View of Qawra from Salina Bay
|Local council||St. Paul's Bay|
|Demonym(s)||Qawri (m), Qawrija (f), Qawrin (pl)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
|Patron saint||Francis of Assisi|
Qawra (Maltese: Il-Qawra, Maltese pronunciation: [ʔawra]) is a zone within St. Paul's Bay in the Northern Region, Malta. It is located close to Buġibba and Salina, and it is a popular tourist resort, containing many hotels and restaurants.
In around 1638, the Order of St. John built Qawra Tower at Qawra Point. A battery was built around it in 1715, while an entrenchment wall was added in the 1760s. Today, the tower and battery are a restaurant, and parts of the entrenchment can still be seen.
The town is home to many water-sport activities, including banana boat, speed boat and jetski rides, as well as kayaking, snorkeling and diving. The area is also well known as the "touristy" area of Malta due to the many bars which show British football. Summer temperatures can be as hot as 40 °C (104 °F), with an average of over 30 °C (86 °F). Casinos, bars, and clubs are also a major part of this small town. Many people swim and bathe off the rocks, which provide ample space for sun bathing. It is popular with tourists who like to walk by the sea at night.
The parochial church of Qawra is dedicated to St Francis of Assisi. The parish incorporates both Qawra and the neighbouring locality of Bugibba in its geographical area. The parish feast is celebrated on 17 September which commemorates the impression of the stigmata on St Francis. The church in Qawra started operating as a parish on 8 December 2004 and the first parish priest was Fr Gorg Zammit, OFM conv. The architect of the church building was Richard England. It is a modern-style church, not in the Latin cross style as most other parishes of the Maltese islands.
The main attractions in Qawra include:
- Malta National Aquarium
- Malta Classic Car Museum
- Buġibba Temple is located on the border of Qawra and Buġibba
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Qawra.|
- "Qawra (Malta): Tourist Info, Travel Tips and Things to Do". MaltaUncovered.com. 23 December 2017. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
- "Qawra Point Tower & Battery" (PDF). National Inventory of the Cultural Property of the Maltese Islands. 28 June 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 March 2016. Retrieved 7 August 2015.