Qawra: Resort and Accommodation
Qawra (pronounced Our ra) is one of the resorts on the north coast of Malta. It has a range of accommodation from 5* hotels to 3* apartments. Qawra lies along the coast from Bugibba, on the Qawra Peninsula between St Paul's Bay and Salina Bay. It is a more upmarket resort than its neighbour Bugibba and it also tends to be quieter. Again it was built for the tourists, beginning in the 1970s. Qawra has recently undergone a similar regeneration process to Bugibba.
Again, it is a rocky shoreline, with flat rocks suitable for Sun bathing on. Likewise, there are suitable places for gaining access to the sea for swimming. The water tends to be deep, so whilst it is clean and safe to swim in, it is not suitable for those who just want to paddle! The Salina Bay side of the promontary is also very popular for swimming.
Eating in Qawra
There are the usual restaurants serving pizzas, fish n' chips, Chinese, Indians and Italian food. There are also a few restaurants that specialise in Maltese food.
Shopping in Qawra
Again not a great shopping centre, with mainly shops selling souveneirs along with a good choice of supermarkets and off-licences.
Although quieter than Bugibba, Qawra is by no means dead afer dark. Along with the usual bars & pubs there are a few nighclubs and a casino. Also some of the hotels run their own nightclubs.
Things to do in Qawra
Given the rocky shoreline, Qawra is ideal for snorkelling, and for the more adventurous, diving. There are several diving schools in the resort itself. Other forms of watersports are popular.
Because Gozo and Comino are nearby, there are plenty of boat trips available. The trip to the Blue Lagoon in Comino is very popular.
As usual in Malta, military history buffs do not have to go to far to find something to interest them. There is the Qawra tower, a watchtower along with an artillery bastion on the tip of the promontary. The bastion is being used as a restaurant. Similar towers were to have ringed the island, but they were only completed in the Qawra area. There are also the Qawra coastal entrenchment walls, which were a series of walls linking artillery platforms. Again they were only completed round Qawra. The historically minded might be interested in the salt-pans around Salina Bay. These gave the bay its name.
Car enthusiasts should make a beeline to the Malta Classic Car Museum. This is located near the Bugibba bus station and contains over 80 classic cars and motorbikes. These range from pre-war to modern.
Getting to and from Qawra
Qawra is typically 1-1½ hours transit time from the airport.
Whilst there are not as many buses going to Qawra as Bugibba, there are still good connections to Valletta or to Bugibba and further north. Also the bus station in Bugibba is at the Qawra end.