Youth Music Tours to the Costa Brava and Barcelona
Each region of Spain has something new to offer; beaches dominate the eastern and southern coasts whilst, inland, cities demonstrate fine examples of architecture. Rich in culture and colour, passionate flamenco performers demonstrate their intriguing traditions to tapas nibbling tourists and locals alike.
The Catalonia region is by far the most popular with our groups, who base themselves in the small coastal resorts of the Costa Brava close to the ‘artistic’ city of Barcelona. Whether you wish to relax by the waterfront, or enjoy the slips and slides of the waterparks, the Costa Brava is ideal. Just a short journey takes you into Barcelona, where the incredible Sagrada Familia, Parc Güell and Las Ramblas are wonderful for all to experience. Performance venues here range from coastal promenades to renowned cathedrals and sacred basilicas; providing memorable opportunities for all types of group.
Where to Perform
The rugged mountain of Montserrat is one of the most impressive of Spain’s natural sights and the journey to the monastery is an experience in itself, providing spectacular views across the Catalan countryside. Within the Basilica’s impressively ornate interior, choirs are invited to perform a short a cappella recital of sacred music before the famous Escolania Boys’ Choir sings. Hundreds of pilgrims and tourists visit the site every day providing an enviable audience for groups.
Passeig Mossen Verdaguer, Tossa de Mar
Located to the north of Barcelona, the old fishing village of Tossa de Mar is now a haven for holiday makers. Late evening concerts on the promenade see bustling tourist audiences gather in the shadows of the castle ruins; an extremely dramatic scene.
Close to the Plaça Catalunya and Las Ramblas, since its completion in 1298, this Gothic masterpiece has played a prominent part in Barcelona’s history and performing in this striking Cathedral is a memorable experience for choirs. To mark the martyrdom of a 13 year old saint in Roman times, 13 white geese can be spotted in the cloisters to this day.
Plaça de les Meliès, Pineda de Mar
In the fun beach resort of Pineda de Mar, locals and tourists pull up a chair to listen to early evening aperitif concerts in the buzzing main square. The friendly locals will even present you with a memento of the town as a thank-you for your concert.
What to Do
There truly is something for everyone in the Costa Brava, with sun-seeking beach lovers, city slickers and culture hunters all catered for.
Much can be found in Barcelona, the city renowned for its architecture and cosmopolitan atmosphere. A walk along the city’s most famous street Las Ramblas, with its shops, cafés and street entertainers, will open up a world of new sights and sounds which epitomise the city. Whether your next choice is a visit to the Sagrada Familia, a ride on the Montjuic cable car system with its breathtaking views or a stop at the grand capacity Nou Camp football stadium, your group is certain to be dazzled.
In the height of summer there’s no better way to cool down than speeding down the Kamikaze waterslides towards the outdoor pools at Waterworld. Situated in Lloret de Mar, this huge waterpark is sure to provide all the thrills your group desires.
For a true taste of Spanish culture, a visit to a converted farm in the hills near Santa Susanna is the perfect setting for La Siesta Flamenco Show. This evening of fantastic flamenco dancing will provide a fascinating insight into this tradition involving dancers, singers and guitarists. Make a night of it by enjoying a meal before the performance.
Where to Stay
Hotel Raco d’en Pepe
We use a number of 3 star hotels located in the coastal resorts of the Costa Brava. The hotels here are ideal for groups and, as Barcelona is within easy reach, they provide a convenient base for your stay.
Currency: Euro (€)
Official languages: Castilian Spanish, Catalan, Galician, Basque
Time zone: Central European Time (GMT+1)
Distance from Calais:
Barcelona: 19 hr 30 min (848 miles/1,365km)
Gazpacho (chilled soup)
Chorizo (spicy sausage)
Did you know:
The guitar originates from Spain and it became one of the three components of the art of Flamenco which combines dancing, singing and guitar playing
What they did
All of our tours are bespoke, therefore the itinerary below is simply an example; the duration, concert venues, leisure excursions and accommodation centre used will be selected to match the requirements of your group. Please contact us to discuss your bespoke itinerary.
Derby High School
Day 1 and 2:
The group travel by coach and ferry to Tossa de Mar. Upon arrival the group set aside some time for rehearsals.
The group visited monastery at Montserrat where they were able to enjoy a performance by the famous Escolania Boys’ Choir.
The group later gave their first concert in Lloret de Mar. The evening was spent at leisure.
The group were scheduled for a visit to Barcelona ! They first stopped at Poble Espanyol, for a concert in the shady square of Plaza Aragonesa.
Upon arrival in Barcelona the group visited Las Ramblas, the famous artery running through Barcelona, followed by ice cream bought from the bustling ‘La Boqueria’ market. Following this they visited Gaudi’s unfinished architectural masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia.
The group visited the Dalí Museum in Figueres. They then went on to Girona to view the towering Gothic Cathedral, and enjoy a spot of souvenir shopping around the lovely Jewish District.
The group then returned to Tossa de Mar for their last concert in the Plaza d’Espanya in the centre of the town. After dinner, the group spent their final night dancing at the hotel disco.
The group returned to the UK
Read the full article about what Derby High School did in Costa Brava on our explore website.
Prices from £359*
Price Based On...
- 7 day 4 night tour
- Half-board accommodation in a 3 star hotel
- Coach travel
- Travel insurance
- 2-3 concerts
- Concert publicity
- Cost of collective passport
- Full itinerary planning service
- 44 paying passengers with 5 free places travelling in October 2013
We will work with you to create a completely tailor made itinerary. Departure dates, travel, duration, excursions and concerts will be planned to meet the individual requirements of your group.
*Priced at January 2013 and dependant on exchange rates at time of booking.