The south of Malta is less touristic and has a more village-like attitude to life when compared to other parts of the island. That said, the more discerning tourist will often travel to the South of Malta, to get a glimpse and to savour the culture of ‘real life’ Malta. This is largely thanks to its active fishing ports and less tourist-driven industries.
Although few villages in the South offer a large number of attractions, the area is frequented for snorkelling, diving and other sea going activities. Its beaches are a mix of rocky shores, pebbles and sand, while locations like the Blue Grotto (limits of Żurrieq) are popular diving locations.
The South of Malta, like the North, has homes on the coast and in rural locations. Exceptions are Siġġiewi and Żebbug, in what is generally a busier part of the island. These villages are considerably rural, quiet and relatively traditional, while still easy to reach from arterial roads.
With most of the Southern coastline of Malta not offering easy access to the sea, Birżebbuġa, Marsascala and Marsaxlokk are a few localities further to the South-East, where access to clean bathing waters is easy. While Birżebbuġa has one of the view sandy beaches (Pretty Bay) in the area, it tends to be quite crowded during the summer months, while Malta’s Freeport is located just opposite. Although being a lovely village filled with tradition and friendly locals, it is not known to be a prime swimming spot.
Marsaxlokk is known across the island for its fish market and its fine fish restaurants. Although small communities of fishermen operate from other parts of the Maltese islands, Marsaxlokk is a fisherman’s village and a seafood fan’s dream destination. A number of restaurants line its seaside, offering a variety of fish and other types of seafood, brought in from the morning’s catch. While being quite busy on Sunday afternoons (for lunch), it’s a relatively quiet town with picturesque views and unofficially the home of the Luzzu (colourful Maltese fishing boat).
The south of Malta is a good choice of location if you want a place to live which offers an opportunity to meet and mingle with locals, though less suited if you prefer living next to the sea.
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