Malta Circumnavigation Day 2: Marsaskala to Marsaxlokk

I did this walk in mid-June when it’s beginning to get a bit too hot for walking. I was on my way by 7:00am but was overheating by the time I arrived at my destination about four hours later.

Early morning start in Marsaskala

I have a soft spot for Marsaskala, since it was where we stayed during our first visit to Malta in 2005. Nowadays it has its critics and it has to be admitted that there is a slight run-down air to the place. In particular, the Jerba Palace hotel, which occupies such a prominent position on the South point of Marsaskala Bay, is a gloomy and derelict shell. The harbour though, is still very pretty, albeit it would be nice to see more of the colourful Maltese boats on the empty moorings.

The Il-Munxar ("compass saw") headland

There are no sandy beaches in this area of Malta but there are many very  inviting swimming spots along this rocky coast. Malta has the second  cleanest coastal waters in the EU with only Cyprus having a slightly  higher score. Of the 87 swimming locations on the island where  measurements were taken, 83 were rated as “Excellent”, 3 as “Good”and  only 1 as “sufficient”. (Incidentally the one rated as sufficient is at  Ta’ Barkat, which we passed on Day 1. With the new processing plant and  the new pipeline emptying inert water 1 kilometer out to sea, this will  probably move to “Excellent” by next year.)

Il-Ħofra l-Kbira - "The Big Hole"

Once out of Marsaskala and past St Thomas’ Bay, there are some wonderful stretches of coastline, all the way down to Delimara Point, with Il-Ħofra l-Kbira and Il-Ħofra ż-Żgħira (the “big and little holes”) being highlights.

Malta Freeport at Birżebbuġa

After Delimara Point, it was then the full-on industry of South East Malta, with dramatic views of the Delimara Power Station and the massive Malta Freeport at Birżebbuġa. Sandwiched between these two gigantic plants lay my destination, the attractive fishing village and harbour of  Marsaxlokk.

Marsaxlokk Harbour

See here for full details in the photo-journey.

 

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