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The small island of Comino lies in the Mediterranean Sea between Malta and Gozo, and measures just 3.5 square kilometers. While its main attraction, the Blue Lagoon, is definitely worth seeing, the entire island is a serene slice of paradise that offers a breath of fresh air from some of the more populated islands in the Maltese archipelago.How to Get There
Since the island does not have an airport, the only way to access it is by sea. There are a few ferry services that travel there from Malta, with the journey taking around 25 minutes, although the number of services drop significantly in low season, so it is worth booking this in advance.
Where to Stay
With only one hotel on the island, most people visit Comino on a day trip, and if they choose to stay over, it is usually just for one night. Although the Comino Hotel would not be considered luxury accommodation, they offer exclusive beaches and a range of water sports, as well as panoramic sea views from the guest rooms. For those who want to spend the night closer to nature, there are some great camping spots to be found, with the most popular being at the north of the island and overlooking the Santa Marija Bay, as it has all of the facilities that you could need.
Things to Do
Comino’s main attraction is the Blue Lagoon, a beach that is considered to be the most beautiful in the Maltese archipelago. A picturesque narrow bay, the Blue Lagoon’s waters are so clear that you can see the white sand lying at the bottom, making it the perfect spot for swimming, scuba diving and snorkeling. The warm, shallow waters are ideal for children who want to play, while the deeper parts are where adrenaline-seekers try their hand at some water skiing. Other than the Blue Lagoon, there are plenty of other scenic beaches to be found on Comino, from Santa Marija Bay to San Niklaw Bay, as well as several water sports centers where you can rent everything from canoes to pedaloes to windsurfing equipment. Santa Marija Bay is also home to the Santa Marija Caves, which can be accessed by a small tunnel from the bay, and boasts a stunning expanse of clear blue water. For those who want to stay on land, Comino has a mountain bike rental service, offering the ideal way to explore the island’s hidden gems. Hiking is also another option, with the small size of the island meaning that it will only take a couple of hours to cover it, and since the Santa Marija Tower is visible from just about every spot on the island, you never need to worry about getting lost.
Comino is an island that has always been sparsely populated, and with its current permanent population standing at just four people, it usually feels as though you have the island all to yourself. With no cars or urban areas, the island is able to offer a sense of tranquillity that is difficult to find these days, giving you a little taste of true paradise.