Casa Ellul

Why Stay at Casa Ellul? 2022 Review Roundup

  • Dec 29, 2022

At Casa Ellul Boutique Hotel, we are committed to providing a luxurious, welcoming and unforgettable stay for our guests. From our beautiful, uniquely designed suites to our impeccable service, we strive to make every aspect of your visit memorable. Discover why our guests are raving about their experiences at Casa Ellul before your visit to Malta.  Attentive and hospitable staff 

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“Id-Dghajsa tal-Pass”: Malta’s One-of-a-kind Water Taxi

  • Dec 17, 2022

As an island nation with a rich maritime history, it is safe to say that one of the best ways to experience the islands is by boat. For a truly authentic experience, ditch the yachts and ferries, and opt for a traditional water taxi, known as "Id-Dghajsa tal-Pass". Here is all you need to know about "id-Dghajsa tal-Pass" before you

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Is it Better to Stay in St. Julian’s or Valletta?

  • Dec 10, 2022

Malta has dozens of different villages and towns that combine the quintessential Mediterranean experience with the hustle and bustle of European cities. Undoubtedly, when planning a holiday in Malta, one of the most difficult decisions is to decide where to stay.  Two of the most popular options are St. Julian's and Valletta, both of which have their own unique quirks.

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The Intriguing History of Malta’s Arab Roots

  • Dec 3, 2022

Malta has a rich and diverse history, with influences from various nations, cultures and civilisations. One of the most significant of these influences is that of the Arab world. Undoubtedly, Malta's proximity to North Africa and the Middle East means the Arab influence permeates Maltese culture even to this day.  Interested in learning more about Malta's Arab roots? Keep reading. 

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Top 5 Sea View Restaurants in Valletta

  • Dec 2, 2022

Malta's capital city, Valletta, is snuggled between the Grand Harbour and Marsamxett Harbour. Its proximity to the Mediterranean means that there are plenty of opportunities for dining with a view, making it a popular destination for foodies and thalassophiles alike. Whether you are looking for a romantic evening, a family lunch or an intimate meal for two, these five sea

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4 Excellent Valletta Food Tours To Explore While in Malta

  • Nov 26, 2022

Malta's cuisine is as diverse as its history - with Italian, Spanish, North African, French, English and Middle Eastern flavours and ingredients all making an appearance in one dish. With all this in mind, what better way to experience Malta's culture than to embark on a food tour around Malta's capital? Here are 4 Valletta food tours that you can

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The Top 10 Annual Events Taking Place in Valletta

  • Nov 11, 2022

Malta's capital city, Valletta, is a vibrant and lively city, with a wide range of annual events taking place throughout the year. From music festivals and cultural celebrations to sporting events and fireworks displays, there is something for everyone in Valletta at different times of the year. Here are the top 10 annual events taking place in Valletta that you

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Sailing Around Malta: An Unforgettable Experience

  • Oct 10, 2022

There is nothing quite like the feeling of the wind in your sails and the open water beneath your boat as you explore new destinations. If you're a sailor looking for the perfect spot to set sail, you can't go wrong with Malta. Here are a couple of spots you should check out if you are sailing around Malta.  Why

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Malta’s Breathtaking Coral Lagoon

  • Sep 15, 2022

Malta's Blue Lagoon is a popular lagoon known worldwide. However, not many people know about Malta's Coral Lagoon. The Coral Lagoon is located in the north-east of Malta and is a large sea cave that is a must if you are a snorkelling or diving aficionado. Here is all you need to know about Malta's Coral Lagoon.  What is Malta's

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5 Natural Arches in Malta

  • Sep 10, 2022

Malta's picturesque landscape includes tonnes of hidden gems, including several natural arches or windows. While the collapsed Azure Window in Dwejra, Gozo, was one of the most popular tourist attractions of the islands, there are several other natural arches you can visit while in Malta.  Marsaskala’s Window The stunning coastline of Marsaskala could surprise those who are not familiar with

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The Mediterranean Conference Centre – The Sacra Infermeria

  • Sep 4, 2022

The Mediterranean Conference Centre is undoubtedly Malta's go-to conference centre. Built by the Order of St John in the 16th century as a hospital, it was converted into a conference centre in 1979, which is still its main function today. Interested in learning more about this historical institution? Keep reading. The Mediterranean Conference Centre's history as The Sacra Infermeria  The

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Notte Bianca in Valletta 2022

  • Aug 21, 2022

Notte Bianca is officially back in 2022! The annual event takes place on October 1st and promises to be the most spectacular yet. The city-wide festival is a celebration of culture, art and light and is definitely worth visiting if you happen to be in Malta this October! What happens during Notte Bianca? Notte Bianca is organised by Festivals Malta

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7 Top Sushi Restaurants in Malta

  • Aug 13, 2022

It took a while for sushi to get to Malta, but once it did, it took Malta by storm. Nowadays, you can find anything ranging from small sushi joints to Michelin-recommended restaurants. To help you in your journey to tasting the island's best sushi, here's a quick rundown of Malta's top sushi restaurants.  AKI - Valletta This contemporary Japanese restaurant

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Where to try the best coffee in Malta

  • Aug 6, 2022

Ever been to a coffee shop and left with a literal bad taste in your mouth? Well, you'll be pleased to learn that you'll rarely experience that in Malta, as the islands are a Mecca for good coffee. There are tonnes of great coffee places, but we've made your life easier by pinpointing the cafes with the best coffee in

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Beer Festivals Malta 2022

  • Jul 31, 2022

Events are well and truly back - and this also means that beer festivals and drinking with friends in a festival setting are back on the table. If you're visiting Malta, be sure to check out these beer festivals taking place this summer!   PINTA Beer Festival Triton Square, Valletta, Malta, 26 - 28 August 2022 The first edition of

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Upcoming Events in Malta – Summer 2022

  • Jul 30, 2022

It's safe to say that summer is the season when Malta comes to life. During summer, the islands host thousands of artists and event-goers who want to experience what summer in the Mediterranean is all about. And with dozens of events taking place every day in different places, they're certainly not disappointed. However, it's easy to get lost in the

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Why Malta is the Ideal Destination for History Lovers

  • Jun 25, 2022

Malta's rich history dates back to 5900 BC. As a result, there are tonnes of historical artefacts that reflect different phases of the islands' history. So whether you're a history buff or a complete newbie, visiting Malta's historic sites is a must.  Valletta (Capital City) Malta's capital Valletta is a treasure trove of historic landmarks. The foundations of the city

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Top 10 brunch spots in Malta

  • Jun 18, 2022

Brunch is always a good idea, especially when you're in Malta. With Malta's brunch gastronomy merging Mediterranean flavours with the oh-so-popular English breakfast tradition, brunch in Malta will certainly be a home run. Therefore, next time you're in Malta, visit some of these brunch stops. We guarantee you won't be disappointed.  67 Kapitali - Valletta 67 Kapitali is a family-run

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8 Restaurants To Enjoy Lunch In Gozo

  • Jun 11, 2022

Thanks to the fast ferry service, Malta's sister island Gozo is now 45 minutes from Valletta. This means you could very well be enjoying an Aperol spritz and a plate of mouth-watering pasta while basking under the sun in less than an hour! To tantalize you even further, here are 8 restaurants in Gozo that you should definitely visit next

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Top 10 Events in June-July Malta 2022

  • Jun 4, 2022

Are you an avid festival-goer looking for an extra dose of sunshine this summer? Then, look no further! Malta is hosting a series of eclectic festivals this summer that cater to different types of festival participants. Here are the top 10 events happening in Malta this June and July 2022. Earth Garden 2022 2nd-5th June - Ta' Qali The alternative

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4 Upcoming iGaming Events Malta 2022

  • May 7, 2022

Over the last decade and a half, Malta has successfully established itself as an iGaming hub. It is therefore no surprise that Malta hosts the top iGaming events in Europe. Thankfully, events are well and truly back; meaning that iGaming professionals can network in real-life and discuss business opportunities in a relaxed environment. Here are the top iGaming events taking

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Top 5 Photography Spots in Malta

  • Apr 30, 2022

Malta is universally known as the land of sun and sea. In addition to its sublime climate, the Maltese islands are blessed with one-of-a-kind historical sites, picturesque landscapes and vibrant town centres. All in all, it is the perfect go-to destination for a photography trip. Here are 5 places you should definitely check out if you want to test your

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Top poker events in Malta in 2022

  • Apr 19, 2022

Malta has long been known as a hotspot for entertainment. With a wide range of activities packed within its 316 km², Malta is undoubtedly the most popular poker event destination in the Mediterranean. And as events are back on the table, poker fans will be pleased to learn that Malta will host three major poker events this year. Keep reading

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Malta’s Upcoming Events in April-May 2022

  • Apr 17, 2022

Events are well and truly back...and we couldn't be happier! Despite its small size, Malta has a bustling event calendar, which means there is always something that suits the taste of every person in your travel party.  So if you're thinking of visiting Malta this spring, here are some events you should definitely not miss! Matilda The Musical  Malta Conference

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Malta Or Portugal – Which Is Better?

  • Apr 16, 2022

Fancy a trip to southern Europe? We don't blame you! With warm weather, soul food and beaches aplenty, southern Europe is the perfect holiday region to shake off those winter blues. Portugal and Malta are two incredible destinations. Even though they are similar, there are a couple of things that make them different. Here are a few pointers that should

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Malta 4-Day Itinerary

  • Apr 9, 2022

Visiting Malta without a plan? We get you - sometimes life gets in the way and prevents you from planning your trip properly. Fortunately, here is a four-day Malta itinerary that hits all the right notes.  Day 1 - Valletta Pick up your luggage and Bolt your way to Valletta. Check in at Casa Ellul and settle in. Then, head

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10 Maltese Phrases That Might Come In Handy!

  • Apr 2, 2022

As Nelson Mandela once said, "If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart." While learning Maltese may not be at the top of your priority list, learning a few phrases will help you win the heart and mind of

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11 Fun Activities To Try Out In Malta

  • Mar 27, 2022

With 3000 hours of sunshine per year, the Maltese islands are the best destination for outdoor activities. In addition to the islands' natural characteristics, there are many professionals and certified companies who can show you the ropes. Simply put, it's a match made in heaven! Cycling Malta and Gozo offer unique and unparalleled cycling routes. As Malta's landscape varies from

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5 Features of Traditional Maltese Houses To Look Out For

  • Mar 5, 2022

Malta has a rich history of architectural influences that fuse Baroque, Ottoman, British and Southern European architectural traditions. Traditional Maltese houses are therefore manifestations of these influences. Here are 5 architectural elements to look out for while you're in Malta.  Patterned Tiles The patterned tiles are one of the most distinctive features of Maltese townhouses. A version of it can

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Top 7 Instagrammable Spots In Valletta

  • Feb 26, 2022

In recent years, Valletta has become one of Europe's go-to cities for Instagrammers and influencers. In addition to its history, architecture and 3000 hours of sunshine per year, Valletta offers an unparalleled number of Instagram-worthy backdrops. Here are some spots you should definitely visit next time you're in Malta.  Triton Fountain You can't go to Valletta without taking a few

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Where to Stay in Malta To Enjoy Carnival Celebrations 2022

  • Feb 18, 2022

Carnival in Malta or Il-Karnival (in Maltese) has a long tradition and is a staple of the Maltese cultural calendar. For a few days in February, Valletta brims with colourful floats, quirky characters and revelry. Want to learn more about the history of Carnival in Malta? Keep reading.  History of Carnival in Malta Carnival in Malta has been celebrated since

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Heritage-Inspired Maltese Jewellery

  • Feb 12, 2022

Despite its small size, Malta is full of creatives, designers and innovators. Many are pushing the boundaries and making a splash internationally. However, there are a few designers who have turned their focus inwards and now design Maltese heritage-inspired jewellery. Here are some of the top Maltese heritage-inspired jewellery brands.   MVintage It is safe to say that MVintage spearheaded the

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3 Recently Released Maltese Movies To Watch

  • Feb 4, 2022

In the film industry, Malta is mostly known as a stand-in for Middle Eastern or North African countries. However, not many filmmakers try to explore Malta and its rich and often complicated culture and history. That is, until recently.  Films such as Limestone Cowboy (2016) and Simshar (2014) ushered in an era of high-quality Maltese films that shed light on

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5 Quaint Villages to Visit in Malta

  • Jan 29, 2022

If you visit Malta, you should definitely stay in Valletta. This is because the capital is just a stone's throw away from tonnes of other picturesque villages worth visiting. Here are 5 quintessentially Maltese villages that you should add to your travel list.  Mdina & Rabat Mdina - also known as the "Silent City" - is Malta's ancient capital city.

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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 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.