Qawra, together with neighbouring St. Paul's Bay and Bugibba are Malta's largest seaside resorts. They offer plentiful accommodation ranging from self-catering apartments to hotel complexes and a variety of nightlife and leisure options. The coastline here has some wonderful open sea views and a vista across to St. Paul's Island, where, according to legend, the ship carrying the Apostle is said to have been wrecked. Standing prominently on the isle is a large statue of the Apostle commemorating this legendary event. The coastline promenade provides a long, though mostly level and an easy walk from St. Paul's Bay to Qawra Point, with its tower and views over Salina Bay. St. Paul's Bay started life as a small fishing village. The parish church of Qawra, dedicated to St Francis of Assisi, was designed by Maltese architect Richard England.
The two adjoining resorts of Qawra and Bugibba make up the wider locality of St Paul’s Bay, an area on the northeast coast of Malta where St Paul is alleged to have been shipwrecked. Each of these resorts was purpose-built in the 1980s as tourist destinations and have continued to grow ever since. Bugibba has a small square which is very lively during the evenings with pavement cafes and Alfresco dining. There are also lots of shopping, leisure opportunities and nightclubs around these twin resorts. Swimming and water sports are extremely popular in Qawra and take place off the promenade and at the various lidos along the coast. Qawra point which is a short distance from the Soreda offers excellent swimming possibilities in a closed bay.