What’s there to discover beyond the Blue Lagoon on Comino?

November 8, 2018

If you’ve never visited the small and rugged island of Comino, it’s easy to dismiss it for a rocky outcrop that’s barren. But this is far from the case.   Today we’re taking a quick tour of the pristine natural haven.

 

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  1. The Blue Lagoon

This place needs no introduction and the clear blue waters of this beach have drawn many to this location.  Without a doubt, it’s one of the most Instagrammable places in the Maltese islands. Visit at the early hours of the morning and you’ll have this paradise beach all to yourself!

 

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2. Santa Marija Tower and the Battery

The prominent Santa Marija Tower dates back to 1618 and it was meant to align with the tower in Mellieħa and another tower in Mġarr (which was demolished in the mid-nineteenth century). Rising some 80 meters above sea level, this square tower sporting 4 turrets, one in each corner, is a major landmark. It was restored in 2004 and today is managed by Heritage Malta.   The tower’s open to the public during the warmer months (April to end of October).

 

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Another military fortification on the island is the semicircular battery found on the southern side of the island.

 

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3. The Old Village or the Palace

If you’re exploring Comino, you should not miss the Palace, which is close proximity to the Santa Marija tower. The graceful lines of the loggias give a particular ambiance to the abandoned place that also served as an Isolation Hospital during the colonial days. It is also the homestead where the few families who inhabited the island lived. Whilst today the official population of the island has dwindled to two, there was a time when a group of families were trying to establish a community.

4. The Bay of Santa Marija, the coastal caves and the P31 wreck

The Bay of Santa Marija is a delightful and peaceful bay on the northern side of the island, where you can dive into the limpid waters that are typical of the island.

 

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While you are in the area of Santa Marija Bay you can also walk a little inland to check out the old chapel on the island. You will also pass by the old police station that is literally located at the waters’ edge.

 

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Comino’s coast is a treasure trove of caves and inlets and it is easy to understand why this island was used as a pirate hideaway.   Exploring the coast of this rugged island, via a boat trip is rewarding and if you enjoy diving you should underestimate diving here. In particular, you can check out the P31 wreck.

 

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How to get there:

A visit to Comino is easy to organize provided that the weather is not too windy for the boat operators to take the trip. You can depart either from Ċirkewwa in Malta or Mġarr in Gozo.  Once on the island, it’s up to you how you spend the day.   The beautiful waters of the Blue Lagoon are difficult to ignore but if the weather’s chilly you can hike around the island’s dusty and rocky paths.

 

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Follow a path around the island by checking out this guide.

If you love nature, the sea or adventure, we’re certain that Comino will not disappoint.

 

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