The peaceful Island of Comino
Comino (Maltese: Kemmuna) Island forms part of the Maltese Archipelago and is the smallest of the three islands and Comino covers only 3.5 km. The island is situated in between of Gozo and Malta and can easily be reached by boat.
Comino is named after the cumin herb that once flourished on the Island.
Comino Island is noted for its tranquility and isolation with no cars on the island. It has a permanent population of only four residents. One priest and one policeman commute from the nearby island of Gozo, to render their services to the local population and summertime visitors.
Comino is a bird sanctuary and nature reserve. Administratively it is part of the municipality of Ghajnsielem, in South Eastern Gozo.
Comino has a great 'get away from it all' atmosphere and lovely bathing is available on its rocky and sandy beaches. Comino is famous for The Blue Lagoon with its crystal clear turquoise water, which is compared with tropical bounty paradises. The Blue Lagoon was formed by a channel that separates sun-baked and barren Comino from the islet of Cominotto. The Blue Lagoon is very popular with tourists enjoying water sports, such as swimming, snorkling and diving. It is essential to bring protective sun creams and clothing, when visiting the island, as shelter is limited.
Comino has a pig farm, now closed which is located on the remote, south east corner of the Island. It's purpose was to have selective breeding after all pigs in Malta where destroyed because of foot and mouth disease.
Tourism and film industry
Comino is a popular location for filmmakers. It appears in the movies Troy, The Count Of Monte Cristo and Swept Away. Most notably, St. Mary's Tower on Comino was featured in the film The Count of Monte Cristo, where it doubled as the Château d'If.