Anchor Bay (Malta) - Anchor Bay (Malta)

Anchor Bay
Anchor Bay with Popeye Village

Anchor Bay with Popeye Village

Waters Mediterranean Sea
Landmasse Republic of Malta , Island of Malta
Geographical location 35 ° 57 ′ 36 ″ N , 14 ° 20 ′ 23 ″ O Koordinaten: 35 ° 57 ′ 36 ″ N , 14 ° 20 ′ 23 ″ O
Anchor Bay (Malta)
Anchor Bay
width 210 m
depth 370 m
Greatest water depth 12 m

The Anchor Bay (German: anchor bay) is a bay in the northwest of the island of Malta . It is located about two kilometers west of Mellieħa . In 1979, the film Popeye was shot here.

History of the bay

The name of the bay comes from the many Roman anchors that were found here on the bottom of the bay. Some of them are now in the Maritime Museum in Vittoriosa . [1]

Pier in the Bay, Popeye Village to the right

Until the late 1970s, Anchor Bay was a quiet and tranquil place that was only known to a small group of divers and locals. Then the backdrop town Popeye Village was created here , which the director Robert Altman had built in 1979 for the Popeye film The Seemann with the Hard Blow as a romantic pirate village Sweethaven with wooden houses and boardwalks . [2] The place is for today amusement park rebuilt. After two fires, Popeye Village was rebuilt in the same style.


Anchor Bay is a popular spot for diving and snorkeling. In the bay is the Scorpion Cave , a cave about 8 meters deep and a small shipwreck is at the entrance to the bay. [3] The bay is surrounded by steep walls, in the middle is an old concrete pier, to which a road leads from the southern side of the bay. From here you can easily reach the water via a ladder.

Individual evidence

  1. Anchor Bay Malta, A small picturesque bay to the west of Mellieha
  2. Sweethaven – die Filmstadt
  3. Diving in the north west of Malta at dive site Anchor Bay or Popeye Village


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