Exploring the Island of Comino

This is a tiny, barren limestone islet ringed by caves and sea cliffs and surrounded by azure waters.

Comino is lodged in the channel between the islands of Malta and Gozo. The Romans brought cumin to the island, hence its name and spicy scent. In the early 19th century, the former hideout for smugglers and pirates served as a place of isolation for those suffering from cholera and plaque.

Comino’s most famous attraction is the Blue Lagoon, a sheltered cove between the western end of the island and the islet of Cominotto. It is a great experience to swim across the bay towards Cominotto and then continue through a cave, which leads to the other side of the island. Rocky ledge surrounds the cove, making it difficult to reach the water. The few places with easy access are overcrowded with day-trippers. A small part of the cove is roped off to keep boats out.

In addition to water activities, visitors can take a walk around the island. The Circuit of Comino is 8 km long and takes a few hours. It is definitely less crowded as only a few visitors venture beyond the Blue Lagoon.

The island is accessible by ferries from Malta and Gozo, charters from tourist centers and most conveniently by own boat. There are public toilets, lockers, and some kiosks selling drinks and snacks. Sun loungers and umbrellas can also be rented if you can withstand the extreme crowding of the beach.

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