Business Studies School Trips to Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona is a leading tourist, economic, trade and cultural sports centre that has influence in commerce, education, media, fashion and the arts. A major global cultural and economic hub, Barcelona has one of the principal ports of Europe and an airport that has over 35 million passengers per year, making Barcelona Europe’s fourth most visited city. With its highly specialised, industrial-based economy, a trip to Barcelona is a must for any business studies student. It will allow students to study the production and distribution processes of the city’s primary exports – textile, automotive, food and wine.
With production, finance and marketing being at the heart of any good business model, Barcelona and its surrounding areas can provide a wide variety of business case studies to support students in these key curriculum areas. Combine this with the wealth of famous landmarks and attractions and students will be able to see first-hand how tourism contributes to Spain’s economy.
Did You Know?
There were no beaches in Barcelona until 1992. The seaside in the city was owned by the local industries, but things changed when the city decided to host the Olympic Games. The seaside was converted into a leisure zone and now there are several new beaches in the city.
Our quick, online quote form allows our specialists to provide you with a bespoke quotation for a trip tailor-made to your group’s individual requirements.
Barcelona Fact File
Time by coach from Calais:
Most UK Airports and Dublin
Barcelona El Prat
1 euro = 100 cents
Greenwich Mean Time + 1
Castilian and Catalan
GDP per capita:
$30,150 in Spain
Business HQs located here:
Lincoln Electric Europe, Desigual, Nike, F.C. Barcelona, Telefónica Digital
Chemicals, machinery, medicines and foodstuffs
Climate: (click to enlarge)
Barcelona Business Studies Recommended Visits
Catalonia has a diverse range of business organisation’s and case studies for your students. Here are just a few of our visits:
Bodegas Torres Winery
The Torres family has been producing wine for more than three centuries. The use of modern viticultural techniques and the family's desire not to use chemicals has turned Torres into a successful international company. Students take a guided tour which starts with a film presentation at the visitors' centre. After this, students will experience the multimedia, multisensory 'Tunnel of the Seasons' before taking a mini-train through the vineyards to learn about cultivation and harvesting.
Circuit de Catalunya
The Circuit de Catalunya’s 2,910 mile-long track has been the location of the Formula One Spanish Grand Prix since 1991. Accelerate your students’ learning with a tour around the venue, where they’ll discover how the race is organised and see where the mechanics work. Behind the scenes access to the circuit, control tower and podium is certain to drive their enthusiasm for business.
Nou Camp Stadium
Nou Camp Stadium is home to FC Barcelona and is host to one of the most popular museums in Barcelona. Students get to explore the museum that charts the history of one of the greatest sporting clubs in the world before viewing the stadium from the grandstand taking a tour of the changing rooms, down the tunnel and going pitch-side. Fans can sit in the dugouts, visit the press rooms and director's area and, finally, have a chance to touch a replica of the European Cup.
Originally built in 1927 in a bid to host the 1929 Olympics which were lost to Berlin, the stadium waited over 56 years to host the Olympics in 1992. Today the stadium is open to visitors who wish to take a look around and see where all the action took place and learn more about how the stadium has been used in the last 20 years.
Dalí Museum, Figueres
The Salvador Dalí Museum is the permanent home of the world's most comprehensive collection of Dalí's work. The building itself was built by Dalí and this quite remarkable building reflects the weird and wonderful artwork it contains. Dalí wanted to overwhelm the visitor with a total aesthetic experience where the visitor's senses were assailed and where they were made to think! The Teatre-Museu Dalí contains works that represent Dalí's four major artistic periods i.e. Early (1917-27); Transitional (1928); Surreal (1929-39) and Classic (1940 onwards). This gives an excellent understanding of Dalí's themes and symbols, with surrealism being well represented. The paintings also illustrate well the dominance of religion and science in Dalí's Classic period.
A visit to the Codorníu cellars gives students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the history of cava. Its architecture, history, tradition, innovation, viticulture and winemaking are all brought to life, on a guided tour.
Originally opened in 1963, Museu Picasso was the first and only museum set up on Picasso's wish to illustrate his connection with Barcelona. Donations by Picasso himself and his widow Jacqueline make up almost 4,000 works of the permanent collection, housed in over 5 palaces in La Ribera district.
The museum's website has a wealth of educational resources and teacher notes and an additional workshop can be arranged should you wish. Guided tours of both the permanent and temporary collections can be arranged.
Chocolate Museum and Workshop
Since its discovery in the 15th century, chocolate has played an important role in Barcelona’s economy and society, with the port of Barcelona distributing the product across Europe.
Located in the former Sant Agustí monastery, a visit to Barcelona’s Chocolate Museum will give your chocoholics a greater understanding of all things chocolatey. Take a guided tour to gain an insight into the origin of cocoa, the manufacturing process and the Catalan traditions, before getting involved in the hands on process of chocolate making and tasting.
The museum offers a variety of workshops to suit the ages and interests of your students, so whether you opt for chocolate drawing, lollipop making or a chocolate tasting session, your students are sure to be engaged in chocolate coated fun!
Made up of 3 sections, this aquarium houses an impressive 35 tanks, with 11,000 animals and over 450 species. The first section is the aquarium where there are a number of tanks to walk around and see a variety of underwater creatures. This is also where you can find the 'Oceanarium' tunnel. Students can get a 360 degree view of the sharks and stingrays as they swim all around you. The Planeta Aqua section goes into the world of water, and houses the penguins. The final section is the Explora! Zone where students can take advantage of the giant turtle for a great photo opportunity.
Joan Miró Foundation
Opened to the public in 1975, the Joan Miró Foundation houses collections from Joan Miró and other contemporary artists. Officially named the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Art, it was originally constructed to house only Miró's work, however, following the artists wishes it was also to promote and publicise the works of other contemporary artists.
The Gaudí House Museum in Park Güell, opened in 1963 and was the residence of Antoni Gaudí from 1906 until late-1925. Students are able to visit the centre to get a more intimate glimpse of the Catalan architect. The house conserves both the memory of Gaudí and many examples of furniture and other objects that he designed. Crucial to forming an idea of how the great Catalan architect worked, these works also illustrate the craft production system in Catalonia during the Art Nouveau period.
Barcelona Sample Itineraries
Your bespoke itinerary will include the appropriate balance of educational visits and leisure excursions to fill your chosen duration and meet your aims and objectives. Your dedicated School Tour Coordinator will offer advice and recommendations with the sole aim of creating the perfect itinerary for your group, but just to get you inspired, we have outlined the itinerary created for one of our clients below.
Dates: 29th October – 2nd November
Passengers: 40 students
Accommodation: Hotel Olympic
Board Basis: Half Board
Overview of visits: Chocolates Torras, Bodegas Torres Winery,Dali Museum, F1 Circuit de Catalunya, Nou Camp Stadium, Parc Güell, La Sagrada Família, Barcelona's Gothic Quarter and the Picasso Museum.
The group took an evening flight from London Gatwick to Barcelona Airport where they were met by a coach for their transfer to the Hotel Olympic in Calella. Arriving in the early hours, the group settled down for a good night’s sleep to prepare for the following day.View the full day-by-day itinerary
After breakfast, the group boarded their coach bound for Girona where they were met by a guide who gave them a guided tour of the town. After lunch, it was back on the coach for a short journey to Chocolates Torras where a guided tour of the factory and shop introduced the group to the world of business in the Spanish capital. En route back to the hotel the group took a detour to Figueres where they went to the Dali Museum which houses some of the artist’s most famous works. It was back to the hotel for an evening meal before a stroll along the beach.
Their third day in Spain started in Barcelona where they had a guided tour of the Barcelona Stock Exchange, an unguided visit to Parc Guell and Poble Espanyol, before leaving the city behind and heading for the F1 Circuit de Catalunya for a guided tour. After a jam-packed day the group enjoyed an evening meal and headed to the local bowling alley.
The group started their day with a guided tour of the Bodegas Torres Winery before heading back in to the city for a guided tour of the well-known Nou Camp Stadium. The afternoon gave the students chance to wander down Las Ramblas, throughout the Gothic Quarter and other areas of the city. Their final evening was spent at a local restaurant where they enjoyed a typically Spanish Tapas evening.
After checking out of the hotel the group had time to take in sights such as la Sagrada Familia and the Picasso Museum before returning to Barcelona airport for their flight home.
We base our groups in 3 star hotels in the smaller coastal resorts, just north of Barcelona, such as Calella, Tossa de Mar and Malgrat de Mar. The hotels here are ideal for groups and as Barcelona is approximately a 45 minute drive from here, these hotels provide a convenient base for your stay. Here are just a few of our recommended accommodation centres.
Alberg Pere Tarres
This modern and comfortable hostel is located in one of the safest areas of Barcelona and just 15 minutes from Barcelona city centre. This hostel has amazing facilities including free Wi-Fi, private bathroom facilities, individual lockers as well as a meeting room, a large outdoor terrace, a spacious TV room and ping pong table. Students are accommodated in rooms of 2 or 8 with a total of 320 beds.
Park Hotel, Tossa de Mar
This modern four-storey hotel is built in a traditional style and set in the centre of Tossa de Mar on the Costa Brava, just 300 metres from the beach. The hotel benefits from having a small games room with table tennis and table football, a lounge area and small outdoor swimming pool. Each of the 71 rooms has en suite facilities with soap and towels as well as climate control, telephone, fridge and TV.
Novopark Hotel, Tossa de Mar
The Novopark Hotel stands on the opposite side of the street to the Park Hotel where guests can take advantage of their facilities, including the outdoor swimming pool. The hotel has 71 air-conditioned guestrooms located on four floors, all of which have bright, modern decor with light wood furnishings, all with private bathroom facilities, safe, TV and WiFi. This modern hotel is also just 250 metres from the beach.
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