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Your Guide to Malta and Gozo - Comino

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Comino

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Whilst Gozo is touted as Malta's tranquil sister island, a trip to idyllic Comino may well be the perfect therapy for hypertension. With an area no larger than 3.5 square kilometres, it is the smallest of the three inhabited islands – if “inhabited” it may be called, with an official population of four permanent residents. Tranquillity does not equate with dull and uninteresting, but we would not expect you to take our word for it. Comino is waiting to be discovered!

Visible from all around the island is the Santa Marija watch tower, standing atop the highest location on Comino; it was built by Grand Master Alof de Wignacourt in 1616 and possibly designed by Vittorio Cassar. Besides serving a defensive role, guarding the fliegu – the stretch of sea between Malta and Gozo against the scourge of invaders and marauders, it also functioned as a prison for misbehaving knights, whilst during British rule, it accommodated prisoners of war. It was targeted by vandals in the 1960's and it was not until 2004 that it was lovingly restored by Din l-Art Helwa. Din l-Art Helwa also restored the Santa Maria Battery, constructed in 1715 with its six cannons and its semi-circular gun platform.

The Santa Marija Chapel was built in 1618 and was re-dedicated to The Flight of the Holy Family from Egypt in 1716. It is the only chapel on the Maltese islands to be equipped with an iconostasis – a wooden grille separating the altar from the congregation.

The Blue Lagoon is well-known for its crystal clear water and within swimming distance is the little islet of Cominotto.