The Popeye Village – A Classic Film Set turned Amusement Park.

Every one of us as a kid has fancied owning a toy house which had none of the luxuries we aspire today but well stocked with our favorite soft toy characters or puppets amidst a splash of vivid and glittering colors. Would you today fancy a day frolicking around such a toy house village and its rustic whimsical aura? Then a visit to the Popeye Village is unmissable.

After exploring the Maltese capital Valletta and the old capital Mdina and its neighborhood on the first day we decided to spend the second day driving around the island of Gozo and exploring its charm. To reach Gozo one has to take a ferry from Cirkewwa ferry terminal situated at the northernmost part of Malta. Popeye Village an abandoned film set of 1980 musical film Popeye and today a popular amusement park is located around 10 minutes drive from the Cirkewwa ferry terminal. This enchanting little village has all the toy house charm to allure anyone to stop by and make a visit.

We started from Valletta. For much of the journey, we followed the sign boards to Popeye Village through the dry countryside with no signs of inhabitation or even sea.

Popeye Village

After around half an hour we spotted a hazy horizon with a stretch of the blue sea but still no glimpse of the prismatic village.

Popeye Village

Soon we found a parking for Popeye Village and parked our car. In the parking stood a small house which had a ticket counter and an information center. Just beside it was the Popeye’s boat.

Popeye Village

We sauntered around a bit before heading to the village entrance. Around the corner of the road, we drove through were a couple of people standing at the edge of the road and peering down and we thought to have a look too. And we stood spellbound and bewitched by the vistas which looked as much surreal as a fairytale.

Popeye Village

The edge of the road we stood overlooked the anchor bay. And the colorful little village of Popeye with around 20 vibrant wooden cottages perched beautifully on the slopes of the hill.

Popeye Village is also known as Sweethaven Village based on the fictional village of Sweethaven where the sailor Popeye arrives looking for his lost father. Popeye Village which is open all through the year (but with different opening times check here) is an open-air recreation center for a quality family time.

Popeye Village

Kids can have loads of fun with a myriad of activities in the water park, fun rides, puppet shows, cartoon museum, playhouses and props wears or even meet one of the favorite characters from Popeye movie.

The visitors can also hop onto one of the boats and take a 15-minute boat ride around the bay admiring the mesmerizing beauty of popeye village and its surrounding.

Popeye Village
Popeye Village
Popeye Village

And finally, do not miss the interesting documentary on the history of the construction of the film set. The documentary provides an insight into amazing facts of how a team of more than 150 crew was employed, on how the wood required in construction were trailered from Holland and imported from Canada and how around 2k gallons of paint was used and much more.

Popeye Village

To reach the Popeye Village one can take a bus from the capital city Valletta to Mellieha center or Mellieha Bay (no 41, 42, 49) and then a bus no 101 to Popeye Village.

Popeye Village

Our next stop was the Mellieha Bay, also known as Ghadira Bay, is the largest sandy beach in Malta. The shallow waters of the Mellieha Bay stretching out for a mile and the multitude of watersport activities make it one of the best beaches for the family. The waves rolling out the of the cerulean spectrum of the waters onto the golden sandy beaches punctuated with colorful umbrellas and surrounded by rocky cliffs is a spectacular view to behold.

Popeye Village
Popeye Village

The stunning paradise bay is located around a km away from the Cirkewwa ferry terminal. The small secluded beach with crystal clear water is surrounded by rugged landscape. To reach the bay one can park the car at the top of the cliff overlooking the beach and descend down through a set of stairs. The beach has wonderful views of the nearby islands of Gozo and of Comino along with various water activities including snorkeling.


We spent some time watching the scenic vistas and drove towards the ferry terminal. We were right on time and could even spot the ferry to Gozo sailing towards the terminal in the distance.

Popeye Village

Popeye Village is definitely a not to miss attraction on your visit to Malta. And the proximity to popular beaches of Mellieha Bay and Golden Bay and the prominent ferry terminal of Cirkewwa makes it much easier to add it to your bucket list. Boats from Cirkewwa ferry terminal leave for Gozo, the sister island of main island Malta and the little island of Comino, Malta’s blue lagoon.

Have you already been to the Popeye Village? Or if you are planning a trip to Malta, then do make sure you do not miss  a visit to this pretty little village of Popeye.

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13 Comment

  1. What an unusual place! Were there lots of people there checking it out, or was it a bit of a ghost town? The beaches look incredible.

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Popeye Village wasn’t crowded when we visited luckily for us 🙂 It’s a popular amusement park so definitely not a ghost town 🙂

  2. Popeyes village looks very cool. The colour of the water in the bay is almost too good to be true. Sounds like a great way to spend a day in Malta.

  3. Woah, I’ve never even heard of Popeye village before right now! Such a cool looking place, and the colour of that water is amazing!

  4. Popeye Village looks so cool, love how it is set in mountainside along the Ocean and the beaches looks wonderful too! It so colorful and pretty! what a treasure to find such a beautiful spot!

  5. Popeye Village looks so serene and surreal, and the color of the water is gorgeous under the sun.The documentary of the construction history sounds very interesting. What a great joy to spend your day there!

  6. Wow, I totally thought the set was taken down… and I had no idea it was in Malta! Thank you for sharing this. A bizarre gem!

  7. Tami says: Reply

    I couldn’t NOT read this post! Your pin was so attractive, and I had never heard of the Popeye Village before. What a fun read, and amazing photos!

  8. I never would have guessed that there is a popeye village in Malta? That was one of my favourite shows when I was little and a big reason why I still love spinach 🙂 I will make sure to visit it when I’m there looks like a lot of fun!

  9. Joanna says: Reply

    Popeye’s Village was on my plan on places to visit during my recent trip to Malta but in the end I didn’t make it there. It looks really pretty and it’s so great that after they finished filming the movie they just left the entire set there for people to visit. I know that a lot of movies have been filmed in Malta but none except Popeye left any traces behind them.

  10. I think it is very unique to see an abandoned set on location. Popeye was such cool story that it is no surprise the interest in a themed amusement park would take off. The scenery there looks breathtaking as well. I will be sure to include a trip to the Popeye village if I get to Malta.

  11. OmniyaFareed Shafik says: Reply

    One of the things I love when I’m traveling is discovering extraordinary places and popeye village in Malta is one of them. Glad you had fun x

  12. Popeye Village is such a fun place. The real kids and the kid-in-each-individual will totally love to spend some time here.

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