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Here’s why Malta’s Blue Lagoon is a paradise on Earth

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You’ve probably seen beautiful pictures of Malta’s world famous Blue Lagoon in the past.

But none of them – absolutely none – stack up to this set.

Malta's Blue Lagoon

Crystal clear water, white sand, mysterious caves and honey coloured cliffs.

These magnificent photos offer a glimpse into what it would be like to soar over the island of Comino, which lies between Malta and Gozo, like a bird.

Blue lagoon Malta

Shot around 70 metres above the ground using a drone by Carden Mizzi, a graphic designer from Pembroke in Malta, they capture the beauty of the iconic Blue Lagoon.

Carden, who is a keen drone photographer with his Sky Vision Facebook page, told us: ‘Quite often it is impossible to visualise a top down shot until I am flying above it.’

Malta bird's eye view

He added: ‘What always amazes is how much you can see and explore over a wide area during a 15-minute drone flight.

‘There are amazing hidden textures and patterns in the scenery which could never be seen at ground level.’

Comino Beach Malta

Carden, 31, said: ‘I’ve been to several countries around the world but I’ve never managed to take aerial shots as spectacular as these.’

Check out these amazing images… and be careful you don’t hurt your jaw when it hits the floor.

Things to see and do on Comino

Situated between Malta and Gozo, Comino is a paradise for snorkelers, divers, windsurfers and ramblers.

Only 3.5 square kilometers, Comino is car-free and apart from one hotel, is virtually uninhabited.

The island’s main attraction is the Blue Lagoon.

In summer, this sheltered inlet of shimmering aquamarine water over white sand is very popular with day-trippers.

Other beaches on the island include Santa Marija Bay and San Niklaw Bay.

Comino is also worth a visit in winter, and is ideal for walkers and photographers.

With no urban areas or cars on the island, one can easily smell the scent of wild thyme and other herbs.

Comino has appeared in many films, including Swept Away starring Madonna and a spearfishing scene set in ancient times for the mini-series Helen of Troy.

Boat trips from Gozo and Malta to Comino enable you to take a dip in the Blue Lagoon.

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St Mary’s Tower

Also on Comino is St Mary’s Tower, which is featured in the film The Count of Monte Cristo.

St Mary’s Tower is the most visible structure on the island.

It was erected in 1618 and formed part of a chain of defensive towers – the Wignacourt, Lascaris, and De Redin towers – located at vantage points along the coastline of the Maltese Islands, and greatly improved communications between Malta and Gozo.

Over the years, the site had different functions, including that of a prison, an isolation hospital, a wintering pen for farm animals and even served as a film set. Nowadays, it is perhaps Comino’s most popular attraction, after the Blue Lagoon.

The tower is a large, square structure with four turrets, located 80 metres above sea level. It is 12 metres tall and stands on a plinth some eight metres high.

The tower again saw active service during both the First World War and Second World War.

Since 1982, the tower has been the property of the Armed Forces of Malta.

The tower underwent extensive restoration between 2002 and 2004. Today, it remains the most notable structure on Comino.

It now serves as a lookout and staging post to guard against contraband and the illegal hunting of migratory birds at sea.

St Mary’s Tower is open to visitors from April to October on most days of the week.

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