Muelle de las Carabelas, Isla Canela

Muelle de las Carabelas, Isla Canela

The Wharf of the Caravels is a museum in Palos de la Frontera in the province of Huelva, Isla Canela autonomous community of Andalusia, Spain. Its most prominent exhibits are the life size replicas of Christopher Columbus’s boats for his first voyage  in 1492 to the Americas.

The caravels are the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa María.  These were built in 1992 for the celebration of the fifth centenary of the discovery of the Americas. The replica caravels were built between 1990 and 1992 put through shakedown voyages and then in 1992 sailed the route of Columbus’s voyage.

The caravels are moored at this modern dock on the banks of the Tinto estuary. You can also see a small exhibition and a slide show relating the misadventures of the expedition. There is also a visitor centre, the medieval quarter recreated around the dock and the Island of Encuentro which attempts to recreate the indigenous culture of the island of Guanahani the first island where Christopher Columbus disembarked on the 12th of October 1492, and which he named San Salvador.