Here’s a great excuse to visit Comino this weekend

It’s one of the oldest and most spectacular forts in the Maltese Islands.

And now you have a chance to see inside for yourself as St Mary’s Tower on Comino marks its 400th birthday.

To celebrate the historic anniversary, an open weekend will be held this Saturday and Sunday.

Guided tours will be conducted by Din l-Art Helwa volunteers and there will also be displays by the Historic Re-enactment Group of Malta.

St Mary’s Tower is one of the most Instagrammed heritage sites in the Maltese Islands – as almost everyone who visits the Blue Lagoon takes a snap of the historic building looking down on them.

A spokesman for the National Trust of Malta said: ‘Standing high over Comino’s azure waters, St Mary’s Tower dominates the straits between Malta and Gozo and the 360-degree view from its roof is breathtaking.

‘We look forward to welcoming you to celebrate St Mary’s Tower with us during this open weekend.

‘To get there please check the times of the public ferries from Cirkewwa or Marfa.’

Admission will be free of charge and the tower will be open to the public between 11am and 6pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

10 things you need to know about St Mary’s Tower

  1. St Mary’s Tower was built in 1618 to defend Comino from enemy attack
  2. Some experts think it was designed by Vittorio Cassar, the son of Girolamo Cassar, the architect who built Valletta
  3. It was the most expensive of all the Maltese watchtowers to be built
  4. It forms part of a chain of defensive towers installed along the coast of the Maltese Islands
  5. It has been used as a prison and an isolation hospital in the past
  6. The tower saw active service during the First World War and Second World War
  7. Between 1982 and 2002, the tower was used by the Armed Forces of Malta
  8. It was handed to Din l-Art Ħelwa in 2002 and has been restored to its former glory
  9. It starred in the 2002 film The Count of Monte Cristo as a prison
  10. The tower is a prominent landmark on Comino, and can be clearly seen from both Malta and Gozo

Read more: The National Trust of Malta