Munxar is quiet, quaint village located on Gozo. It is within close proximity to Sannat, Victoria and Xlendi and a firm favourite with expats due to its central location, innocent charm and small size. The parish church is dedicated to St Paul and Munxar, as a village, is often described as having some of the most beautiful landscapes on Gozo and has been a favourite amongst artists due to the hues of colours that bathe the village, its buildings and the surrounding area during the summer months.
First noted as a settlement in the 16th Century, the name Munxar was derived from the word Monxiar (meaning bucksaw) and this connotation is linkedto the two valleys that run parallel from the village down to the sea and the neighbouring fishing village of Xlendi. People who live in Munxar are known as Munxarin and the village, together with Xlendi, initially formed part of Sannat. Some megalithic temple and Roman remains were found in the area surrounding or close to Munxar. The town’s most illustrious resident is surely Professor Joseph Aquilina, a local synonymous with the Maltese language and author of the Maltese/English dictionary. Munxar’s village feast is officially held on 10 February each year with much fanfare and celebrations.