Bus Route: From Victoria - Bus No.50
Wedged between the sloping sides
of two parallel valleys Munxar offers some of the most beautiful
landscapes in Gozo. The name Munxar is old Maltese meaning 'bucksaw'
probably originating from the spectacular imagery of zigzaged cliff
faces from the Bardan Heights nearby. Munxar is also caressed by
the beautiful Ghancija valley on the Munxar side. This valley forks
valley which is on the Fontana side, with
both valleys joining together to finally end up in the popular Xlendi
It grew up from a few residing families to a present population
nearing 700 people, making Munxar a closely-knit village
community. Throughout the years, Munxar has always retained exclusive
features and village traditions. Also worth mentioning are the remnants
of a prehistoric temple
at Ta' Marziena in Munxar. However, although these temples date
approximately to the Ggantija period, they were not as appropriately
excavated and could not be appreciated by anyone less than an archaeological
Close by to this village, there is Xlendi
Bay, a popular tourist resort engulfed in a fjord like inlet
amongst high cliffs. Xlendi bay is a small fishing village, but
is also an ideal bathing and diving resort especially in summer.
Otherwise foreigners and locals could gaze spell bound admiring
late spring and early autumn sunsets that adorn the waters with
gilded streaks described only by poets and often captured by artists
or keen photographers.
Munxar was the last village in Gozo to become an autonomous parish.
The feast officially
falls on the 10th of February which is also a national public holiday;
however the outside festivities are celebrated on the third Sunday
of each May.
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