28.03.2016 - 28.03.2016 18 °C
So - Marsaxlokk (Mar-sa-shlock) is a pretty little natural harbor located about a 20 minute bus ride south of Valletta.
Marsaxlokk has been a major port of commerce since the Roman times. The Ottomans used it to stage their attack on St. Elmo's Fort (in Valletta) because of its protection and ease of access. George Bush Senior and Gorbachev even signed the document officially ending the cold war on a warship docked here. Now, as before, however, the primary purpose for this port is fishing and associated commerce.
The boats here a very colorful and most have eyes painted on them. One wonders why they don't paint these on the cars here too - it might help....
Every manner of seafood conceivable is fresh and available for sale from the vendors. The sights, smells and sounds of this market are unforgettable. The fishmongers are flanked on either side by others seeking to capitalize on the tourist traffic, but the real stars here are the locals selling their hard-won daily catch, along with some fresh local fruits and vegetables, and Maltese baked sweets (especially the traditional Maltese honey rings with fennel - yum!!)
The views from either end of the harbor are spectacular, and dominated by, you guessed it, the church in the square at the center of town:
All in all a picturesque locale, well worth the minimal effort to get here and a pleasant place to pass a few hours, and chow down on some fresh seafood!