Head to Popeye Village in Malta Head to Popeye Village in Malta Travel Guides SHARE Ricky Carbis , November 4, 2014 / 1 Ever fancied travelling into one of your favourite cartoon or film sets? If you fly out to Malta with First Choice then head to Popeye Village, it’s possible. This tumbledown shanty town by the sea was the set for the live action film Popeye and its candy coloured buildings still make a striking addition to the shoreline of Mellieha, 30 years on. The village was first built in 1979, using logs shipped over from Holland. Not only were 20 houses built from scratch, but a road had to be built so supplies could reach the spot of fictional Sweethaven. Today, the village can be reached by shuttle bus from Mellieha Bay. Any day in Popeye’s village should start with a trip to Popeye’s Cabin. Meet the squinting spinach-guzzler in person, and learn about his nautical lifestyle. Then, the (teeny-tiny) world is your oyster. Take a few lessons in knot-tying and seamanship at the Nautical Schoolhouse before heading for Bluto’s House to learn more about the cinematic history of the movie. Pore over vintage Popeye comics dating back to the 60s in Popeye the Comic Museum, then hop on a boat and tour glorious Anchor Bay and take some snaps of the picturesque panorama. Back at the village, there’s a fully equipped restaurant and bar, and a giant soft play area for little ones. Older kids will probably want to relax and splash around in the lido, so make sure you bring your swimming gear or they’ll be disappointed! Play a competitive round of mini-golf, watch a cinema screening of the film itself and indulge in a little wine tasting. There are also plenty of seasonal activities to get up to beyond exploring the quaint little houses, with face painting, balloon modelling and water trampolines in fine weather. And if you visit at Christmas, and you’ll see the village transformed into a winter wonderland, with Santa’s Toy Town, an Elves’ Workshop and a Christmas parade! It’s a great place to visit with the family, and you’ll feel like you’re in a completely different world, which is exactly what getting away from it all is all about.