Comino for the Public

Credit: Moviment Graffitti – At the Blue Lagoon beach after the deckchairs were cleared out.

Comino is one of Malta’s many jewels. A few days ago, protests took place in the beachside of Comino, where deckchairs and umbrellas were removed, relieving the place of the clutter. The practice which has been adopted for a number of years now is that one would need to pay for a deckchair and umbrella. Those who opt against getting a deckchair and umbrella would eventually be left in a crowded space, away from relaxation, making it an unpleasant experience at times.

Credit: Getty images / Flickr RF – Comino Ariel view

Comino is one of Malta’s hotspots

Comino is one of the popular places that Malta has to offer, especially for tourists. Its clear and idyllic blue sea make it one of the country’s landmarks and is definitely worth a visit for travellers.

Not all one would imagine

Being one of Malta’s top beaches and with the marvellous sea view in the horizon, one would expect that an ideal and relaxing day can be spent in Comino. Over the past years, this has not always been the case. Both locals and tourists who have recently visited Comino and anticipated a blissful day were met with disappointment due to the excessive amounts of people, deckchairs, umbrellas and noise coming from kiosks. There were also cases of loud noise coming from nearby boats. In certain instances, those visiting Comino are greeted by the smell of fried food coming from the kiosks.

Credit: Moviment Graffitti

Tourists have commented against the state of the island, being quite surprised especially when considering how extensively promoted it is. In fact, some tourists just spend a few hours in Comino and leave due to it being overcrowded and littered. Deckchairs are normally set up early in the morning, taking up the prime spots prior to the arrival of those spending the day or a few hours.

The issue of litter is also problematic. Pineapples, take-away boxes, beer cans and plastic bottles can be seen on the shore during days when Comino is overcrowded. This makes it difficult for those visiting to enjoy the natural aspects of Comino. Many seem to miss placing a towel on the beach and enjoying the surroundings serenely, without being disturbed. Apart from this is the fact, that to enjoy some relaxation, people need to pay for a deckchair and umbrella, which can appear expensive.

The recent developments where protests have led to the removal of deckchairs are indeed interesting. What do you make of this? Do you think that Comino is in for a makeover? Let us know your views in the comments section below.

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