LA RABIDA Y EL MUELLE DE LAS CARABELAS

A few days ago we went on an excursion to Huelva and among other places we visited La Rábida, in Palos de la Frontera, where the Monastery and the Muelle de las Carabelas are located, two essential places to visit if you are interested in discovering the new world, the history, navigation or knowing those curious little corners that our land keeps.

And it is that around here we are great lovers of the neighboring province and it is we propose to change what is said so much that "in Huelva there is nothing to see". There is so much to see, and so much to discover in this province: its gastronomy, the mountains, caves, mines and corners with history such as this unique interpretation center in the world, the place from which Columbus left for the new world.

La Rábida is well signposted by road and very close to Seville, it can be reached by car and has good parking, all accessible and well prepared. In the complex you can visit the Ibero-American Forum, where there are usually concerts and other events. A beautiful Botanical Garden and also the Monastery of Santa María de la Rábida and El Muelle de las Carabelas.

The Monastery is a jewel from the 15th century, Gothic-Mudejar and currently belonging to the Franciscans. Interesting are the rooms decorated with frescoes by Daniel Vázquez Díaz, the cloister and the museum, where many objects commemorating the Discovery of America are kept. In the church is the image of the Virgin of the Miracles. It is a Gothic-style sculpture, dating from the 13th century, made of alabaster. Christopher Columbus stayed there for years before leaving for the New World, when he was still preparing his project. Martín Alonso Pinzón is buried here, since he died a few days after returning from the first Columbian trip. Likewise, upon the return of one of their conquest expeditions, Hernán Cortés, Gonzalo de Sandoval and Francisco Pizarro arrived at this Franciscan monastery also. For these reasons, it is an outstanding part of the historical and artistic itinerary known as the Columbian Places.

On the Pier, say that it is an perfect tour for children and adults.

Throughout 1992 all kinds of celebrations were held as a result of the V Centenary of the discovery of America. Among them, Spain made a reproduction of the ships in which Christopher Columbus, the Pinzón from Palos de la Frontera and the rest of the expedition, sailors from the area such as the Niño de Moguer, made the voyage of discovery of America. The three ships were part of the Universal Exhibition of Seville and two years later it was decided to open this center in Palos de la Frontera and build the rest of the dock with the "Isla del Encuentro", the Medieval Quarter or port and the interesting interpretation and audiovisual center where they explain numerous curiosities and you can see fascimiles of some letters from Columbus to the Catholic Monarchs, learn how the trips that marked a before and after in world history were prepared, began and ended.

The best thing, in addition to learning about history, is the interactive part of the visit, since you can go up to the two Caravels and the Nao, get to know what the ships were like and be surprised by their small size, enter in Colón's cabin, in the cellars ( not currently due to COVID19 regulations) and take photos with the notaries and cooks. See what they brought to eat, where they slept and other curiosities. As I said, ideal for families and enjoyable at any age, in addition, the entrance costs between € 1.50 and € 3.60 so it is affordable for any pocket.

An excursion that is well worth it, fun and enjoyable. If you want to do it with Sevilla4Real and that we explain many curiosities of the time, do not hesitate to write to us at info@sevilla4real.com or at 628 190 516.