La Rabida Monastery, Isla Canela

La Rabida Monastery, Isla Canela

La Rabida monastery in Palos de la Frontera, Isla Canela was constructed in 1412 on the site of a Moorish stronghold. Rabida is an Arabic word meaning fortress. Its Moorish influences can still be seen in its Mudejar architecture including the fine cloister. Since the beginning of the thirteenth century the Franciscan Friars have been present in this area.

The monastery has witnessed one of the most significant events in the history of humanity the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus. La Rabida is where Columbus stayed between 1491-92 waiting for financial backing from the Catholic Monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella.

The monastery surrounded by magnificent botanical gardens full of exotic plants is worth visiting for its museum detailing the discovery of the New World and life of Christopher Columbus. Also worth seeing are the murals in one of the monastery’s rooms that depict Columbus’slife, which were painted in the 1930s. Located on Diseminado De la Rábida, west of La Rábida.

Opening Times

Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00-13:00hrs and 16:00-18:15hrs Winter

Sundays and Holidays, 10:45-13:00hrs and 16:00-18:15hrs Winter

Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00-13:00hrs and 16:00-19:00hrs Summer

Sundays and Holidays, 10:45-13:00hrs and 16:00-19:00hrs Summer


Individual, 3.00 euros.

Children up to 5 years FREE.

Family, 7.00 euros.

Groups of more than 20 1.50 euros.