Join this vacation at Julesy’s BnB, where you will be offered a wonderful homely accommodation, as well as unique gastronomic experiences. Discover the traditional Maltese cuisine with the help of a hands-on culinary lesson with Julie, then match the perfect wines to go with your dishes. Profit from the fresh ingredients available in Malta. Take the recipes back home to share with your loved ones.
The maximum participants in the group is 8.
During this vacation, you will be accommodated at Julesy's BnB. 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.
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 and right to the sunny roof terraces. The most recent modern upgrade occurred in 2007, which included the addition of an elevator, stretching over four floors.
The kitchen is at the heart of this house and it is where breakfast will be served. 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, television, news, and entertainment channels.
These two suites will make you feel happy and relaxed as soon as you step over the threshold. They feature their own private Maltese balconies and are very bright and cheerful rooms, elegantly appointed with Maltese artwork from the local art scene. Rooms views are towards Cospicua and Vittoriosa.
Both the Lascaris and Zondadari suites have their own private elevator access, which is perfect for the less mobile persons. They can also be accessed from the central grand stairwell. These are classically decorated rooms, located at the quiet rear of the property. Rooms views are towards Valletta and Grand Harbour.
On the first day, Monday, you will arrive in Malta and settle into your room at Julesy's BnB. The gastronomic discovery class is held every Tuesday, starting with 11:00 a.m., following your gourmet breakfast which starts at 8:00 a.m.
Julie will take you through a three or four-hour cooking lesson, with focus on traditional Maltese and Mediterranean cooking. Typical dishes can include imqarunn il forn (baked pasta in the oven), ricotta pie, qarabaghli (stuffed marrows with meat), lampuki pie, fresh ricotta ravioli with local capers and olives, gnocchi di semolina with fresh tomato and basil sauce, and gbejna.
After the dish is prepared, you will enjoy this delicious meal in the dining room, matching it with perfectly selected wines from the wine cellar. All menus are entirely cooked from scratch from the freshest seasonal ingredients available in Malta.
Should you have any allergies or food taste requirements, please make sure you advise Julesy's BnB ahead of time.
Julesy’s BnB is named after Julie, who is also Australian and previously owned her restaurant and winery in Australia. Julie is at heart a bit of a kitchen goddess who delights in providing guests a tailor made scrumptious start to the day. You can be sure to be treated to something special when staying at Julesy’s BnB. Having traveled Europe and most of the world extensively, Julie will ensure your hometown gastronomic preferences are also considered during your stay.
The venue is located in one of the oldest and most historic areas of Malta, known as the Three Cities, which is central to everything. Cospicua, also known as Bormla, is a double-fortified city located on the east side in the Grand Harbour of Malta, opposite Valletta.
Cospicua is flanked by Senglea (Isla) on the west and Vittoriosa (Birgu) on the east, making up the Cottonera region, also known as the Three Cities. Cospicua is the largest of the three.
Cospicua has a number of tourist attractions mainly due to its history. The city’s fortifications, namely the Santa Margherita Lines and the Cottonera Lines, are largely intact. Saint Helen’s Gate, also known as Vilhena Gate, is a gateway, which forms part of the Santa Margherita Lines, which is a tourist attraction itself.
The Three Cities offer an intriguing insight into Malta and its history. Left largely unvisited, these cities are a slice of authentic life, as well as a glimpse into Malta’s maritime fortunes.
Julesy’s BnB is very lucky to have many good local restaurants walking distance nearby. The Birgu Waterfront and main town of Birgu have many good quality dining experiences. Nightlife is just a short ferry ride to Valletta. Head into Strait Street to get right amongst it. Many famous bars and clubs are there.
During this cooking holiday, you will be served one gourmet breakfast as well as the three-course meal which you will create yourself during the cooking lesson. You will discover the traditional Maltese and Mediterranean cuisine.
Malta’s history and geography had an important influence on its cuisine. Having to import most of its food, being positioned along important trade routes, and having to cater for the resident foreign powers who ruled the islands, the Maltese cuisine has opened to many outside influences from very early on.
Foreign dishes and tastes had been absorbed, transformed, and adapted. 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, have brought elements from further afield.
Aljotta, for example, which is a fish broth with plenty of garlic herbs and tomatoes, is the Maltese adaption of the Bouillabaisse. The Knights' contacts and wealth have also brought 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.
Additionally, Julie likes to surprise guests with some more indulgent options for breakfast. Guests can expect options like French crepes, American pancakes, eggs Benedict, Spanish eggs, asparagus, and poached eggs with Hollandaise sauce, vegetarian frittata, Spanish omelette, nasi goreng, and many other options.
Freshly squeezed juices with a combination of orange, apple, carrot, ginger, pineapple, grapefruit, watermelon, and other seasonal fruits, will also be served. There is also a beautiful handcrafted Italian coffee machine, so you can have your coffee, your way.
With respect to all guests, breakfast prior to 8:00 a.m. is not available due to noise transfer from the kitchen through the grand central staircase.
Take the ferry to Valletta or Silema
Take the hop on - hop off buses to see the southern area of Malta
Please book your flight to arrive at Malta International Airport (MLA). Julesy's BnB can arrange to pick you up upon request. The driver will meet you in the arrivals hall of the airport holding a sign with your name on it and take you directly to Julesy’s BnB. The journey is about 15 minutes long. This must be prearranged with your booking and only costs 25 EUR.
Upon arrival to the ferry terminal, take bus number 130 to Valletta city. The bus stop is about a seven-minute walk from the ferry arrival point. The duration of the bus journey is about seven minutes. Walk three or four minutes to the Valletta bus departure terminal and take bus number two or number three. The eight-kilometer journey will take about 40 minutes.
Simply give the address to the driver. The journey will be about 15 minutes long and will take you straight to Julesy’s BnB. It is recommended that you ask for a fixed price before entering the taxi.
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