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Situated on the north east coast of Malta, Qawra is a popular resort offering guests a wide range of amenities. In the summer months, Qawra is a lively and vibrant spot making it an excellent base from which to explore the attractions of Malta.
The island enjoys good weather throughout most of the year with temperatures averaging between 30 and 35 degrees Celsius during the busiest months of July and August. Rainfall is highest in December and January although even in these months clear, sunny days are not uncommon.
Qawra is well developed to cater to the needs of tourists with a wealth of bars, restaurants and shops throughout the resort. A good way to familiarise yourself with the area is to simply take a stroll through the streets and ask the locals about their favourite places to visit.
An unusual tourist attraction that will appeal to motoring fans is the Classic Car Museum. The museum houses an impressive collection of cars from the past five decades, including classic models from Ford, Ferrari and Jaguar to name just a few.
The warm clear waters around Qawra offer excellent visibility, making this area perfect for snorkelling and diving. Snorkelling gear can be hired from several outlets in the area, while divers are also well catered for with a range of fantastic dive sites all year round. There are cave and wreck dives on offer as well as courses for beginners, making this one of the best spots in the Mediterranean to learn to dive.
Anyone planning to try diving, snorkelling or any of the other watersports on offer during their stay will find no shortage of operators advertising their services throughout the resort. Most hotels will also be able to offer advice on where to look and how to get the best prices.
A boat trip is a must during your stay in Qawra. A trip across to the nearby island of Comino to visit the stunning Blue Grotto makes for an unforgettable experience. Most trips leave from St Paul's Bay pier and it is usually possible to just turn up without booking and arrange something on the spot.
A great way to start an evening in Qawra is with a casual stroll along the promenade, stopping to browse for souvenirs. A great selection of restaurants in the resort serve up local fare and international cuisine. Anyone feeling homesick during their stay will find plenty of outlets serving up traditional `pub grub´ and British breakfasts.
For a more memorable culinary experience, Malta is famous for exquisitely fresh seafood and sampling this on the seafront is sure to be a highlight of any trip. A wonderful restaurant serving up delicious contemporary cuisine in an old farm house is 'Savini', located on the outskirts of the resort.
There are a number of bars and clubs in Qawra although for a big night out many visitors like to pop over to neighbouring Bugibba.
Accommodation options in Qawra are plentiful and range from self catering apartments to large hotels. Many visitors prefer to stay somewhere with a swimming pool as much of the coastline in this area is rocky. Swimming from the coastline is possible but may not be suitable for young children or inexperienced swimmers.
A good value option ideal for couples is the Sunflower Hotel, a well established and extremely friendly accommodation option that will suit those that prefer to save their hard earned cash for trips and activities yet still want to enjoy a clean and comfortable stay. Self catering accommodation is a good choice for those that want the flexibility to prepare their own meals when it suits them, as well as being well suited to those travelling with children.
There are a number of great self catering options in Qawra, such as the ever popular Park Lane Aparthotel. The staff cannot do enough to ensure your stay is enjoyable and guest rooms are spacious and well-maintained. The hotel is ideally situated next to a bus station where you can pick up transfers to any of Malta's famous sights, including Valletta, Mdina and St. Julian's.
If money is no object, arguably the most luxurious hotel in the St Paul's Bay area is the New Dolmen Hotel, which has incorporated the Neolithic remains that give it its name into its beautifully-landscaped grounds, providing an unusual backdrop. The large hotel complex includes a casino and lively nightclub so you don't have to go far to enjoy a great night out.