The charming fishing village of Marsaxlokk and the natural swimming spot of St Peter’s Pool provide travellers with a fantastic day trip opportunity for those staying in the main parts of the island. A visit to these two spots combines some fantastic elements of Malta including a picturesque town to visit, delicious seafood to eat and a nice swimming area to provide a welcome respite from the Maltese sun! In addition, there are other attractions in South Malta that can be combined with a trip to Marsaxlokk and St Peter’s Pool if you would like to add some extra stops on your day out in South Malta!
How to get to Marsaxlokk and St Peter’s Pool
Once you’ve been to Malta for a day or two, you’ll surely realise that buses are the best and most affordable way to get around Malta! And to get to Marsaxlokk is no different! From Valletta, there are direct buses that go to Marsaxlokk in about 30 minutes.
Unfortunately there is no public transport that goes to St Peter’s Pool so that leaves you with two options: walk or pay for a somewhat overpriced taxi. The walk is nearly three kilometres long and will take about 35 minutes. The path from Marsaxlokk is fairly exposed to the sun so you should definitely bring water with you.
The other option is to pay €10 for a taxi which can be a cost-effective option if you are sharing the ride with other people. There are also usually taxi drivers hanging out near the dirt path to St Peter’s Pool so you can get a ride back to Marsaxlokk if you’re tired after an afternoon lazing at St Peter’s Pool!
Should you visit on Sunday to see the Marsaxlokk Fish Market?
One of the main reasons travellers decide to visit Marsaxlokk is to see the famous Sunday fish market. The reviews are, however, mixed as to whether a visit on a Sunday is worth it. We heard from a few sources that the market is these days geared towards tourists, is overpriced and results in an influx of visitors that takes away the charm of the fishing village. We, therefore, decided to skip the market and visit on a different day of the week.
In our opinion, one of the nicest things about Marsaxlokk is the sleepy feel of the place and I think that would be ruined if we visited on a Sunday when the village is crowded with visitors. There were also market stalls set up on the day we visited so you’re still able to get a small taste of the market even if you don’t visit on a Sunday. If you decide to go on a Sunday, make sure to arrive early as the fishing market tends to close by lunchtime.
What to do in Marsaxlokk and St Peter’s Pool
1. Walk along the harbour
One of the best things about spending a day in Marsaxlokk is to simply enjoy the charm and atmosphere of the sleepy fishing village. Once you get off the bus from Valletta, it’ll only be a couple of minutes walk before you find yourself near the promenade. The view of the fishing village from the pier is picture perfect as you have the beautiful village as a backdrop and hundreds of fishing boats in the water of different sizes and colours. Strolling along the water and stopping for a few photos is a great way to start your day trip in Marsaxlokk!
2. Eat delicious seafood at one of Marsaxlokk’s restaurants
Marsaxlokk is a fishing village so it should come as no surprise that one of the best reasons to visit is to indulge at one of the many seafood restaurants in Marsaxlokk. Just like the rest of Malta, there are many top quality restaurants here offering fine dining food at affordable prices.
One of the cheapest restaurants that is tailored slightly more towards locals is Rising Sun Bar and I couldn’t recommend this place more! It might not look like much from the outside but this local haunt serves amazing fresh quality fish, salads and other dishes at a significantly cheaper cost compared to some of the restaurants that are more tailored towards tourists in Marsaxlokk. The staff are super friendly and if you sit outside, you can enjoy lovely views of the harbour while you tuck into your fresh fish!
3. Jump off cliffs and relax at St Peter’s Pool
Once you’ve had explored Marsaxlokk, it’s time to spend the rest of the day relaxing at St Peter’s Pool! St Peter’s Pool is popular with locals and tourists alike, so don’t come here expecting a secluded swimming post — you’re better off going to Gozo for that!
Nevertheless, St Peter’s Pool is a fun way to spend the afternoon and you have the option of spending your time running around and jumping off cliffs or simply laying down on a towel and going for a mellow swim. There isn’t a lot of shade in the area, so make sure to bring appropriate clothes, plenty of water and sunscreen!
4. Stop at the Hypogeum
The site was first discovered at the turn of the 20th century and contains several levels of underground burial sites that date back to 4000 BCE. The delicate nature of the site means that they only let in a certain number of visitors each day so it’s essential that you book in advance if you want to visit.
Unfortunately, while we thought we had a booking it hadn’t been properly confirmed which means that we didn’t get a chance to visit. This is one of many reasons why we can’t wait to return to Malta one day!
Where to stay in Marsaxlokk
While many travellers opt to visit Marsaxlokk and St Peter’s Pool as a day trip from elsewhere on the island, staying in Marsaxlokk can be a great option if you’re after a more relaxing and sleepy village feel. Here are some of our top picks!
Duncan Guesthouse – this budget guesthouse offers all the basic amenities in the heart of Marsaxlokk. Each room has air conditioning and a small kitchen and you can request a room with a balcony to enjoy the beautiful sea views. Click here to see latest prices
Port View Guesthouse – this family run guesthouse is located only a few metres away from the harbour. Rooms are clean and spacious and breakfast is included in the room rate. There is also a lovely rooftop terrace. Click here to see latest prices
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Exploring Marsaxlokk, St Peter’s Pool and the rest of South Malta is a great day trip from Valletta or Sliema. It provides travellers with another unique area of Malta to explore and plenty of delicious seafood to eat!
Have you been to Marsaxlokk and St Peter’s Pool? Or are you planning a visit? Let us know in the comments below!