In the summer of 1979, Paramount Pictures and Walt Disney Productions came together to begin a project. They sent over 160 workers and huge amounts of construction materials to Anchor Bay – a small cove on the island of Malta.
Within eight months the construction crew had created a somewhat ramshackle village which was to me the setting for the movie Popeye which was premiered in December 1981.
The film was not a particularly enduring one but the village – called Sweethaven in the movie – remains to this day.
The enterprising locals realised just what they had there – an almost ready made tourist attraction – so instead of demolishing the village or allowing it to fall into disrepair, they fixed the place up and what was once a humble film set is now billed as Popeye Village.
An added advantage was that the film construction workers had also build a breakwater to protect the village from the sea during the making of the movie and this too has helped to preserve Popeye Village and increase its benefits as a tourist attraction.
It has various tours, rides and attractions (all the a Popeye theme of course) and you can even hold your wedding there!
SEE THE VILLAGE IN THE VIDEO BELOW
SEE A CLIP FROM THE MOVIE BELOW
JJ is originally from the UK and has lived in South Florida since 1994. She is the founder and editor of JAQUO Magazine. You can connect with her using the social media icons below.