Marsaskala is a very quiet residential area which has grown
up around the small harbour The bay is sheltered to the
north by ''Ras iż-Żonqor'', the south-east corner of Malta,
and to the south by the headland of ''Ras il-Gżira''.
The village extends along both sides of the bay, and across
most of Il-Ħamrija, a creek leading to ''Il-Ponta tal-Gzira''.
Marsaskala boasts a rather modern church, and a very
pleasant promenade of shops, restaurants and coffee shops
along the long stretch of waterfront.
The shore north of ''Ras iż-Żonqor'' is of low cliffs, with
shelving rock ledges south of the point. Marsaskala Bay is
largely edged by promenade, with low shelving rock ledges
cut with salt pans on the seaward face of Ras iċ-Ċerna,
which continue on round the eastern point, past l-Abjad
iż-Żgħir, and into Il-Bajja ta' San Tumas (St Thomas Bay) to
Although in Marsaskala there is only one sandy beach, the
environment is ideal for scuba diving and snorkeling, and
the town boasts at least two diving schools.
Moreover, since our apartments are situated on the main bus
route, a bus to Valletta or to the Three Cities can get you
into the centre of events.
Although Marsaskala is a summer residential area, more
associated with seaside activities, in winter it can be an
exceptional starting point for walks along the country
foothpaths. A walk along the cliffs from Marsaskala to
Marsaxlokk or to Delimara takes about ninety minutes and it
offers exceptional views to those who prefer this kind of
Alternatively, a visit to Zejtun could be another
destination where one could spend a couple of hours in this
interesting rural village.
Although there is no direct bus to this village, a
forty-minute-walk from Marsaskala would be ideal during our
mild winter months. However, if you want to go by bus you
have to inter-change at Paola where one can find three
Carnival of Malta
The Carnival of Malta is held annually in February . It is
spread over five days on the last weekend before lent. Every
20 minutes there is a direct bus from Marsaskala (numbers
91, 92 & 93) which will take you to Valletta which is the
venue where such events are held.
In summer another Carnival is also organised at the
centre of Marsaskala. Activities are usually held on the
last weekend of August.
Good Friday and Easter
The Three Cities, Vittoriosa (Birgu), Cospicua (Bormla) and
Senglea (Isla) are also known for their activities during
the Holy Week before Easter. Besides processions and
Religious activities in many places, various exhibitions are
held exposing miniature Good Friday Statues and other
artistic items such as Last Supper table displays.
From Marsaskala the bus number 124 takes you directly to the
Three Cities. Moreover, other similar Religious activities
are also held in other localities in Malta.
On March 31 and September 8, a regatta is held among
participating localities of the inner harbour area. Both
dates are public holidays marking two historical events and
a traditional regatta is held in the waters of the Grand
If you take the bus number 22 to Vittoriosa you can watch
the races from one of the Three Cities. Alternatively they
can also be seen from Valletta (bus numbers 91,92 and 93).
Manoel Theatre in Valletta
The Manoel Theatre (Teatru Manoel, in Maltese) is known to
be Europe's third-oldest theatre, and the oldest one in the
Commonwealth of Nations. It is situated in Old Theatre
Street, Valletta, and is Malta's National Theatre and seat
to the National Orchestra of Malta.
The theatre is one of Malta’s foremost performing spaces,
offering a wide range of productions including opera,
ballet, contemporary dance, music, children’s performances
and drama. Visitors can enjoy the best of local talent and
exciting foreign productions, take the guided tour to get a
glimpse of the theatre’s history, visit the shop and enjoy a
glass of wine in our courtyard.
A direct bus to Valletta from Marsaskala (91, 92 & 93) is
available. However if you intend to stay late for a
performance, we can help you get a taxi.