Santa Maria de Colombo
When Columbus set sail for the New World in 1492, he did so on the Niña, the Pinta, and his flagship vessel, the Santa Maria. While the original Santa Maria did not survive the voyage, this recreation, built by Robert Wijntje, has been a highlight of Madeira since its debut in 1998, and welcomes visitors aboard for sailing trips.
Constructed in the small fishing village of Câmara de Lobos, the Santa Maria de Colombo aims to bring 15th-century maritime history to life. Built in time for the 1998 Expo in Lisbon, the replica vessel is based on historical documents; built from mahogany, and featuring a 72-foot (22-meter) length and 53-foot (16-meter) mast, as well as multiple sails, it makes an impressive spectacle. Visitors can admire the recreated galleon from the shore, or can even hop on board for a trip around Madeira’s southern coast.
To beat the crowds and make your sailing experience even simpler, secure your tickets online before you travel. Then, get ready to cruise along Madeira in style, and even stop for swimming breaks.
Things to know before you go
*Both a bar and a bathroom are located on board for your comfort and convenience. *Keep your eyes peeled, and bring a camera with you: many voyages on the *Santa Maria de Colombo also double as dolphin-spotting excursions. *Enjoy traditional treats as you go: local Madeira wine and honey cake are frequently offered on board.
How to get there
The Santa Maria de Colombo is located right on Funchal’s waterfront, along the city’s marina, at Loja 3; the ticket office is situated separately just steps away. The marina is only moments from central Funchal, and can be reached by taxi, by bike, by local bus services, or on foot.
When to get there
Daily tours are offered from 10:30am–1:30pm, and from 3–6pm. Book tickets online in advance to simplify your experience and guarantee your access to this in-demand attraction.
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