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Things to do in Marsaxlokk, Malta

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Blue Grotto & Sunday Market at Marsaxlokk Fishing Village

1. Blue Grotto & Sunday Market at Marsaxlokk Fishing Village

Your 5-hour tour starts at the Blue Grotto. Made up of sea caverns on the southern coast of Malta, the Blue Grotto caverns are west of Wied iz-Zurrieq Harbor and across the small uninhabited islet of Filfla. Every day from sunrise until about 13:00 the cave's unique location allows sunlight to reflect in the water to create numerous shades of brilliant blue. Several caverns mirror the brilliant phosphorescent colors of the underwater plants. Other caverns show a deep dark shade of blue. If weather permits, you can do a 20 minute boat trip around the caves for an extra fee. You will then drive to the fishing village of Marsaxlokk. Vibrant, colorful Marsaxlokk Market offers a great opportunity to experience the local life. Browse the stalls where fresh fish and seafood are sold, and barter for honey, fruit jams, wine, vegetables, clothing, and souvenirs. You'll have free time to explore this picturesque market village before heading back.

Malta: Marsaxlokk, Blue Grotto, and Qrendi Guided Tour

2. Malta: Marsaxlokk, Blue Grotto, and Qrendi Guided Tour

Discover iconic sites on the island of Malta like the famed Blue Grotto on this day trip from Valletta. Enjoy riveting information and engaging storytelling from your guide. Peruse the treasures at the Marsaxlokk market and take a guided walking tour of Qrendi. Be picked up from your hotel in Valletta and hop aboard an airconditioned bus. Relax on the drive through the countryside to the picturesque fishing village of Marsaxlokk. Admire the largest fishing harbor in Malta that has been in operation since antiquity. Capture pictures of the brightly brightly-colored traditional luzzu fishing boats. Take a stroll thorugh the streets to uncover delightful restaurants and nice cafés huddled along its entire promenade. Soak up the vibe in its large open-air market which sells a vast assortment of fish, locally honey, and fruit jams, and traditional sweets. Peruse local wines, liquors, souvenirs, clothes, shoes, traditional lacework, custom jeweler, and handcrafted accessories. Continue to the Wied Iz-Zurrieq (Zurrieq Valley) to visit the fantastical sea caverns of the Blue Grotto. Snap pictures of the impressive main arch, which is approximately 30 meters in height. Marvel at views of the Honeymoon Cave, the Cat’s Cave, and the Reflection Cave. Appreciate this locations which was featured movies like 'Cutthroat Island' (1995), 'The Count of Monte Cristo' (2002), and 'Troy' (2004). Weather permitting, have the time to purchase an optional boat ride into the grotto. Head to the village of Qrendi for a guided walking tour of one of Malta’s traditional villages. Walk to the main square to the hub of the village, see its parish church, and be led through a maze of winding, narrow streets. Return to your accommodation in Valletta at the end of your tour.

Malta: Prehistoric Temples and Highlights of the South

3. Malta: Prehistoric Temples and Highlights of the South

See the best of Malta's south island in just one day with a comprehensive tour of its landmarks. Explore an old quarry, magnificent pre-historic sites, the world-famous Blue Grotto, and a traditional village. Enjoy plenty of time at each site and become immersed in local culture and history. After being picked up from your hotel, head over to one of Malta's oldest quarries. Tour the Limestone Heritage Park & Gardens, an innovative attraction highlighting the beauty of the Maltese stone and its incredible 22 million years of history. Take in a fascinating audio-visual presentation. Visit the megalithic temple complex of Hagar Qim, located on the southern edge of the island on a hilltop overlooking the sea. Discover a majestic site dating back to 3600-3200 BC and recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue on to Zurrieq Valley for an exciting stop. Arrive at the majestic Blue Grotto and seize the opportunity to appreciate breathtaking views as you gaze at the seven coastal caves. Admire the intense blue color of the ocean and the imposing rock formations. If the weather allows, you can opt to take a boat trip around the area for an extra fee. Eat lunch then stroll through the picturesque fishing village of Marsaxlokk and browse through the charming market. Finally, head into Ghar Dalam, Malta’s oldest prehistoric site, dating back to 5200 BC. Step into the 144-meter-long cave to see the bone remains of elephants, hippopotami, and more.

Malta: Malta Island Bus Tour with Optional Boat Tour

4. Malta: Malta Island Bus Tour with Optional Boat Tour

Get a taste of the unique island of Malta on a bus tour and boat tour. Discover over 7,000 years of history as you drive past heritage sites, popular attractions, and beautiful natural landscapes.  Running during the summer months of the year (May onwards), the hop-on hop-off route starts from Bugibba, passing through Qawra and St Julian's and on to Malta’s capital city Valletta. You'll then make your way south where you will be able to experience and visit historic temples and sights along the way. Following your stop at the Blue Grotto, the tour heads back up north and inland stopping at Roman sites and points of interest and then back to Bugibba via Golden Bay on the North-West coast. With over 30 stops and 50 points of interest along the route, discover this Maltese Island like never before. Experience key sights including the Mosta Church and Dome; Ta’Qali Craft Village; and Rabat with many Roman Sites such as the restored Roman Villa, St Agatha’s Catacombs, and the medieval town of Mdina. Enjoy the famous 'Three Cities' and the Tarxien Temples believed to be built around 3000 BC. Marsaxlokk is a traditional and picturesque fishing village that is sure to delight you. Take the opportunity to visit the beautiful Blue Grotto. You will discover plenty of things to do on this island tour. Plus you can combine your hop-on-hop-off tour with a harbor cruise. North Route Stops:• Bugibba (Topaz Hotel / Gillieru Hotel)• Bugibba Jetty (Seatrips Outlet) • Bugibba Centre (Opposite HSBC) • Bugibba (Santana Hotel)• Malta National Aquarium• Qawra Palace Hotel• Qawra Seafront• Bellavista Hotel, Qawra • Mediterraneo Marine Park• ITS Roundabout (Radisson & Corinthia Hotels) • St George's Bay, St Julians (City Sightseeing Route Stage) • Westin Dragonara, St Julians• Hilton Roundabout, St Julians• Spinola Bay, St Julians• Balluta Bay (Opp Balluta Church) • Sliema Seafront (Opposite Preluna Hotel) • Sliema Ferries (City Sightseeing Route Stage & Stop For Harbour Cruise) • Opposite Bayview Hotel (CitySightseeing Outlet) • Valletta - City Center• Valletta Waterfront Terminus (Change For South Route) • San Anton Gardens • Ta Qali - Aviation Museum• Mosta Church • Mdina Main Gate • Rabat - Domus Romana • Golden Bay South Route Stops: • ITS Roundabout • St Georges Bay, St Julians (CSS Route Stage) • Westin Dragonara, St Julians • Hilton, St Julians• Spinola Bay,St Julians• Balluta Bay (Opp Balluta Church)• Sliema Seafront (Opposite Preluna Hotel)• Sliema Ferries (City Sightseeing Route Stage and Stop For Harbour Cruise) Opposite Bayview Hotel • Valletta City Center• Valletta Waterfront Terminus (Change For North Route) • Tarxien Temples• Vittoriosa Waterfront • Marsaxlokk - Fishing Village • Pretty Bay (Birzebbugia)• Blue Grotto • Hagar Qim Temples and Mnajdra Temples  • Valletta City Center• Valletta - Malta Experience, Knights Hospital War Museum, and Fort St Elmo• Valletta Waterfront Terminus (Change For North Route)

Malta: Private Half-Day Archeological Sites Tour

5. Malta: Private Half-Day Archeological Sites Tour

After having been picked up from your hotel or the cruise terminal, you'll depart with your guide to the southern part of Malta. Your first stop includes a visit to the Tarxien Temple, which offers a unique collection of circa 3000 B.C. sanctuaries. You can admire stone idols and tablets, domestic animal carvings, altars and screens decorated with spiral designs and other patterns, and oracular chambers. Your tour then continues to the Hagar Qim and Mnejidra Megalithic Temples. Set in a rural area near the village of Zurrieq, this ancient temple which dates back to 3300 B.C. has the largest and heaviest megaliths of all the temple sites around the Maltese Islands. The Mnajidra Temple, less than 1 kilometer from Hagar Qim, offers unique views of the high cliffs that characterize the coast of this part of the island. Just before the fisherman's village of Marsaxlokk on your way back, you will discover Ghar Dalam. The Ghar Dalam Cave is a highly important site where the earliest evidence of human settlement on Malta, which dates back 7,000 years ago, was discovered. The site is a huge 80-meter cavern which is opened to visitors, and the small annexed museum contains fossil remains of animals such as hippopotamus and volatives which were found in the cave and date back to the Pleistocene era. Following this last visit, your tour will end with you being returned to your point of origin.

Malta: Vittoriosa, Cospicua and Senglea Tour with Boat Trip

6. Malta: Vittoriosa, Cospicua and Senglea Tour with Boat Trip

The Three Cities is a collective description of the three fortified cities of Cospicua, Birgu (Vittoriosa), and Senglea. The oldest of the Three Cities is Vittoriosa, which has existed since prior to the Middle Ages. The other two cities, Senglea and Cospicua, were both founded by the Order of the Knights of Saint John in the 16th and 17th centuries respectively. During this half day tour, you will have the opportunity to appreciate these unique historical fortified cities and admire magnificent churches, traditional piazzas, incredible fortifications, and architectural treasures found all around the Three Cities area. Pieces of living history kept alive by hundreds of years of preservation! We start with a panoramic drive past the city of Cospicua, a double fortified harbour city and the largest of the three cities, to reach the city of Vittoriosa, this glorious city has been inhabited since the time of the Phoenicians, but the current city dates back from the time of the Order of the Knights of Saint John. Vittoriosa was chosen as the capital city of Malta instead of Mdina upon the arrival of the Order in the year 1530. Enjoy a fascinating walking tour through the narrow streets of the city admiring and appreciating all the historical buildings and captivating treasures found at every twist and turn. Upon arrival at the stunning Vittoriosa waterfront, board a traditional Maltese “Frejgatina” (a small, carvel-built fishing boat) for a delightful tour of the colourful harbour creeks. The tour ends at Senglea, named after Claude De La Sengle, the Grand Master who founded the city, Senglea is also known as “Civitas Invicta” a name given to the city for managing to resist the Ottoman invasion during the Great Siege of 1565. The island on which Senglea lies was joined by a land bridge to Cospicua during the time of the Knights of St. John and as a result, it became peninsular in shape. From the Gardjola Gardens located at the tip of the peninsula enjoy a stunning 360° view of the Grand Harbour, including the impressive Fort Sant Angelo, from where the Grand Master Jean Perisot De La Valette led the defence of the island during the Great Siege of 1565. During the whole tour knowledgeable and experienced guides will be providing you with riveting information and enhance your experience through narration and engaging storytelling.

The Malta Experience Private Tour - Discover Malta

7. The Malta Experience Private Tour - Discover Malta

Gain a comprehensive overview of Malta on this full-day tour of the island's natural and cultural landmarks, with round-trip transfer ensuring a hassle-free trip. Tick off top sights, such as the Blue Grotto and Mosta Parish, and discover hidden gems including the Popeye movie set and the medieval city of Mdina . Receive personalized attention from your private guide, plus plenty of complimentary tasters of Malta's natural produce. Enjoy spectacular views of the cliffs and the sea below at Dingli Cliffs, Malta's highest altitude point. Discover the mysterious capital of Malta, Valletta Walk through and discover the beauty of Mdina as we take you through its history and your stop for lunch here as well. Visit one of the most famous and spectacular beaches in Malta known as Golden Bay Receive personalized attention and knowledge from your private local guide from start to finish

Malta: Discover Malta & Gozo 5 Tours Package With Transfers

8. Malta: Discover Malta & Gozo 5 Tours Package With Transfers

Book this 5-day excursion package to experience all of the culture, charm, and history of Malta and Gozo Islands. Visit the archipelago's main highlights with two full-day tours and three half-day tours over 5 days. Get picked up and dropped off at your hotel every day of your experience. Browse through the many available itineraries and select the option that best fits your plans. See the day-by-day itinerary when selecting your preferred option. Drive to the city of Valletta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a half-day tour. Explore imposing fortifications, bastions, and palaces. Watch an immersive audiovisual show on Malta's history and tour St John's Co-Cathedral, the Upper Barraka Gardens, and Grand Harbour. Take a day trip to Mdina, the country's old capital city. Admire the fortified walls and its spectacular panoramas. Visit the village of Rabat, the Catacombs of St Cataldus, Dingli Cliffs, San Anton Gardens, Ta' Qali Artisan Village, and the Rotunda of Mosta with its dome. Enjoy lunch and a glass of wine. Embark on another half-day excursion to the famous Three Cities: Vittoriosa, Senglea, and Copiscua. Appreciate these historic fortified cities and discover their magnificent churches, piazzas, fortifications, and architectural treasures. Take a boat trip of the creeks aboard a Maltese 'frejgatina'. Immerse yourself in the landscape of Gozo on a scenic day trip. Take the ferry from Malta and visit the city of Victoria, the Ggantija temples, and the Citadel, a majestic medieval fortress. Gaze at Xlendi Bay, Dwejra Bay, and Inland Sea, with an optional boat trip. Eat lunch with a glass of wine. Head over to the fishing village of Marsaxlokk on a half-day adventure. See the largest fishing harbor in Malta, lined with traditional “luzzus”, brightly colored boats. Wander around the open-air market, visit the town of Qrendi, and marvel at the Blue Grotto, with an optional boat trip.

Malta: Private South Coast Nature Hiking Tour With Transport

9. Malta: Private South Coast Nature Hiking Tour With Transport

Discover the limestone bays, rocky beaches, and shallow cliffs of Malta's southern coast on this relaxed hiking tour. Join an expert botanist guide for a walk past St. Peters's Pool and the village of Marsaxlokk. Pickup is available from your hotel in Malta or Gozo as well as optional packed lunch. After getting picked up from your hotel in Malta or Gozo, travel to the south coast to begin your relaxed walk. Enjoy an 8-kilometer stroll along beaten footpaths and low coastal cliffs, away from the chaos of the city. Wander past large farmhouses and old fishing villages as you stroll. Stop at the picturesque village of Marsaxlokk, complete with traditional fishing boats and a fish market. Keep an eye out for the bizarre-looking naturally formed limestone rock figures. Spot native Mediterranean shrubs and plants with the help of your botanist guide. The endemic Maltese salt tree and other coastal plants call this area home. Stop at the popular Saint Peter's Pool and take in the beach's turquoise waters, then continue to Fort Delimara, former British defence battery. Pass through several terraced fields surrounded by the iconic rubble walls before getting dropped off back at your hotel.

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3.6 / 5

based on 627 reviews

The boat tour of the grand harbour was the best part - Gerald was a delightful guide. It was awesome to see and learn about the 3 Fortified cities and the history behind them - this involved quite a bit of walking, an opportunity to get in some steps while on holiday

The tourist bus tour allows you to get off at the stops that interest us and take the next one to go to the next point, and make the visits at each chosen stop. Attention, on Sunday the buses only leave until the beginning of the afternoon.

We enjoyed the tour very much. The guide Mark was charming, professional and interesting. He is very kind and answered every question. He told us about Malta and the Maltese language. The people traveling were really nice.

Brilliant tour! Tour guide was amazing. I did skip the lunch to have extra time in Mdina though

Very well organized trip with great content- excellent!