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I and my guests agree to hold harmless the Society and its leaders and administrators, from any iability for any loss or damage to property and/or death or bodily injury or illness sustained in the course of the organised walks/activities. A walk or an event may be changed at the discretion of the Society at any time.
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Walks Programme 2016
Saturday 21 May Comino Cruise and Walk
Time: 09.30am. (Meeting and registration)
Return: 5.30 pm. (approximately)
From: SLIEMA Ferry (Luzzu Cruises IN FRONT OF ZARA)
Price: Adults: Eur 12.00
Children under 10 yrs. Eur 06.00
Visit to Santa Marija Tower Euro 1 per person (children free)
Booking up to Wednesday 18 May (all day) online (usual website system)
Or SMS 99268508 (please include your name & membership no.)
Payment will be collected at SLIEMA before boarding the boat but due on booking.
Limited places. Book early. First come first served.
FOR SAFETY REASONS, the Captain of the boat reserves the right to cancel or alter the cruise due to weather conditions.
On Comino you may wish to either relax or join in the Walk. The organised walk on Comino will include a visit to the Santa Marija Tower. Those who prefer to relax by the sea, have a swim or explore the island independently are welcome to do so.
Please remember to bring a packed lunch and water. We also recommend a wide-
Comino and Cominetto administratively form part of Gozo and are attached to the Local Council of Ghajnsielem. The highest point on Comino is 75 metres above sea level on the eastern part of the island. All the bays are to be found along the northern shore. These are Santa Marija Bay, San Niklaw and the Ghar Ghana inlet. Comino has an area of approximately 3.5 sq kms(2 x 1.5 km). The island is mainly composed of upper coralline limestone.
Comino takes its name either from the Cumin crop which was grown widely and exported to Europe, or from the Greek wordkeimenos(close). The main settlement on Comino is in the area around the tower: Il-
The Comino Hotel and Bungalows are to be found on the northern coast of Comino. However the main attraction on Comino is without doubt the Blue Lagoon that attracts so many thousands of visitors to this lovely island.
Our boat will take us to the Blue Lagoon where we walk across the garigue to the Santa Marija Tower, built by Grand Master Wignacourt in 1618. The architect of the tower was Vittorio Cassar. There are ruins of an earlier fortification (around 1419) above the present Redoubt (the Gun Battery) which was built in 1715 during the reign of Grand Master Perellos. This tower, together with Mellieha’s Torri l-
The Tower will be opened for us by Din L-
We then walk along a footpath towards the Santa Marija Gun Battery, a redoubt on the eastern part of the island, facing Malta. This was built between 1714 and 1716 to catch enemy vessels attempting to disembark troops on to the shore of the island.
We follow a rough track uphill alongside the old pig farm just above the Redoubt towards the semi-
We continue our walk back to the Blue Lagoon for our return journey to Sliema. WE SHALL ALSO VISIT SOME CAVES ON THE WAY BACK.
We park our cars at Bahar ic-
We take the first left track in the garigue and head towards a renovated fougasse and Madliena Tower, built by Grand Master De Redin in 1658/1659. We continue on the old path leading to the sea and behind the Armed Forces Shooting Range, till we reach the Reverse Osmoses Plant. We start going up the asphalted road and take the yellowish paved path on the right until we reach the ENE Malta Substation. Go behind it and continue on the yellow path parallel to the road Triq il-
Ahead we meander between trees till we reach the Australia Hall where we have our break.
We continue towards the ex St. Patrick’s Barracks / Military Hospital built in 1938 and now Girls Junior Lyceum. We pass between the front of the building and the sports ground below. Ahead we go into garigue, passing along the back of the White Rocks abandoned buildings (ex military married quarters) using narrow tracks and down a concrete till we emerge near the caravan site again and back to our cars.