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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 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.
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.
This suite 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.
The Lascaris Suite with its modern industrial design, offers guests a very cool modern space to enjoy whilst at Julesy’s BnB. The room features Steampunk Edison lamps, a mini swap-a-book library, and a shower room, complete with rain shower.
The Manoel Suite has a classic modern retro feel, complete with your own balcony reading nook (with swap a book library), full mini bar, coffee machine, and a subtle Maltese tiled wet room complete with rain shower and many other complimentary surprises.
The Zondadari Suite is a classically decorated room at the quiet rear of the property and also has lift access directly to the suite, or you can also make use of the beautiful grand staircase if preferred.
Arrive in Malta International Airport (MLA) and be met by your chauffeured driver who will safely bring you directly to Julesy’s BnB. Meet with your hosts, Julie and Glen, who will give you a tour of their historic property and then settle into your room. Depending on your arrival time, suggestions will be offered for an ideal restaurant or cafe.
Your journey starts with a spectacular full day excursion that cruises all around Malta. Enjoy unique scenery together with the amazing blue sea that surrounds your unique island. This tour will take you along popular landmarks all along 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 film Popeye was filmed.
One of the highlights of the wonderful day out is 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 is enjoyed swimming and sunbathing before you make your way back to Sliema. Return transfers from Julesy’s BnB are also included.
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.
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.
You can see that 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 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 (except on Monday), 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 these at first hand. Return transfers from Julesy’s BnB are also included.
Dinner will be served at Sottovento, a great local restaurant right on the marina waterfront, and will consist of three courses with wine included.
On the fourth day, you can enjoy a wonderful full day excursion, which will allow you to learn what a typical day would be like for the Maltese people in the south of the island and explore a few of the remaining unspoilt 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 old and 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 proceed to Wied iz Zurrieq and down to the famous Blue Grotto and if weather permits, you are 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 so unique and where time is given 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. Return transfers from Julesy’s BnB are also included. 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 chef’s discretion, matched with elegant wine.
This day is 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 a.m. and finishing well after sunset, this day will incorporate an excursion to local markets (pending availability), 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 a hands-on cooking experience. All menus are entirely cooked from scratch and based on authentic Maltese and Mediterranean recipes.
The course includes:
Your guided tour will take you to the lively streets of the capital city of Valletta. Your first stop will be the Barracca Gardens which are built atop the defensive bastions that surround this majestic city. These gardens, built by the Knights of St. John, command breathtaking views of the Grand Harbour and the fortified Three Cities.
Next you will go to St. John’s Co-Cathedral that brims in riches with its contrasting decorated interior and also holds an impressive display of Baroque art, including the acclaimed Caravaggio painting that is on display in the oratory of this opulent cathedral.
You also visit the Church Museum which has on display beautiful Flemish tapestries. You will then proceed with an interesting walk where you can appreciate the capital's buildings of historical importance including the Grand Master’s Palace. Your final stop will be at the famed Malta experience, a multi vision show that gives a pictorial depiction of Malta’s history through the ages since the earliest settlements dating back to pre-historic times. Spend the rest of the afternoon at your leisure enjoying more of the capital city.
You will then need to return back to Julesy’s BnB (via ferry) to freshen up and then head off to your night’s entertainment. For a true taste of Malta, Maltese Folklore Nights offer a fantastic insight into traditional ways of local life whether through the delicious dishes served, or the vibrant Mediterranean atmosphere, showcasing some of the best and most delicious delicacies loved by locals.
The Maltese are proud of their food heritage, and go out of their way to use locally-produced ingredients to ensure you enjoy the true taste of Malta.
Today’s excursion takes you to the central part of Malta that is dominated by the ancient citadel of Mdina, once the Island’s capital city and steeped in history. Join them as you navigate through the narrow streets and mysterious alleyways of Mdina, also known as the ‘silent city’, that leads you to the awe-inspiring bastions from which you can take in an almost 360 degree panoramic view of the island.
You 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 you breathtaking views of the open sea, and the tiny island of Filfla.
After a lovely lunch, you 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, one of the largest standing unsupported domes in Europe.
Your last stop will be to the crafts center at Ta’ Qali where you can see glass blowing, pottery, and filigree all at first hand and where you have ample time for shopping for souvenirs. A complete excursion capturing the central highlights of Malta. Return transfers from Julesy’s BnB are also included.
Dinner will be served at Cafe Rouge, where you can enjoy sublime Mediterranean fusion dishes, along with superb wine from their vast wine list.
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 where you can see the islands where the shipwreck of St. Paul took place in 60 AD.
A cold buffet lunch with wine is served on board and the rest of the afternoon is spent swimming, sunbathing, or exploring the sandy beach ashore this unique island. A truly relaxing excursion for all ages in which all guests can experience Malta’s treasured sea in one memorable day. Return transfers from Julesy’s BnB are also included.
Dinner will be served at the acclaimed Cargo restaurant on the waterfront, and will include three courses with wine.
After breakfast, you will check out of your room and depart Julesy’s BnB via chauffeured driver service, directly to Malta International Airport (MLA), to make your way back home or continue your travels.
This tour will take you through Valletta, Marsascala, St. Thomas, Anchor Bay, Comino, Sliema, Bormla, Gozo, Xlendi Bay, Ggantijja Temples, Qrendi, Hagar Qim, Wied iz Zurrieq, Marsaxlokk, Ghar Dalam, Marsovin Wine Cellar, Barracca Gardens, St. John’s Co-Cathedral, Mdina, San Anton, and Ta’ Qali.
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.
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.
Malta International Airport
Please book your flight to arrive at Malta International Airport (MLA). The hosts can arrange to pick you up from there upon request. The transfer is included in the price.
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