Delfin Submarine Museum In Torrevieja
A great excursion for all the family, the Delfin Submarine Museum in Torrevieja is a unique experience. Located at Torrevieja’s inner harbour, the museum is an actual submarine that was donated to the town hall of Torrevieja when it was taken out of service. The submarine received it’s flag of combat in the port of Torrevieja in 1974 and after all these years has found the perfect resting place. The Delfin has been expertly restored and carefully looked after since it first opened as a museum in May 2004. There are many popular museums in Alicante but the Delfin, which is the Spanish word for Dolphin has to be among the most unusual.
Delfin Submarine Characteristics
The Delfin is a Daphne S-61 class submarine measuring just under 58 metres in length and 6.8 metres at it’s widest point where it housed it’s torpedo’s and stabalising equipment. When in operation the Delfin could remain submerged for up to a month and could travel at a top speed of 15.5 knots for 4,500 nautical miles without refueling. The official crew consisted of 56 submariners having to share extremely compact bunks, bathrooms and working areas which after so many days submerged became maddeningly claustrophobic and very smelly !! In the Spanish navy, due to the compact size of the S-61 class sub, there was a maximum height limit for submariners of 1,7 metres. Upon seeing the mass of cables and wires lining the interior of the sub, visitors to the Delfin will be reminded of the amount of progress that has been made in telecommunications in the 40 odd years since the Delfin first sailed.
Opening Times & Prices
The Delfin Submarine Museum Torrevieja has a very reasonable entrance fee of 2€. The normal opening hours are Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 2pm. The museum is closed on rainy days and festival days.