Qawra 1

Qawra

Qawra lies between Buġibba and Salina in the north, and is a popular tourists resort with many hotels and restaurants. Although there are no sandy beaches, many people swim off the rocks, which provide ample space for sun bathing. It is a popular area with tourists who like to enjoy a peaceful and relaxing holiday in an idyllic location. The seaside resort is just 17.6 kilometres (10.9 miles) away from Valletta, the capital city of Malta. It is an ideal centre for exploring the island of Malta, with an excellent road network, many car-hire facilities, and the bus terminus located in the town centre.

Qawra 2

Around 1638, the Knights of St. John built Qawra Tower at Qawra Point. A battery was built around it in 1715, while an entrenchment wall was added in the 1760s. This is one of the many watch towers built by the Knights and this one watches St. Paul’s Bay to the west and Salina Bay to the east. The tower is now a restaurant, and parts of the entrenchment wall can still be seen.

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The resort of Qawra was built with the general idea of attracting British tourists, and its hotels, holiday apartments, restaurants, cafes, shops, bars, casinos, and other tourist facilities have a distinct British ambiance. Hotels offer long-stay winter holidays, ideal for retired UK sun seekers, and British football is shown live in almost all pubs and clubs.

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Water sports dominate the shoreline, and although there are no sandy beaches, swimming, sunbathing and diving are still very popular activities. There is a long promenade that stretches for around 3km all the way to St. Paul’s Bay. This walkway outlines the rocky shoreline, and provides fantastic views of the open sea. It offers a perfect space for leisurely walks and jogs, especially during the evenings, when the sea and sun merge in spectacular colours.

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From ‘IN LOVE WITH MALTA’ (The Hidden Treasures)

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