Marsascala - The Hidden Fishing Village
April 19, 2019
by Michelle Marie Cassar
Malta is a tiny island in the middle of the Mediterranean sea, just under Sicily. Even though it is a small country, it is filled with many activities to fit everyone’s tastes. One can find historic sites, beaches, partying, hiking, shopping. Sometimes, however, all you need is a haven to relax in. One of the most versatile villages in Malta where you can relax as well as having many activities a few minutes walking distance away is Marsascala.
Information About Marsascala
Marsascala is situated in the South-Eastern region of the island. It was built around Marsascala Creek, the central bay in the heart of the village. Though quite small in area, it is quite densely populated, with more than 10,000 residents calling this fishing village home. One would think that having so many people living in such an area would make it noisy and hectic, but personally, I find the chattering of people having fun a few blocks away quite soothing. Marsascala is surrounded by water on one side and green areas on the other, making it one of the few places in Malta to get the best of both worlds.
You can enjoy the beach in the morning and hike to Marsaxlokk in the afternoon on the cliffs connecting the two fishing villages. The scenic views are breathtaking, to say the least, with open waters as far as the eye can see.
The Social Life in Marsascala
Even though it is a quiet village during the morning, it bursts into life in the evening, especially during the warm months. In summer, as soon as the sun starts setting, people start filling the promenade. You find people of all ages and walks of life taking a stroll along the longish shore. You’ll find elderly people in groups sitting on benches, discussing the local politics or how hot the sun was in the morning. You’ll find new parents trying to figure out how to stop the baby from crying, children trying to learn how to ride a bike. It is a beautiful sight to take in, especially if you stay in an apartment overlooking the heart of the creek.
If you fancy a meal or a drink, or some delicious dessert, there are too many options to choose from along the promenade. I would recommend any of the restaurants as personally I’ve tried many of them and they all serve good food and the atmosphere is just so relaxed. During the winter it is not as busy but you would still find a lot of people to chat with in the bars.
Swimming Zones in Marsascala
Being surrounded by water, it is only natural that Marsascala is popular for swimming. There are many swimmers zones along the coast to choose from. A personal favorite is called ‘Wara il-Germa’, an area behind an old hotel site, from where the beach gets its name. It is a rocky beach with spectacular waters going out to open waters. If you are more of a sandy beach person, Saint Thomas bay is nice as well. Zonqor point is another nice rocky beach on the other side of the village.
Marsascala is the perfect spot for relaxing in a nice cool atmosphere. Though small, it has all anyone needs for a well deserved relaxing holiday.