Qawra Malta - Mediterranean Holiday Destinations

Merging almost seamlessly with neighbouring Bugibba, Qawra extends southwards from St Paul's Bay, linking it with Salina Bay around the next peninsular. Things get a little quieter and more up-market as you head south through the settlement but there's no doubt that this is a purpose built tourist resort aimed at the British.

Qawra is heavily geared towards the leisure-seeker; a glut of restaurants and bars line every street; shops sell countless souvenirs; water sports are advertised on every corner. The beach is rocky rather than sandy but its provisions for water sports enthusiasts ensure that during the summer months it's constantly teaming with life. The sea front has been recently regenerated making it brighter, less shabby and a little less tacky.

Qawra is more restrained than Bugibba and consequently boasts a higher class of accommodation. The New Dolmen Hotel, named after the Neolithic remains found nearby, is the most luxurious hotel in the St Paul's Bay area. Interestingly, the archaeological remains now form part of the well-landscaped hotel grounds and make an unusual addition to the place. The hotel casino and dance club provide some of the area's best nightlife so you don't even need to step out onto the tourist-ridden streets to have a great night. Its good facilities come at a predictably steep price and the bill at The New Dolmen is not for the faint hearted. Santana and SunCrest hotels are equally pricey, the former classy and luxurious, the latter modern and chic.

Once you're fought your way past the pizzerias, steak houses and places offering 'typical English fish and chips', a handful of restaurants stand out. Savini, on the outskirts of Qawra is well worth a look. The converted 300-year-old farmhouse is cosy in the winter and airy in the summer. Enjoy great views of the open countryside accompanied with a modern and varied menu. If you don't want to remortgage the house to stay in the New Dolman Hotel, at least try its restaurant. La Sibylle makes a great place for a splash out or an end of holiday treat. The restaurant serves great food although its speciality theme nights might not be everybody's cup of tea.

You won't see much of the real Malta if you stay in Qawra but it's an easy place for a holiday. With food you're used to at home and all the facilities you could ask for, guaranteed sunshine and clear blue sea, its no wonder Qawra is such a popular package holiday resort.

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