Anchor Bay is a small bay located approximately one km west of the village of Mellieha, which was named after the countless anchors which have been found in the bay. Nowadays it’s mostly known for Popeye Village, which was used as the set for the 1980 Hollywood musical Popeye, starring Robin Williams as Popeye.
The bay itself is quite isolated and not very popular, either with locals or tourists. Water is clear though and sea conditions are usually adequate for swimming. It’s an even better location for divers, because of the many caves. Although not famous for it, it might give snorkelers a good chance to spot some fish.
To reach Anchor bay, suppose you’re coming from the southern part of the island of Malta, head toward Gozo. Before you reach Mellieha, just make a left turn, following the “Popeye village” sign. Keep on going from about 10 minutes, till you get to the Popeye village. The way to Anchor Bay is pretty straightforward, hard to miss it. Otherwise, by bus, just take route 441 from Mellieha Bay; buses run every hour and operate from 10.00 am till 5.00 pm, from Monday to Saturday.