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In 1980, the production team of the musical film Popeye constructed an elaborate film set in Anchor Bay, along Malta's picturesque coast. This set was created to depict the fictional coastal town called Sweethaven which formed the backdrop of the film and where the majority of film’s action...
In 1980, the production team of the musical film Popeye constructed an elaborate film set in Anchor Bay, along Malta's picturesque coast. This set was created to depict the fictional coastal town called Sweethaven which formed the backdrop of the film and where the majority of film’s action took place. By the time filming commenced, the production team realized that the construction for the set was far more detailed and went beyond what the film required. In a stroke of genius, instead of having the film set removed, authorities decided to maintain and develop the village as a major tourist attraction, complete with a theme park with boat rides and food shops. Today the beauty of this destination lures visitors from near and far, and particularly appeals to families or groups with small children.
Here is what you can look forward to if your future travels include a trip to this destination, now known as Popeye Village. Upon entering the charming village, Popeye and his friends greet you, Santa’s elves are busy working, and water trampolines, boat rides and other beach activities are there to be enjoyed. A big draw for children is a visit to Santa’s Toy Town. There are also different activities based on the time of year: for summer, Easter, Halloween and more.
Where to stay in Malta?
Stay at the Radisson Blu Resort & Spa which is ideally located overlooking the spectacular Golden Bay beach, near Mellieha. With its own private beach for guests, this fantastic resort also boasts several amenities befitting of its five-star rating including nine on-site bars and restaurants, a 90m lagoon pool, watersports and dive centre, heated indoor pool and luxurious suites and penthouse apartments offering sensational views.
Looking for travel inspiration? Contact us at Encore Residence Club to find out how you can see the world while staying at fantastic resorts for a fraction of the cost.
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