Valencia

  • Valencia school trip
    Any Valencia school trip should include a visit to the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias.
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    Valencia's La Seu Cathedral.
  • Valencia school trip
    Practise your Spanish at the Mercado Central on a Valencia school trip.
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    Art students should head for Valencia's Museo de Bellas Artes, Spain's second largest art museum after the Prado.
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    Bioparc is a popular addition to a Valencia school trip.

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Spain’s third largest city, Valencia has long been associated alongside Alicante as a gateway to the Costa Blanca, yet the city has been making a name for itself in recent years on the cultural front and indeed as a world-class centre for water-based sports. Add to that a wide array of flights from across the UK, not to mention its gastronomic credentials as the birthplace of paella, and it makes for a most attractive destination for a school trip!

Valencia is a city where the traditional architectural structures of the City Hall, cathedral, Miguelete bell tower and Silk Exchange are complemented by modernist buildings such as the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, the Palacio de Congresos and the attractive Royal Marina. Spain’s second largest art museum is also situated here, as well as opportunity aplenty to discover more about the flora, fauna and topographical diversity of the region.

Typical Accommodation

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

Valencia School Trip – Subject Suitability

Travel Options

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

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All tours will be tailor made to suit each individual group but here is a suggestion for a Valencia school trip:

Sample Itinerary – 4 Days by Air

Day 1 – Journey to the airport for your direct flight to Valencia. On arrival, transfer to your hotel for dinner locally and overnight accommodation.

Day 2 – This morning you’ll enjoy a walking tour of all the main sights in central Valencia including the Cathedral, Miguelete bell tower, Lonja de la Seda, Mercado Central, Torres de Serranos and the Plaza del Ayuntamiento.

You’ll also have the opportunity to spend some time at the Marina where as well as plenty of boats, you’ll also get to see the Harbour Sheds, the Clock building, the Veles e Vents, inaugurated for the 2007 America’s Cup, in addition to the rotating Port Swing Bridge, part of Valencia’s Formula 1 circuit.

This afternoon, choose from a number of options including a visit to the Museo de Bellas Artes or the Valencian Institute of Modern Art. Alternatively, devote the rest of your day to the many attractions situated at the Ciudad de las Ciencias, including the interactive science museum and L’Oceanogràfic, Europe’s largest aquarium.

Day 3 – Another day to spend as you wish in Valencia with visits to suit your subject focus. You could however opt to journey south to the city of Alicante to explore its many attractions including the 16th-century Castillo de Santa Bárbara, head north to the historic port town of Sagunto, drive inland to the wine town of Requena, or perhaps spend a fun-filled day at the popular Terra Mítica theme park.

Day 4 – Depending on your flight time, you may have an opportunity for some last-minute shopping and sightseeing this morning before heading back to the airport for your homebound flight.

Popular Visits & Excursions

La Seu Cathedral – A blend of Gothic, Romanesque and Baroque architectural styles, La Seu dates back to the 13th century. In addition to its frescoes as well as two paintings by Goya, its main claim to fame is the Chapel of the Holy Chalice, said to house the Holy Grail.
El Miguelete Tower – One of Valencia’s main landmarks, climb up the 207 steps to the top of the tower you’ll be rewarded with sweeping views over the city.
Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias – This expansive, futuristic-looking complex is home to a wealth of attractions including the Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe, an interactive science museum; the Oceanogràfic, Europe’s largest marine park with more than 45,000 species of animal; L’Hemisfèric, an Imax cinema and planetarium; and El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, the city’s performing arts centre and opera house.
Museo de Bellas Artes – Spain’s second largest art museum after the Museo Prado in Madrid, works by the finest Spanish painters are exhibited here, including Ribera, El Greco, Velázquez, Murillo, Goya and Valencia-born Sorolla.
Mercado Central – Practise your Spanish at the Mercado Central, regarded as one of Spain’s most important daily markets. There’s all manner of regional produce on sale, from locally-grown fruits and vegetables to the freshest seafood. Look out for the stained-glass windows.
Lonja de la Seda – Situated next door to the Mercado Central is Valencia’s silk exchange, La Lonja de la Seda, a beautiful Gothic building dating back to the 15th century. Today a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is regarded as one of Spain’s most important Gothic buildings.
Juan Carlos I Royal Marina – Thanks to Valencia’s staging of the 2007 America’s Cup, the city has become a world-class centre for yachting and its Juan Carlos I Royal Marina is considered one of its most important areas.
Plaza del Ayuntamiento – The heart of city life, this square plays host to two striking buildings set across from one another, divided by a grand fountain, palm trees and lawns. The first is the neoclassical Ayuntamiento (City Hall), the second is Valencia’s domed Edificio de Correos (Post Office).
Museo Fallero – A museum dedicated to the Valencian festival of Las Fallas and the ‘ninots’ (figurines of the combustible fallas) saved from being set on fire during the annual event.

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IVAM – The Valencian Institute of Modern Art plays host to over 400 artworks in a modernist genre including 20th-century avant-garde painting, Pop Art, sculpture, photography and European Informalism.
Bioparc – An innovative and forward-thinking zoological park, home to over 4,000 animals from Africa, South East Asia and the tropics.
Plaza de Toros – One of the oldest (and active) bullrings in Spain, with the biggest names in bullfighting appearing during the festival of Las Fallas in March. The Museo Taurino makes for an interesting visit.
Valencia CF – Take a tour of the Mestalla Stadium or, if your trip coincides, catch a La Liga game at Valencia’s home ground.

For older groups, tapas tours can also be organised.

Elsewhere

Albufera Natural Park – Situated south of the city, Albufera Natural Park is a wetland area that features the largest lake in Spain. The Dehesa del Saler pine forest surrounds the lagoon, attracting migratory birds at several points throughout the year.
Alicante – Located further south along the Costa Blanca, Alicante is renowned as a centre for tourism, boasting a 16th-century castle, Old Quarter and an attractive waterfront.
Elche – Also known as Elx, Elche is renowned for its extensive palm groves (over 200,000 trees), originally planted by the Phoenicians, now recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Sagunto – 30km north of Valencia, the port town of Sagunto is steeped in history, with archaeological remains dating back to Iberian and Roman times.
Requena & the Torre Oria Winery – Inland from Valencia, Requena is a famous wine-producing town with an attractive medieval Old Town and an interesting Museo del Vino. Enjoy a visit to a renowned wine producer whilst you’re there.
Terra Mítica Theme Park – Situated in Benidorm, Terra Mítica offers rides, shows and attractions aplenty, set around three main areas: Egypt, Rome and Greece.