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Qawra Mini Guide
Why Would I go to Qawra?
If you dream about a British-influenced holiday of sunbathing, seaside and nightlife all without the stereotypical cold weather, Qawra (with a silent Q) is for you. It's almost twinned with neighbouring town Bugibba to offer everything your holiday heart desires, and these two popular tourist destinations comprise the majority of St Paul's Bay in the Northeast of Malta.
What's to do?
It's the place to go if you love water sports. There are boats galore and the rocky shores are ideal for snorkelling and scuba. There is no sandy beach but plenty of flat rocks and small coves creating a sunbathers paradise. As ever in Malta, history is a key feature. If you are more into seeing than sea-ing, visit the local tower originally built by the Knights of St John and now housing a restaurant.
How do I get There?
Qawra offers a good position from which to get out and about. It is less than 20km from Valletta
and hence an easy initial transfer from Malta's airport. Car hire is a great way to tour at your convenience, whether you want to visit the old town at St Paul's Bay or nearby Salina Bay, head into the historic capital city, or take a short drive to the sandy beach at Mellieha Bay. If you have hired with Rhino, collect your vehicle at the airport "Welcome Hall" and away you go! If you prefer public transport, neighbouring Bugibba offers numerous bus routes going to and from local destinations and further afield.
What About Nightlife?
Clubs, restaurants and casinos are ready to give you a warm and energetic welcome. Numerous bars will keep you fully refreshed and there is English football available on TV for fans who wish to keep up. If you prefer something a little more serene, it is also popular to take a night-time stroll by the sea.
09/05/12 - The Malta National Aquarium project is well underway in Qawra. Begun in late 2011, it's due to be completed by the end of 2012 but parts of it will open this summer including the 140 hectare grounds. One of the largest such projects in the Mediterranean it's hoped it will become a major conservation project as well as a tourist attraction.