Popeye Village is a purpose-built movie set village for the Popeye film that has since been converted into a small attraction fun park. It is located at Anchor Bay Malta which is three kilometres (two miles) from Mellieha. It was originally built as a film set for the production of the 1980 musical feature film Popeye starring Robin Williams and produced by Walt Disney Productions and Paramount Pictures. Today, it is open to the public as both an open-air museum and lido.
The ViewPoint Over Popeye Village
We didn’t actually enter the park, well it was closed due to Covid-19 when we visited. But if you head to the viewpoint, you get a great view of the old movie set, and that part is free! You can also take a pleasant stroll from there down to Anchor Bay. The water was gorgeously clear when we were there.
Try this lagoon trip while in Mellieha.
History Of Popeye Village
The film set for Popeye Village took seven months to build, back in 1979. In order to create the wooden village, tree trunks logs were apparently brought in from the Netherlands, and wood shingles for the rooftops came from Canada. A construction crew of 165, from all over the world, came to build the twenty wooden structures.
For those fascinated with useless facts like myself – eight tonnes of nails were used in construction and 2000 gallons of paint used to paint the houses.
A 200-250 foot breakwater at the mouth to Anchor Bay also needed to be built to protect the movie set from high seas during the shooting of the film.
Filming began on the 23rd of January, 1980.
We have watched a little bit of the movie, just to say to each other, ‘Ooh, I recognise that place!’
What Was The Movie About?
The film Popeye was based on the comic strips by E. C. Segar. It is set in the fictional village of Sweethaven, where Popeye the sailor arrives in search of his long-lost father.
The film had mixed reviews; we haven’t seen enough of the movie yet to make our own decision.
What Is There To Do At Popeye Village?
There are shows, a cinema, rides and museums, and play areas where children can climb and explore the village. You can also get to meet the main characters from the show such as Popeye, Olive Oyl, Wimpy and Bluto. There are also a few restaurants (wonder if spinach is on the menu?) and a place to sunbathe and swim.
Fancy Getting Married At Popeye Village?
If you want to get married at Popeye Village, it can be arranged. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. We’d love to see photos!
Opening Hours For Popeye Village
Spring (March -June) 9:30am-5.30pm
Summer (July-August) 9.30am-7.00pm
Autumn (September -October ): 9.30am-5.30pm
Winter (November to February): 9.30am-4.30pm
How Much Does It Cost To Enter Popeye Village?
For up to date prices and packages, check their website here.
How To Get To Popeye Village
If driving, head towards Mellieha and follow the signs to Anchor Bay and Popeye Village. There is a gravel car park with plenty of parking spaces, and it is wheelchair accessible. Check available options for hiring a car in Malta here.
The Popeye Village film set can also be reached by bus. Take any of the following buses to Mellieha Bay (Ghadira) or Cirkewwa: X1, X1A, 41, 42, 49, 101, 221, 222 or 250. From Ghadira Bay take bus number 101 to Mgarr which stops just outside the entrance to Popeye Village.
Is Popeye Village Worth A Visit?
If you’re in the area and interested in old movie sets, the view from the viewpoint is worth it.
We didn’t visit the site itself, because 1) it was closed and 2) neither of us are that keen on amusement parks and it does seem a little overpriced and touristy.
Want To Spend A Little Longer Around Mellieha?
If you fancy spending a little longer in this part of Malta, why not check out some of the hotels in the area?
However, if you have been there, what did you think? Please let us know in the comments below.
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