Qawra is located in the north-west coast of Malta at the southern end of St. Paul’s Bay. The tourist development around the bay means that one resort joins with the next. In this case Qawra is adjacent to the lively resort of Bugibba and is also linked to Salina Bay. In common with most of Malta’s beaches, Qawra lacks sand but there is no paucity of water sports. There is a good range of hotels and apartments providing accommodation to suit most budgets. The further you move from Bugibba, the more luxurious become the hotels. There are eateries to satisfy all tastes and pockets and the usual number of tourist shops selling the usual tat. Although there are many lively bars, Qawra nightlife does not match its gregarious neighbour in terms of vibrancy.
Why Go To Qawra?
If you enjoy hot sunny days by the sea, water sports and a bustling atmosphere you will enjoy a Qawra holiday. This purpose built resort has all the comfort and amenities that the British tourist has come to expect.
Who Is Qawra Popular With?
A Qawra holiday is popular with people looking for long hours of sunshine, water sports, good food and a lively nightlife.
When To Go To Qawra
The Qawra holiday summer season lasts from April until October when the temperatures in July and August can reach the mid thirties. Malta enjoys a pleasant climate throughout the year where temperatures rarely dip below fifteen degrees. Even in winter, five and six hours of daily sunshine is common.
Qawra - The Place
Qawra is a busy purpose built resort that is still in the throes of development. Lying on a rocky coastline on St. Paul’s Bay it is a popular resort attracting many British holidaymakers every year. Although there is no sandy beach, there are many large slabs of stone and wooden bathing platforms for sunbathing and for gaining access to the water. A variety of water sports are available. These include wind and kite surfing, banana boating, water skiing and sailing. The rocky waters around the island offer ideal conditions for snorkelling and there is also a scuba diving school.
Qawra has a good range of hotels, apartments and studios that cater for most budgets. They offer comfortable accommodation and a friendly service. The many cafes, restaurants and fast food outlets provide sustenance for even the fussiest eater. Those who wish to enjoy traditional Maltese cuisine will find many fine fish restaurants along the sea front. Shopping in Qawra is limited to essential provisions, beach items and gifts and souvenirs. As most people visit the capital, Valletta, it is best to shop there if you are looking for exclusive boutiques and specialist items. Nightlife here can be as relaxing or as lively as you wish. The further south you go in the resort, the quieter it becomes. The liveliest place is where the resort meets Bugibba.
There are many opportunities to explore the island’s towns and villages, its nature reserves and the Blue Grotto. Valletta has many wonderful buildings and churches including the Grand Master’s Palace, St. Elmo’s Fort and the Cathedral of St. John. Boat trips, including those to Gozo, are popular.
Qawra nightlife is fairly lively with many bars, pubs, discos and clubs. The further south you go in the resort, the more relaxed it becomes. Those who wish to party through the night can take a taxi to the lively resort of Bugibba.
Qawra shopping is fairly limited with the many small shops and stalls selling holiday gifts and souvenirs. There are of course supermarkets for essential provisions. Local crafts which make perfect mementoes are silver and gold filigree jewellery and Maltese lace. If more shops are needed, take a trip to Valletta where there are many fine boutiques and specialist stores.
Qawra has a wide variety of restaurants and cafes catering for even the most conservative of palates. There are those which serve British food, others where you can savour Maltese specialities and a range of international cuisine. Fish dishes abound, the most popular being the lampuka or dolphin fish. The catch of the day special, fresh from the sea, is usually good value for money. Brogjoli, (we would call them beef olives) cooked in red wine and served with rice is a culinary delight.