Museo Naval

Santa Cruz de la Palma

Gaze north across leafy Plaza de la Alameda and you may think Christopher Columbus’ ship, the Santa María, became stranded here. This is actually the city’s painted concrete naval museum where you can peruse magnificent model ships, marine-related exhibits and other maritime displays and snippets of seafaring history. A combined ticket (€7) with the Centro de Interpretación de La Bajada is available.

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