It wasn't always deserted

The island of Comino is a part of an archipelago known as Malta. While a playground for boaters and snorkelers today, Comino (about 1.5 square miles in size) used to be farmed in the Roman period. On the horizon above "the Blue Lagoon" (and yes, that is its real name!), squats a defensive tower built in 1618. "St Mary's Tower," as it is known, has six-meter thick walls and demonstrates that the Knights of Malta meant business.

Tradition has it that the Apostle Paul was shipwrecked on Malta (or Melita, "Honey" island). That area, however, is generally associated with St. Paul's Bay on the main island.