Thursday, June 20, 2024

Marsalforn is a very popular summer resort in Gozo. It falls under neighbouring Zebbug for administrative purposes.  The name, Marsalforn is a composite word, marsa lifurna, or caves hallowed   by the sea.  The church of Marsalforn is dedicated to Saint Paul Shipwrecked and the present building dates back to 1730.  Saint Paul, after his three month long stay in Malta, is said to have left the island from the tiny port beneath the church.  It is the closest port of the Maltese islands to Pozzallo, in Sicily.

'Tranquillitatis Plenissimus'
Abounding in Serenity
Fil-Milja, Tal-Kwiet

During the summer, Marsalforn is a bustling, lively resort.  There is a small sandy beach near the harbour which has safe bathing.  Farther round the coastline lies Qbajjar, with excellent snorkelling.  Marsalforn has many harbourside cafes and restaurants, and it is the main  port for the traditional 'luzzijet' trawlers and fishing boats.  Even in the height of summer, this is a relaxed and easy place to be.