Heritage Malta organising Comino walking tour
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Heritage Malta is organising a trip to Comino during which participants will be walking round the island visiting important historical and natural sites. Experienced guides will be giving those present information about the various historical, natural and geological features of the island.
Comino has a rich historical and natural heritage. It is nowadays nearly abandoned but has known busier times. Its name is derived from cumin, a herb which was grown on the island in former times. During the Middle Ages it was the haven of pirates and marauders who hid in the numerous coves and inlets to pounce on boats plying between Malta and Gozo. In 1618 the knights built Fort Santa Marija which was one of a chain of fortifications built by Grand Master Wignacourt to defend the Maltese coastline from enemy incursions. During the French Blockade, it served as a prison for suspected spies. In 1829 the British Military abandoned the site. The tower again saw active service during both World War I and World War II.
Santa Marija Battery was erected in 1715 to protect the south Comino channel. It is a semi-circular structure facing the sea to resist the disembarkation of troops from an enemy fleet.
If weather permits the tour will be held on Sunday 9th November. In case of inclement weather the tour will be postponed to the first Sunday with the right weather conditions.
Participants will be meeting at the Marfa Jetty in front of the Riviera Hotel at 08.45 hrs. Return is at 16.30 hrs. Tickets, costing €23 must be bought beforehand from the Heritage Malta Head Office in Merchants Street, Valletta. The price includes the boat trip from Marfa to Comino and return and entrance to Santa Marija Tower.
Participants should provide their own food and drinks and wear appropriate walking footwear. For booking and more information phone Heritage Malta on 2295 4312 or 22954307.