Welcome to Marsaxlokk


Old low-rise houses ring the waterfront, and a photogenic fleet of brightly coloured luzzu (fishing boats) dance in the harbour attended by their weather-worn owners. The town is home to around 70% of the Maltese fishing fleet, and is renowned for its top-notch seafood restaurants, making it a magnet for long-lunching locals and bus-loads of day trippers.

It makes for a relaxed base once the Sunday hordes have left. If you're after nightlife into the wee small hours, you'll be disappointed. But if you're looking to chill out (and regularly tuck into all manner of fishy morsels), you'll be happy.


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$65.65 Day Trips & Excursions

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.

$72.81 Shore Excursions

Malta in 1-Day Shore Excursion: Valletta, Barraka Gardens 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.

$537.13 Tours & Sightseeing

Private Highlights of Malta Full-Day Tour from Valletta

This is a flexible tour. You can discuss your preferred sites to see at the time of placing your booking and we will work on your personalised tour itinerary. You can also advise us of an alternative preferred start time. It all starts at 8:45am when our private guide will collect you from your hotel or cruise ship.You’ll start off your day discovering the stunning World UNESCO Heritage Site, Valletta, the capital city that was built by knights.Next up is an opportunity to take in the sights, sounds and smells of Marsaxlokk, the charming traditional fishing village in the south of the island.We’ll take a scenic 25-minute boat ride along and inside the sea caves at Blue Grotto (optional).If you thought Stonehenge or the Pyramids were the only super-old man-made constructions in the world, wait until you check out the ancient temples at Hagar Qim - even Indiana Jones would be impressed by this historic site (optional).Then a quick walk along one of the highest points of the island at Dingli Cliffs, with gorgeous views of the deep blue Mediterranean Sea, and Filfla, the island used as a practice target for airborne bombs in WWII.No visit to Malta would be complete without a tour through the medieval streets of Mdina, the Silent City, where you’ll capture stunning views of Malta and appreciate the country’s tiny size.Your day isn't over yet! We’ll also show you Golden Bay, the location of the blockbuster film Troy.Last up, another movie set! Watch the animators bring the location of the Popeye film, starring the late Robin Williams, back to life!Just a short drive along the coast and you’re back to your start point at approximately 5pm.This tour is approximately eight hours long.Entrance fees to attractions, lunch and any souvenirs you wish to purchase are not included.This tour requires moderate walking, but it is wheelchair friendly.

$27.45 Cultural & Theme Tours

Blue Grotto, Marsaxlokk Fishing Village Sunday Market 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.

$31.03 Day Trips & Excursions

Blue Grotto and Marsaxlokk Half-Day Tour from Valletta

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”.

$393.89 Private & Custom Tours

Half Day Malta Highlights

This is a flexible tour. You can discuss your preferred sites to see at the time of placing your booking and we will work on your personalised tour itinerary. You can also advise us of an alternative preferred start time.These are a few of the sites you might want to consider:Pick up times for a half day tour are 8.30/9.00am or 1.30/2.00pm.Discover the stunning World UNESCO Heritage Site, Valletta, Malta’s capital city that was home to the Knights of St John.Take in the sights, sounds and smells of Marsaxlokk, the charming traditional fishing village in the south of the island.Enjoy a scenic 25-minute boat ride along the sea caves at Blue Grotto.If you thought Stonehenge or the Pyramids were the only super-old man-made constructions in the world, wait until you check out the ancient temples at Hagar Qim - even Indiana Jones would be impressed by this historic site!Why not opt for a quick walk along Dingli Cliffs, one of the highest points of the island, with gorgeous views of the deep blue Mediterranean Sea.Enjoy a guided tour through the medieval streets of Mdina, the Silent City, with breath-taking views of Malta and where you can appreciate the country’s tiny size.If you love films we can take you to Golden Bay, the location of the blockbuster film ‘Troy’ or even to watch the animators bring the location of the ‘Popeye’ film, starring the late Robin Williams, back to life!If you’re into art and churches with beautiful architecture, the Mosta Dome is also worth visiting. The choice, quite simply, is yours to make.This tour is approximately four hours long.Entrance fees to attractions, lunch and any souvenirs you wish to purchase are not included.This tour requires moderate walking, but it is wheelchair friendly.