Caravela Boa Esperança
Meet the Portuguese Discoveries in real environment
Was in Algarve where the first caravels departed in the age of the discoveries and it was here that Prince Henry invented the triangle vessels used by the Portuguese in the exploitation of the oceans. The Latin caravel, also known as the Prince Henry (Infante Dom Henrique) caravel, or Discovery Caravel. The ship was a Moorish origin ship chosen by Prince (Infante) D. Henrique for is adventures.
Today, the Caravela Boa Esperança, a near replica of the caravel of Discovery, is a tourist attraction
that, as in times past, promotes the Algarve and the country by land from overseas. Made of wood by specialists who comply with the rules of shipbuilding in the fifteenth century, adding some comfort and security, the caravel sails bearing the symbol of the Latin Cross of Christ and the arms of the Infant in the main mast.
The Good Hope Caravel (Caravela da Boa Esperança) is for training in the art of sailing, participation in trials and other nautical events and the investigation of the behavior and operation of the old caravels. Launched in the water on 28 April 1990, has traveled over 75,000 miles on visits to ports in northern Europe and the Mediterranean, and in 1992, presided over the completion of the Great Race of the North Atlantic to commemorate the 5th. Hundredth anniversary of the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus.
In late 2002, during the celebrations of the anniversary of the death of Infante Dom Henry took a trip
to Ceuta to relive the early Portuguese expansion and the conquest this North Africa Square, by an armade force led by the Prince in 1415. It also participates in major races of sailing and receive a regular program of school visits.
After 15 years, the caravel continues to travel thousands of nautical miles per year and participate in entertainment events in the region, taking as an asset for the promotion of the Algarve, attracting the curiosity of tourists and the general public, that can climb aboard to learn about the past glories of the discoveries.