Qawra is located in the northeast of Malta, adjacent to the seaside resort town of Bugibba. It is, however, a lot calmer than its busy neighbour. The town’s seaside beach lidos, restaurants on the waterfront and relaxing areas along the coast make it a suitable location for sunbathing and for taking a refreshing dip into the sea. Having said that, it is nevertheless within easy walking distance of fun-loving Bugibba and its buzzing promenade and nightlife.
Many hotels and resorts hug the coastline along the Qawra peninsula providing numerous facilities to their guests, including facilities for swimming, scuba diving, speedboat rides, and other water sports. Several big hotels in Qawra also have swimming pools for those guests who are not too keen on the busy summer beaches. In addition to the high number of foreign visitors who base themselves in Qawra, many locals also spend the summer months in holiday homes here in part due to the large amount of entertainment opportunities available along the seafront towards Bugibba. This includes a wide array of restaurants, British-style pubs, karaoke bars, nightclubs, and even a casino.
A recent development in Qawra and now one of the key attractions in Malta is the Malta National Aquarium. The site houses an impressive collection of sea life, mainly from the Mediterranean, in addition to a reef club and dining facilities. The aquarium is designed to assist the local diving community by having been planned to reflect the numerous dive sites and attractions of the Maltese Islands. An appealing addition to the aquarium is the promenade in the surrounding area, which has been developed to include new walkways and seating areas as well as a children’s play area and landscaped garden made accessible to the general public at no charge.
Having only been a small village prior to its development into a tourist hotspot, the town does not have many historic sites, but Qawra Tower is one of the few. Known locally as the Fra Ben Tower, it is a fortification that was built by the Knights of St. John in 1637. Originally built as one of five towers, it was later added to a series of thirteen towers built by the Knights. Each of the towers is in sight of another tower and used to serve as a communication link between the Grand Harbour in Valletta and the small island of Gozo in the north. The Fra Ben Tower was further fortified with the addition of a gun battery in 1715, which has now become a local restaurant and swimming pool.
Qawra is a great base during a visit to Malta because of all the touristic amenities on offer as well as its public transport connections to other parts of the island. The town provides visitors with a sense of relaxation that is lacking in the busy adjacent town of Bugibba. However, being just a ten-minute stroll away, visitors can also easily enjoy Bugibba’s nightlife and touristic facilities.
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Bella Vista Hotel, Canifor Hotel, Dolmen Resort Hotel, Qawra Palace, Santana Hotel, Soreda Hotel, Seashells Resort at Suncrest, Cardor Holiday Complex, Huli Court Aparthotel, Sunny Coast Resort Club, Sunflower Hotel, db San Antonio Hotel & Spa