Qawra

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Qawra
Il-Qawra
Town
View of Qawra from Salina Bay
View of Qawra from Salina Bay
Qawra is located in Malta
Qawra
Qawra
Coordinates: 35°57′15″N 14°25′12″E / 35.95417°N 14.42000°E / 35.95417; 14.42000Coordinates: 35°57′15″N 14°25′12″E / 35.95417°N 14.42000°E / 35.95417; 14.42000
Country  Malta
Region Northern Region
District Northern District
Local council St. Paul's Bay
Demonym(s) Qawri (m), Qawrija (f), Qawrin (pl)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code SPB
Dialing code 356
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.[1]

Although there is no beach, 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.

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.[2]

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.

Qawra is also home to many nightclubs and bars. This seaside resort is just 17.6 kilometres (10.9 miles) away from Valletta, the capital city of Malta.

Parish[edit]

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.

Sightseeing[edit]

  • Malta National Aquarium
  • Malta Classic Car Museum
  • Sightseeing tours

Main Roads[edit]

  • Dawret il-Gżejjer (Islet Promenade)
  • Dawret il-Qawra (Qawra Promenade)
  • Triq Cassarino (Cassarino Street)
  • Triq Għawdex (Gozo Street)
  • Triq il-Ħalel (Waves Street)
  • Triq il-Wileġ
  • Triq J. F. Kennedy (J. F. Kennedy Street)
  • Triq is-Salina (Salina Road) or (Kennedy Drive)
  • Triq it-Trunċiera (Entrenchment Street)
  • Triq it-Turisti (Tourist Street)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bugibba and Qawra, Malta: Ideal Summer Resorts". CheapMalta.net. 28 April 2011. Archived from the original on 21 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "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.