What I love about Malta – Marsaxlokk and Marsaskala

Posted on April 4, 2010


While the locals seem to think that the Northern and Southern parts of the island are geographically, culturally and sometimes even linguistically different, (while people in the south do speak English, the main language in the streets remains Maltese and in the north a peculiar mixed dialect of Maltese and English is often easy to hear) this is a whole lot of blabber and the South is more than worth a visit.
The pretty village of Marsaxlokk hosts a daily market, where apart from general bric-a-brac, the fresh catch of the day is on display and you might want to get a sample of the sea food for the evening’s barbeque. When you’ve had enough of this corner, get yourself to the nearby Marsaskala. Stop by the main church (its steeple is high and towers over the bay so it’s easy to spot) where during the evening, you can often see men playing a traditional game called ‘Bocci’ at the public gardens opposite the church entrance. Then, start your journey along the promenade, following its curves around the sea. The walk will take you along coast, fields and new residential areas.

As you’re about to finish the loop around the peninsula, you will come across Nargile lounge, a restaurant with Arabic, Indian and Mediterranean dishes. If you’re not bothered by the close proximity to the road (which is usually not so busy anyway), have a seat in the outdoor space under a ceiling of fairy lights. Nargile is a big hit with the locals, so it’s a good idea to book in advance, especially if you’re visiting during weekends.

Nargile Lounge
Triq tal – Gardiel,
Telephone: 00356 2163 6734

Tip: During summer the Marsaskala promenade is a popular place, so if you’re visiting with your rental car and are struggling to find parking, head into the residential area a bit further from the promenade where parking spaces are plentiful and you are still a stone’s throw away from the sea.








– Text and Photography by Denise Pulis @ www.travelwithdenden.wordpress.com

Posted in: Malta