Marsaxlokk

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About Marsaxlokk

Marsaxlokk is a small, traditional fishing village in the South Eastern Region of Malta. It has a harbour, and is a tourist attraction known for its views, fishermen and history. As at March 2014,...
Marsaxlokk is a small, traditional fishing village in the South Eastern Region of Malta. It has a harbour, and is a tourist attraction known for its views, fishermen and history. As at March 2014, the village had a population of 3,534. 
The village is also known for the Marsaxlokk Market, which is mainly a large fish market which takes place along the seafront on Sundays, and a tourist market during all other days of the week. Inhabited and well-known since antiquity, Marsaxlokk was used as a port by PhoeniciansCarthaginians and also has the remains of a Roman-era harbour. 
Originally a part of the city of Żejtun, the fishing village became a separate parish in the late nineteenth century.

Traditional luzzi and other larger and more modern vessels line the sheltered inner harbour. The village is also popular among locals and tourists alike for its walks around the coast and harbour, its restaurants, as well as for its swimming zones. Marsaxlokk Bay also includes a container freeport towards Birżebbuġa, a power station complex towards Delimara, and a small ship-repair facility for fishermen.

Marsaxlokk is sometimes referred to as Portus Herculis, due to the association of Marsaxlokk Bay with the Roman and Punic remains at Tas-Silġ

Quick facts

Marsaxlokk is the largest fishing village in Malta

It’s a popular location among locals for Sunday lunch, but a quiet village otherwise

The current population of Marsaxlokk is close to 4,000

In Marsaxlokk there were a number of military outposts built by the British to protect the Marsaxlokk harbour during World War Two. Some of these still stand today.

Malta’s power station is located in an area of Marsaxlokk known as Delimara

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