Marsaxlokk Harbour

Tom Gomez

Joined January 2008

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Marsaxlokk, said to be the most photographed Maltese village, is one of the oldest ports on the lovely Island of Malta. It’s name is derived from the words Mersa Sciroc, meaning “port to the south-east” named by the Saracens during their occupation of the Maltese islands from 870-1090AD.

The bay is memorable for the many decorative “eyed” boats, called Luzzus. The painted eyes on these Luzzus are believed to protect the boats from the evil eye.

Most of Malta’s fish supplies are caught by fishermen coming from this port. Swordfish, tuna, and the popular ‘Lampuki’ are caught in abundance between spring and late autumn. On weekdays, the catch is taken to the fish-market in Valletta, but on Sundays fish is retailed by fishermen in the open on the quay.

Malta is a small island situated south of Sicily in the Mediterranean Sea. Malta covers just over 300 km² in land area, making it one of Europe’s smallest and most densely populated countries (population 413,627 on 1st Jan 09). Malta is ranked at number 7 in the list of most densly populated places in the world (the UK is number 51).

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Featured in : Harbour Life : 22 Mar 10

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