Sunday, 23 March 2014

Popeye Village or Sweethaven Village, Mellieha

Most of us know Popeye, Olive and Captain Bluto from cartoons but the movie "Popeye" from 1980 was recorded in Malta at Anchor Bay. Instead of using a normal set, they constructed a small town against the cliffs. When you look at Popeye Village, the blue Post Office jumps out. The role of Popeye was played by the world famous actor Robin Williams.

The set is now used as a fun park. You can reach it by car or with bus 237 from Ghadira. Driving on the narrow roads between the rough hills of Mellieha is fascinating. We frequently stopped to take of pictures of the road, dessert and sea.

What can you do in Popeye Village? Off course visiting the film set, a museum, take a boat ride, play mini golf and during the summer they inflate water attractions in the bay. This is certainly a good day trip with kids in the summer season.

De meesten kennen Popeye, Olive en Kapitein Bluto van tekenfilms maar de film "Popeye" uit 1980 werd opgenomen te Malta in Anchor Bay. In plaats van een gewone filmset op te stellen werd hier een klein dorp tegen de rotsen aangebouwd. Als je het dorp aanschouwd springt het blauwe postkantoor onmiddellijk in het oog. De rol van Popeye werd gespeeld door de wereldster Robin Williams.

De set wordt nu gebruikt als recreatiepark. Deze is bereikbaar per auto of met bus 237 uit Ghadira. Rijden op smalle wegen tussen de ruwe heuvels van Mellieha is fascinerend. We stopten regelmatig om foto's te nemen van de weg, de woestijn en de zee. 

Wat kan je allemaal beleven in Popeye Village? Vanzelfsprekend een bezoek brengen aan de film set. Er is tevens een museum, je kan er mini golf spelen, een boottochtje maken en tijdens de zomer worden er opblaasbare waterattracties in Anchor Bay opgesteld. Dit is zeker een leuk dag uitje met kinderen op een warme zomerdag. 
 
Anchor Bay Malta

Anchor Bay Malta

Anchor Bay Malta

Anchor Bay Malta

Anchor Bay Malta

Popeye Village Malta

Popeye Village Malta

Popeye Village Malta

Popeye Village Malta

Popeye Village Malta

Popeye Village Malta

Popeye Village Malta

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13 comments:

  1. The boat is adorable, I would love it for myself. I love the contrast between the blue of the sea and the blue of the sky. I suddenly feel that I must make spinach for dinner tonight.

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  2. I can just bet it was fun checking everything out too!

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  3. What fun! I'm happy to learn that about Popeye!

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  4. The village is adorable, amazing.

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  5. Nice place, the village is absolute cute. But the landscape is very dry.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  6. An amazing film set. Fun to visit .

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  7. mooie serie van deze interessante plek. Groetjes Dietmut

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  8. supermooi, de omgeving, het dorp...
    en schattige huisjes maar ze lijken me niet zo veilig

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  9. You would NEVER imagine this cute little village at the end of that road. Love the post office and the color of the sea. great shots after a bit of anticipation on that road

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  10. amazing that they built the little town for just one movie

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