Welcome to Popeye Village on Malta. The avid reader of this blog knows, that we are off-season travellers; not always by choice. So, this was the attraction in fall last year. While it was a wee bit windy, as you can see, Malta is worth the visit any time of the year and chances are, the weather is still nicer than in most of Europe. Welcome abroad!
Popeye Village – The Area
Sweethaven Village is an original film set. It is located on the west coast of Malta at Anchor Bay, approximately 3 km from Mellieħa. In 1979 construction started for the Robert Altman movie Popeye, starring Robin Williams and Shelley Duvall. It took seven months to finish construction. Today, Popeye Village remains a museum and tourist attraction.
The small complex is not just fun for families. Restaurants, sun lounges and an oversized play area offer fun for young and old. If you are not into crystal clear water, there is also a small pool. Keep in mind, the beach is tiny but that is true for all of them on Malta. If the weather permits you get to take a boat tour around the area. All of that for a moderate entrance fee.
Considering the movie was made in 1980, this place is still in splendid condition.
Popeye Village for Fans
For true lovers of Popeye the Sailorman the odd bits and pieces are pure gold. Vintage and retro finds, original comic strips and lots of things to learn!
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33 thoughts on “Popeye Village Malta”
Beautiful Malta and fabulous kitsch. What a beautiful stroll through one of your lovely places. Thanks !
Thank you. It is actually a lot more pretty but my photography skills are a bit meh. You’d be surprised how many odd places are near your doorstep if you start looking 😉 But yeah, this stuff makes me so happy!
I love the sea scenes. What a fun place to visit! Did the restaurants serve various spinach dishes? 😀
Ha, that’s a good question 😉 There was a proper seafood place where they cook your fish just to your liking, a pretty nice burger place and one outside diner with indoor playground … No special spinach dishes though.
You would have loved the sea!!!
Thank you Luisa! I was hoping some blue sky lifts the spirits
A joy to see these pics, and the comic ads and publicité is a real treat too. I love the ramshackledness of this place, reminds me of an attraction in my region in France called O.K. Corral – a far west theme park that’s been going for ages. Thanks for sharing 🙂
Hey there, thanks. I looked up O.K. Corral and it looks amazing! Same mixed reviews as Popeye Village though, which is a bit of a shame. You kinda know what you signed up for with these quirky little places.
Indeed, anyone expecting Disney has way too high expectations. O.K. Corral is cool too because you can camp if you want. Their teepees are a lot of fun. Yet to try one of the wagons or log cabins. In October they transform the park into a Halloween theme. A lot of spooky fun!
That sounds amazing! We wanted to treat our offspring to Lego Land in Germany but with entrance and flights and accomodation it kinda gets strangely unaffordable. You could easily book a 2 week holiday for that. I am always more excited about the smaller places!
A Lego Land visit would be amazing, but yeah, expensive, like when we went to Disneyland Paris – the park, hotel, food, travel to and from… it cost a bomb. Was worth it for the magic, but honestly we could have done with an extra two days to fit everything in.
Maybe we have some fine travel discounts in the near future …
This is my type of place to visit 👍🏼
Maybe in the near future there might be great travel discounts …
Love it !!!!
So often we take life too seriously.
This takes me back to those childhood comics and cartoons.
We try too hard to complicate life.
Oh for more of such whimsy.
A lovely journey. Thank you
I am happy you like it! Funny, the thought that people take themselves too seriously was one of the reasons I started my blog 😉
Laughing !!!! Yes, just think of it … I was planting spinach seedlings in the garden yesterday. Perhaps inspired by your blog. I like to think it’s easier to encourage people, inspire them through simple storytelling … laughter and shared experiences are the best medicine in times such as this :))
Thanks for the tour.
You’re very wellcome! Glad you enjoyed it 😉