Situated between Malta and Gozo, the smaller island of Comino is a paradise for snorkelers, divers, windsurfers and ramblers, and of course, holidaymakers. At just 3.5 square kilometres, Comino is car-free and apart from one hotel, is virtually uninhabited. As a result of this, the whole island is a complete picture of paradise. The island's main attraction is the Blue Lagoon. In summer, this sheltered inlet of glistening blue water over white sand is very popular with day-trippers. A trip here isn’t complete without it.
Comino is also worth a visit in winter, and is ideal for walkers and photographers alike. With no urban areas or cars on the island, you can easily smell the scent of wild thyme and other herbs. Named after the plentiful cumin that grows on the island, Comino is thick with wild herbs and flowers, and the entire island is classified as a wildlife sanctuary nowadays. There are parts of the island that are more like a rocky wilderness with jagged cliffs, two small sandy beaches, coves, creeks and a coastline dotted with deep caves. It’s an adventurer’s paradise. The island offers a complete change of pace from the neighbouring islands of Malta and Gozo and is a great place to go for a peaceful, relaxing holiday in 2019 / 2020.
As the undisputed number one attraction of the island, Blue Lagoon is a source of much interest from travellers all over the world. The waters are crystal-clear, although you wouldn’t know it as they reflect the clear blue sky perfectly to give you an azure dream laid out in front of you. With pure white sand on the bottom of the sea, it’s a lovely environment to swim in no matter your age. The lagoon is warm and shallow and there are a number of tourist boats all around, which just shows you how popular it is year-round.
For history buffs visiting there is Saint Mary’s Tower, a large bastioned watchtower which was built all the way back in 1618. This prominent landmark can be seen from both Malta and Gozo, as well as from ferries travelling between them. Originally built to defend the island from surrounding forces, the site is now a major tourist attraction is open to view it in all its splendour on most days. A big draw within the site is the musketry gallery and it has even been the site of some major Hollywood movies like The Count of Monte Cristo in 2002. For other attractions there are a number of active happenings on offer, but more on those later.
Maltese cuisine is a culmination of traditional national fare and the many cultures that have occupied the country throughout history. This melding of tastes has given Malta an eclectic mix of Mediterranean cooking that can’t be found anywhere else. The restaurants on offer are a mix of speciality restaurants, with many eateries offering local fare, each one slightly different to the next restaurant. Traditional Maltese food is rustic and based on the four seasons. Look out for fish pie, rabbit stew, beef olives and kapunata, which is a Maltese version of ratatouille. The food outside of the restaurants is also very special and you can find a special pate called bigilla on most food shop counters. Desserts are also popular here and the Italian offering of kannoli is an island favourite.
All of the Maltese islands are great from family holidays and Comino is no exception. Parents can share a number of things with their children on a holiday here as they explore a whole host of new discoveries. Summer in Malta is a hot-weather haven and for that reason it offers a number of outdoor activities. From water-sports to boat tours and even some amazing walking trails around this sparsely populated area. Due to its low population it is the perfect place to rediscover an innate feeling of calmness as you reconnect with your family, meaning you are miles away from any distractions, if you can keep their phones out of their hands that is! Teaching the kids to swim in the infamous Blue Lagoon will also provide the whole family with some memories they’ll never forget.
Action & Adventure
Most action on the island can be found underneath the calm ocean, but there are a few options on it too. Water-sports like jet-skiing, kite-surfing and windsurfing are some choices for you to try your hand at, and whether you’re a novice or a seasoned pro, you’ll be more than looked after. But where the island truly shines is with its reputation for snorkelling and scuba diving. Because of the small population on the island, the water around it is exceedingly clear. This excellent water visibility makes spotting the abundance of marine life an absolute doddle. With a fully equipped dive centre attached to Comino Hotel, there is no shortage of trips you can take in Comino’s waters. Those looking to get the heart racing above water will find many walking trails around the island where you won’t get disturbed by the noise of passing vehicles.
The Blue Lagoon is one of the best beaches in Malta, and it is a huge plus point for all tourists in Comino. The long and narrow bay is surrounded by rocks and its waters are of a nice depth, while being incredibly inviting temperature-wise. This makes it the ideal place for swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving or simply relaxing on the beach. If you have children, they can play safely in the warm shallow lagoon while the family enjoys the Maltese sun. Another fun day on the sands consists of practicing one of the many water sports on offer inside the lagoon, and there is even water-skiing in the deeper waters nearby. Visited by tourist boats the whole day long, the Blue Lagoon is relatively empty at night. Like St. Mary’s tower before it, Blue Lagoon is also a favoured location for filming, with such productions as the mini-series Helen of Troy and the film Swept Away being filmed here.
Nightlife on the Maltese islands is always bustling and there is never a shortage of things to do. The summer months are usually more packed with social events, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some great things to do in the off-season too. There are a number of clubs, wine bars and restaurants to try. The clubbing scene has grown into a huge affair on the islands and a number of internationally renowned DJs have played on them over the years, from Paul Oakenfold to Tiesto. But if that genre of music isn’t exactly your bag, there is a lot of classical music on offer too with many regular orchestral, soloist concerts and even operas taking place on a regular basis.
Walking hand-in-hand on the beachfront will surely make for an enchanting getaway as you stare out to the calm azure ocean. Catching some rays on the sands is of course a great way to spend some quality time with your significant other, but because of the beaches extreme popularity, perhaps perusing it in the evening is a better option to provide you with some requisite relaxation. With the minimal cars on the island, everything is accessible by foot and walking around this scenic island is one of the many joys in staying here, so pack some comfortable walking shoes and stock up for a romantic picnic among some beautiful shrubbery.
The Maltese Islands have a rich culture that is connected with their eclectic history and it dates back hundreds of years. As a result, the Islands are home to numerous lively activities and events, including annual feasts and special occasions. Most on the island are there to make it a hospitable and enjoyable place, so you won’t any locals down heartened or irked by your presence here, instead they will greet you with open arms and huge smiles. The country was traditionally a very religious one and you will find a number of churches on the island, which are perfect places to visit as you quietly reflect on a great trip.