Qala is a small town located to the east of Gozo, an island within the Maltese archipelago. Visitors looking to spend their holidays in Qala are drawn by its relatively quiet and tranquil location, especially when compared to the more developed main island of Malta. Qala and the island of Gozo as a whole offers visitors a good choice of reasonably priced self catering rental accommodation, to include apartments, townhouses and for those on a more generous budget, more luxurious villas with pools.
Travellers spending their holidays in Qala will discover that the town offers a wealth of natural and historic attractions. These include the Immaculate Conception Chapel, which dates back to the 16th century. There are a number of magnificent vistas to be enjoyed from the village, enjoying views of Comino island and Malta beyond. Qala’s mainly rocky coastline boasts a number of unusual rock formations and caves which are popular with divers, the most fascinating of which is known as Ghar Minka. The best bathing can be enjoyed at Hondoq ir-Rummien, a sheltered cove where visitors enjoying their holidays in Qala will also find Gozo’s best preserved prehistoric remains.
Hiring a car is perhaps the best way for tourists to explore the compact island of Gozo. Visitors spending their holidays in Qala may wish to take a drive to the island’s capital, Victoria, a short drive to the west. The ancient city of Victoria has been settled in since Neolithic times and boasts a number of historically and architecturally interesting buildings and landmarks. Perhaps the most prominent is the Citadella (Citadel), which originally dates back to the Bronze Age. Within the Citadella lies the 17th century baroque style Cathedral of Assumption, with its main ceiling boasting an impressive Trompe l’oeil painting. Those visitors looking to enjoy some watersports or to purely relax and soak up the warm Mediterranean sun will discover that Gozo has some of the best beaches in Malta, especially at San Blas and Ramla Bay.
Visitors looking to spend their holidays in Qala will discover that the Maltese archipelago enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate. Summers are generally warm and dry, with temperatures often reaching the early 30s degrees Celsius. Winters are generally cooler, although temperatures rarely drop below 10 degrees Celsius. Qala receives an average annual rainfall of 18 inches.
UK travellers looking to spend their holidays in Qala will first fly to Malta International Airport (MLA), on the main island. There are a number of airlines operating regular and affordable flights to this airport from the UK, including Air Malta, BMI Baby, easyJet, Thomson Airways and Ryanair. These flights depart from several regional UK airports, including London Gatwick (LGW), Leeds Bradford (LBA), East Midlands (EMA) and Bristol (BRI).