Marsaxlokk (meaning the south-east port) is the foremost fishing village and, perhaps, the most picturesque seaside locality in Malta.
One can here admire the small fishing craft, the 'Luzzu' and 'Kajikk' painted in vivid colours of red, yellow, green and blue, floating lightly on the calm waters of the bay.
Fishing nets are often spread on the quay to dry in the sun and, quite often, sturdy fishermen can be seen mending these nets. These activities, together with the modest fishermen's houses by the quayside, lend the place charm and serenity.
Most of the island's fish supplies are caught by fishermen coming from this port. Swordfish, tuna and the popular 'lampuki' are caught in abundance during the season between spring and late autumn. On weekdays, the catch is taken to the fish-market in Valletta, but on Sundays fish is retailed by fishermen in the open on the quay.
Fish restaurants have sprung to meet the ever increasing demand. The tourist influx to Marsaxlokk has also attracted many hawkers and souvenir vendors.
Overlooking the northern arm of Marsaxlokk Bay is the hill of Tas-Silg. This archaeological site contains remains of megalithic temples of the Tarxien phase, with later alterations resembling the Hagar Qim model. Bronze-age material was also found scattered around the area.
The site's most important period, however, is considered to be that which goes from the end of the 6th Century BC to the 1st Century AD, with most of the extant structures belonging to the latter part of this span. Again it was used as a religious site, this time as a temple dedicated to Astarte/Hera. In fact a number of dedications to both goddesses, or to the one goddess, under both the Phoenician and Greek names, have been found.
The Tas-Silg site was to be used again for religious purposes sometime in the 4th century AD, when it was adapted to a new religion, Christianity, and possibly used as a monastery.