The replica of the Nao Victoria will be docked in Benalmádena until Sunday 14 November. / sur

The Nao Victoria docks in Benalmádena

The replica of the historical ship, the first to sail around the world, is currently touring different ports to mark the 500th anniversary of that remarkable voyage

Tony Bryant

A replica of the Nao Victoria, the first ship to sail around the world, will be docked in Benalmádena until Sunday 14 November to allow visitors to experience life onboard the historical sailing vessel.

The original Nao Victoria, commanded by Juan Sebastian Elcano, left Seville in 1519 and returned to the same city in 1522, after circumnavigating the globe for the first time in history.

The replica, which arrived in the Puerto Marina on Thursday, will stop off as part of the tour to celebrate the fifth centenary of the first round the world trip. It has already visited more than 25 cities as part of a programme of activities that the Nao Victoria Foundation is carrying out with the collaboration of the city council of Seville.

The ship was built in Spain in 1991 after a long process of historical research was carried out. Since its construction, the ship has already sailed more than 26,000 nautical miles, making important cultural tours through hundreds of ports in the US and Europe.

During its stay in Benalmádena, the public will be able to tour its decks and learn about the amazing adventure that its sailors experienced 500 years ago, facing an immense journey of more than three years full of dangers and difficulties.

Visitors will also be able to go down into the hold, and learn about the experiences of the young crew that today continues to sail through seas around the world.

The ship can be visited between 10am and 7pm. Tickets cost five euros (three euros for children under ten), while a family ticket costs 13 euros.

All the relevant sanitary measures will be adopted, such as the mandatory use of masks for both the public and the crew.