Cupid & the History Behind Valentine’s Day

Cupid & the History Behind Valentine’s Day

  • Jan 22, 2022

February 14th seems to have been forever associated with hearts, chocolates, roses, Cupid, couples and lovebirds. However, little do people know that Valentine's Day, as we know it now, originated in the late 18th century. Curious about what led to the creation of Valentine's Day? Keep reading.  A Brief History of Valentine's Day Valentine's Day originated as a Christian feast

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January Shopping Spree in Malta

  • Jan 4, 2022

Malta is brimming with small boutiques, multi-level plazas and international brand outlets. Therefore, if you're thinking of benefiting from this year's January sales, book your trip to Malta pronto and visit the following cities and outlets.  Shopping in Valletta  If you love independent brands, Malta's capital - Valletta - should be at the top of your list. Valletta is a

A Romantic Getaway in Valletta

  • Dec 29, 2021

A romantic getaway in any city starts with the hotel: a bad experience at your hotel of choice will certainly kill any romance. Therefore, if you're planning a romantic getaway in Valletta, Casa Ellul should be your go-to boutique hotel. Here's why.  Victorian-era palazzo Casa Ellul is housed in a Victorian-era palazzo that dates back to the early 19th century.

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Bars in Malta with Live Music

  • Dec 26, 2021

What better way to unwind after a long week at work than to enjoy some live music and a glass of wine or two? If this sounds like something that’s up your street, here are 6 bars in Malta that you should definitely check out.  Bridge Bar, Valletta If you fancy a low-key night surrounded by jazz and good vibes,

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Top Romantic Restaurants in Valletta

  • Dec 19, 2021

There's nothing more romantic than a Baroque, seaside city. Yes, we're talking about Valletta - Malta's capital and home to 5,730 thinkers and dreamers. Therefore, if you're thinking of asking someone out on a date or are thinking of going on a romantic getaway, Valletta is your obvious choice! We've also done the research for you and managed to uncover

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Top 5 Filming Locations in Malta

  • Dec 17, 2021

Malta's history as a location for film production goes back to 1925 - when the islands served as the main backdrop for the silent movie Sons of the Sea.  Since then, film production in Malta has bloomed: the islands have served as the main setting for films and TV shows such as Gladiator, Troy, Assassin's Creed, Murder on the Orient

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What to Do In Valletta on a Rainy Day

  • Dec 12, 2021

Malta boasts 300 sunny days every year...so you might feel like luck isn't on your side if your stay coincides with a rainy week.  Worry not, as there are a myriad of things to do in Valletta on a rainy day. Here are 5 activities to get you started.  Visit a museum...or two Valletta is blessed with some world-class museums.

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Casa Ellul Awarded Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best 2021

  • Dec 10, 2021

The Casa Ellul team is proud to announce that Casa Ellul has just been awarded Travellers' Choice Best of the Best 2021. This highly-coveted badge is given to those businesses that earn excellent reviews from travellers, have responsive owners and provide a positive traveller experience.  What Is Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best?  Tripadvisor's Travellers' Choice Best of the Best

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Is Valletta Expensive?

  • Dec 6, 2021

Low-cost airlines and online booking websites have made it possible for couples, friends and solo travellers to visit Malta without depending on travel agencies and all-inclusive holidays. While Malta and its capital, Valletta, are more expensive compared to other Mediterranean destinations, you can easily get away with spending between 50 to 90 euros per person per day, making Malta cheaper

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The Best Pizza Places in Malta & Gozo!

  • Dec 4, 2021

Scouring the net for the best pizza places in Malta and Gozo? Look no further! We've compiled a list of the best pizzerias in Malta and Gozo that you can refer to when you visit Malta. You can thank us later.  Vecchia Napoli (Sliema, Valletta, Skyparks, Salini & Qawra) With 6 outlets across the Maltese islands, it's safe to say

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Valletta Christmas Celebrations 2021

  • Dec 4, 2021

There's no better time to visit Valletta than Christmastime. The streets transform into a hub of bright lights, Christmas carols and good cheer...not to mention the busy shoppers and families filling Valletta's restaurants and shopping malls for a spot of Christmas shopping and hot chocolate. A couple of well-organised, family-friendly activities also amplify the city's Yuletide spirits. Whether you're Christmas-obsessed

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Historic Wedding Venues in Malta

  • Nov 27, 2021

Over the last decade, the sun-drenched archipelago of Malta has become the go-to destination for couples looking to tie the knot in the Mediterranean. In addition to the straightforward legalities of getting married in Malta and the fact that English is one of Malta's official languages, the islands are blessed with panoramic views, Baroque churches, stunning architecture and remarkable wedding venues.  If

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The Great Siege of Malta

  • Nov 20, 2021

The 1565 siege, referred to by the Maltese and historians as the Great Siege of Malta, refers to the four-month siege that ravaged Malta between May and September 1565. Here's a quick summary of what went down during those faithful four months. What Led to the Siege? Malta was a strategic stronghold for the Knights Hospitaller - also known as

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Baroque Architecture in Malta

  • Nov 13, 2021

In the early 17th century, Baroque was adopted as the Catholic Church's go-to architectural style. Thanks to the Church's involvement, Baroque architecture spread throughout Europe. Baroque architecture was used to express the power of the state and the Catholic Church through intricate designs and dramatic centre-pieces.  Prior to the introduction of Baroque, Malta's main architectural style was Mannerism. Architects Bontadino

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Where To Buy The Best Local Produce Foods In Malta!

  • Oct 9, 2021

The Mediterranean diet is lauded as one of the world's healthiest diets. Diets start with simple ingredients that, in this case, ultimately result in mouthwatering Maltese dishes such as stews, pies, desserts and open sandwiches.  Despite its rocky, semi-arid terrain and limited agricultural land, Malta boasts top-quality fruits, veggies and artisanal products that continue to inspire professional chefs and cooking

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Top Comino Activities To Experience

  • Oct 2, 2021

This island is 3.5 square kilometres total. However, don't be fooled by its size: Comino is brimming with unspoilt beaches, historic landmarks and enviable hiking trails. Best of all, it's only 20 minutes away from Malta, so you definitely have no excuse not to visit.  Here are 5 quintessentially Comino activities that you need to experience during your Mediterranean jaunt. 

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Top 6 Romantic Things To Do In Malta

  • Sep 25, 2021

Whether you're planning a romantic getaway, a honeymoon or an unforgettable wedding proposal, the Maltese isles are, hands down, one of the most romantic and versatile spots in Europe. After all, what's more romantic than a Mediterranean isle with 3,000 hours of sunshine per year? If you need a little more convincing, here are the top 6 things that you

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The 7 Most Popular Wine Bars in Malta

  • Sep 18, 2021

Ask any local, and they'll immediately confirm the fact that the Maltese do love their wine bars. There are a wide variety of wine bars that suit the taste of every wine enthusiast that visits the islands. Thankfully, you don't need to search high and low for the wine bar of your dreams, as we've done the heavy lifting for

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Where to stay in Malta – Valletta or Sliema? 

  • Aug 28, 2021

Tourists who have just booked their flight to Malta often ask whether they should stay in Valletta or Sliema.  Valletta and Sliema are known for very different things. Valletta is Malta's Baroque capital, brimming with the tangible remnants of centuries of history. On the other hand, Sliema is a multicultural hub known for its promenade, nightlife and shopping districts.  If

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Malta or Sicily? Which Island Should You Visit Next?

  • Aug 21, 2021

Unquestionably, Malta and Sicily's histories and cultures are interconnected. Back in 5900 BC, a group of settlers from Sicily inhabited Malta, and the exchange between the two hasn't stopped ever since.  Interested in learning more about these two Mediterranean isles? Keep reading.  Malta Despite covering an area of 316 km2 and being the tenth smallest country in the world, Malta

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Ferries to & from Valletta: All you need to know

  • Aug 14, 2021

There's no doubt that Malta's capital city - Valletta - is one of the best spots on the island. Better still - thanks to several ferry services, Valletta is well connected to other towns in Malta and Gozo, allowing you to explore all that the islands have to offer.  Here's how you can get to Malta's tourist hotspots and cultural

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Opera Theatres in Malta

  • Aug 7, 2021

The Baroque period's influence on Malta is not limited to its architecture - Malta's cultural identity is very much "baroque".  The Maltese's love for maximalist operas, pageants and theatre is a direct reflection of this baroque identity. Theatrical productions on the islands boomed in the 17th and 18th centuries - with Valletta's Royal Opera House being Europe's go-to opera house

Valletta's Republic Street

Valletta’s Republic Street

  • Jul 24, 2021

Any person who lives in Malta will tell you that Republic Street is one of Malta's most iconic streets. The 1-kilometre-long street is a cultural, commercial and judicial hub that's known for its vibrant identity and quintessentially Mediterranean atmosphere.  A Brief History After the Knights of St John won the Great Siege of Malta, they received ample amounts of money

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The Order of St. John in Malta

  • Jul 17, 2021

The Knights Hospitaller, also known as the Order of St John, were an early Catholic military order with a massive influence on the Maltese islands. The Knights are part and parcel of Malta's history, and their strong mark can still be seen and felt today.  Interested in learning more about the Order of St John? Keep reading.  Who Were the

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Valletta City Gate – A Historical Overview of Valletta’s Entrance

  • Jul 10, 2021

Valletta City Gate or Bieb il Belt (in Maltese) refers to Valletta's main entrance. The current gate was designed by Renzo Piano and was constructed between 2011 and 2014. However, most people don't know that there were actually four other gates before this one.  First Gate (1569–1633) The original gate was constructed during the reign of Grand Master Jean Parisot

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Malta Is Welcoming Tourists Again This Summer 2021

  • Jul 6, 2021

Malta is the first EU country to achieve herd immunity as 70% of its population is fully vaccinated. It was also one of the first countries to have concrete travel plans. With only a few daily cases, this Mediterranean paradise is your escape to normality this summer. If you're in need of a holiday, this sun-drenched archipelago should be at

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What to Eat in Valletta? 

  • May 29, 2021

Malta's capital - Valletta - is host to some of the islands' best eateries. From small, charming cafes to Michelin-approved restaurants, it's safe to say that Valletta is a foodie heaven.  The restaurants themselves are as diverse as Malta's cuisine. Many of them aim to bolster traditional Maltese cuisine by serving local dishes such as rabbit stew, fish, kapunata (ratatouille)

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Are there any beaches in Valletta?

  • May 22, 2021

Despite its small size, Valletta is a first-class cultural, historical and gastronomical attraction. Best of all, it's surrounded by the beautiful azure Mediterranean sea. While Valletta is not a prime swimming location, there are a couple of secluded spots in the city that are local favourites.  So, what are your options if you're staying in Valletta and dying to swim?

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What to do in Valletta on Sunday?

  • May 15, 2021

Valletta on a Sunday is the perfect example of the so-called la dolce vita. The everyday hustle and bustle slows down and is replaced by a throng of window shoppers traipsing down Valletta's Republic Street or grabbing a coffee and croissant at one of the city's quaint cafes. While most tourist traps are closed on a Sunday, there's still plenty

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Strait Street in Valletta

  • May 8, 2021

In the past decade, Strait Street in Valletta has quickly become one of the city's most vibrant streets. It's easily the narrowest street in the city (the whole street is 665 metres long and 3.5-4 metres wide), but it's also one of the most popular city hotspots, with a historical reputation that precedes it. Strait Street's History Strait Street is

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Why You Should Consider A Spring Holiday In Malta

  • Apr 24, 2021

Thinking about a quick, Mediterranean getaway this spring? Look no further! Malta should definitely be at the top of your list if you're looking for a Mediterranean isle that's warmer than the rest of Europe at this time of year and that's not as crowded as it usually is during the summer months.  If this intro has piqued your interest,

Sette Giugno – Malta’s National Holiday

  • Apr 17, 2021

Sette Giugno (Seventh of June in Italian) is a Maltese national holiday that commemorates the tragic events of 1919 - when increased colonial resistance eventually led to a series of riots that resulted in four dead and fifty injured. What Happened On The 7th June 1919? On June 7th, Manwel Attard, Ġuzeppi Bajada and Lorenzo Dyer died after being shot

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Malta’s Megalithic History

  • Apr 10, 2021

Malta's pre-history is like no other, as it gave rise to the stupendous megalithic structures that are still standing today. These stone artefacts, built between 3600 BC and 700 BC, pre-date the Egyptian Pyramids and Stonehenge. Their global importance has been recognised by UNESCO, which deemed them as World Heritage Sites.  Ġgantija (Gozo) This megalithic temple complex in Gozo is

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Best Cinemas In Valletta

  • Apr 3, 2021

Cinemas are magical spaces that allow our minds to roam to alternative realities and to press pause on the worries of everyday life. Streaming has led to the popularity of smaller, intimate cinemas that truly allow the audience to savour every detail of blockbusters and indie flicks alike. Fortunately, Valletta is home to three excellent cinemas that are largely considered

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5 Stunning Castles In Malta

  • Mar 13, 2021

Malta's unique history is reflected in its architecture. The islands' architectural history spans millennia, resulting in one of the world's most architecturally-diverse archipelagos.  If you enjoy castle-hunting, here are 5 stunning castles that you can visit while you're in Malta.  Fort St Angelo - Vittoriosa Fort St Angelo (also known as "The Castle by the Sea") dates back to the

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Malta’s Coastal Towers – A Historical Overview

  • Mar 6, 2021

For centuries, Malta served as a Mediterranean stronghold for powerful empires. Malta's colonisers sought to maintain their sphere of influence in the Mediterranean by devising a clear defense strategy for the islands. Many a time, this strategy consisted of watchtowers and forts that were built to keep an eye out for potential seaward invaders and protect the islands in the

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6 Antique Shops In Malta Worth Visiting!

  • Feb 27, 2021

Visiting an antique shop is always a wonderful, albeit, time-warping experience. If you're visiting Malta and happen to love all things vintage, you'll be pleased to learn that there are tens of antique shops on the islands, brimming with singular objects that reflect Malta's rich history.  Interested in learning more about Malta's top antique shops? Keep reading! Gigi's Antiques &

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9 Picturesque Valleys In Malta & Gozo

  • Feb 20, 2021

Malta's mild winters, coupled with the sheer number of valleys, provide the perfect opportunity for a spot of trekking or a casual countryside walk. Ready for some me-time this wintry weekend? Here are 9 picturesque valleys that will delight the country girl/boy within.  Wied Ta' Għajn Riħana - Ta' Zokkrija, Mosta This picture-perfect valley is a favourite spot for local

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The Best Street Markets in Malta & Gozo

  • Feb 6, 2021

Malta's street markets are part and parcel of the Maltese way of life. In addition to finding bargains, locals and tourists are partial to street and flea markets because they serve as a real-life menagerie of curiosities. Visiting a Maltese street or flea market is a sensual delight. The mixture of vibrant colours, local characters and raucous noises creates the

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Spending A Weekend in Malta This Valentine’s 2021

  • Jan 30, 2021

Valentine's Day is a yearly reminder to celebrate our partners and our loved ones. Whether you're the type of couple that loves to wine and dine, or prefer to stay in, Valletta is the perfect romantic getaway that caters to the preferences of each and every couple.  Interested in spending a weekend in Malta this Valentine's Day? Keep reading! Find

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Visiting Malta’s Capital in Winter

  • Jan 29, 2021

Let's face it - Malta may not be the first place that pops into your head when thinking of a typical winter destination. However, if you're ready to swap the snow for sunshine, and skiing for diving, you're in for a treat. Malta enjoys 3000 hours of sunlight per year, and an average annual temperature of 23°C. Moreover, the islands'

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The Manoel Theatre In Valletta

  • Jan 22, 2021

It's safe to say that Malta is the ideal setting when it comes to organising period festivals. The Valletta Baroque Festival takes inspiration from the splendid Baroque architecture of Malta's capital city. It posits itself as a champion of Baroque music and a proponent of the Baroque era in general.  The Knights Hospitaller were vigorous patrons of the arts and

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Different cuisines to try whilst in Malta

  • Dec 19, 2020

It's safe to say that food forms an integral part of Maltese culture. While Maltese cuisine itself has been heavily influenced by Italy, North Africa and the Middle East, France, Spain and Britain, increasing globalisation resulted in an even wider range of cuisines and accompanying restaurants present on the islands.  Italian Italian cuisine is characterised by the simplicity of its

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Why you should spend your Christmas in Malta in 2020!

  • Dec 11, 2020

Are you suffering from Covid-19 fatigue? We get you. While the festive season this year may be a bit different than other years, it certainly doesn't mean that you can't enjoy the most wonderful time of the year with your family and friends. Fortunately, Malta's International Airport is still open. Therefore, if you haven't yet decided on where you're going

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The British Period’s Influence On Modern-Day Malta

  • Nov 28, 2020

The British Period in Malta is one of the most significant and impactful eras of the archipelago's history.  Malta served as a strategic stronghold for the British, from where they could oversee the Mediterranean and orchestrate trade and military attacks. The islands played a pivotal role in the First and Second World War - leading to Malta being coined the

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Malta: Top Things to do in Autumn

  • Nov 21, 2020

It's safe to say that the Maltese islands are primarily known for fulfilling every Northerner's dreams of a Mediterranean summer paradise. However, if you want to avoid the boisterous crowds and hordes of tourists, you'll be pleased to learn that Malta's autumns are just as exquisite as its summers. Daytime temperatures are still pretty warm at about 26°C, and the

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6 Maltese Fruits To Try Whilst In Malta!

  • Nov 14, 2020

While a number of fruit and vegetables are imported from abroad, this certainly does not diminish the significance of local produce. Local fruit and veggie markets such as the ones in Ta' Qali and Mgarr are long-standing representations of this cultural and gastronomical significance. Curious to see which fruits you should try whilst you're in Malta? Keep reading! The Prickly

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Top Hiking Trails In Gozo

  • Nov 7, 2020

Malta's sister island - Gozo - is blessed with excellent year-round weather, unspoilt countryside and a myriad of hiking trails. All of these attributes mean that you can pack that old pair of hiking boots in your suitcase, and head to Gozo for some much-needed peace and quiet. If you're thinking about visiting Gozo this autumn, here are 4 excellent

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Your Guide To Maltese Traditional Door Knockers

  • Oct 24, 2020

Malta's door knockers are certainly a sight to behold and one of the country's quirkier attractions. Before electronic bells (or bells in general) were a thing, door knockers were essential if a guest wanted to signify their arrival.   Have you ever wondered what the story behind these practical pieces of art is? A Sense of Individuality If you've ever wandered

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Why Malta Is Europe’s Top Working Holiday Destination

  • Oct 17, 2020

Covid-19 doesn't seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. On the bright side, the global pandemic has transformed "remote work" into the norm-of-the-day, meaning that millions of people around the globe have now been given the opportunity to work from anywhere. Digital nomads have been doing this for years. However, suppose you're dipping your toes into this new arena of