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The galleon Andalucía open for visitors in La Línea this weekend

Spanish galleons were among the nation's largest ships.
Spanish galleons were among the nation's largest ships. / SUR
  • The ship is a replica of a 17th-century Spanish galleon that facilitated Spanish trade with the Philippines and the Americas

In the early hours of Tuesday moring, the galleon Andalucía left the port of Alicante bound for La Línea de la Concepción. The ship arrived in the Puerto Deportivo Alcaidesa Marina will arrive on Thursday morning, and will remain there until Sunday.

The ship is a replica of a Spanish galleon which for over three centuries traversed the Caribbean, the Atlantic and the Pacific, uniting continents and cultures and transporting fantastic merchandise from all corners of the globe.

This 55-metre galleon will return from its world tour and visit La Línea for the first time, putting an end to a voyage which it began last spring.

The ship is made of iroko and pine wood, has five decks and its sails have a surface area of nearly 1000 square metres.

A floating museum of Spanish maritime culture, this ship travels the world to spread word of its special history.

The ship requires a team of highly trained crew to sail.

The ship requires a team of highly trained crew to sail. / SUR

The vessel has already travelled over 50,000 nautical miles via oceans and seas around the world, including the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian Ocean, Chinese Sea, the Caribbean and the Mediterranean.

It recently returned to Spain from the United States and Canada, where it had visited the entire east coast, the Great Lakes and more than 70 cities.

During its stay in La Línea, the Andalucía will be open to the public from 1 to 4 February. Visitors will gain a unique opportunity to view the vessel, learn about life aboard, the way its sails work and even what to do in the case of a pirate attack.