From Marsaxlokk to Marsaskala

 

My Czech friends here lent me two books – Malta: 10 Great Walks and The Malta coastal walk. From reading, I found out that I was walking some of a mentioned trips. But I can still draw inspiration for my future walking. Today (Sunday 5th June) I decided to walk from Marsaxlokk to Marsaskala around the coast. One of the reason, why I wanted to start in Marsaxlokk that on each Sunday the big busy market is held around the Marsaxlokk Bay. You can see it in the first picture. Now I know where I can buy the cheaper clothes and boats or fish and Asian food. Btw it is also the docking area used by the fishing boats with tradition colourful fishing boats (see the photo). In the second picture, you can see Marsaxlokk from a distance.

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Btw from the guidebook I found out that this walk is important as for the geological aspect. The walk along the coast beyond St Thomas Bay (Marsaskala) showcases a number of the limestone layers and the varied shapes formed by the erosion process. Geologists recognise in Malta five main layers in the limestone: upper coralline limestone, greensands, blue clay, globigerina limestone and lower coralline limestone. The most obvious layer is the yellow globigerina limestone which is widely used in the construction of the churches, houses and forts.

From Marsaxlokk, I went up, the same path as to St Peter’s pool but I continued on the road to the east part of the peninsula – Fort Delimara. It was built by British in 1881 to protect the Marsaxlokk Bay. There is also an old lighthouse (third photo) at the tip of a peninsula, it is a nice example of Maltese construction. During getting to the peninsula I passed the Power station (the second photo). The first power station that I have seen in Malta.

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Then I tried to get to St Peter’s pool around the coast (I really didn’t want to go back on the same road). But again I came across problem with private properties here and mainly dogs. Well, I gave up and returned to the road and used the common path to the pool. Because I have been there I didn’t stop and continued along the coast. I had the nice views from the cliffs. Unfortunately, the weather was partly cloudy and thus, the photos are not so much quality.

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As you can see there are lots of bays and caves in the cliffs. There was almost nobody. Only from time to time there are some cottages and the owners were here  and organised some BBQs. And of course, I could have heard the dogs barking loudly.

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This area formed from white limestone should be called as il-Hofra (the Hole in English).

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Unfortunately, I don’t know the names of each bay and in my guidebook, I haven’t found it as well. Maybe because it recommends to use the road and not to go around and close to the coast. But I didn’t take this advice since I prefer the nature to the main road with cars. Btw between to the bays (on the small peninsula) there should be the Old Tas-Silg Fort which now serves as a sanctuary for homeless dogs. However, I didn’t go close to this part of the peninsula – fortunately.

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I crossed the former relay station for the German Deutsche Welle Radio network (built in the 1970s). The site is now in the care of Nature Trust Malta. Inside the park, I discovered the signpost and I absolutely had to try whether it is possible to use it for pole dancing. Btw the notice board in front of the entrance doesn’t inform about pole dance so I think that it is allowed 🙂

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Well, after I finished piffling I continued on my walk to Marsaskala. I could see something as like small Azure Window on Gozo 🙂 but really very small copy of this monument gate. From the coast, I could see the fish farms as you can see in the second picture.

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I eventually could have seen Marsaskala (and St Thomas Bay) out of the top of some hill. At the edge of this bay, I had a lunch and then I set out on walking around the promenade. I found it as the most boring part of this trip. But you know that I hate walking in the cities 🙂

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As I walked up around the curving promenade I met an extensive area of salt pans (salini in Maltese) cut into the limestone rock. The saltpans were dug in globigerina limestone and you can see some interesting formations and fossils along the coastline here. I shot a photo from this place.

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At the tip of the peninsula, I passed by the impressive St Thomas Tower. But I must admit that the tower seems to be damaged a bit.

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And the last few kilometres was again along the promenade and I was in the centre of Marsaskala. I was lucky since I caught the bus immediately. This trip is only 16 km long but it is possible to make lots of short cuts.

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