When visiting the islands of Malta or Gozo, make it a point to go on a side trip to Comino Island. It does not boast much of history, architecture or culture but it has one of the best beaches in the Maltese Archipelago. Comino is…
When visiting the islands of Malta or Gozo, make it a point to go on a side trip to Comino Island. It does not boast much of history, architecture or culture but it has one of the best beaches in the Maltese Archipelago.
Comino is an easy ferry ride from its bigger and more popular neighbors. If you are coming from Gozo just proceed to Mgarr Harbor while those departing from Malta should find their ride at Cirkewwa ferry terminal. If you are visiting during the peak season you will not have a hard time looking for a boat to take you to Comino, but if you are in the area when tourism is low it is best to contact the Comino Hotel – the lone accommodation option on the island – to make arrangements for you. Of course, if money is not a problem, there are plenty of boats to charter from either Gozo or Malta.
Comino is definitely a haven for those who are looking for peace and quiet. The only structures that can be found on the island are the Santa Maria Tower, a hotel and its bungalows, a chapel and a police station. Without the tourist population, the island is practically uninhabited. Moreover, the only cars present in the area are the two hotel-owned vehicles used to ferry tourists around. So, if you are looking for tranquility, you have hit the jackpot on this island.
However, the island’s biggest attraction – the splendid Blue Lagoon – is far from serene. Its crystal clear cerulean waters, white sand, and dramatic rocky promontories make it one of the highlights in visiting the Maltese Archipelago. So, you can expect to find hundreds of visitors crowding around the small coastline during peak season. Despite this drawback, the lagoon’s spectacular beauty remains a must-visit. To avoid the crowd, get there early in the morning and enjoy this stunning piece of paradise all to yourself.
Once boatloads of tourists swarm in, take your boat and head to a more peaceful, yet still beautiful, alternative – the Crystal Lagoon. There is not much of a shore to sit back and relax on because the lagoon is almost entirely surrounded by cliffs. However, if you don’t mind floating around on a boat and simply basking in the magnificent view then you can spend hours on end in the area.
Another good alternative to the Blue Lagoon is the small gorgeous beach in the island of Cominotto. You can just wade your way to the island when the water is low. Otherwise, you will have to swim all the way to the area – recommended only for those who are confident of their swimming skills. But if you are not a good swimmer, then you are better off hiring a boat to take you to nearby Cominotto and back to the shores of Comino.
Finally, the water surrounding the island is one of the best diving spots in the archipelago. There is a good scuba diving center in Comino Hotel which offers PADI courses for various levels. But, if you would rather stay inland, there are some interesting trails in the area that are perfect for walking, hiking or mountain biking.
The Maltese Archipelago is a compelling area to visit so do put it on your list if you are visiting Malta.