Every Sunday morning, a traditional fish market draws many tourists and locals to the small fishing village of Marsaxlokk in southeast Malta. Lampuki, tuna and swordfish are caught in large quantities during the spring and are sold in the market next to other local products, such as fruit and vegetables, clothing, footwear and tourist souvenirs.
Exploring this market offers the opportunity to be a part of the true tradition and lifestyle of the people living in Marsaxlokk. Fishing is the primary occupation of the village’s residents and Malta’s fish supplies are met mainly by what is caught here.
The luzzu boats, pictured above, are perfect examples of an untouched Marsaxlokk tradition. They are painted in the bright colours of red, yellow, blue and green. The colours of the boats have remained unchanged for generations as a result of the superstitions and beliefs of the fisherman who use them. In addition, each boat bears a pair of eyes called the ‘Eyes of Osiris’. This symbol is believed to protect the boats from any ill fate.
These bright boats sail near the harbour area everyday. They look striking and are a huge draw for visitors when exploring the area.