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Popeye Village Viewpoint in Anchor Bay, Malta – Complete Guide

Popeye Village Viewpoint in Anchor Bay, Malta – Complete Guide

A quick travel guide to the picturesque Popeye Village viewpoint in Anchor Bay, Malta. Witness one of the best sunset viewpoints near Mellieha Bay overlooking the iconic Popeye Village Theme Park.

With its dramatic cliff-lined coast and panoramic inlets, Malta is a prime Mediterranean island for chasing sunset viewpoints. While most tourists visit the Popeye Village (Sweethaven Village) to explore the theme park built around the 1980 Robin Williams Movie, let me convince you to visit Anchor Bay for one of the best sunset locations in Malta!

Sunset at anchor bay, malta
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By Olly Gaspar, full-time traveler & adventure photographer for 6 years with 700+ published travel guides. I visit every place I write about & share real tips from what I learn.

Where is Popeye Village & Anchor Bay?

Popeye Village is located in a small, picturesque inlet known as Anchor Bay, on the northwest coast of Malta island. This bay is located approximately 10-15 minutes drive from the village of Mellieħa (Għadira Bay). This is just north of the famous Golden Bay and Gnejna Bay beaches, two of the best beaches in Malta.

I've pinned the exact location of the Anchor Bay sunset viewpoint below to help you find it.

Map of anchor bay in malta
Girl at anchor bay sunset viewpoint
Anchor Bay Sunset Viewpoint near Popeye Village
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How to get to the Popeye Village Viewpoint in Anchor Bay

The best way to explore all the hidden gems in Malta is to rent your own car. The best place to do so is to rent a car at Malta International Airport. Remember to compare prices for car rentals in advance using DiscoverCars or RentalCars.com as these sell out very quickly in the busy summer season.

Once you have your own set of wheels, make your way to the narrow one-way road called Triq tal-Prajjet, in the northwest of the island. This road leads directly to an adequately sized car park right next to the Popeye Village Viewpoint. If you want to explore the Popeye Village theme park (official film set), then you can walk around the bay into the town.

Popeye village at anchor bay, malta

Malta Tour to Popeye Village

For travelers wanting to make the most of their time on the island, I recommend booking the widely popular Malta Catamaran Trip, which includes a visit and a swim at Popeye Village in Anchor Bay.

These boat trips visit Anchor Bay last, which is great to catch the afternoon sunset. During the day, you'll also stop at:

  • Blue Lagoon
  • Crystal Lagoon
  • Għajn Tuffieħa Bay

These trips depart from Bugibba, which is perfect if you are staying here or in the popular hotel districts of Saint Paul's Bay, Pembroke, or St Julians.

Malta blue lagoon
Popeye village in malta

Anchor Bay & Popeye Village By Public Transport

Alternatively, travelers can reach Anchor Bay by bus routes 41 and 42 from Valletta, 222 from Sliema, 221 from Bugibba, or route 101 from Mellieħa Bay.

About Anchor Bay

While the Popeye Village is the most popular tourist attraction in this inlet, the bay itself is also a great place to visit. The edges of this narrow inlet are surrounded by rocky slopes forming a sheltered area to swim in the beautiful green-blue clear water or relax on the rocky beach.

There's also a water trampoline at the base of the inlet. However, this is only accessible to those who visit the Popeye's Village attraction.

Additionally, for scuba divers, there's a popular shore dive site here known as Scorpion Cave, a large cavern with a wide entrance. This is one of the best dive sites on the island. The Scot Craig is also another small wreck dive located approximately 500 meters from Anchor Bay's Entry.

Anchor bay malta

Fun Fact: Anchor Bay is named after a large anchor and enormous chain submerged in the depths of the bay. However, this is too deep for snorkelers and only visible by scuba diving, though it is an easy dive site (shore dive).


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My Experience at the Popeye Village Viewpoint at Anchor Bay

We sat at the rocky hillside opposite the Popeye Village for an hour enjoying one of the most breathtaking sunsets in Malta that we'd experienced so far. During this warm summer evening, the sun set directly beside the steep slope on the rocky outcrop at the side of the bay.

This was the perfect place to wind down and since the viewpoint itself is not a very popular place, we enjoyed the good weather and relaxing vibes all to ourselves.

Below I've included some of the photos from my visit to the Anchor Bay sunset viewpoint, I hope you make it here yourself!

Sunset on malta island
Haylea brown watching a sunset on the maltese coast
Popeye village movie set in anchor bay
Sunset on the mediterranean sea off the coast of malta

Popeye Village - The popeye Movie Set

Popeye is a classic cartoon series popularized by comic strips in the 1930s. The Popeye Movie is a very famous film directed by Robert Altman and starring Robin Williams as Popeye, and Shelley Duvall as Olive Oyl.

This movie set still exists as it was in the musical today at Anchor Bay Malta. And, visitors can explore the pirate-themed park for a small entrance fee at one of the most attractive bays in Malta

The main attractions in the village include:

  • Explore the open-air museum comprising the whole set of Sweethaven Village
  • Popeye's Cabin (a highlight of the Popeye Village film set)
  • Santa's toy town (a unique attraction for young children)
  • Food outlets
  • Silversmith demonstrations
  • Puppet show & small amusement park
  • Mini-golf course
  • Small water park with water sports and sea trampoline
  • Other seasonal events
Popeye village film set in malta

Where to Stay in Malta

Travelers will find a broad variety of accommodation types, from 5-star resorts to traditional terraced boutique hotels scattered all over Malta's islands. However, the most popular neighborhoods to base yourself in Malta include Valletta, Sliema & St Julian's, Mellieħa Bay, and Gozo Island.

To save you time searching, make sure to check out my comprehensive guide to where to stay in Malta, or this guide to Gozo's Best Boutique Hotels. In a rush? Below are the top four options based on location, reviews, and my personal experience.

1926 hotel & spa sliema

1. 1926 Hotel & Spa Sliema

This amazing 4-star luxury facility in Sliema offers Mediterranean Sea views & a rooftop infinity swimming pool. Easy access to the ferry terminal running to Gozo & Valletta.

Iniala harbour house bedroom suite with large window and painted walls

2. Iniala Harbour House Valletta

Perched atop Valletta's stunning St Barbara Bastion, this incredible boutique experience offers stunning views of the Grand Harbour & the Three Cities from traditional Maltese balconies.

Accommodation at db seabank resort + spa

3. db Seabank Resort Mellieħa

Situated just feet from the white sandy shores of Malta's longest beach, this all-inclusive hotel offers five restaurants, a fitness center, a spa, multiple pools, & a bowling alley!

Boutique hotels on gozo island malta

4. Quaint Boutique Hotel (Nadur) Gozo

A beautifully renovated boutique hotel beside the Nadur Parish Church. Find spacious balcony terraces overlooking the town square & offering a peaceful, traditional ambiance.

Travel tip: Accommodation in Malta sells out quickly, especially for the summer vacation period. This is a location where you do not want to book at the last minute!

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