Step into a village full of character, traditions and sheep.
The village of Munxar is quaint to say the least. Munxar is a residential area that still carries that typical Gozitan vibe - the ultra relaxed one. We’re talking about a closely-knit community who’ve lived there for a good part of their lives and know the ins and outs of the village.
Visiting Munxar requires two major essentials: a good pair of walking shoes and a camera - you’ll be doing a lot of walking around as there’s so much to see. First off, let’s get our bearings right. Munxar is sandwiched between Sannat; another residential village with quite a vibrant square, and Xlendi; one of Gozo’s top locations that has it all. Now that your whereabouts are somewhat clearer, it’s time for us to highlight the quirks of Munxar.
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Like most Maltese villages, Munxar is full of tiny alleyways and Munxar Road is packed with them. Munxar, although residential, is full of farmlife. Many families have livestock in their old farm houses where the locals can get their hands on eggs, gbejniet and other fresh products. Walking through the alleys will sometimes lead you to a small family farm that’s cared for and treasured by every family member no matter how old or young. If you’re lucky, you’ll even spot the local shepherds escorting their herd to a nearby green patch where they graze until the sun goes down.
A hidden spot that boasts an outstanding view can be found a short walk from the village Parish Church: Sanap Cliffs. During the winter months, this area is adorned with greenery, tonnes of chirping birds and a whole lot of flora. The garigue on the Maltese islands is always impressive, but Sanap cliffs is swarming with local vegetation and should not be missed. During the summer months, it’s best to trek in the early hours of the morning or late into the evening to watch the sun set over Xlendi Bay. Follow the Heritage Trail for the best viewpoints or go off the beaten track to discover something new.
Another key architectural feature of the Maltese islands and not absent in this small Gozitan village is the niche or nicca in Maltese. Traditionally housing shrines or statues of village saints, these sculptural oddities can be found adorning the façades of older homes or on street corners for protection and reverence. Munxar is a village packed with tradition and faith, so relics such as these are aplenty. The Parish Church is also a focal point of the village, where locals gather especially during the village festa.
Although it may seem to be more of a sit and watch kind of locality, Munxar is a great spot to get your steps up. Wherever you go, whatever you see, there’s sure to be something to catch you by surprise!