The replica of the sailing ship the Victoria has arrived in Malaga port and will be open to the public until the 22nd of March. The original Victoria was one of the fleet of five ships that Portuguese explorer Magellan used to complete the first circumnavigation of the world between 1519 and 1522. The Victoria was the only ship to survive the expedition and complete the 45,000 mile journey. Of the 265 men who set out on the voyage in the five ships, only 18 returned home alive. Ferdinand Magellan himself perished, killed in a battle in the Philippines on April 27, 1521.

The replica ship will be open to visitors Monday to Friday between 4pm and 8pm (school parties will be visiting the ship in the mornings). The Victoria is docked at Muelle 1 in Malaga port.

The ship is an accurate reproduction of the original and was built using oak and pine, the main difference being that modern paints and waterproofers were used for the finishing, rather than the original materials. The boat is less than 70 feet long and would have carried a crew of 45 people. Malaga port can be reached from Nerja by bus (from the bus station at the top of Nerja) or by car in under one hour.

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