If you can only remember Comino as a famous tourist beach spot, packed with sunbathers and swimmers, well… it’s time to have a rethink! Before its rise in popularity, this little gem was a little different than we know it today. If you don’t believe us, check out these old photos!
Let’s state the obvious – enjoying a day at a Comino beach has always been in style! This image throws us back to the year 1965, as it illustrates some locals and perhaps even tourists, enjoying a nice day by the shore.
Salvatore Muscat via Nostalgia Malta / Facebook
As can be observed from the photo, compared to present times, there are only a few people on the beach. Let’s just say that the Comino we know today is a tad busier than this image illustrates…
And with time spent at the beach comes time spent waiting to buy an ice-cream, am I right? Even though this image is not dated, observing the customers’ attire, we can suggest that the photo was taken in the mid to late twentieth-century.
Giulio Zammit via Nostalgia Malta / Facebook
Yes, long before the days of Mr Whippy, this blue comer seemed to be a popular ice-cream truck selling Lyons Maid ice-cream and lollies. What’s so memorable about this image is perhaps the vehicle itself. We haven’t seen this on the streets in a while, even less in a spot like Comino! We wonder if it’s still in business…
Let’s go back to the ‘60s, shall we? This image of the Comino Hotel in St Nicholas Bay, which is still standing to this day, is actually over 60 years old!
Salvatore Muscat via Malta Lura Fil Passat / Facebook
With two large pools overlooking the waterfront, we can observe visitors relaxing in the pools and enjoying a picaresque view of the lovely Comino. Who wouldn’t want to do that? Even though the hotel is permanently closed, we can assure you that during the summer months the pool gets much busier!
In fact, plans are in motion for a new and improved concept: Comino Hotel and Villas by HV Hospitality. “It’s a Natura 2000 site and an incredible opportunity to contribute to the architectural debate in Malta,” said lead architect Antonio Belvedere during the launch event in September. “We think overall, this will be a showcase of sustainable design and working with nature,” the firm’s director, Andrew Sedgwick notes on the ambitious project.
Do you remember visiting Comino back before it became a total hot spot!?