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Review of Marsaxlokk Bay

Marsaxlokk Bay
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USD 40.36*
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Round Malta Full Day Cruise Tour
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed 6 April 2018

Originating from the fishing port of Brixham i was expecting to see a working fishing village in tune with the sea with picturesque views & a market selling authentic maltese gifts for friends & family back home.
Never have i been so disappointed or let down by a place than Marsaxlokk once we'd fought our way through numerous roadworks, poor signage eventually arriving in the carpark by the harbour. It was the first festival of the year - so even better one might think to observe the word traditional.
The market was at best a car boot quality flea market with cheap general store products for daily life. The harbour area covered in litter & rubbish. The surrounding cafes & restaurants advertising freshly caught fish at inflated prices. The picturesque views (Ok nicely painted boats bobbing amongst floating debris) with a backdrop that wouldn't be out of place in a sci fi movie with a massive container type ship on one side & a power station on the other.
The only traditional we could find was the all the locals playing one massive game of bingo in the town square!
Worth driving to through the terrible Maltese traffic congestion? Worth sitting on a bus on the circular route to get to? Worth getting excited about the local market? Worth looking forward to seeing a picturesque Maltese fishing village?
ANSWER - frankly NO!!! a disappointment on all levels

5  Thank Richard B
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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

What a beautiful place to visit! If you wish to spend an hour watching the brightly coloured fishing boats bobbing in the bay while having a drink and a pastry, this is the place to go! It’s a sheltered bay so not that breezy and the water is sooooo blue!

We visited on a Sunday where the market is in full swing. Lots of household goods, a few clothing stalls, fish stalls and the odd ‘fake handbag’ seller but not a lot of authentic Maltese crafts. Very busy with nowhere to park! Probable best going on an excursion. We took one from our hotel in Bugibba which called at the Blue Caves. It was only €10 return and no parking/driving hassle!

Great for spending a couple of hours.

Thank sunnymorningsforever
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

Picturespot bay. Plenty of little or big fishing boats all with the same colors. Very relaxing atmosphere.

Thank GezginIstanbul
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

A lovely place to visit, a lovely view, with a lovely market, and some nice restaurants. Highly recommended.

Thank malc1005
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Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

One of the most beautiful places not just in Malta but that I have ever seen. The colorfull boats - luzzu just make you take lot of picture from each side of the bay. Deffinetly stay for lunch and get one of the freshly caught fish - there are plenty of restaurants along the promenade.
You can get here from Valletta by bus 81 or 85 just for 1.50€ one way.

Thank Michellina82
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