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5th centenary of the first voyage around the world by Magellan and Elcano

500 years ago, true visionaries set out from Sevilla and Sanlúcar de Barrameda in Andalusia to circle the globe and discover the unknown. This incredible exploration took Fernando de Magallanes – also known as Magellan – and his fellow adventure-seeker Juan Sebastián Elcano on a voyage that was –and still is up until today– a historical milestone.

The history

In 1519, the Portuguese explorer Fernando de Magallanes and the Spanish discoverer Juan Sebastián Elcano left the ports in Sevilla and Sanlúcar de Barrameda with five ships and a crew of in total more than 230 men. Their aim: to sail to the East Indies, especially the Spice Islands, which form nowadays a part of Indonesia. Their motivation? Fame, excitement – and riches. As a young boy, Fernando served together with his brother as pages at the court of Queen Leonora in Lisbon. This is where he learned about the rivalry between Portugal and Spain regarding sea exploration and the dominance over the profitable business of spice trade. A seed was planted and growing until almost 30 years later, the dream of sailing to the Spice Islands turned into the even bigger reality of circling the whole globe.

KARISMA‘S trip to South America in honor of the occasion of the 5th centenary of the first trip around the world

Half a millennium later we had the high honor to take a trip following Magellan’s route and visit the cities were three of his ships entered the ports: Rio de Janeiro, Montevideo, Buenos Aires and Santiago de Chile. With a group of ten travel professionals, consisting of members of the Andalusian Tourism Board (Turismo Andaluz), the tourist offices of Granada, Málaga, Sevilla und Córdoba and three tour operators we were meeting local OUTGOING TRAVEL AGENCIES to showcase our products and tell them the diverse, beautiful and interesting place what we are lucky enough to call home – Andalucía.

Programms in Spain to commemorate 500 years since the first voyage around the world

Spain has various events to mark the occasion of this significant anniversary. Since 2018 and up until 2022, over 200 cultural activities take place especially in the ports where the ships set out and had a stopover: Sevilla, Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Tenerife and also Valladolid, were Magellan received the official permission for his undertakings from King Charles I of Spain. In workshops, performing acts, tours and exhibitions, the importance as well as the global impact of this unprecedented adventure will be explained and experienced.

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to organize a historical program with our experience including the places that remind the discoverers of the Americas as well as the rest of Andalusia, offering a personalized program just for your client.

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