Madrid

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    A recent school trip to Madrid included a visit to the Bernabeu Stadium, home to Real Madrid.
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    The Prado Museum, an essential addition to any art school trip to Madrid.
  • Madrid school trip
    Madrid offers many interesting educational opportunities for school groups.
  • Madrid school trip
    The Puerta del Sol, the heart of Madrid's historic centre.
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    Madrid is an ideal destination for students of art, history and Spanish.

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Europe’s highest capital city, Madrid is renowned for its amazing quality of light and dramatic atmosphere, which has inspired artists over hundreds of years. Becoming Spain’s capital city during the Habsburg era in 1561 and located right in the very heart of Spain, Madrid is a vibrant and exciting city which is easy to explore, thanks to the concentration of must-sees sights set within the area between the Palacio Real and the Parque del Buen Retiro.

Indeed, Madrid combines a modern and sophisticated outlook with an abundance of cultural jewels, including the ‘Big Three’: the Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza and Reina Sofía museums, known locally as the ‘Golden Triangle’. Magnificent palaces, stunning architecture, wide, tree-lined boulevards and the maze of picturesque streets in the Old Town, make this an ideal destination for art and Spanish language students.

Typical Accommodation

We work with a number of different hostels and 2*/3* hotels in and around the Spanish capital. Please let us know your requirements and we will be happy to recommend suitable accommodation to suit your Madrid school trip itinerary and budget.

One such example is the Hotel Puerta de Toledo. A short walk from Madrid’s famous Rastro flea market, this 3* hotel has 169 air-conditioned renovated rooms, all with en-suite bath/wc, hairdryer, free Wi-Fi, safe and TV. There’s also a bar/lounge and breakfast room, as well as two lifts.

Madrid School Trip – Subject Suitability

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All tours are tailor-made to suit the requirements of each individual group. Here is a suggested itinerary for a Madrid school trip:

Sample Itinerary – 4 Days by Air

Day 1 – Take a direct flight from UK airport to Madrid today. On arrival, board a private coach transfer to your hotel, arriving for dinner and three nights’ half-board accommodation.

Day 2 – Today is yours to spend as you wish, with visits to suit your group’s particular subject focus.

For those interested in art, visits to the Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen-Bornemisza museums – all situated close to one another – are essential. You could also consider one of Madrid’s lesser-known but equally impressive art institutions, such as the Museo de la Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando or the Museo de la Fondación Lázaro Galdiano.

Other options include the Royal Palace, Plaza Mayor and Gran Via for shopping, enjoy some time in the pretty Buen Retiro Park or head to the Bernabéu Stadium to see the home of one of football’s greatest European teams.

Day 3 – Head out of Madrid today for a visit to the medieval city of Toledo, once considered the heart of Catholic Spain. Tour the Cathedral, Alcázar and Jewish Quarter before returning later to the capital.

Alternatively, spend the day at Parque Warner Madrid riding rollercoasters and meeting familiar characters from the big and small screen.

Day 4 – Private coach transfer to Madrid airport for your return flight.

Travel Options

  • By air from London or selected regional airports direct to Madrid.

Popular Visits & Excursions

Plaza Mayor – Home to a continuous sweep of arcaded buildings around a central square in which kings were crowned, bulls were fought and executions took place. Today, it plays host to cafés, markets and festivals.
Puerta del Sol – The heart of Madrid’s historic centre, it is from here, a popular meeting point and shopping centre, that all distances are measured. Highlights include the beautiful Casa de Correos, once the city’s post office but later the HQ of Franco’s secret police. You’ll also find a bronze statue of Madrid’s official symbol, a bear eating the fruit from a strawberry tree.
Palacio Real – The largest palace in Western Europe, the Royal Palace is Madrid’s largest building. It is still used for official state ceremonies, although the Spanish royal family don’t actually live there.
Plaza de Oriente – Situated to the east of the Palacio Real (hence its name), the Plaza de Oriente is a beautiful square lined with 44 statues of former Spanish monarchs. It served as the meeting place of General Franco and his supporters.
Gran Via – Stylish shopping in a street which also serves as a showcase of early 20th-century architecture.
Museo del Prado – One of Europe’s premier art galleries, exhibiting some 2,000 works by the likes of Velásquez, Goya, Rubens, Titian and El Greco. The museum contains the world’s largest collection of paintings by Goya as well as three quarters of Velásquez’s entire portfolio, including Las Meninas.
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza – Contains a collection of some 800 works by artists and schools including the Renaissance, Rococo, Romanticism and Realism. There’s also Impressionist and Post-Impressionist collections, Fauvism, Expressionism, Cubism and Pop-Art.
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía – Houses a collection of mainly 20th-century contemporary Spanish artists, such as Picasso, (including his famous Guernica), Miró, Dalí, Tapiz and González.
Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando – Founded in 1794, this is one of Madrid’s oldest and most important permanent art institutions, with 13 works by Goya, portraits by Velásquez and Rubens, and several paintings by Zurbaran.
Museo Sorolla – Housed in the artist’s former home, this museum is dedicated to the work of Valencia-born artist, Joaquín Sorolla.
Museo de la Fondación Lázaro Galdiano – Showcasing some 15,000 paintings and objets d’art by many of Europe’s old masters from the Spanish, English, Italian and Flemish schools.

 

Estádio de Santiago Bernabéu – Home ground of Real Madrid, the world’s most famous football club. A tour includes a panoramic view of the stadium, the pitch, the players’ dressing rooms and Real Madrid’s vast array of trophies.
Teleréfico – Take a cable car ride across the city skyline, picking out some of Madrid’s most important landmarks.
Buen Retiro Park – Madrid’s most popular public garden, the park blends formal French-style gardens with natural landscapes and comes to life at weekends when madrileños and tourists alike come together to enjoy its many attractions.
Almudena Cathedral – Taking over a century to build, Madrid’s main cathedral was the venue for the wedding of the Spanish king and queen in 2004.
Plaza de Cibeles – Another lovely square with a monumental fountain devoted to Cybele, Greek Goddess of Fertility and Nature, as its centrepiece.
Plaza de Toros de las Ventas – Madrid’s impressive bullring, built in Mozarabic style.
Templo de Debod – An authentic Egyptian temple, one of only three to be situated outside Egypt, which was reconstructed in the early 1970s following its donation to Spain by the Egyptian government.
Museo Naval de Madrid – Situated on the Paseo del Prado, this is one of the most important naval museums in the world, run by the Spanish Armada.

Elsewhere

Toledo – An hour’s drive from Madrid, Toledo served as the capital of Spain until 1560 and is rich in architectural treasures and religious heritage.
Aranjuez – Dominated by its Royal Palace, this town has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage site status for its cultural landscape.
El Escorial – Situated to the northwest of the capital, San Lorenzo de El Escorial is renowned for its expansive palatial and monastic complex.
Alcalá de Henares – Birthplace of the famous Spanish novelist, poet and playwright, Miguel de Cervantes and given UNESCO World Heritage Site status for its historic centre. Be sure to the Museo Casa Natal de Cervantes on the beautiful Calle Mayor.
Parque Warner Madrid – A short distance south of Madrid is the Warner Bros. theme park, complete with thrilling rides and attractions including Hollywood Boulevard, Movie World Studios, Old West Territory, Cartoon Village and Super Heroes World.

Madrid school trip images courtesy of Turismo Madrid.