How to climb aboard magnificent Spanish galleon in Plymouth

The Galeón Andalucía, an authentic replica of a 17th-century galleon, will set sail towards the shores of Plymouth, -Credit:Nao Victoria
The Galeón Andalucía, an authentic replica of a 17th-century galleon, will set sail towards the shores of Plymouth, -Credit:Nao Victoria

A "magnificent" Spanish tall ship is coming to Plymouth and is allowing visitors to climb aboard. The Galeón Andalucía, a faithful historical replica of a Spanish galleon, will set sail towards the shores of Plymouth between May 15 and 19.

It is also similar to the ships the Spanish used during the XVI to XVIII centuries, in the maritime expeditions of discovery and inter-oceanic trade between Spain, America and the Philippines of the so-called fleets of the Indies.

During its stay in Plymouth, people can climb onboard to learn more about the mighty ship Guests will learn about how she sails, what life was like on board and the history of these ships.

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The galleon currently sails the seas of the world with a young crew, who have amazing experiences on their long voyages. The visit to the Galleon consists of a self-guided walking tour.

Once on board, you are free to wander its decks, talk to the actual crew members, and contemplate dozens of interactive exhibits, videos, projections and historical documents. Photos are allowed.

Deputy Harbour Master Sean Marshall of the Cattewater Harbour Commissioners shared his enthusiasm:"It's a pleasure to be able to welcome Galeon Andalucia back to Plymouth she really is a sight to see. Vessels such as Galeon Andalucia and the Pascual Flores, were the forerunners to the modern-day cargo vessels we have entering the Harbour every day."

Accompanying Galeón Andalucía is the Pascual Flores, an original example of a “pailebote” (Spanish for pilot’s boat) which was dedicated to the export of fruit, salt and general cargo, both in Mediterranean ports and anchorages and on the North and West coasts of Africa. Pascual Flores will be moored on the floating pontoon at Cattewater Harbour.

Customers can visit the ship between 10am to 8pm on Wednesday (May 15) to Sunday (May 19) at the Barbican Landing. Tickets range from £12 for adults, children aged 5 and 10 for £6, family tickets (Two adults and up to 2 children between 5-10 years) for £30.

Children under 5 years old can visit for free, but must be accompanied by an adult. You can either buy tickets on the ship or on their website.

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