10 Days Cooking Holiday and Food Tour in Malta

10 Days Cooking Holiday and Food Tour in Malta

  • Julesy's BnB, 105 Triq San Gorg Cospicua, Malta

Culinary Vacation in Malta

Get ready to be wined and dined in absolute class, as you journey to the heart of the Maltese culinary scene and discover new and exquisite tastes on this 8-day retreat. Allow yourself to be immersed in the culture, history and lifestyle of the region, as you learn to cook authentic Maltese and Mediterranean cuisine in an informal and friendly environment. You will experience the passion of Mediterranean cooking and most importantly, have loads of fun while cooking up a feast.

Highlights

  • Hands-on cooking classes
  • Cruise across the Maltese coastline
  • Tour of Marsovin Wine Cellar located in Marsa
  • Daily extensive trips and excursion to help you discover Malta
  • “The Story of an Island” interactive, projected historical film
  • Visit Sicily along with its most memorable landmarks
  • Delicious regional and traditional dishes
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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Although some parts of the house date back to the 16th century, most of the house presents features that go back to the 18th century. It is a typical Maltese House of Character. Features include solid Maltese sandstone walls throughout, exposed wooden beams, two magnificent Maltese Box Balconies, and a very interesting well that has recently been transformed into a beautiful wine cellar. There is also a magnificent central staircase that takes you up to each floor right through to the sunny roof terraces.

The most recent modern upgrade occurred in 2007, which included the addition of a lift, stretching over four floors. The kitchen is at the heart of this house, and is where the breakfast is currently served each morning. It is there that Julie also holds her cooking classes. Julesy’s BnB rooms are fitted out with all up to date modern amenities including free Wi-Fi, luxurious furnishings and linens, Free movies and access to most countries TV, news and entertainment channels.

Cotoner suite

This suit will make you feel happy and relaxed as soon as you step over the threshold. The Cotoner Suite features its own private Maltese balcony, and is a very bright room, cheerful and elegantly appointed with Maltese artwork from the local art scene.

Lascaris and Zondadari Suites

Both the Lascaris and Zondadari Suites have their own private lift access which is perfect for the less mobile. The Lascaris and Zondadari Suites also have access from the central grand stairwell. These are classically decorated rooms, located at the quiet rear of the property.

Day 1 - Arrival

  • Arrive in Malta.
  • Settle into your room at Julesy's BnB.

Day 2 - Cruise around Malta

  • Your journey starts with a spectacular full-day excursion that cruises all around Malta.
  • Enjoy the beautiful scenery together with the amazing blue sea that surrounds this unique island.
  • This tour will take you along popular landmarks all across the Maltese coastline, where you will admire places such as the capital city of Valletta and the Grand Harbour entrance.
  • You will then make your way down to the pretty bays of Marsascala and St. Thomas and sail past Delimara point.
  • After sailing past the Blue Grotto and the imposing Dingli Cliffs, you will sail to Anchor Bay, which is the actual location where the movie Popeye was filmed.
  • One of the highlights of this wonderful day out, will be the crystal clear waters of the famous Blue Lagoon in the island of Comino.
  • A delicious buffet lunch with wine will also be included, after which, the afternoon can be enjoyed swimming and sunbathing before making your way back to Sliema.
  • Dinner will be served at Osteria VE, a fantastic local restaurant that serves northern Italian cuisine, and will consist of three courses with wine included.

Day 3 - Full day excursion in Gozo

  • While enjoying your lovely holiday in Malta, you cannot miss this fantastic full-day excursion to Gozo, which is only a twenty minute ferry crossing away.
  • As soon as you set foot in the pretty Gozitan port of Mgarr, you will notice that although both islands are similar in history and development, Gozo has a character entirely of its own.
  • In this excursion, you will visit all the popular landmarks of Gozo such as the Citadel in Victoria, the famous Azur Window in Dwejra and the rocky cliffs in Xlendi Bay.
  • Also included is a delicious three-course lunch together with a spectacular cultural experience with a visit to Ggantijja Temples (not available on Mondays), which are known to be the oldest freestanding temples in the world.
  • Since Gozo is well-known for its woolen goods and handmade lace, honey, and cheese, you will also visit the market, where you will have free time for shopping and to sample all the local produce at first hand.

Day 4 - Full day excursion

  • Today, you can enjoy a wonderful, full-day excursion, which will allow you to learn what a typical day is like for the Maltese people in the south of the island, and explore a few of the remaining unspoiled villages through their winding roads and alleys, which will lead you to a typical Maltese piazza where progress did not leave its mark.
  • Your first stop brings together the old and the new, with a visit to a modernized quarry, the Limestone Heritage, that explains farmhouse building, stone decoration and quarrying, which is one of the foremost trades in Malta.
  • Next, you will visit the village of Qrendi, where you will discover the elaborated temples of Hagar Qim, which is Malta’s most prominent historical sight, and from where you can enjoy breathtaking views of the mesmerizing sea and the islet of Filfla.
  • You will then proceed to Wied iz Zurrieq and down to the famous Blue Grotto and, if weather permits, you will be given the opportunity to take a boat ride (boat fee not included) around the various caves surrounding the area.
  • After a lovely lunch, you are taken to the pretty fishing village of Marsaxlokk, whose waterfront is lined with Luzzus, all painted in traditional colors that make this bay unique.
  • There, you will have time to browse through the open-air market held daily in this serene little village.
  • Your excursion will end with a visit to Ghar Dalam, the cave of obscurity, which was the dwelling of the first inhabitants of the Maltese Islands.
  • Dinner will be served at Tal Petut, an outstanding restaurant experience, specializing in local dishes with a twist.
  • There, you can enjoy continuous food at the chefs discretion, matched with elegant wine.

Day 5 - Gastronomic discovery

  • This day will be centered around a full-day Gastronomic Discovery which includes an excursion, cooking class, and a to-die-for meal that you will prepare with your new friends, and later, enjoy together, in Julesy's BnB dining room or roof terrace.
  • Starting at 11:00 and finishing well after sunset, this full day will incorporate an excursion to local markets, fishing villages, and tour of Marsovin Wine Cellar located in Marsa.
  • After the tour, you will return to the kitchen to start your cooking lesson.
  • Be prepared to roll up your sleeves for this hands-on cooking experience.
  • All the menus will be entirely cooked from scratch and based on authentic Maltese and Mediterranean recipes.

Day 6 - Malta sightseeing tour

  • Discover Malta with the city sightseeing hop on and hop off bus tour.
  • The south route drives to Valletta passing through the Sliema and Ta Xbiex promenades.
  • Whilst driving along the panoramic Valletta outskirts, you will pass the Auberge De Castille, the War Museum, Fort St Angelo and the Valletta waterfront, before making your way to Tarxien.
  • Next, you will go to the Three Cities followed by Zejtun, Marsaxlokk, Ghaxaq and the famed Blue Grotto.
  • The last part of your route is reserved for Hagar Qim and Mnajdra and the Limestone Heritage before driving back through more captivating towns and villages in Malta.
  • You will return back to Julesy’s BnB to enjoy your night’s entertainment, “The Story of an Island”, with dinner included.
  • As the lights are dimmed, you will travel back in time, and meet the Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, and the Normans who shaped up the island's future.
  • Aided by hi-powered projections, you won’t fail to notice the arrival of the Knights of Saint John, the bright Village Festas, Carnival, and traditional Maltese feasts.
  • You will witness the incredible journey of the Maltese, the determination of a whole nation during the Great Siege, the French Blockade, and Second World War.

Day 7 - Taste of Sicily

  • After a takeaway (on-the-run) breakfast, due to the very early pick-up time, you will enjoy a full-day excursion, to get a taste of Sicily.
  • After a short, 90-minute crossing, in comfort and style, via catamaran, you will arrive in Pozzallo, where you can truly feel the charm and beauty of this wonderful island.
  • Your luxury coach will drive you through the busy streets of Catania, all the way up to Mount Etna and its Sylvester Craters.
  • There, you can enjoy the spectacular and overwhelming views, and take advantage of the opportunity to purchase souvenirs.
  • For lunch, you will be free to dine as you wish.
  • Your next stop will be in Taormina (in October and November, you will visit Modica and not Taormina), where you will discover that this pretty little town has commanding views overlooking Giardini Naxos, which provide a sight that is definitely not to be missed.

Day 8 - Explore Mdina, the silent city

  • Today's excursion will take you to the central part of Malta that is dominated by the ancient citadel of Mdina, once the island's capital city.
  • You will navigate through the narrow streets and mysterious alleyways of Mdina, also known as the "silent city", arriving at the awe-inspiring bastions, from which you can take in an almost 360 degree panoramic view of the island.
  • You will leave Mdina through the Greek Gate and proceed to the catacombs followed by a drive to the south west of the island to Dingli cliffs, which offer breathtaking views of the open sea, and the tiny island of Filfla.
  • After a lovely lunch, you will then move on to the botanic gardens of San Anton, home to some of the island's rarest plants and trees, and now home of the President of the Republic.
  • Next, you will visit Mosta and its impressive dome, which is one of the largest standing unsupported domes in Europe.
  • Your last stop will be to the crafts center at Ta' Qali where you can admire glass blowing, pottery and filigree, and where you will have ample time for shopping and souvenir-hunting.
  • Dinner will be served at Cafe Rouge, where you can enjoy sublime Mediterranean fusion dishes, along with superb wine from their vast wine list.

Day 9 - Blue Lagoon

  • After breakfast, you will be able to see the magical Blue Lagoon and enjoy the crystal clear waters in a wonderful day out at sea.
  • You start off towards the north of Malta, where this excursion will take you past landmarks such as the bays of St Julian’s, St Andrews and St Paul’s, and where you can see the islands where the shipwreck of St Paul took place in 60 A.D.
  • A cold buffet lunch with wine will be served on board and the rest of the afternoon will be spent swimming, sunbathing or exploring the sandy beach provided by this unique island.
  • This will be a truly relaxing excursion for all ages in which all guests can experience Malta’s treasured sea in one memorable day.
  • Dinner will be served at the acclaimed Cargo restaurant on the waterfront, and will include three courses with wine.

Day 10 - Departure

  • After breakfast, you will check out of your room.
  • Depart the hotel as you make your way back home or continue your travels.
  • Cruise across the Blue Lagoon
  • Cruise across the Maltese coastline
  • Discover Malta with the City Sightseeing Hop On and Hop Off Bus Tour
  • Full-day excursion to Sicilly and its main sights
  • Travel to the fishing village of Marsaxlokk
  • Trip to Gozo
  • Trip to Mdina
  • Visit Mosta
  • Visit the Dingli cliffs
  • Visit the island of Comino
  • Visit the Limestone Heritage
  • Visit the Marsovin Wine Cellar located in Marsa
  • Visit the village of Qrendi
  • Visit to Ghar Dalam

This holiday will take you all across the Maltese Islands and their surrounding waters, as well as a one-day trip to Sicily and its main attractions. Megaliths, medieval dungeons and Calypso's Cave, the Maltese Islands are absolutely magical. The narrow meandering streets of their towns and villages lead to the main square, which is invariably dominated by the huge baroque church. As the countryside is dotted with medieval towers, wayside chapels and the oldest known human structures in the world, the Islands have rightly been described as an open-air museum.

Malta is the largest island and the cultural, commercial and administrative center. Gozo is the second largest island and is more rural, characterized by fishing, tourism, crafts and agriculture. Comino, the smallest of the trio, has one hotel and is largely uninhabited. Gozo boasts of more greenery than Malta with its hilly landscape and picturesque countryside, making it an island full of charm, waiting to be discovered.

In Sicily, you will arrive in Pozzallo, where you can truly feel the charm and beauty of this wonderful island. From there, you will drive through the busy streets of Catania, all the way up to Mount Etna and its Sylvester Craters. Your last stop will be in Taormina, where you can admire the views, overlooking Giardini Naxos.

Activities
  • Boating nearby
  • Cooking classes
  • Diving nearby
  • Fishing nearby
  • Golf course nearby
  • Hiking nearby
  • Shopping
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Swimming nearby
  • Wine tasting / tour
General
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Bar
  • Beach nearby
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • In-room safe
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Special menu request
Services
  • Free bottled water
  • Free toiletries
  • Free Wi-Fi / computer
  • Hair dryer
  • In-room dining
  • Laundry
  • Local market
  • Parking lot
  • Room cleaning
  • Tour assistance

Malta’s history and geography had an important influence on its cuisines. Having to import most of its foodstuffs, being positioned along important trade routes, and having to cater for the resident foreign powers who ruled the islands, opened Maltese cuisine to many outside influences from very early on. Foreign dishes and tastes were absorbed, transformed and adapted. Italian (specifically Sicilian), Middle Eastern and Arabic foods have a strong influence here, but the presence in Malta of the Knights of St John and more recently, the British brought elements from further afield. Aljotta for example (a fish broth with plenty of garlic herbs and tomatoes), is the Maltese adaption of Bouillabaisse. The Knights contacts and wealth brought also food from the New World. It has been suggested that Malta may have been one of the first countries in Europe (after Spain) where chocolate was first tasted.

  • Attend local events
  • Go swimming
  • Play golf
  • Relax at the beach
  • Sample local cuisine
  • See the sights
  • Shop for souvenirs

When you need to relax and be pampered, you can take advantage of the in-room massage service. Simply advise your preferred day and time and your hosts will have a professional masseuse visit you in your room. Further details about the massage treatments will be available in your room.

  • 4 lunches
  • 6 dinners
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • A complimentary apron and recipes
  • A half day culinary excursion visiting some the islands wonderful producers
  • Airport transfers
  • All excursions and activities presented in the itinerary
  • All food, fine wines, and other beverages during the cooking day class
  • Daily breakfast
  • Hands-on cooking class
  • Maltese wine tasting experience
  • Transportation on excursions
  • Airfare
  • Meals and beverages not specified
  • Optional and extra activities
  • Personal insurance

Arrival by airplane

The nearest airport is Malta Airport (MLA). The hosts can arrange to pick you up from there upon request.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.

Cospicua, Malta

Julesy’s BnB provides wonderful accommodation and offers unique gastronomic experiences that you can incorporate into your holiday.

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