Comino IslandIsle of Comino
Malta Comino Island: Guides and Advice
In Comino, if you like to go trekking or go cycling, there are many trails, and although the landscape has few places of interest, you will definitely be able to see the view of your trekk. When you plan a walk on Comino, make sure you wear good, comfy boots (no sandals), a pair of hats, sun glasses and lots of sun.
While there are no wildlife hazards, the Malta summer is warm and it is not recommended to walk alone, despite the relatively small area the island has to offer for walking. Spring is definitely the best season for a walk in Comino when everything is in full flower. It' not gonna take long to walk all over the island, maybe an hours or two.
Aside from the small island area, the Santa Marija lighthouse is easily seen from most parts of Comino, so you always have a point of interest. The city is encircled by pristine caverns and spectacular high crags. Its clear Mediterranean sea is ideal for snorkeling or snorkeling and Malta is a very favourite dive area.
Scuba in Comino is something unique because of the hot blue waters and remote bays. Recreational reefs around the coast are a must, and the small island of Kemmunett is not to be missed. Santa Marija Cave is also a very favourite site for scuba dives between schools of bass.
It is not reachable by boat, but the Malta and Gozo centers organize regular outings. Comino has fulfilled various objectives for those who have dominated the island of Malta over the course of the ages, from defence posts to corsairs' hiding places to farm.
The island was known to have been populated by peasants during the Romans, while during the reign of the Knights of Malta it was mainly used for leisure and relaxation. The Comino was populated by boars and bunnies when the knights came in 1530 (the latter still do), and the area was strictly sheltered.
Until recently, Comino was never really settled, only because it was regarded as insecure and had little or no corsair shelter. Malteser had wanted to make Comino an island to live on for hundreds of years, when the knights in 1618 resolved to construct a watchtower, which would serve as an early alert system and deterrence for all intruders who wanted to gain a foothold in Malta.
Though it contributed to increasing safety, it did not seem to encourage anyone to move to Comino until the eighteenth cent . Comino was a remote jail or place of exiles in the sixteenth and seventeenth century for knight who had been disgraced for one or two reasons. Even a knight who had commited small felonies was sometimes penalized with the man in the Santa Marija Castle - a solitary sentence and not without risks.
It may have been a place of solitude at the beginning of the nineteenth centuary, when the death toll of pestilence and smallpox was still high. It is said that the Santa Marija lighthouse was used as a clinic during this period.