The Santa Eulàlia pailebote is a restored ship from 1918 that is part of the fleet of the Maritime Museum of Barcelona. It is docked in the Moll de la Fusta of Port Vell and you can visit to know its characteristics and discover how its navigators lived on the long journeys.
A pailebote is a sailboat similar to schooners, whose design allows it to reach a higher speed. Its name comes from the English pilot's boat, because of its speed and good maneuverability it was used by the English port practitioners during the second half of the 19th century.
From Alicante to America and from scrapping to Barcelona
The Santa Eulàlia pailebote, which is one of the oldest sailboats in the Mediterranean that still sails, was completed in 1918 at a shipyard in Torrevieja (Alicante). During the XVIII-XIX centuries the pailebotes were very common ships in the Mediterranean. The pailebote Santa Eulàlia, initially called Carmen Flores and which was later renamed in Barcelona as Santa Eulalia in honor of the city's co-patron saint, went to trade with America. Later it served as a vessel for trade in the Mediterranean and as a support vessel for underwater tasks. In 1997, the Maritime Museum of Barcelona, when it was about to be scrapped, bought it to include it in the Museum's collection. Since its recovery, the pailebote Santa Eulàlia has become one of the symbols of the city of Barcelona and its ambassador worldwide.
Opening hours 2023
November to March:
- From Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
- Saturdays: from 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
- Closed on non-holiday Mondays
April to October:
- From Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
- Saturdays: from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
- Closed on non-holiday Mondays and from July 11 to August 29 for maintenance.
The boat is not accessible to people in wheelchairs.
If you visit the Barcelona Maritime Museum, keep in mind that the visit to the Santa Eulàlia pailebote is included in the ticket.
Tickets are purchased at the box office.