Malta has an outstanding cultural and historical heritage. Which you can experience in Valetta and Mdina. An excellent cuisine which is best tasted in Gozo. And the marvellous Blue Lagoon of Comino. Every island of the archipelago gets a fair share.
Comino is an isolated rocky island situated between Malta and Gozo. It is truly beautiful and serene. There are some records about Roman farmers and pirates from the Middle Ages staying there. But the first standing building here dates back to the 13th century. When the little Chapel of Our Lady’s Return from Egypt was built and Comino became a parish.
The first permanent community on the island was founded by the Knights of St John in the 16th century. They built St Mary’s Tower. Which is one of the five still extant Wignacourt towers. The most notable structure on Comino Island served as a place of exile for errant knights. And as a prison during the French Blockade.
There is no traffic and no noise here. Only flowers, thyme and cumin. A perfect place for a bird sanctuary. Or a nature reserve. Except for being dramatically set on a cliff top with St Mary’s Tower. And the chapel. Island has the buildings of a former leprosy colony which are now used by the locals as homes. A police station during the holiday season. And a small hotel overlooking St Nicholas Bay.
The peaceful landscape includes two very small white sand beaches. Caves. Coves. A rugged coastline. Some creeks. Ultramarine waters. And spectacular limestone cliffs. There are no roads. Only hiking paths around the island.
Blue Lagoon top attraction of Comino!
The main attraction of the island is the magnificent Blue Lagoon. A narrow lagoon between Comino and the Cominotto rock formations! The best beach in whole Malta. The sand is absolutely white. The water is crystal clear. And have all shades of blue. It is a truly irresistible place.
I have come here on a private boat while sailing around Gozo and Malta. It was one of our stops but I just didn’t want to leave. Ever! Waking up to such a view. A morning dive before all the tourists arrive was the highlight of my trip. I’m ready to fly to Malta anytime just for this single experience.
It is the most awe-inspiring beach I have ever seen in the Mediterranean. No wonder that several movies have been shoot here. ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’. ‘Swept Away’ and ‘Helen of Troy’. The gloriously turquoise hue of the water and the rocky promontories are never-to-be-forgotten.
The island has another lagoon. The Crystal Lagoon. Which is only accessible by boat. Less known. Equally beautiful and a lot quieter. Charms with its emerald green water and cliffs. And there are another two beaches: St Nicholas and Santa Maria Beach. That sound like a joke of the universe!