You’d figure that Malta, being surrounded by sea and all, would be bursting with fishermen and in turn, fishing villages, but really and truly, that’s not the case. At most I can think of two, Marsaxlokk being the most prominent one.
Following the Grand Harbour, Marsaxlokk Bay is actually Malta’s second largest natural harbour and therefore it figures that fishing features prominently. You can’t drive by or walk on the seafront without noticing the colourful, traditional Maltese fishing boats, known as Luzzu. On Sundays, the village’s promenade transforms itself into a fish/flea market like no other, but that’s a story set for another lomolocation!
The name Marsaxlokk comes from the Arabic Marsa, and Xlokk (from the Italian Sirocco) for the south-easterly Mediterranean wind. In fact, as the name suggests, Marsaxlokk is situated in the southeastern part of the island. Historically, Marsaxlokk dates back to the ninth century BC when the Phoenicians landed there and set up a trading post. Subsequently, in the 16th century, it was also at Marsaxlokk that the Ottoman Turks landed in order to conquer the island.
Today, Marsaxlokk is very popular with tourists for its quaint and traditional feel. I think most of all, it’s appeal lies in how genuine it is, how the fishing boats aren’t there as mere props to attract tourists but rather, they are still very much the real thing: a way of life.
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