The tiny isle of Comino, only 3.5 km2, is the perfect hideaway.
Romantically named after the cumin herb once grown here, Comino
is the perfect retreat.
Here, the colours of Malta are at their most vivid especially
in winter. The Islands main attraction is the Blue Lagoon,
a sheltered inlet of shimmering aquamarine water over white sand.
Linger on Comino once the day trippers leave, and youll find
yourself on the ultimate in secluded islands. As the sun sets, Comino
will seem your notion of a typical desert island.
Comino is worth a visit all year round. In winter, it is ideal
for walkers and photographers. Without urban areas, or cars, you
can pick up the scent of wild thyme and other herbs. Cumin still
grows here, self-seeded from the time it was cultivated. With the
clear warm seas, water sports enthusiasts will find Comino paradise.
The isle has some excellent dive sites.
Comino has been put to different uses over the centuries by
the various rulers of the Maltese Islands. It was inhabited in the
Roman period, but did not have much significance until the Knights
arrived. It then had a dual role: of hunting and recreational grounds;
and as staging post in the defence of the Islands against the Ottoman
The Knights built the imposing St Marys Fort in 1618,
a landmark for miles around. The Island had proved a useful base
for pirates operating in the central Mediterranean.The Knights also
built a small chapel on Comino, at St Marys Bay.
The Knights were more interested in Comino as a hunting ground.
Though stark and barren today, it seems the Island was home to wild
boar and hares when the Knights arrived in 1530. The Grand Masters
went to great lengths to ensure their game on Comino was protected:
anyone found breaking the embargo on hunting could expect to serve
three years as a galley slave.