The “Andalucia” was launched in 2010 and has covered over 50,000 nautical miles (92,000 kms) and has has been visited by more than one million people in more than 70 ports.
These galleons, laden with precious cargo, became a coveted prize for pirates and other raiders.
However, these Spanish cruisers of the high seas had enough firepower to fend off raiders flying the “Jolly Roger” (Skull and Cross-bones black flag).
The Andalucia is suitably armed with 10 cannons on its aptly-named cannon deck.
The Spanish naval historical organisation, the Fundacion Nao Victoria, inspired the construction of this Iroko (a hardwood) and pine wood-crafted ship which took five years from laying its keel to its sea trials.
The result was a four-masted, seven-sail, 500-ton galleon with a crew of 15-35 members.
Since 2010, the “Andalucia” has crossed the Atlantic, Indian and Atlantic Oceans as well as the Mediterranean, Aegean and Caribbean Seas, the Bosphorus and Gibraltar straits, and the Suez Canal.
In 2017, the “Andalucia” visited Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, the United States Virgin Islands, the USA, Canada and in Dec. it finally arriving back in Spain, in Malaga.
The 55 metre-long floating museum is now open to the public at Alicante. with an admission fee of 6 euros (adults) and 3 euros for children aged 5-10.
The ship will remain in port (Pier 10 -Volvo Ocean Race) between Jan. 17-28.