The Qala Creek Project
One of the few remaining pristine beaches in Gozo is Hondoq ir-Rummien, mostly frequented by Gozetan people. Hondoq Bay, at the top of Gozo facing Comino , is a small sandy/rocky beach with an old quay on one side. An old water distiller lies empty behind the bay while a quarry from which rock for the Grand Harbor brake water was cut early in the last century, lies disused in one side of the road leading down to the bay. There is a ten meter fresh waterfall which used to fill part of the quarry with fresh water. This fresh water creek runs all year round, where many of the residents collect water for their plant and trees.The coastal area is one of the few remaining tracts of open country side left in the Maltese islands the sea in the area boasts some of the cleanest, clearest water in all of Malta and Gozo, attracting locals and divers alike to spend time in this tranquil beauty spot. The area of Hondoq falls under one of four new protected areas covering 18,000 hectares of marine environment primarily identified to protect 80% of Posidonia Oceanica seaweed.
Facts about the proposed Qala Creek project:
The developers are planning to:
cut all the remaining stone in the quarry
excavate the present parking space so that the sea will be let in right into the quarry
build a five star hotel for 170 bedrooms,approximately 25 villas, 60 Self Catering Units, 200 Multi-Ownership Residences
731 underground parking spaces
10 retail units
5 dining facilities
a marina for between 100 to 150 crafts
The 120 million euro development, a touristic and residential complex planned in a disused quarry and including a marina.
The Hondoq ir-Rummien development is a project which is being proposed entirely on privately-owned land, currently an abandoned quarry in a totally dilapidated state. The area is an environmental blemish visible from miles away at sea and the beach itself.