Welcome to Marsaxlokk
The ancient fishing village of Marsaxlokk (marsa-shlock; from marsa sirocco, meaning 'southeasterly harbour') at the head of Marsaxlokk Bay remains resolutely a slice of real Maltese life, despite the encroachment of industry and the descent of hundreds of tourists every Sunday for its weekly fish and souvenir market.Old low-rise houses ring the waterfront, and a photogenic fleet of brightly coloured luzzu (fishing... Read More
Top experiences in Marsaxlokk
Hagar Qim Temple, Limestone Heritage, and Market
Leave your Malta hotel (pickup from selected hotels) and travel by coach to one of the island’s oldest quarries. Visit Hagar Qim, Malta’s main pre-historic site that overlooks the wide expanse of the blue Mediterranean and the islet of Filfla. From Hagar Qim, head to Wied iz-Zurrieq, where (weather permitting – boat price not included) you can take a boat trip to the Blue Grotto, renowned for its crystal clear waters. After a 3-course lunch with a glass of wine at a local restaurant, drive through local vineyards right up to the idyllic fishing village of Marsaxlokk. You'll have time to stroll through the market set out on its waterfront. Afterward, continue to the cave at Ghar Dalam, where archaeologists have unearthed ample proof that Malta once formed part of the European landmass. Return to your coach and relax on the way back to the hotel where your tour finishes.Please note: the sea around the Blue Grotto is rocky, so boat rides are subject to cancellation if the weather is bad.
Malta Shore Excursion: Malta in One Day Private Sightseeing Tour
Your tour will start with a drive to the town of Marsaxlokk, a typical Maltese fishing village with multi-colored fishing boats known as luzzus bobbing in the harbor. Next, you will pass the picturesque rocky inlet of Wied iz-Zurrieq and enjoy views of the Blue Grotto and the tiny, rocky island of Filfla. Continue your drive past Mosta Dome, one of the largest unsupported domes in Europe, famous for an outstanding event that took place in 1942. You will then continue to Malta’s current capital city, Valletta, where you'll see the Grandmasters' Palace, former residence of Malta’s Grand Masters and today’s seat of Parliament.You’ll then make your way to the Upper Barrakka Gardens, passing important buildings like the Auberge de Castille, home to the offices of the Prime Minister. At the Upper Barrakka Gardens, Valletta's highest vantage point, you will have ideal photo opportunities of Malta's beautiful Grand Harbor.Before returning to your cruise ship, your tour will end with a drive around the impressive bastions protecting Valletta.Worry-free Shore Excursion:We will ensure your timely return to the Malta port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
Malta Highlights in a Day
Start off your day in the stunning World UNESCO Heritage Site of Valletta and discover the city built by the knights for knights. Visit the charming traditional fishing village of Marsaxlokk in the South. Take a scenic 25 minute boat ride throughout the sea caves at Blue Grotto. If you thought Stonehenge or the Pyramids were old, wait until you check out the ancient temples at Hagar Qim - even Indiana Jones would be impressed!Stroll along the highest points of the island at the Dingli Cliffs. Have a pastizzi in Rabat. Followed by a walking tour throughout the medieval streets of the Silent City, Mdina. Your day isn't over yet! Take a walk at Golden Bay, the film location of Troy. Whether you liked the cartoon or movie, you will love the film location of Popeye at our next stop! Then we'll take a nice coastal drive back to your hotel or ship to complete the perfect Malta Loop. This tour includes transportation and a professional guide.
Blue Grotto and Sunday Market at Marsaxlokk Fishing Village Tour
You will first drive to the Blue Grotto. The Blue Grotto is actually a number of sea caverns on the southern coast of Malta, west of the Wied iz-Zurrieq harbour and across the small uninhabited islet of Filfla. Everyday from sunrise until about 1300 hrs, a unique sight can be observed here. The cave’s location combined with the sunlight lead to the water mirroring shows numerous shades of blue. Several caverns mirror the brilliant phosphorescent colours of the underwater flora; other caverns show a deep dark shade of blue. If weather permits, you can do a 25 minute boat trip around the caves for an extra cost. You will then drive to the fishing village of Marsaxlokk. Marsaxlokk is a very popular attraction for tourists and locals because fresh fish and seafood caught during the same morning can be bought. The market is very interesting and attractive as many different items are sold. Although the market was originally a fish market, it has developed and now it also sells locally produced honey, fruit jams, wine as well as vegetables, souvenirs and clothes. Free time will be given in this picturesque village.
Blue Grotto and Marsaxlokk Half Day Trip
Sleep fishing villages, and dazzling sea caves await you on this half-day tour of Malta. In the company of a knowledgeable guide, you’ll travel around the pretty archipelago of Malta. Visit the famous Blue Grotto, whose sparkling waters have been featured in ‘Troy’ and other award-winning movies, the picturesque Blue Grotto where weather permitting we shall take a boat to the Grotto to view the magnificent underwater flora (boat fare not included). You will then proceed to the southern part of the island to the fishing village of Marsaxlokk where free time to stroll around the market will be allowed. One can also admire the typical traditional brightly painted colored fishing boats “luzzu”.
Private Tour: Malta's Best Attractions in a Tour
A typical day tour starts in Valletta (WHS) the capital city of Malta where your first stop in St. John's Cathedral with its Caravaggio's masterpieces, the 'Beheading of John the Baptist' and 'St. Jerome Writing' followed by a walk to the Upper Barakka Garden for a view of the Grand Harbour.Transport then takes you to Mdina, the old Capital city of Malta where you meander around the narrow winding streets of this medieval town, discovering its charm and beauty, reaching the bastions walls to enjoy a great view over the island of Malta. The next stop will take you to Dingli Cliffs for a short photo stop, and then continue your journey to Hagar Qim temple (WHS), a prehistoric temple dating back to 3,600 BC. The Blue Grotto is close by and so providing the boats are running then you can visit the Blue Grotto and the neighboring caves near by, a twenty minute boat ride. A lunch break in Marsaxlokk, a fishing village, gives you the opportunity to walk along the promenade watching fishermen mending/cleaning the nets, repairing painting on their boats, or entering the harbor with their daily catch. This harbour is dotted with many colorful fishing boats. You sit outside and enjoy a meal (lunch not included). The rest of the afternoon is spent around the harbor area, visiting Birgu a medieval city occupied by the Knights during their first decades in Malta from 1531 to 1571. Your tour finishes with a boat trip, a gondola (boat trip not included) back to Valletta, getting to see the harbor from a different perspective.The cost of the tour includes land transport with a chauffeur driven fully air conditioned mini van, equipped with micro phone (including pick up and drop off from residence in Malta). The cost also includes the services of a professional licensed tourist guide. The extras on the day are the entrance ticket to Cathedral, Hagar Qim temple, the two boat trips and lunch.