Barcelona & Catalonia

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    A much-loved tourist destination, Barcelona is also a popular venue for school tours.
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    Rooftop chimneys of La Pedrera (Casa Milà).
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    Parc Güell makes for an interesting excursion on a Barcelona school trip.
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    Barcelona's Plaça Reial.
  • Dalí Museum, Figueres - Barcelona school trip
    Beyond Barcelona, a visit to the Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figueres is thoroughly worthwhile.

All students had an amazing time on the trip and so did the staff! We managed to plan an itinerary that meant we saw the whole of Barcelona. The entire trip went smoothly, there were no problems and we will definitely be running this trip on a regular basis… We could not have asked for a better trip!LC, Limehurst Academy

Set on the shores of the Mediterranean, Barcelona represents the ideal educational tour destination, combining high art from the likes of Picasso and Miró and Gaudí’s flamboyant architecture with history, heritage and a proud Catalan culture, all perfectly topped off with a vibrant, cosmopolitan atmosphere and sightseeing opportunities galore.

Outside of the Catalan capital, there’s no shortage of suitable options for school groups, both in an educational and recreational capacity.

To the northwest there’s the mountain-top Benedictine monastery of Montserrat. To the northeast, in addition to the wonderful coastline of the Costa Brava, there’s the walled city of Girona; Figueres, dominated by its utterly unique Dalí Museum; and the thrills and spills of WaterWorld Aquatic Park.

To the southwest meanwhile there’s historical Tarragona, once the capital of Rome’s eastern Iberian province, in addition to the highly popular PortAventura, a firm favourite!

Typical Accommodation

Situated in the Old Town on the Plaça Reial is the popular, budget-friendly 1* Hotel Roma Reial, perfectly positioned for exploring the many sights of Barcelona. Rooms are simple yet comfortable and come equipped with television, telephone and en-suite bathroom. Breakfast is available in the basement dining room.

A little further out of the main centre, just beyond the Sagrada Famíia and the Torre Agbar, the Urbany BCN GO is a modern, air-conditioned hostel offering comfortable accommodation with either private en-suite rooms or (cheaper) dorms sleeping 4 – 8 guests. Facilities include unlimited use of computers and free Wi-Fi, a gym, swimming pool, common room with pool table and guest kitchen. There’s also a rooftop terrace offering superb views over the city.

Barcelona School Trip – Subject Suitability

Travel Options

  • By coach with short-sea ferry crossing from Dover to Calais, across France and then over the border into Spain and on to Barcelona (or your chosen resort).
  • By air from London or selected regional airports direct to Girona or Barcelona.

All tours will be tailor made to suit each individual group, but here are a couple of popular itineraries for a Barcelona school trip:

Sample Itinerary – 5 Days by Air

Day 1 – Direct flight from your chosen UK airport to Girona or Barcelona. Private coach transfer on arrival to your hotel and dinner.

Day 2 – Spend a full day exploring the myriad sights and sounds of Barcelona. Whilst the Ramblas and Sagrada Família are obvious essentials, visits can also be arranged according to your group’s particular focus.

Those interested in art might like to visit the Museu Picasso, the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC) or the Fondación Joan Miró. If you’d rather enjoy art in the great outdoors however, why not head to Parc Güell for more of Gaudí’s flamboyant flair, admire the 22-metre-high Miró sculpture in the Parc de Joan Miró or head for the Port Olympic to see Frank Gehry’s Peix sculpture.

For those with more of a maths or science focus meanwhile, you might prefer a tour of the Barcelona Stock Exchange or a visit to the CosmoCaixa, one of Spain’s largest museums.

Or, on a foodie theme perhaps, La Boqueria market is an absolute must. You might also like to consider visits to Papabubble sweet makers or the Jamón Experience, where you’ll learn the art of curing ham.

Day 3 – Journey to the town of Figueres, famous above all else for its fantastical Dalí museum. Then head south for a visit to the historic town of Girona with its atmospheric Old Quarter and Eiffel Bridge, before a memorable tour of the Torras chocolate factory.

Alternatively, spend another full day in Barcelona discovering more delights on offer in Catalonia’s capital.

Day 4 – A full day devoted to fun and frolics at PortAventura. Don’t forget your swimsuit and suntan lotion!

Roman Tarragona is also close by so you could consider a visit here for some additional educational emphasis.

Day 5 – Board your private coach transfer back to Girona or Barcelona airport for your return flight to the UK.

Sample Itinerary – 7 Days by Coach

Days 1 – 2 Overnight coach travel from school to arrive in resort on day 2. (The journey time from Calais is approx. 18  hours, depending on whether you stay in Barcelona or in resort).
Days 3 – 5 – As per days 2 – 4 above or choose your own programme of visits (see below for suggestions).
Day 6 – Commence your journey home after lunch.
Day 7 – Arrive school in late afternoon or evening.

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Popular Visits & Excursions

Barcelona

Sagrada Família Basilica – Gaudí’s unfinished masterpiece, this iconic basilica is indisputably Barcelona’s top visitor attraction, receiving over three million visitors every year.
La Rambla – Running from Plaça de Catalunya right down to the port, La Rambla is a vibrant boulevard packed with buskers, living statues, flowers, birds, newspaper stands and bookstalls. It’s also home to the bustling Boqueria Food Market.
Parc Güell – Situated a short distance from the city centre, this colourfully surreal park was also created by Gaudí, with its striking mosaic dragon lizard, Serpentine Bench and curved roofs with kaleidoscopic ornamental spires.
Gothic Quarter – Characterised by narrow cobbled streets and tall buildings, the Barri Gòtic dates back to the 13th – 15th centuries. Dominated by La Seu Cathedral, you’ll also find the Museu Picasso and the Palau de la Música Catalana situated here.
Museu Picasso – Barcelona’s most visited museum, the Museu Picasso features the most complete collection of Picasso’s earlier works (some 3,000 exhibits) dating from 1895 to 1904, the years in which he lived in Barcelona.
Camp Nou – Home of FC Barcelona and largest football stadium in Europe, tour the stadium and visit the museum dedicated to this phenomenally popular football club.
Casa Milà – Also known as La Pedrera, this is another of Gaudí’s distinctive buildings, particularly famous for its wave-like façade and rooftop chimneys.
G Experiència – One of Barcelona’s newest tourist attractions, take an interactive and 4D journey through the creative universe of the genius of Modernist Architecture, Antoni Gaudí.
Palau de la Música Catalana – Built in Modernist style by the architect, Lluís Domènech i Montaner, this striking concert hall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, features statues, mosaics and colourful stained-glass windows.
Museu de la Música – Situated within the Auditori, also home to the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, this museum brings together close to 500 instruments from various periods and cultures, making it one of the most important collections in Spain.
Fondació Joan Miró – Set atop Montjuïc, this museum is dedicated to the work of Barcelona-born, painter, sculptor and ceramicist, Joan Miró.
Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC) – From medieval Romanesque and Gothic to modern art, the museum focusses on art originating from Catalonia and is as impressive for its palatial setting, as it is for its collection of artworks contained within.
Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA) – Focuses on contemporary art from the 1940s to today, with a special emphasis on Catalan artists as well as foreign art movements and artists who made an impact on the local art scene.
Roman City of Barcino – You’ll find the ruins of the Roman city of Barcino situated underground in the City History Museum (MUHBA).
Temple of Augustus – Built as a place of worship for Emperor Augustus, this is situated a short distance from the City History Museum in the Gothic Quarter.
Port Vell – Discover how the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and urban renewal regenerated this once rundown and obsolete harbour into a lively and thriving yacht basin and popular Maremàgnum entertainment complex. You’ll also find the Aquarium, one of Europe’s largest, situated here.
Olympic Ring – Take a free tour of the three buildings known as the Olympic Ring: the Olympic Stadium, the Palau Sant Jordi and the Olympic Esplanade.

 

CosmoCaixa – Barcelona’s interactive science museum.
Highlights include the ‘Flooded Forest’ ecosystem, Geological Wall, the evolutionary ‘Room of Matter’ and the Planetarium.
Museum of Ideas & Innovations – Dedicated to the fascinating spectrum of invention and creativity, the MIBA’s collection is divided into three principal sections: Limitless Society, Reflectionarium, and the Corner of the Absurd.
Parc de la Ciutadella – Barcelona’s most central park, the Ciutadella is home to a number of attractions including the Parc Zoologic and the Natural History Museum. There’s also a boating lake, fountains and a life-size replica of a mammoth.
Borsa de Barcelona – Pay a visit to the Barcelona Stock Exchange, where you’ll see the electronic trading floor with over 600 monitors and a video wall keep track of real-time market activity (Mon – Fri only).
Papabubble – Watch artisan craftsmen at work as they create by hand sweets right in front of your eyes!
Jamón Experience – Discover the origins, production processes and different types of Iberian ham.

Elsewhere

Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya – Venue for the Spanish Grand Prix, situated a short distance outside the city centre, take a tour of this racing circuit and discover what goes on behind the scenes. Visit the paddock, podium, press room and race control.
Montserrat – Situated northwest of Barcelona, this Benedictine monastery is a popular pilgrimage site and renowned for its spectacular natural beauty.
La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone National Park – The best example of volcanic terrain on the Iberian Peninsula. It has 40 volcanic cones and more than 20 lava flows.
Figueres – Renowned for its Salvador Dalí Museum, the Teatre-Museu Dalí, as surreal on the outside as its exhibits inside.
Girona – A historic city with a labyrinthine Old Quarter. Highlights include its 12th-century Arab Baths, the Eiffel Bridge and Museu de Cinema, the only cinema museum in Spain.
Empúries – Set on the shores of the Costa Brava and steeped in history, Empúries boasts impressive Greco-Roman ruins.
Tarragona – An ancient Roman city, now a UNESCO World Heritage site, with many examples of archaeological remains, fascinating museums and a cathedral built on the site of a Roman temple.
PortAventura – A stone’s throw from Tarragona, this is Europe’s only Universal Studios Resort. Great rides and facilities, including the PortAventura Caribe Aquatics Park and newly-opened Ferrari Land.
Reus – Inland from Tarragona, this is the birthplace of Gaudí.
Waterworld – Situated in Lloret de Mar on the Costa Brava, this waterpark has over 20 different water chutes and pools.
Chocolates Torras – Located just north of Girona, this chocolate producer has been in business since 1890.
Bodegas Torres Winery – Take a guided tour of this prestigious wine producer. Owned and run by the Torres family for three centuries, a visit includes a film presentation and tour of the vineyards, learning more about cultivation and harvesting.
Cava Freixenet – A 45-minute drive from Barcelona, a visit to the Freixenet winery starts with an audiovisual presentation, followed by a trip down into the cellars, the oldest part of the winery, seeing the barrel room and grotto. A miniature train ride and tasting (grape juice for under 18s) completes the visit.
La Fageda Yoghurt Factory – Situated in the Garrotxa region just outside the town of Olot, discover all aspects of the yoghurt-making process at this dairy farm.

Cuisine courses available in Tossa de Mar. Language courses available in Lloret de Mar. Contact us for full details.