Visit Nao Victoria: First ship to circumnavigate the world

If you are one of those with interest in history you might find interesting visiting the port of Malaga over the next few days. Between the 26th and 30th of May there will be a full-size replica of the Nao Victoria, a ship captained by Magellan which circumnavigated the world for the first time.

The ship is visiting the ports of Spain and Europe:

  • The ship will be at Pier 1 in the port of Malaga, from 17th to 21th November.

About Nao Victoria

This ship is a replica of the one that made the first circumnavigation of the world in the early sixteenth century. It was an 85 tonne ship with a capacity for 42 crew built in Spain in 1991; in 2004 it repeated the achievement of going around the world from the port of Seville as the first time.

Between 2004 and 2006 the ship visited 17 countries, being the first time that a historical replica circumnavigated the earth.

Nao Victoria sailing

The ship has been built using documentation from those years and materials similar to the original. This ship has participated in several audiovisual productions for film and television.

Of a crew of 260 only 18 returned to Seville. Many deserted and other died during this expedition.

History of the ship

The original ship was a carrack or nao built at a shipyard in Gipuzkoa. By the beginning of the 16th century, the aim of this and other ships captained by Magellan was to find a shorter route to Asia. The initial group consisted of 5 Spanish ships: Santiago, San Antonio, Trinidad, Concepcion and Victoria; after 3 years of sailing they found the Strait of Magellan, before reaching their destination only two ships were left.

Only the last of the ships (Nao Victoria) was able to get back. The crew had no better luck, and even Magellan himself and other 8 died after attacking 1500 Philippine warriors with just 49 crew members.

Of a crew of 260 only 18 returned to Seville. Many deserted and other died during this expedition.

Juan Sebastian Elcano replaced the captain after he died. On September 8, 1522, Nao Victoria arrived to Seville with a shipload of spices with a greater value than the original fleet.

Map of the first trip around the worldThis adventure proved the circumference of the earth and marked the beginning of a great trade explosion between Europe, Asia and the Americas.

The original Victoria ship disappeared when sailing from Antilles to Seville in 1570.

More information

If you have further interest you can read ‘First trip around the globe’; a first person experience written by Antonio Pigafetta. This crew member of the Victoria ship also wrote more books you can read for free: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/author/41908

To download ‘First trip around the globe’  in Kindle, Epub and other formats in Spanish:
http://www.archive.org/stream/primerviajeentor00piga

Unique activity in the Port of Malaga

In addition to visiting the interior of the ship during the days while at the port of Malaga, the more adventurous can join the crew. Discover what it was like to sail in a single 2-day.

The price from Malaga on 31st May with arrival on 2nd June in Puerto Sherry in Cadiz is 200€.

If you only want to visit the Victoria ship the prices are the following for a self-guided tour:

Price per adult: 4€
Family voucher for 2 adults and 3 children: 10€
Children from 5 to 10 years old: 2€

The timetable is from 10:00 to 8:00 pm, from 17 to 21 November.

The visit is unlimited in time and you can take as many photos or videos as you want.

Meet this and other historic ships

The Victoria Foundation has other historic ships that visit other european ports.  https://www.fundacionnaovictoria.org/

The Galleon

It was a larger capacity vessel to trade between Spain and the new world after the discovery of Columbus. It could transport up to 150 people

From 17 to 21 October from 10 am to 8 pm at the Real Club Marítimo de Melilla.

Nao Santa Maria

A replica of one of the most popular 15th century ships; the original was used during the discovery of America by Columbus after leaving the port of Palos de la Frontera in Huelva.

From 6 to 14 October at the Malaga Maritime Festival from 10 to 8pm.

My thoughts

I have visited this one or a similar ship during my childhood during a school excursion and it is a nice and recommended experience. It is amazing how they could survive for years in such a small ship while crossing the ocean.

If you are in Malaga it is worth stopping by the port and enjoying a unique opportunity to learn a little more about our past. Especially recommended for children.

Raúl G.T

Raúl G.T

Developer and content editor at Malagaweb.com
Travel blogger, web developer and content editor. Author of many of the travel guides and tips available online about Andalucia, Malaga and Spain.
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