Monthly Archives: August 2014

Fish Market | Marsaxlokk, Malta | 31 August 2014

Marsaxlokk Bay is Malta’s second largest natural harbour. It is the best place to see the colourful, traditional Maltese fishing boats, the Luzzus, with the mythical eye painted on their prows.

The village is the Islands’ main fishing harbour; its Sunday fish market a fascinating insight into local life and a traditional industry. The stalls brim with the night’s catch – fish of all shapes, colours and sizes. The village itself has many good fish restaurants. Marsaxlokk derives its name from the Arabic word marsa, meaning harbour, and Maltese for the south-easterly Mediterranean wind, the Xlokk (Sirocco in Italian). Marsaxlokk, with its sheltered habour, was an easy landing place for pirates and the Ottoman Turks. It was here that the Ottoman Turks landed for an attack which ended in the Great Siege of 1565. Napoleon’s army landed here in 1798; and in recent times, the harbour was the scene of the Bush-Gorbachev Summit,1989.

The headland to the left of the Bay is Delimara Point. It has two attractive, secluded rocky inlets suitable for swimming: Peter’s Pool; and the furthermost part of the headland. Fort Delimara, on the west of the peninsula, was built by the British in 1881 to guard the entrance to Marsaxlokk Bay.

Information from:
Web: http://www.visitmalta.com/en/info/marsaxlokk

© Tony Blood - Fish Market. Marsaxlokk,, Malta, 31 August 2014

© Tony Blood – Fish Market. Marsaxlokk,, Malta, 31 August 2014

© Tony Blood - Fish Market. Marsaxlokk,, Malta, 31 August 2014

© Tony Blood – Fish Market. Marsaxlokk,, Malta, 31 August 2014

© Tony Blood - Fish Market. Marsaxlokk,, Malta, 31 August 2014

© Tony Blood – Fish Market. Marsaxlokk,, Malta, 31 August 2014

© Tony Blood - Fish Market. Marsaxlokk,, Malta, 31 August 2014

© Tony Blood – Fish Market. Marsaxlokk,, Malta, 31 August 2014

© Tony Blood - Fish Market. Marsaxlokk,, Malta, 31 August 2014

© Tony Blood – Fish Market. Marsaxlokk,, Malta, 31 August 2014

© Tony Blood - Fish Market. Marsaxlokk,, Malta, 31 August 2014

© Tony Blood – Fish Market. Marsaxlokk,, Malta, 31 August 2014

© Tony Blood - Fish Market. Marsaxlokk,, Malta, 31 August 2014

© Tony Blood – Fish Market. Marsaxlokk,, Malta, 31 August 2014

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St. Peter’s Pool | Marsaxlokk, Malta | 31 August 2014

A most stunning natural swimming pool in Malta, St. Peter’s Pool is closely located to Marsaxlokk at the tip of Delimara Point in the south west of Malta. St. Peter’s Pool is not the easiest place to find but it is on the way to Marsaxlokk Bay. Located in a small bay on the Delimara peninsula, St. Peter’s Pool is just off the tall chimney tower next to Marsaxlokk Bay.

Crystal clear with a beautiful azure and light green colour, this area offers plenty of opportunities for snorkeling. The flat rocks around the pool provide the ideal opportunity for sunbathing while the high rocks will shield you from the strong sun rays. Ladders are available for access to the sea but there is also the added option of diving into the waters for the more adventurous bathers. St. Peter’s Pool is highly popular with the locals living in the nearby villages as well as for tourists looking for a more remote location to spend their day. Due to its secluded position, it is rarely crowded and you can easily find a spot for yourself. Just make sure to bring whatever you need for your day out as there are no facilities available. This natural swimming pool may not be suitable for small children at times when it is windy.

Information from:
Web: http://www.airmalta.com/destinations/malta/best-of-malta/beaches-in-malta-and-gozo/st-peters-pool

© Tony Blood - St. Peter's Pool. Marsaxlokk,, Malta, 31 August 2014

© Tony Blood – St. Peter’s Pool. Marsaxlokk,, Malta, 31 August 2014

Emmanuel Cini, Salter | Żebbuġ, Gozo | 30 August 2014

“This morning we come about half past five, you know. Not much today. The waves come in and make salt. We start from May up till September and always depends on the weather. The big one there; 20% salt, better than nothing. It takes 5 days, 7 days, but it always depends on the weather, the wind and the water. This is my land. It belong in our relations, 170 years. That’s my part, from that part to the edge of somebody else’s. But once it was one.” Emmanuel Cini, Salter. Żebbuġ, Gozo, 30 August 2014.

© Tony Blood - Emmanuel Cini, Salter. Żebbuġ, Gozo, 30 August 2014

© Tony Blood – Emmanuel Cini, Salter. Żebbuġ, Gozo, 30 August 2014

© Tony Blood - Store Room. Żebbuġ, Gozo, 30 August 2014

© Tony Blood – Store Room. Żebbuġ Gozo, 30 August 2014

© Tony Blood - Store Room. Żebbuġ, Gozo, 30 August 2014

© Tony Blood – Store Room. Żebbuġ, Gozo, 30 August 2014

Store Room. Żebbuġ, Gozo, 30 August 2014

© Tony Blood – Store Room. Żebbuġ, Gozo, 30 August 2014

The Citadel | Victoria, Gozo | 30 August 2014

The Citadel in Gozo owes its roots to the late medieval era, but the hill has been settled since Neolithic times. After the Great Siege of 1565, the Knights set about re-fortifying it to provide refuge and defence against further attack. Until 1637, the Gozitan population was required by law to spend their nights within the Citadel for their own safety. In later, more peaceful times, this restriction was lifted and people settled below its walls, creating the prosperous town of Rabat, now known as Victoria.

Information from:
Web: http://www.visitmalta.com/en/info/citadel

© Tony Blood - Canon. The Citadel, Victoria, Gozo, 30 August 2014

© Tony Blood – Canon. The Citadel, Victoria, Gozo, 30 August 2014

© Tony Blood - Crests. The Citadel, Victoria, Gozo, 30 August 2014

© Tony Blood – Crests. The Citadel, Victoria, Gozo, 30 August 2014

© Tony Blood - Steps. The Citadel, Victoria, Gozo, 30 August 2014

© Tony Blood – Steps. The Citadel, Victoria, Gozo, 30 August 2014

© Tony Blood - Canon. The Citadel, Victoria, Gozo, 30 August 2014

© Tony Blood – Canon. The Citadel, Victoria, Gozo, 30 August 2014

Xwenji Bay | Marsalforn, Gozo | 30 August 2014

Marsalforn, meaning ‘bakery harbour’, is Gozo’s main seaside town. During the summer, it becomes a bustling, lively resort. There is a small but pleasant sandy bank on the harbour with safe bathing and good rocky coastline towards Qbajjar which is excellent for snorkelling.

The resort has a good range of accommodation from seafront self-catering apartments to hotels. Marsalforn is characterised by its harbour-side cafes and restaurants, many serving fresh fish. The small harbour is the main port for a fleet of traditional ‘luzzijiet’ trawlers and smaller fishing boats. The beauty of Marsalforn is its relaxed atmosphere, even in the height of summer.

Information from:
Web: http://www.visitmalta.com/en/info/marsalforn

© Tony Blood - Xwenji Bay, Masalforn, Gozo, 30 August 2014

© Tony Blood – Xwenji Bay, Masalforn, Gozo, 30 August 2014

Xwejni Salt Pans | Żebbuġ, Gozo | 30 August 2014

Salt-pans are reputed to have been used here since Roman times. Salt was a valuable commodity in earlier times; Roman soldiers were sometimes paid with salt – this is the origin of the English word “salary”. The Northern Coast of Gozo proved very suitable for this purpose because it had extensive flat stretches of coastal limestone into which basins and channels could be cut by hand. The hot summer climate with strong drying winds was also an important factor. The basic production process is simple; in early summer seawater is fed into a series of shallow basins through a system of hand-dug channels. After concentration and evaporation by wind and sun during the hot summer months, the white sea-salt can be collected and bagged.

© Tony Blood - Drying Salt. Xwejni Salt Pans, Żebbuġ ,Gozo, 30 August 2014

© Tony Blood – Drying Salt. Xwejni Salt Pans, Żebbuġ, Gozo, 30 August 2014

© Tony Blood - Xwejni Salt Pans, Żebbuġ, Gozo, 30 August 2014

© Tony Blood – Xwejni Salt Pans, Żebbuġ, Gozo, 30 August 2014

© Tony Blood - Xwejni Salt Pans, Żebbuġ, Gozo, 30 August 2014

© Tony Blood – Xwejni Salt Pans, Żebbuġ, Gozo, 30 August 2014

© Tony Blood - Store. Xwejni Salt Pans, Żebbuġ, Gozo, 30 August 2014

© Tony Blood – Store. Xwejni Salt Pans, Żebbuġ, Gozo, 30 August 2014