"Popeye Village Malta has grown from its days as a Film Set of the 1980 Musical Production 'Popeye' into one of the major tourist attractions on the Maltese Islands filled with a number of colorful fun activities for all young and young at heart. Open all year round we guarantee an enjoyable visit to all of our guests. "- Popeye Village
Oh, I'm Popeye the Sailor Man, I'm Popeye the Sailor Man. I'm strong to the finich Cause I eats me spinach. I'm Popeye the Sailor Man
Since moving to Malta, I'm yet to explore the island further, although it's an extremely small island and you can literally drive around in two hours.
Popeye - Trailer
My brother in his girlfriend were over for a long week to visit and explore the island, this being the first time they've ever been to Malta as well. The first few days of them being here with torrential rain and thunderstorms which were absolutely unreal.
The only thing I really wanted to do was go to "Popeye Village". Triq Tal-Prajjet, Il-Mellieħa.
What an experience.. to say the least, costing €12.50 entry fee and considering it wasn't in peak season it wasn't extremely busy, within the entry ticket you get a boat ride access (Be plan ahead, we didn't go because of stormy seas) to all information of the making and on set, punch & three photos following a freepost card.
We spent about 3 1/2 four hours there which was on real, the construction location it's absolutely breathless, and to think this is where all the action happened. Robin Williams filmed when he was 29 years old.
It's fantastic looking at the architecture and buildings to similarities within the film thinking that's where that shot was happening ,that's where that was being filmed etc. The photos, the water was absolutely clear blue, in which you were able to swim on the set which it was filmed, private beach.
Super fun day out if you're with friends and family with bars and restaurants which serve amazing super huge burgers! Fantastic trip out and definitely recommend.
Few facts on Popeye
The many sunken ships in the harbor were actually seaworthy vessels that were rented or bought and then sunk.
The makeup appliances for Robin Williams's fake forearms were not ready when filming began, so in early shots, Popeye wears a long-sleeved raincoat to hide his normal-sized arms.
The set for the town of Sweet Haven was built at Anchor Bay on the Mediterranean island of Malta. After filming, it became a popular tourist attraction.
Shelley Duvall sang all of her own songs.
Evans commissioned Jules Feiffer to write a script. In 1977, he said he wanted Dustin Hoffman to play Popeye opposite Lily Tomlin as Olive Oyl, with John Schlesinger directing
Many of the citizens of Sweet Haven, especially those who had to do some physical gags, were recruited from European circuses.
According to Parish, Robin Williams referred to this set as "Stalag Altman".
Opening Hours : Nov to Mar: 9.30 - 16.30 / Apr to Jun, Sep & Oct : 9.30 - 17.30 / Jul & Aug : 9.30- 19.00