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!
- Where is Popeye Village & Anchor Bay?
- How to get to the Popeye Village Viewpoint in Anchor Bay
- About Anchor Bay
- My Experience at the Popeye Village Viewpoint at Anchor Bay
- Popeye Village – The popeye Movie Set
- Where to Stay in Malta
- More Malta Travel Guides & Adventure Inspiration
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.
I’ve pinned the exact location of the Anchor Bay sunset viewpoint below to help you find it.
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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.
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.
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.
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 we’d seen so far in Malta. 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!
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
Where to Stay in Malta
While visitors will find hotels and resorts scattered all over Malta’s islands, the most popular neighborhoods to base yourself in Malta include Valletta, Sliema & St Julian’s, Mellieħa Bay, and Gozo Island.
Travelers also have a broad variety of accommodation types, from 5-star resorts to traditional terraced boutique hotels. To save you time searching, below are the four best accommodation picks for Malta, based on location, reviews, and my personal experience.
- St Julian’s & Sliema Area: The Hilton
This is Malta’s premiere resort, located at the heart of the picturesque Portomaso Marina. This is a great pick if you’re trying to balance great location with utmost luxury.
- Valletta: Iniala Harbour House
Perched atop Valletta’s stunning St Barbara Bastion, this incredible boutique experience is well-regarded as one of the best accommodation options in Malta. The experience offers stunning views of the Grand Harbour and the Three Cities from traditional Maltese balconies.
- Mellieħa – db Seabank Resort
The db Seabank is well-regarded as the best resort in the calmer Mellieħa area. Situated just feet from the white sandy shores of Malta’s longest beach, this complete all-inclusive hotel offers features five restaurants, a fitness center, a spa, multiple pools, and even a bowling alley!
- Gozo – Quaint Boutique Hotel (Nadur)
Accommodation on Malta’s quieter sister island should reflect its more peaceful and traditional ambiance. This beautifully renovated boutique hotel is situated directly beside the Nadur Parish Church, with spacious balcony terraces looking over the town square.
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!
More Malta Travel Guides & Adventure Inspiration
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