Valletta Green Festival 2018
4th to 6th of May 2018
St Georges Square, Valletta
Each year, the Valletta Green Festival transforms one of the largest open urban spaces in Valletta, Pjazza San Ġorġ, with its colourful signature feature – a huge floral carpet composed of some 80,000 potted plants. A yearly programme of family-friendly activities happening in the capital city and other localities have established this much-loved weekend-long festival as a fun and accessible platform for initiatives promoting environmental consciousness on the Maltese Islands. The festival also offers visitors rare glimpses into some of the capital city’s little-known historical treasures, including the four-hundred-year-old gardens of the Archbishop’s Palace and the Convent of St Catherine.
Book your stay with us (whilst we still have availability) via this link and receive complimentary ferry ride across the Grand Harbour to enjoy this great event.
Guided Coach Tours
As most of our guests know, our current line-up of tours and excursions is already quite extensive. Our list on offer includes:
And now, we are proud to announce the launch of our new Guided Coach Tours. There are 14 different tours available all with experienced tour guides.
Our guests have a choice of 60+ different tours and excursions to make the most out of their time in Malta, assuming they can escape our luxurious guest rooms and sumptuous breakfasts, of course.
The Tour of Mosta, Ta’ Qali Crafts Village
& Mdina, the Noble City
You will first drive to the city of Mosta. Inspired by Rome’s Pantheon, the church in the center of the city was built in the 18th Century. It became known throughout the country in 1942 when during World War II, a dropped bomb failed to explode, thus sparing the lives of some 300 people. This church has the third largest dome in Europe.
You will then visit the town of Ta’Qali, located nearby was once a British WWII outpost, but has been converted to a village for local handicrafts. You will be able to watch local artisans at work blowing elaborate glass art pieces, intricately assembling original silver filigree jewelry, carving the local limestone and many more. This is the perfect place to pick up treasures that will remind you of your Malta visit.
Finally you visit Mdina, Malta’s ancient capital. It rests in a very majestic way, on top of a hilltop right at the center of the island. Mdina is also called ‘The Silent City’ because of its literally quiet and narrow streets that give off a quaint yet very homey atmosphere. Mdina is not only considered to be one of Malta’s precious jewels, but this ancient walled city is one of the best medieval fortifications. You will see magnificent views of the entire Maltese landscape. In Mdina you will have some time to relax and enjoy the area.
Pickup and drop off from Café Riche (just a 3 minute walk away from Julesy’s BnB)
Mosta, Ta’Qali & Mdina Half Day Excursion
€27 per person
Bookings should be made via email at least 48 hours in advance, noting a non-refundable 30% deposit is required.
Knights of St. John
Julesy’s BnB (a licensed guesthouse) is located in the historic Three Cities, which surrounds Malta’s Grand Harbour . This very region was the first home to the Knights of St. John, whom ruled Malta for 250 years.
The opportunity exists to visit and stay exactly where the Knights of St. John initially based themselves.
The property itself (c1750) has been beautifully restored to its former glory, albeit with today’s modern conveniences. The luxuriously appointed rooms are actually named after relevant Knights Hospitaller, being:
Named after the 57th Grand Master Fra’ Jean-Paul de Lascaris-Castellar (in office 1636-1657), a French born, Italian nobleman who died in 1657 and rests in the Saint John’s Co-Cathedral in Malta’s capital city Valletta. During Lascaris’s tenure, he famously created a series of fortification towers around the island of Malta, with the vast majority of these still standing today. More about Lascaris can be found via this link.
Named after the 60th Grand Master Fra’ Raphael Cotoner (in office 1660-1663) and the 61st Grand Master Fra’ Nicolas Cotoner (in office 1663-1680). During Raphael’s tenure, an Italian artist commenced his work with the St.John’s Co-Cathedral, where Raphael was laid to rest in 1663. Raphael’s brother Nicolas succeeded him, and continued the redecorating efforts in the St.John’s Co-Cathedral, where he was laid to rest in 1680. During the tenure of Nicolas, the Cottonera Lines were constructed to protect the Three Cities, which could accommodate 40,000 people.
Named after the 65th Grand Master Fra’ Marc’Antonio Zondadari (in office 1720-1722). Zondadari, born in Siena (Italy) in 1658 was actually a Prince of the Church, in which today titled as Cardinal. In 1722, the village of Bormla (where Julesy’s BnB is) was renamed and declared to be the City of Cospiua during Zondadri’s tenure. Whilst his resting place lies within the St. Johns Co-Cathedral (in a magnificent monument), much to the dismay of the Maltese, his heart was buried in his native Siena.
Named after the 66th Grand Master Fra’ Antonio Manoel de Vilhena (in office 1720-1722). A Portuguese nobleman, also a Prince of the Church was very popular with the Maltese people, which was unlike a number of previous Grand Masters. Manoel founded Floriana and constructed both Fort Manoel and the Manoel Theatre which both stand today and are very popular tourist attractions. He was laid to rest in the St. John’s Co-Cathedral in 1736.
Pinto Suite: (available late 2018)
Named after the 68th Grand Master Fra’ Manuel Pinto de Fonseca (in office 1741-1773). A former Knight of Lange in Portugal, Pinto was elected as both a Prince of the Church and the Grand Master in 1741. Pinto renamed the town of Qormi in his own name, being the City of Pinto. Whilst Pinto’s method of appropriating revenue in Malta was not too favorable, he did mange to establish what is now known as the University of Malta, along with Malta’s 1st printing press being built during his tenure. Pinto managed to complete the construction of the Auberge de Castille (now the Office of the Prime Minister), which adorns his bust and arms on its façade. “Pinto’s Wharf” (part of Valletta’s marina) is where still stands 19 storehouses which Pinto had built. Today these are quality restaurants and offices.
Malta’s rich history also extends far beyond the Knights of St. John period, with temples dating as far back as 3,600 BC, pre-dating Egypt’s pyramids and Britain’s Stonehenge by over 1,000 years.
At Julesy’s BnB, we offer over 45 excursions and private tours to make the most of your time in Malta.
Look forward to having you here as our guest.
Julie & Glen
Happy New Year!!!
We would like to wish all our guests, past & future, a wonderful Happy New Year – may 2018 be a fantastic year for you and your loved ones. If you have never stayed with us at Julesy’s BnB before, why not make it a New Year’s resolution to book a stay with us this year?
With Valletta being the 2018 European Capital of Culture, there is an overwhelming amount of events to partake.
So, stop reading; book a flight; and then book your accommodation right here.
Friday the 15th of December 2017 sees “The Nutcracker”, performed live in St George’s Square, Valletta.
Under the direction of Armenian conductor Sergey Smbatyan, the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing an extensive selection of music from this heart warming ballet. The orchestra will also be performing Mendelssohn’s famous Overture to a Midsummer Night’s Dream and his only Violin Concerto, for which it will be joined by the internationally acclaimed young violinist Esther You.
There’s still time to take advantage of a low-priced airfare and stay with us here at Julesy’s BnB.
While there are plenty well known Christmas Markets in mainland Europe, Malta too also has one that’s not to be missed.
From the 7th to the 12th of December, is a 6-day event transforming Rabat’s historic core into a Christmas wonderland. Around 80 stalls will form Malta’s largest Christmas Market, while historic building will be hosting various Christmas-related activities, such as the Nativity Trail within the Franciscan Friary’s Secret Garden, the Natalis Notabilis Crib Exhibition located in a 500 year old convent, Ta’ Gieżu Church will be hosting a number of choir festivals. A new drama production, ‘Scrooged’ will be held at 18th Century Palazzo Xara.
Entrance to the Christmas Market is FREE.
There’s still time to take advantage of a low-priced airfare and come and stay with us, here at Julesy’s BnB. 🙂
Bitcoin Now Accepted!
We are pleased to announce we now accept Bitcoin.
Simply book your stay with us as per usual via this link and pay with Bitcoin using our below Bitcoin Address:
Julesy’s BnB – keeping up with today’s world. 🙂
15 of the best Christmas destinations around the world
Now we don’t invent this stuff, but CNN Travel has Malta as their Number 1 destination for the Christmas period, which by the way is already in full swing.
Here’s the link for more info.
Okay, so we actually have our own personal time out from Christmas until New Year’s Day…..but we’re here right now!!! 🙂
Do yourself a favour and spoil yourself, by staying with us here at Julesy’s BnB.
Fresh Organic Eggs
As many of our guests know, we take our food and beverages very seriously here at Julesy’s BnB. It all starts with the right ingredients, from beautifully grown local produce, to our own imported 100% Arabica coffee beans.
With yesterday’s official government announcement regarding tainted eggs in Malta containing traces of fipronil pesticide, we’ve located and sourced Certified 100% Organic Eggs from Sicily, with our first shipment arriving on Thursday the 7th of September.
So apart from having lovely fresh organic eggs in Julesy’s Kitchen, we are ensuring the safety of our guests, which is of paramount importance to us.
Wishing you an eggcellent day! 🙂
Let’s Entertain You!
When you need a lazy night (or day) in at Julesy’s BnB, we’ve got you covered.
All our rooms have the latest LED (Smart TV) technology, with a generous 40″ (100cm) screen. In addition to our Free Netflix service for all the latest movies and television series, we also provide 50 live TV channels to choose from too.
So, sit back and relax in your individually controlled air conditioned room and watch your favourite show. Yes, there’s a fully stocked mini-bar to keep you hydrated. 🙂
The best of Gozo & Comino
For our guests who are short of time, we now have a new excursion available.
Guests are picked up & returned to Cafe Riche (a 5 minute walk from Julesy’s BnB), for a full day’s excursion.
The vessel then departs from Sliema Creek, in the morning and cruises north, passing through the Comino channel and heading for Gozo. Upon arrival at Mgarr Harbour, guests are welcomed by a representative who will drive them around various charming villages in Gozo, including Xewkija, Xlendi, Rabat, the Citadel, Gharb (and Ta’ Pinu Basilica) as well as Dwejra. Short stops for photographing or exploring the sites will be included at Citadella and the Inland Sea. Guests will also have some time for traditional Gozitan crafts. After visiting the Island of myth and legend, guests proceed to Mgarr Harbour for a transfer to the breath-taking Blue Lagoon, where they can enjoy a dip in the crystalline blue waters or explore the island of Comino. Guests then board the indicated vessel which will return them to Sliema via the north-eastern coast of Malta. The return trip offers views of Mellieha Bay, St. Paul’s Islands, Bahar ic-Caghaq, St. Andrews, St. Julians, the Sliema Promenade, Tigné Point and finally Sliema Creek.
All this for just €40 per person. Yes, €40 per person!!!
Bookings should be made in advance via our Tour Desk, where you will also find another 45 different excursions we have on offer.
How was your morning coffee today?
We at Julesy’s BnB take our coffee very seriously to ensure our guests have a coffee-licious experience.
It all starts with our 100% Arabica Coffee, which we’ve sourced from dedicated roasters in Sicily. The aroma of these beans is so aromatic that we became Malta’s exclusive distributor of them. Our beans are then finely ground through our handcrafted Italian coffee grinder, to assist with the ideal crema. Next, our ground beans are placed in our beautifully handcrafted Elektra Coffee Machine and we create the magic.
From espresso to cafe latte to cappuccino, or a good old flat white, we create our guest’s preferred coffee.
SUMMER SOLSTICE AT ĦAĠAR QIM & MNAJDRA TEMPLES
Believe it or not, we still currently have 2 rooms available to book for this great event.
If you’re keen to stay with us, please click on this link to book ASAP.
Then you can experience the Summer Solstice from either Mnajdra or Ħaġar Qim Temples.
After the Solstice there will be a tour of the Visitor Centre and refreshments.
TICKETS, priced at €25 per person and €15 for HM Members, can be purchased from all HM sites/museums and ONLINE.
Limited places available.
For further information phone on +356 2142 4231.
We often have adventurous guests wanting to get more out of Malta than sightseeing and relaxing. So, we’ve put together a sensational and well priced Adventure Package.
Full details can be found via this link, but here’s a peak on what’s on offer:
– A full day on a large catamaran, with a 5 star buffet lunch, followed by party time with the latest beats
– A Jeep safari in Malta
– A choice of Scuba Diving, or Horse-riding in the Maltese countryside
– A choice of Kayaking, or Abseiling, or Sea Level Traversing
– A choice of a Quad Tour in Gozo, or a Defender Jeep Safari in Gozo
– A Segway Tour in Valletta city
Plus dinner out every night at some of our favourite restaurants.
Yet just another reason to stay with us here at Julesy’s BnB. 🙂