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Geography Trips for Schools to Spain

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The Costa Brava’s picturesque landscape is brimming with sandy beaches, rocky headlands, unspoiled coves and a collection of enchanting islands – all yearning to be explored. This varied and extensive coastline is home to the vibrant city of Barcelona, attractive tourist resorts and traditional fishing villages. With as much charm as there is geographical insight – think coastal landscapes, volcanic landscapes and fluvial environments – it’s the perfect destination for younger students that’s not too unfamiliar.

We base our groups in resorts along the coast, just north of Barcelona, meaning you’ll have easy access to the Costa Brava, Barcelona and surrounding inland areas, like the volcanic Garrotxa National Park and the rugged yet stunning multi-peaked Montserrat. Throw in some Mediterranean sun and typical ‘fiesta’ vibes, and you’re set to go.

Why Spain?

If the array of geographical excursions and warm sunny climate aren’t enough to tempt you then maybe you’ll be set on a Geography Trip to Spain when you hear that 100% of geography groups that visited the country said they would recommend it to a fellow teacher. In addition, the average overall tour experience rating as per our post-tour questionnaires was 4.5 out of 5.

Did you know?

Spain is home to a type of tailless monkey, the macaque, which is the only type of wild monkey that lives in Europe.

Spain is located in southern Europe and occupies 85% of the Iberian Peninsula. 

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Spain Fact File

Perfect for:
KS3 & KS4 (or equivalent)

Transport options:
Flight or coach

Nearest Airports:
Barcelona El Prat, Girona or Reus

Flight duration from UK:
Approx. 2 hours – 2 hours 30 minutes

Time by coach from Calais:
17.5 hours

Best time of year to visit:
All year round

Curriculum Links

Changing Places
Coastal Systems & Landscapes
Ecosystems & Biodiversity
Geographical Skills
Globalisation & Global Systems
Natural Hazards
Plate Tectonics
River Systems & Landscapes
Rocks, Weathering & Soil
Urban Environment
Weather & Climate

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Recommended Visits

Spain Geography Recommended Visits

Catalonia provides an array of opportunities for students to witness and further their understanding of some of the topics they have been learning about back in the classroom. Here are just a few of our recommended visits, most with a geographical focus as well as some leisure excursions which can also be built into your tailor-made itinerary.

Llobregat Delta: Management Issues Cap De Creus: Coastal Landscapes La Garrotxa Volcanic Area: Volcanic Landscapes Montserrat: Physical Landscapes Barcelona: Urban Geography Dalí Day Leisure Excursion: Universal Studios PortAventura Tordera River Studies Glass Bottom Boat
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Study Resources

Bespoke Geography Trip Student and Teacher Resources

A Destination Guide comprises a mix of maps, diagrams, photographs and text relating to the locations and topics of the tour. The Destination Guides are designed to “set the general scene” before a visit takes place. They provide background information on, for example, the Garrotxa Volcanic Park and the Sagrada Família in North East Spain. Pupils are encouraged to read through and digest the information in advance of their visit.

The Destination Guides provide an important framework and a context to the places being seen whilst out on tour. Additionally, there are some specific and some generic Geography Options that can be incorporated to the Destination Guide for those party leaders who wish to include a judged amount of on-site fieldwork from time to time whilst on tour; the nature of these are discussed with party leaders at the time of bespoke itinerary design when decisions on their selective inclusion can be made. The list that follows shows the titles of each section of the Destination Guide:

Spain Study Resource
Geographical Association Scottish Association of Geography Teachers

Spain Study Handbook Ratings

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Study Units available:

  • General map of the tour area
  • The Garrotxa Park Volcanic Zone
  • Dalí Day: Figueres and Port Ligatt
  • Llobregat Delta: Reserve visit
  • Montserrat: Mountain and Monestery
  • Barcelona: Las Ramblas
  • Barcelona: Gaudí the architect
  • Barcelona: Gaudí Sagrada Família
  • Barcelona: Gaudí Park Güell
  • Barcelona: Picasso
  • Barcelona: Olympic aspects
  • Barcelona: Nou Camp
  • Barcelona: Port and boat trip
  • Barcelona: Tibidabo amusement park
  • Tarragona: Port Aventura
  • Tordera River Studies

A Teacher Guide is also provided, containing information about excursions, visits and activities and offering advice on practicalities and the logistics of each day.

For some groups, however, teachers might wish that pupils carry out some practical fieldwork activities whilst on tour (e.g. collecting primary data). For this, additional support materials are available called Geography Options. If selected, these will be added in to each pupil’s Destination Guide. Geography Options include:

  • Socio-economic Contrasts across Spain
  • The Climate Graph for Barcelona
  • Tourist Questionnaires (in 5 languages)
  • Building Use Survey (Generic)
  • Traffic Flows; A measure of environmental pressure (and measurement of PCUs)
  • Pedestrian Flows; A measure of environmental pressure
  • Lloret de Mar Tourism Study
  • Resort Perceptions
  • Central Calella Map
  • Llobregat Delta Issues
  • Visit to a Vineyard and Olive Grove
  • Globalisation
  • Evaluating Statements: Tourists’ Attitudes
  • Mediterranean Agriculture
  • Diagram Frameworks (for presenting collected/collated data)
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Spain 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.

Montserrat Monastery

4 days,
3 nights

Dates: 22nd – 25th March 

Passengers: 26

Accommodation: Hotel Novopark, Tossa de Mar

Board Basis: Full Board

Overview of visits: Cavas Freixenet, El Croscat Volcano, Montserrat Monastery, Nou Camp Stadium, Las Ramblas and La Sagrada Familia Church.

Day 1:

Having flown into Barcelona the group was greeted by the glorious sunshine that they were to enjoy for the rest of the week!

Before travelling to the hotel, the group visited Cavas Freixenet in Saint Sadurní d’Aboia which had been arranged prior to the trip. The group enjoyed a tour of the winery built in 1922, including a miniature train ride!

The group continued on to the Hotel Novopark in Tossa De Mar for their evening meal and time at leisure.

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Day 2:

After breakfast, the group departed for El Croscat Volcano in Garrotxa Volcani area! It contains some of the most interesting volcanic landscape in Europe; 30 Strombolian volcanic cones, explosive phreatomagmatic craters and over 20 unusually constructed basaltic lava flows! 

This was followed by a visit to Montserrat, a rugged mountain that houses the Montserrat Monastery. Once the group had ascended to the Monastery, they enjoyed the spectacular views across the Catalonian countryside. They also paid a visit to the Basilica of Montserrat which lies at the heart of the Benedictine community.

In the evening the group returned to the hotel for their evening meal and relaxed after a long day of adventures!

Day 3:

After breakfast, the group departed for the Nou Camp Stadium for a guided tour. This stadium is the home of one of the most successful European football teams, Barcelona! The group experienced a behind-the-scenes tour of the on goings before a major match!

This was followed by a stroll through Las Ramblas, the famous tree-lined boulevard filled with cafés, street entertainers, artists and even palm readers! Next the group visited La Sagrada Familia, the grand Roman Catholic Church designed by Gaudí himself!

The group arrived back at the hotel for their final evening meal.

Day 4:

After an adventurous few days, the group had their last breakfast in the hotel before setting off for the airport and their return journey home.

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Spain Accommodation

Preferred Choice 3* Hotel on the Costa Brava

We base most of 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. With Barcelona only a 45 minute drive away, the hotels provide a convenient base for our groups. Here are just a few of our favourites:

Barcelona Sports Hostel

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Set in the heart of the city and close to iconic sightseeing attractions, Barcelona Sports Hostel is a new, modern and friendly hostel. With the hostel’s sport theme, groups can enjoy its track area, TV lounge rooms, indoor swimming pool and fitness centre, as well as its free Wi-Fi, air conditioning and outdoor terrace. After a day of sightseeing, groups can relax and refuel in its restaurant and bar.

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Hotel Gran Garbi

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Just 300 metres from the beach in Lloret de mar, Hotel Gran Garbi offers spacious rooms, each with a balcony, air conditioning, satellite TV and private bathroom. With indoor and outdoor pools and a buffet restaurant, as well as daytime activities and evening entertainment, there’s plenty to keep groups amused. For those who want to venture out, a number of shops, restaurants and lively discos are just a 5-minute walk away.

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