Malta, Gozo, Comino and Cominetto are small a collection of Islands in the Mediterranean. Malta is the largest and main Island. It is well populated, for its size, and has tourists throughout the year.
When we visited Malta in 1991, we also took a boat trip over to Malta's sister Island, Gozo, and the very tiny Island of Comino. Comino is about one square mile in size and it is about half way between Malta and Gozo.
At that time there was absolutely nothing there. Nothing. Well, that is in the commercial sense of the word.
What it did have was:
A small amount of tiny, but perfect, postage stamp sized beaches. The sand was in pristine condition and very pale coloured. This is somewhat of a novelty in this part of the world, as Malta has very few sandy beaches.
The waters around Comino are a beautiful, bright, green or blue. At times they seem like a turquoise colour but, whichever colour they are that day, they are always very clear and bright. As you look down into the water you can see a myriad of local fish swimming around. The water was warm when we visited Comino and perfect for bathing.
We experienced very hot weather when we visited Malta, despite the fact that it was September. Our visit to Comino was no different. However, it was humid on Malta but a dry heat on Comino.
It was in fact very hot when we spent a few hours on Comino, and there was nowhere at all to get any shade. The only way to shelter from the blistering sun was to sit on our boat, from time to time, under a canopy.
We had all taken packed lunches and there were drinks available on the boat, as there were no shops or cafes, on the Island. The terrain was dry, barren and rocky. However, it was an interesting place to visit and we had a good day. The weather was fabulous and there were plenty of birds and fish to see.
Speedboat trips operated from here. They were ran by a rather eccentric individual. He was called something like Mr Okey Kokey. I am not sure of the spelling but he was, what is usually called, a 'Character'.
These boat trips took you out to view the Blue Lagoon, around Comino and the even smaller island of Cominetto. The boats then did spectacular, and rather stomach churning runs. The caves though spectacular are no different to the many Blue Grottos which you can visit on various Islands, especially in the Meditteranean.
Looking online it appears that Comino has changed a little over the years. The island now has:
- Two hotels which are both 4-star, low-rise casual hotels.
- There are still no shops apart from the Hotel boutique.
- The hotels run wind surfing schools and water sports.
- The blue lagoon beach is still over run with day trippers, each day.
- There are still two small sandy bays.
- The Hotel provides frequent ferries over to Malta and Gozo.
- Comino has a church and a hospital.
- There is one policeman and a parish priest.
- There are still no restaurants and bars and no public transport at all.
- Comino is a great place for scuba diving.
- Only a handful of people live permanently on Comino.
My thoughts and opinion:
At first glance I could not imagine staying on the Island of Comino.
However, if you were to use it as a base it would probably be fine. Likewise, if you wanted a truly relaxing, away from it all holiday, it would perhaps fit the bill.
There are frequent ferries, which mean that you could enjoy the more hectic pace of Malta. Plus Gozo may be perfect for a visit, as it is quieter than Malta, but is larger, and has more to offer, than Comino.
Comino is not a pretty Island as such. It is not full of great scenery or flora and fauna, but it has its attractions. At most times it is covered in wild Thyme and so smells fabulous. It would be a great place to soak up the sun, enjoy walks, swim and just generally unwind. Comino generally enjoys a very dry and warm climate.
As they say Malta is one of those places you either Love or Hate. Fortunately for us we loved it. Perhaps, this will also be true of Comino.