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.
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.