Marsaxlokk and its famous Sunday market

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There are so many things to do in Malta and there are a hundred guide books that tell you all about them. I said earlier in this website that it was not my intention to compete with them, but to give a straight forward viewpoint. Having said that, everyone will tell you, including me, that you have to visit the Sunday market in Marsaxlokk (Malta's largest fishing village). There are several ways to get there and we chose public transport every time. The bus leaves from Sliema and goes direct, passing through the terminus outside of Valletta, and we got "Elvis" every time we went. I must say there was something different about driving through congested villages, and narrow country roads lined with high stone walls, while listening to Elvis Presley sing Blue Suede shoes, but it was unique.

Now you should be prepared for crowds at the market, because it is a very popular spot with both the Maltese and the tourists. There is a wide range of items for sale, ranging from fish, fruit and vegetables to Nike sneakers, hand crotchet table cloths, to T-shirts and jeans. The prices are very fair, hence the crowds and you can certainly make a deal with the vendors.

Typical Maltese fishing boat

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If you can, try to get past the stalls and take a walk along the concrete dock that goes out into the harbour and look at the boats and colours. You will also see that many of them are the traditional style used for centuries. Some with the high prow have an almost Venetian Gondola look. The market takes up the entire length of the sea front and after a while, finding somewhere to sit and relax sounds like a good plan. There are several small cafe's dotted along the narrow road, and just sitting with a "Kinnie" watching the passers-by, is a good way to use up a few minutes and take the weight off your feet, then start all over again.

The concrete dock stretching out into the harbour

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