Most likely the name Comino originated from the cumin seed that was grown extensively on the island. Cumin seed was in high demand for its flavorings and medical qualities. Although this tiny island bears few marks of civilization, there is a small number of Historical buildings.
The first of these, the Tower, is also the most visual one from the sea. Built in 1618 on the orders of Grand Master Wignacourt of the Knights of St John, its original function was to keep watch for the Turkish enemy who were a constant threat to Malta at this time. Pirates frequently lurked in the creeks of Comino.
As time passed and Malta enjoyed a period of relative peace, the tower’s role changed and it was used as a summer lodge for those knights who were keen to hunt the wild hares.
Although from the ferry to Gozo, Comino Island doesn't look so near, from the island the ferry passing the channel looks really close and impressive.
It's just great to swim in the Blue Lagoon and to see between the cliffs of Cominotto a huge ferry passing.
Still inhabited by a fishing community at the beginning of the century, St Paul’s Bay, although dominated today by flat blocks, still maintained its picturesque features.
The colorful Maltese ships are spread all over the small harbor and from the sea the bay seems even more beautiful.
Another one of the three uninhabited islands of the Maltese archipelago, St Paul's Islands is the place where St Paul ship wrecked during his journey from Jerusalem to Rome.
He is the one the brought Christianity to Malta and is the Patron Saint of the Islands.
On St Paul's Islands, located at the mouth of the bay with the same name, is a huge statue of the saint which can be easily seen from Malta.
It`s only 500 meters and a few minutes if you want to swim or walk through to Cominotto island. But take care when you walk out of the sea at Cominotto as there are huge stones on that part of the Lagoon.