Santa Maria Tower
Towers and Forts - Historical Places, Mgarr Harbor
St. Mary`s Tower in Comino (It Torri Ta` Santa Maria) is fifth of the six towers built by the Order of St. John, in 1618. Located on the uninhabited island of the Maltese Archipelago called Comino, it represents the major historical landmark, with impressive historical significance.
The Knights of Malta used Comino island for hunting and as recreational grounds, as well as to control the naval movements toward Malta and Gozo islands, utilising perfectly located St.Mary`s tower in the southern parts of Comino. The tower itself it 80m above the sea level, visible from all directions. Nowadays, it is a great sightseeing site, offering fantastic sea views above the Cominotto and Crystal Lagoon.
Apart from swimming and diving in Comino, this tower gives a good reason to explore the historic landmarks by foot. Hiking uphill from the main pier in Comino, toward south (right), you`ll reach the tower in 20-30 minutes, depends on your capabilities.
The tower is open for the visitors only when the flag is up, usually 3 days a week, on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 11AM - 5PM. To reach island of Comino, take a boat ride from Cirkewwa, beside the main Ferry terminal. The transportation over the Comino can be organized with a private vans, which are circulating over the island daily.