Qala is a small Gozitan village with a population of 1,609 people (Nov 2005). Nearby is Ħondoq ir-Rummien, a coastline with salt pans and caves popular with snorkellers.
Breath taking scenes can be enjoyed from the Qala Belvedere and from the small courtyard in front of the church known as Il-Madonna tal-Blat (Saint Mary of the Rocks).
The coastline around Qala is largely rocky, but offering some really excellent walks, as well as wonderful views of Malta and Comino. There are a few sheltered inlets, one being the secluded bathing spot at Hondoq ir-Rummien. There are many sites of historical interest here, such as the salt pans, the islands best preserved windmill and prehistoric remains. One can find examples of cart ruts, (parallel tracks cut into the rock) which extend over 180 metres and are some of the longest on Gozo.
Places of Interest in Qala:
St.Joseph Parish Church
The village parish church is dedicated to St Joseph. It was built by the same architect-priest who built the church of Ghasri, Dun Guzepp Diacono, between 1882 and 1889.
Immaculate Conception Chapel
This Chapel which is situated in Qala on your way to Hondaq ir-Rummien, is one of the earliest Marian shrines on the island and dates back to 1575.
St.Anthony's Battery also known as Ras il-Qala (Qala Point) Battery was built between 1731 and 1732. Its design is attributed to Charles Francois Mondion. It was intended to guard the mouth of the channel between Gozo and Comino.
Hondoq Ir-Rummien Beach
The bay can be acceded to from the village of Qala and lies opposite to the isle of Comino. The small sandy beach and its crystalline water makes Hondoq Bay very popular amongst the local population especially in summer.
Apart from an ideal swimming zone, the bay is also renowned for diving, especially for beginners. During summer evenings a number of local families stay late in Hondoq to relax by their smoking barbecues enjoying the cool summer breeze.