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Within a Stone's throw of Il-Munxar's parish church there Munxar Sunsetis Ix-Xlendi, a small fishing village. Wedged between majestic cliffs to the south-west of Gozo, it is definitely one of the most picturesque and romantic spots of the island. Ix-Xlendi is first recorded as xilendi in a notarial contract of April 19, 1550. The emblem of Ix-Xlendi consists of a promontory with a tower upon it rising from a blue sea on an orange field with a M in the middle of a silver chief standing for Mary in reference to the Blessed Virgin Mary of Ix-Xlendi Church The church is dedicated to Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Its foundation stone was laid on August 17, 1969 and the church was consecrated on August 10, 1974. So intimately connected with the sea-faring environment it is only natural to expect Ix-Xlendi's motto to be Navium Tutela -Protection for vessels.

Ix-Xlendi Bay is a popular tourist resort encompassed within a sprawling countryside. The lapping blue ripples which caress the golden sands in Summer change to surging foam and heaving waves in mid-Winter. Otherwise, foreigners and locals gaze spellbound as the copper red sunsets of late Spring and early Autumn adorn the clear waters with gilded streaks on a garnished phosphorescence. The shimmering silhouette of a majestic 17th century tower adds to the enchantment of the spot.

The meandering countryside roads which lead to the heart of Ix-Xlendi are a must for every tourist and visitor. A walk in the crisp and nimble air and the welcoming smile or acknowledging nod of the local farmer and shepherd are the right appetizer for a mouth watering tuck in at one of the friendly restaurants which surround the bay. Late in the evening, even by nightfall a moonlight excursion has all the ingredients of romance and fascination. Not to be missed - Ix-Xlendi's popular feast in honour of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in the later half of August. It combines a variety of entertainment, attractions and traditions set within an age old religious devotion to Our Lady who watches over the place with a loving protective look.


Il-Munxar Local Council.
Profs Guze` Aqulina Street, Il-Munxar MXR 1012, Gozo, Malta
Tel: (+356) 2155 8755 - Fax: (+356) 2155 8787.

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