Galleon Visits Motril

Saturday, November 24, 2018
By Martin Myall

MOT Galleon VisitMotril has received another interesting visit, this time a replica of the first ship to circumnavigate the world.

La Nao Victoria, a Spanish carrack, yesterday morning, docking on the Muelle de Poniente where it will remain until the 2nd of December, so there’s plenty of time to visit it.

This carrack sailed around the world, leaving its home port in 1519 and arriving back in 1522 (three years and 14 days) under the commands of Magallanes and Elcano – a sea voyage of 78,000 kilometres (32,000 nautical miles).

The ship was built and is owned by the Fundación Nao Victoria and is completing a tour of Spanish ports to promote the coming, 500th anniversary (2019) of this historic voyage.

This is the second time, however, that Motril has received a visit from La Nao Victoria; the first visit was in 2011 and attracted hundreds of curious visitors.

When you see the ship the first thing that will strike you is how small it is to have endured such a long trip through unchartered waters as it is only 26 metres long and seven wide, buit from pine and oak.

This replica completed its own circumnavigation of the globe between 2004 and 2006; some 26,000 nautical mies, visiting 17 countries.

Visiting hours are as follows: 10.00h to 18.30h daily, entrance price, four euros per adult and two euros for children between five and then years old. Families of two adults and three kids pay a total of ten euros.

You can buy your tickets at the foot of the gangplank or via www.fundacionnaovictoria.org.

Editorial comment: I have used both the terms ‘galleon’ and ‘carrack’ although the former was a development of the latter.

(News: Motril, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)

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