It was lunchtime, the sun was out high above, and it was time to head for Marsaxlokk. A beautifully colourful fishing village in the south east of Malta. Immediately upon arrival you are struck by the colours on the water, the varied colours of the many luzzu (local fishing boats). A wonderful sight for the eyes on the beginning of a walk around this lovely bay.
As you walk along the seafront you have the turquoise water, boats gently bobbing up and down on your one side, directly on the other you have the mix of market and seafood restaurant. This is a popular little place indeed, especially for those wanting to taste the morning catch… in the sun.. by the sea. Lampuki (what the little coloured luzzi are mainly for) is the local feast that the village is popular for but swordfish, tuna, octopus and more is all there, fresh and delicious.
After a good feast it is of course the perfect place to wander along the front some more or maybe to sit and watch the world go by
Wander more, see more! And always nice to wander away from the sea front and to take a look at the village itself. There are some beautiful buildings that add more magic to the colour here. One or two building standing out amongst the crowd of course, including the beautiful church.
And of course the market that runs along the front is more than just fish. With tourism comes souvenirs and clothes, but you can find a whole range of other local foods from jam and honey to vegetables. Sunday is the proper big fish market day.
Looking back at the colour of the boats you will see many of them have eyes painted at the bow. An ancient custom that has carried forward to today, said to protect the fisherman from evils at sea. It is great also to see that even though tourism has come bounding over time to this corner of beauty, the boats remain for purpose, fully in working, catching the tasty dishes rather than fun rides and eye candy.
Alas, it was time for me to move on to a new Maltese gem. I shan’t forget though the remarkable tasty fresh lunch surrounded by colour and sunshine, at Marsaxlokk.