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“Akin to "The worlds largest ball of yarn"”

Muelle de las Carabelas
Reviewed August 30, 2012

This place could have been allot more than it was. It was nice getting an idea of just how big Columbus' boats were....it allowed me to appreciate just a little more what kind of hardship came with his adventures. The boats are replicas that sit in a little man made enclosure of water. As you walk thru the ships you see a dummy here and there......Thats pretty much it. I'd give this place about 15 minutes.

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Reviewed August 2, 2012

great experience for children and lot of new info for adults. bit complicated approach by public transport, but possible

Thank Marcel6565
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Reviewed May 12, 2012

If you are at all interested in Columbus, or in sailing ships, then this is well worth a visit.

The replica ships are "moored" in an artificial lagoon, and are accessed via ramps and stairs (so there is some, limited wheelchair access). You are pretty much free to wander wherever you like on the ships, although I assume there are restrictions on climbing in the rigging.

There are a few tableaux laid out with dummies (e.g., cook at work on the Santa Maria and Columbus at his chart table) but there is no information whatsoever on the boats themselves about the various parts of the boats or what life was like on them. There is a small plaque beside each with a couple of paragraphs (in Spanish and English) about the boat, but these are weather-worn and difficult to read.

Part of the area around the boats is nicely laid out as a harbour of the time, but if you don't know much about those times then you will probably miss a lot. There are also some grass huts with rather strange tableaux of naked natives.

The museum is a bit more interesting, with various artefacts from sailing ships and information on ship-board life and Columbus's voyages, but this is all in Spanish. There is an audio-visual presentation with English subtitles.

There is also a little exhibition area above the museum, which had on show a few artefacts from Latin America at the time of our visit.

Worth a visit if you are in the area; worth travelling a bit if the subject is of interest to you; but it could be much improved with more information, attendants to show and explain how things worked, and more multi-lingual information.

2  Thank M1DXB
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Reviewed April 11, 2012

If you like history, this is something that you can't miss.
NOTE: You can get into the museum but you won't be able to get into the Carabelas if it's raining.

Thank GeorgefromToronto
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Reviewed February 29, 2012

Three small vessels, wooden, very small, that discovered the world as we know it today. If you look at those vessels, you hardly believe that such a “boat” could cross the Oceans, through stormy seas, angry oceans, and hidden reefs. Nice presentation also. Carabelas (Caravels), are “anchored” in a bay from New World, that stay in front of vessels, with some small “hut” some “working places” of indigene from new world, although, behind is the Old Continent, with some time specific artifacts. Admission is cheaper than a bag of chips, only 3, 55 euros.
If you are around, don’t hesitate. Also, one hour driving from Huelva, you’ll find a small village, Jabugo. Jamon de Jabugo is famous all over the world, for his quality. Royal houses from over the world are customers of this area. Best in the world, proudly said locals, best in the world said all those who tested the Jamon. Don’t forget to ask for a glass of Rioja. My advice, Rioja Reserva.

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