Comino is the definition of paradise
Formerly called Ephaestia, Comino is the smallest of the three Maltese islands in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, and captures all the beauty of a remote and tranquil haven.
Its current name is derived from a particular cumin seed that once flourished on the islands, which covered large areas of the island at the time.
Comino has been inhabited since the time of the Romans, yet it was only really utilised when the Knights were in Malta in 1530. It was a useful base for pirates and this is why the defence tower was erected on it. In the time of the Knights they kept and protected the local game on the island which included wild boars and hares.
It was used as an area of quarantine during the French occupation.
The island measures 3.5 square kilometres (1.4 sq mi) in area, is car-free and is surrounded by crystal clear waters.
The island homes permanent residents albeit only four, and a priest and one policeman who commute from Gozo to render their services to the local population and summertime visitors.
One can also find a hotel, a medieval chapel, a police station, a coastal watchtower, a coastal defence battery, a water pumping station, an abandoned pig farm, a lighthouse, a cemetery and a helipad!
But apart from all these things, Comino is blessed with breath-taking views, unique flora and fauna, and rich marine life. It’s a paradise for lovers of snorkelling, diving, walking, and windsurfing.
No holiday to Malta is complete without spending at least a day on the beautiful island of Comino, and for most people, it is the highlight of their stay on the islands. If you are visiting over the winter season still keep Comino in mind as it makes for beautiful and peaceful walks and great shots for your album – viewing Malta and Gozo from a different perspective.
This is all you need to know about Comino
How to get to Comino
There are various ferry’s you can catch to get to the island from various parts of Malta, including Sliema, Bugibba and Cirkewwa itself. If you are residing on the island of Gozo then you can hop on a ferry from Mgarr too.
1) Wade in the beautiful beaches
Comino island is famous for the beautiful beaches, so it is a sin to miss taking a dip in at least one of the gorgeous beaches. The most famous one is undoubtedly the Blue Lagoon. But few know about the other bays, so it’s good to keep them in mind if you want a more secluded scene.
Crystal Lagoon is located just southeast of Blue Lagoon, in the direction of St Mary’s Tower. It is a lovely bay which can only be accessed by boats due to it being surrounded by steep cliffs. Just like the Blue Lagoon, this bay’s water is unbelievably clear and is favoured for swimming, snorkeling and diving.
St. Mary’s Bay
The small, sandy beach of Santa Marija Bay (as it is called in Maltese) is a quieter option to the popular Blue Lagoon, from which it is only a 20 minute walk away. While it is difficult for any beach to top The Blue Lagoon’s encapsulating charm, Santa Maria Bay is much quieter and offers the best dose of relaxation.
St. Nicholas’ Bay
St. Nicholas’ Bay (bajja San Niklaw in Maltese) consists of two small gorgeous sandy beaches famous for diverse water activities such as snorkeling. Like Santa Marija Bay, it is less crowded than The Blue Lagoon.
2) Visit Monuments
Abandoned Isolation Hospital
The British Isolation Hospital is over a hundred years old, and was built after a cholera epidemic hit the island in 1912. Around this time, soldiers wounded in the war of the Dardanelles were also sent to this hospital building for treatment.
St. Mary’s Tower
The history of this particular tower dates back to 1416, when the Maltese petitioned King Alfonso V of Aragon to build a tower which would enable them to use it as an early warning system of invasion.
It was only in 1618, under the Grandmaster Wignacourt, that the tower was built. It formed part of a chain of defense towers; namely the Wignacourt, Lascaris and De Redin towers.
Chapel of Our Lady’s Return from Egypt
This chapel is located above St. Mary’s Bay. It was built in 1618, and then extended in 1667 and 1716. The earliest record of this chapel dates back to the 12th century. Mass is celebrated on Saturday night and Sunday mornings for the residents as well as hotel staff and tourists.
3) Go Hiking!
What better way to explore this little gem, than taking a hike around the island?
Not only will you discover unique flora and fauna Comino is a little island so you can easily hike around the island during one day, you can make a trip and see all the beautiful points of view.
This will enable you to do all of the above!
4) Water Sports
When we talk about water sports, we don’t just mean snorkeling and diving – there is so much more you can do!
There’s something for everyone, so join in on some kayaking, or even windsurfing during your visit. The crystal clear waters will give your experience a totally new feel. If if you don’t have any experience, you can easily find an instructor to help you get the hang of windsurfing. If you’re already a pro, just get a hold of that board and enjoy the open waters!
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