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Comino is the smallest island in the Maltese archipelago, and the sleepiest. There are no cars on the island, and only one hotel. Besides a few travellers, the only inhabitants are a handful of farmers. About the only thing to do here is scramble over the rocks along the shore and swim or snorkel in the many sheltered bays.
Malta's 'three cities' - Vittoriosa, Senglea and Cospicua - form the Cottonera. The name comes from the 17th-century fortifications that protect the area, which has been a shipbuilding centre since the Middle Ages. The Cottonera is just outside of the tourist mainstream on Malta, offering a glimpse into the island's daily working life. The Maritime Museum has exhibits on Malta's naval history. Those with a taste for the macabre can visit the misnamed Folk Museum, housed in the Inquisitor's Palace in Vittoriosa. The museum has displays of Inquisitors' instruments, and you can take a peek at the Hall of Judgement and the dungeon. A few kilometres to the southwest is the Hypogeum, located in the suburb of Paola. The Hypogeum consists of a 4400-year-old underground network of caves, tunnels and rooms, all carved out of rock with flint tools.
This stretch of the western coast of Gozo has one of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean. The Inland Sea is a secluded pool of clear water and pebbly sand, sheltered by sheer cliffs. Centred around Dwejra Point, the area's outstanding feature is the Azure Window, a giant rock arch in the cliff.
Mosta is famous for its massive church, which has one of the largest unsupported domes in the world, with a diameter of 40m. The church was designed by Maltese architect Giorgio Grognet de Vassé whose plan was closely based on the Pantheon in Rome.
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