- It is no secret the traffic in Malta can be absolutely manic. So our tip to avoid the traffic jams is use the ferries as much as you can, from Sliema to Valletta and Valletta to The Three Cities routes. Through the summer months it is the best way to travel between the two main tourist hubs, and it is a lovely water cruise through the harbours too. Only €2.80/per person return. And make sure you show the lift operator your ticket to use the lift when you arrive from The Three Cities to Valletta, you will escape being charged €1 to get up to Upper Barrack Gardens. Ferries run up until midnight during summer and to 7pm in winter.
- Want to visit Comino but don’t like big tourist style boat trips… Make your way to Cirkewwa Ferry Terminal (the Gozo ferry terminal) by bus or car. To the right of the ferry terminal are water taxi’s that can take you over to Comino and the Blue Lagoon. The drivers usually give you a little extra tour exploring through the caves before dropping you back to Malta too. Added bonus, and fairly affordable!!
- Car Rental is really cheap for daily hire and is the best way to get to Gozo. Car hire for the day is around €30 for a regular small run about, and we can get you one delivered to our door. Be sure to request one when booking your accommodation because availability is not always possible at short notice, so it pays to plan ahead.
- The summer months can be really hot, so try and plan most of your sight seeing early morning or later in the afternoons where possible especially for outdoor experiences such as visiting the temples and so on. Siesta is also a big part of the Maltese way of life and in most small villages the shops close between 1pm and 4pm.
- Make sure you pack a really good hat and plenty of sunblock too. You also might like to add a little electrolytes to your water, the humidity from July to end September can make you quiet dehydrated if you are not used to it. Electrolytes are available from the chemists on the island too.
- Check out Malta Transport bus services for access right around the island, here is the link for the timetable. While getting around is relatively easy and cheap, be prepared for delays especially if there are big concerts, fiesta’s or roadwork’s on route, sometimes buses may even be so full they will just pass by, so plan your journey’s to arrive as early as possible to your destinations to avoid the frustration.
- Mosquito season in Malta can be ferocious “in some areas” during summer, if you are particularly sensitive to mosquito bites, perhaps pack a tropical strength mosquito repellent to keep them away at night time. We provide a plug in mosquito repellent for your room.
- If you are visiting Malta between April and December you will definitely experience Malta’s fireworks. The fireworks are for the celebration of each villages patron saint. There are as many churches as there are days of the year (approximately 360 on this little island). Sometimes when looking across the night sky you will see many different fireworks going off around you. Be aware that these fireworks usually start at 8am in the morning, “yes” in broad daylight. Don’t worry the island is not under attack!! The daylight fireworks are said to warn of evil spirits before the patron saint is carried through the village procession and back to the church again. Be sure to attend at least one while you are here, they are very special and a huge part of the Maltese culture and way of life.
- Tipping in restaurants is not compulsory, but if you get great service then a usual 10% added to the bill will make your waiters day.
- If you only have a very short holiday in Malta then it pays to plan your itinerary in advance before you leave home. So pick out what it is that interests you the most and work out how to get from place to place as quickly as possible. The largest taxi fare for instance from one end of the island to the other, should cost no more than about €35, but always confirm the fare with your driver or taxi company first. Our favourite companies are ecabs and Greenr .
- Pack sensible walking shoes and be prepared to walk many stairs and steep inclines in some areas. Malta is by no means flat, additionally footpaths and curbs can be quiet narrow with high steps so be careful when walking about. Take your heels in a separate bag and pop them on when you reach your destination. Your feet and joints will thank you for it.
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. 🙂
Discover scuba diving in Malta.
Have you ever dreamt of floating weightless amongst an array of rainbow fish and coral formations ?
Grab your chance at this introductory diving course in the bays of Malta! Our guests are picked up from Julesy’s BnB and driven to the scenic Reef Bay at St. Julian’s, where a trained diving instructor will teach you the necessary precautions and basic skills of this exciting adventure sport. All that is left is to put on your mask and fins and then dive deep down into the beautiful reefs. Experience the thrill of breathing underwater. Grab the opportunity to explore more of Malta’s unique bays from under the sea.
All this for just €50 per person, and available everyday of the year.
Be sure to check out our other Tours & Excursions available on our website.
What to see and do in The Three Cities – Malta
Apart from walking around and seeing all the beautiful architecture, with some buildings dating back over 1,000 years (and still being used today); checking out the Grand Harbour Marina; enjoying a meal with a drink or two at one of the many restaurants and cafes; there are several things to see and do whilst in the Three Cities, being:
As you can see there are plenty of things to see and do within The Three Cities region. So come and explore and we’d love to have you here with us at Julesy’s BnB as our guests.
And yes, The Three Cities have plenty of drinking spots, cafes and restaurants to choose from. All can be found within the below link.
Sea Level Traversing
Every Tuesday throughout the year, our experienced sea level traversing guides will take our adventurous guests to the perfect location that suits their experience and the type of activity they are looking for.
It does not matter if our guests are a complete beginner or experienced, we will always find them the perfect level. Sea level traversing allows guests to experience all freedom of climbing but with the added advantage of a very short fall into the sea should they not be able to continue your chosen route.
In the summer months when temperatures are high and the sea is a very refreshing break, guests can throw themselves off the rock-face and into the cool waters of the Med!
All this adventure is just €65 per person, inclusive of being picked up and safely returned back to Julesy’s BnB.
Bookings can be made via: JulesysBnB.com/tour-desk
As we enter and enjoy the upcoming silly season, and partake quality time with family & friends, we will also reflect on the highs and lows of 2016.
Time to reflect yes, and to look forward to hopefully a safe and fantastic 2017. We tend to make some new year’s resolutions as a result of bettering life’s journey through the next year which seldom take shape. So, what’s going to really change?
There’s an old saying along the lines of ‘if you fail to plan, you plan to fail’.
Right now you have a choice.
Right now you can take charge of your life and plan.
Right now you need to look at your 2017 diary and slot in some ‘me’ time.
Make 2017 a memorable year and plan your getaway to beautiful Malta.
Be 1 of hundreds of guests whom have stayed with us at Julesy’s BnB and enjoy the moment whilst creating fabulous lifelong memories. Yes, book your room now via our website at www.JulesysBnB.com and make it happen.
We look forward to having you here with us as our guests.
December in Malta
December is fast approaching. The month of Christmas trees, snow, thick jackets and warm scarves. Well, maybe in the rest of Europe but not here in beautiful sunny Malta. Yes, believe it or not, Malta can still be quite warm in this time of the year. One could even expect temperatures in the 20’s. So how does a getaway from gloomy weather sound?
During this time of the year (similar to the month of November), the weather could be somewhat different from one day to the next. We experience colder days (sometimes) with rain and thunder, totally different from the previous sunny weeks, however this rarely seems to last long in Malta.
Despite our good weather, the month of December is all about Christmas. Streets and roundabouts are decorated with Christmas lights and different festive decorations, whilst some houses are decorated from top to bottom with lights around every window and every door.
Valletta and Sliema are the places for the usual Christmas shopping extravaganzas, which is something you’ll ether love or hate. In saying this, Republic and Merchant streets in Valletta, are beautifully decorated with lights and tinsel all along the streets attracting thousands of people everyday for Christmas shopping, and of course people watching.
The Point shopping center in Sliema is Malta’s largest shopping complex, where hundreds of people shop everyday. During the month of December the center and surrounding lane are transformed into a Christmas wonderland.
In December one can see different Christmas plays, some in English and others in Maltese. A very popular event is the Christmas pantomime which is a very popular tradition in Malta especially for young families. It’s incredible how they take a classic children’s story and transform it into a Christmas fairy tale.
Traditional Christmas Food:
Christmas time is a time for being spoilt with food and drink. Here in Malta during the festive season you can easily indulge yourself with different Christmas desserts such as minced pies, Christmas log, treacle rings or Qaghaq tal-Ghasel, Maltese Christmas pudding and of course the traditional Pannetone. Nevertheless during the month of December spirits are high, families come together and people exchange gifts in the time for giving.
The last religious feast is held in Cospicua on the 8th, and the procession is in our street. Thousands of locals descend on our village to partake in the activities and to witness the traditional festa for the local Catholic Church.
It’s winter. So all the airlines have great deals on flights and we’re only a short flight away. Guests staying with us for 4+ nights are even picked-up from the airport as a complimentary service.
So glad you asked. We have our own private time out from the 24th to the 26th as hopefully you can appreciate, however most of the rest of December is up for grabs. Simply click on this link to book.
If you can’t make it here this December, perhaps plan for 2017, noting we are already taking bookings in 2018, as Malta’s capital city is the EU Capital of Culture.
from Julesy’s BnB
Malta Jazz Festival 2017
The dates have been released for the 27th edition of the Malta Jazz Festival for 2017.
If you are into Jazz, then you need to here here in beautiful Malta for this exceptional event.
The 3 nights are July 20th; 21st; and the 22nd.
Right now, we have rooms available which can be booked via www.JulesysBnB.com
Further details & tickets can also be found via: www.facebook.com/maltajazzfestival
Go on….treat yourself!!!
Public Bike Sharing – Now in Malta
Nextbike Malta is the licence operator of the new innovative way to cycle your way around the island. An ideal climate-friendly solution to close gaps in network and timetables of buses. The Public Bike Sharing system from all around the world is now in Malta with bikes available 24/7.
Whether you are a business traveller aiming to reduce travelling time, a tourists on the Island ready to explore the area or a student ready to boost your wellbeing, Nextbike Malta offers an inexpensive and flexible answer to your transport crisis. Join the network and download the App today. Registration is free of charge.
Now available in Sliema, St. Julians, San Gwann, Ta’ Xbiex, Imsida, Gzira and Swatar, and just around the corner from Julesy’s BnB. 🙂
More info at www.NextBike.com.mt
Need some sun?
Escape to Malta this December, noting the bureau of meteorology is forecasting sunny days for the whole month.
Live your life; Love your life; Book Now!
Looking for great value eats?
There are over 2,000 restaurants to choose from on the island but we wanted to arm you with a list of the islands best cheap eats, street foods and spots where the prices are not only cheap but also offer great value with pretty reasonable if not exceptional service too. Whether you are on the run or have more time to kill, there is something here to help save your purse on holiday
Queens Pastizzeria – Hamrun – This is hands down the most delicious pastizzi and maltese pie I have ever tried. My favourite is the chicken & spinach pie. You won’t want anything else to eat for the day, so be warned… And at an enormous €2.30 there is simply no better cheap eat on the island that is quiet so yummy.
Bavarian Sausage – Sliema – Delicious Frankfurt’s with all the trimmings around €5 or so they are great for a quick snack or a on the go lunch. Look out for the van opposite Zara department store in Sliema.
Eat Street Food Truck – Msida – Okay, so you think food trucks are always filled with deep fried greasy food. Well not this one. You will be delighted to see vegetarian options, Asian inspired dishes such as Thai, Indian and Ramon, and delicious desserts too. The Panacotta is just delicious. All thrown in with delightful service to boot. Eat Street also travel around to the festivals, so look out for them via their facebook page.
Soul Food – Merchant Street Valletta – Great vegetarian & Vegan options in the heart of Valletta. Lovely menu at a very good price. Great for vegetarian and vegans, everything is fresh and interesting.
Trabuxu Wine Bar – Strait Street Valletta – Excellent value platters, but they also have great wines at reasonable prices too. The atmosphere is cosy and intimate inside, often visited by local celebrities. You can also sit alfresco and watch the passing parade, which is really cool on a Friday or Saturday night. Strait Street is where it all happens, so from here, bar hop from place to place and find your nook.
Senglea Waterfront – Three Cities – There are a host of restaurants to choose from and all of them are really reasonable. Our favourite is Tas Serena which is a new comer to the Senglea Waterfront but the menu is fab as are the prices.
Mint – Sliema – Great lunch time cafe in the heart of Sliema. Very interesting fresh dishes on offer that change daily. Owned by a couple of New Zealanders who have created a lovely meeting spot to gather with friends.
La Vida Bar De Tapas – Sliema – The most lively tapas bar in Malta. La Vida serve the best sangria and cocktails too. Oh and if there chocolate brownies in the fridge make sure you save some space. Yum! Tapas dishes start at €4 and you can buy a bucket of beer sit street side with your friends and watch the passing parade. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
Diar Il- Bniet – Dingli – Delicious farm fresh Maltese food experience at its best. But you must book in advance because it is so popular. Traditional farm fresh food prepared seasonally from farm to table. If you want to take home small gifts to your family then consider their jams, local honey, olive oils and pickles. Dishes start at €6.95 for a starter to under €20 for a main.
Well that’s it from us. We hope this helps you save some time scouting through TripAdvisor, reading endless reviews and hopefully help you budget your holiday to get the best out of your holiday in Malta.
Wishing you all a happy healthy week from us here at Julesy’s BnB.
Visiting Malta Summer 2016…
Visiting Malta during the summer months is always full of surprises and magical experiences. This little island literally rocks all summer long. Everything from the islands wine festivals, village fiesta’s, film and art festivals, Jazz festivals and big ticket open air concerts so make sure you keep track of up coming events either on our website or you can also visit What’s On Malta for all the latests shows and other gigs across the island. A top of that, the food scene and clubbing scene is up there with some of the Mediterranean’s best, and the nice surprise is, most things are magically affordable!!
This week we thought to give you some useful local tips to help you make the most of your holiday.
Top travellers tips for visiting Malta.
So we hope these tips are useful, help you plan your time and make for really great holiday experience in Magic Malta. Stay tuned for our up coming recommendations covering our top 10 things to do, where to eat, best clubs and bars, best street food and cheap eats and much much more.
Happy planning and hope to see you soon.
Julie, Glen & Roxy
Need some adrenaline?
Try abseiling here in Malta. With steep cliffs, slabs and crevasses we take you to the most spectacular places to abseil in Malta. Standing securely on the edge of a steep incline, with the rope disappearing off the edge to the bottom somewhere beneath you, your nerves are on full alert. As you lean back and commence your descent adrenaline is pumping furiously around your body and the feeling is intense!
Priced at just €65 per person (inclusive of transport) and available every Saturday.
Bookings are by appointment.