restaurants and the stalls selling items to be very touristy, not of good quality.

It is easy to catch a bus to Marsaxlokk Bay, depending on the length of time you have for your trip, I would not place this bay at the top of your must do list.
Written November 14, 2022
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Alessia S
Forli, Italy34 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We went on a day that wasn't so sunny and warm, so our visit has been very short cause there is not so much to enjoy on winter. The good thing of this village is the outside fish restaurants and the nice and colorful boats on the dock.
I do not advise it on winter time, also because going there by bus from Valletta will take 1h30min. Too long for what Marsaxlokk Bay offers.
I'm sure in summer will be better!
Written January 3, 2020
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TimR415
London, UK14 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Couples
Probably worth a visit if you are in Malta for a while but don’t expect a quaint fishing village. There are lots of coloured boats but, as a working port it’s actually quite industrial and unattractive. We went for the Sunday market, which was packed and nothing to get excited about. We had a decent fish lunch but it was only when we emerged and the market had closed that the quay completely transformed into a pleasant place where the restaurant tables return and the locals come out to eat as families. So our advice is go on Sunday after the market and have a relaxed lunch !
Written September 16, 2021
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traveller
Perth, Australia54 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Very pretty bay with local fishermen offering trips around the harbour in their boats.Sunday is market day so it was really busy. A lot of small bars/ restaurants facing the water which were very full also. Lo Bleu spot for a wander. We caught the local bus there and had to almost fight to get on as it was really busy, the cost is 2 euros each way, however there is also a very old bus, 1940 Bedford which does trips there and back for 2.50 and was a lovely alternative.
Written March 15, 2023
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Hana H
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Hello, Marsaxlokk is a beautiful little village, we had amazing lunch at a local fish restaurant. Unfortunately our trip was spoiled by an old lady who scammed us. We took a boat trip to St. Peter's Pool for a swim, they were supposed to pick us up at certain pre-arranged time, which never happened. We were waiting at the Pool for more than an hour after the arranged time, nobody showed up with a boat from the company were we bought the round tickets from. There were lots of boats from other companies coming to pick their customers up. In the end one of these took a pity on us, we had to pay them as well (which is understandable from their side) and they took us back to Marsaxlokk. After we arrived we asked the lady for refund, she immediately became very aggressive and even after a very long chat, which was a completely theater from her side, she refused to pay us back and was claiming the whole time that the boat arrived when it should but we were not there. Which is ridiculous since we were waiting in a bay looking out at the sea, where one can obviously see everything around... Her stall is at the beginning of the promenade, where the markets and restaurants start. Don't buy with her.
Written July 10, 2023
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