Spanish School Trips to Granada & Andalucía , Spain
- Art and architecture
- Cultural heritage
- Food and drink
- Travel and tourism
- Youth culture
Being the last stronghold of the Moors in Western Europe and brimming with medieval history, Granada’s alluring past is certain to captivate you and your students. Rising from the dramatic Sierra Nevada mountain range is the internationally renowned 1,000-year-old Alhambra palace – a must-see for any visitor to this fascinating city.
As the city’s past collides with its present, the youthful cosmopolitan scene ensures that there’s plenty on offer here. Wherever your journey takes you, Granada is the perfect destination for students to experience the ‘authentic Spain’.Get in Touch
Granada and Andalucía Language Recommended Visits
Regardless of where you choose to base your group within the region of Andalucía, there are plenty of language learning opportunities and cultural visits available. Here are just a few of our clients’ favourites.
Walking Tour of Granada
Allow your students to experience what the wonderful city of Granada has to offer with a 3 hour walking tour. This tour is guided in Spanish or English and will give you a good overview of the history of the city along with visiting the main sites of interest. These include the Cathedral, considered one of the finest examples of Renaissance buildings in the whole of Spain, as well as The old Arabian silk market (La Alcaiceria) and El Albaicin district, declared a World Heritage Site in the 1980’s. In this area, where the Moors were forced to flee from, you will now find cobbled streets with many tea rooms and small restaurants to serve the many tourists who come specifically to visit this area. Sacromonte is also covered on the guided tour, an area where the old gypsy community lived and where many consider the source of the finest Flamenco.
This is a great way to get your bearings of the city as well as encourage your students to ask questions and converse with the guide in Spanish.
The Alhambra, Granada
Originally constructed as a fortress, the Alhambra was converted into a palace in the 14th Century. Today, this UNESCO World Heritage Site welcomes thousands of visitors every day to see the lavish palaces and beautifully kept gardens. Referred to as one of the finest examples of Islamic architecture in Europe, a visit to the many palaces of the Alhambra can be done as a guided or unguided tour. A guided visit ensures that your students learn more about the cultural significance of the site and, for more advanced students, also gives them the chance to ask questions to the guide in Spanish.
Granada, along with Salamanca, Madrid and Leon is one of the last remaining cities in Spain that still serve complementary tapas when you order a drink. Tapas comes from the Spanish word tapar, meaning to cover, describing the small plates of food that used to sit on top of your glass of wine or beer.
A tapas tour is a great way for your group to soak up the Spanish culture. Your guide will meet you and take you to two or three well known popular bars in the city for you to try the local dishes including, patatas a la pobre (potatoes with fried onions and green peppers), fried bacalao (salt cod), fried aubergines drizzled with honey & emapanda pies.
The Tapas tour is a great way to learn more about Spanish cuisine and for students to practise their Spanish in a memorable setting.
Nerja Beach Trip and Caves, Nerja
Nerja is a beautiful seaside resort located on the Costa Brava with a host of sandy coves to explore. One of the highlights of a visit to Nerja is the Cuevas de Nerja, which stretch over 5km and are home to the world’s largest stalagmite, a 32 metre high column measuring 13 metres by 7 metres at its base. Majestic colours, stunning rock landforms and prehistoric cave paintings are just some of the sights for your students’ eyes in the caves. Your coach can take you to the caves where you can opt for a guided or unguided tour of the magnificent caves. This is the perfect excursion to build in to your itinerary on arrival or departure day thanks to its close proximity to Malaga airport.
Garcia Lorca Museum
Take a half day visit to Huerta de San Vicente to explore the García Lorca Museum. This charming former family home is dedicated to the life and writings of the Spanish poet and playwright, Federico García Lorca.
Language tuition in Granada and Andalucía
Language tuition in Andalucía can be provided at our partner school, located in the centre of Granada. Courses at the school are tailored to meet your group’s specific requirements, with a whole range of lessons on offer, from learning the basics of the Spanish language to more in-depth lessons concentrating on Spanish culture and literature. Lessons can be targeted at beginners, through to GCSE, A Level and above.
Teachers at the language school are highly qualified graduates with years of experience teaching Spanish as a foreign language.
Lesson duration – typically 45-60 minutes
Maximum class size – 8 students
Get in touch with our expert team on 01332 347 828 for more information about adding language tuition to your trip to Granada and Andalucía.
Granada and Andalucía 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: 17th – 21st June
Passengers: 19 students and 3 teachers
Accommodation: Hotel Montecarlo
Board Basis: Half Board
Overview of visits: Playa del Dedo beach, Mirador San Nicolas, Alhambra, guided Tapas Tour, Seville, Cordoba, Mezquita Cathedral, Seville Cathedral and the Giralda, Plaza de Toros, Flamenco Museum.
An early morning flight meant the group arrived into Malaga Airport by midday to be met by their coach. From here they travelled straight on to Playa del Dedo beach, to spend their first afternoon relaxing in the sun and taking a dip in the warm Mediterranean sea. The group then continued their journey into Granada, arriving at their hotel with just enough time to un-pack before settling down for their evening meal and a well deserved nights’ sleep.View the full day-by-day itinerary
Today started with the group opting to walk on foot to the Mirador San Nicolas, one of Granada’s highest points. With breath taking views of the city and the Alhambra situated on the opposite peak, it was the perfect start to their day. The group experienced the bustle of the tourist-lined streets, where they were able to put into practice their newly acquired language skills while purchasing goods from local stall holders. The group then travelled to Alhambra to visit one of Spain’s most popular tourist attractions and UNESCO World Heritage sites. After returning to the hotel, the group’s evening meal was taken in a truly unique manner – on a guided Tapas Tour! After being met by their guide for the evening, their journey began with a stop at two different tapas restaurants where food was ordered while learning of the foods origins, and the cultural and social aspects associated with eating tapas.
After breakfast the group checked out of the hotel and departed for the second part of their trip, which would be based in Seville. On route, the group stopped in Cordoba, an historic city with World Heritage status. Here the group explored the winding streets, the Jewish quarter and Synagogue, stopped for a picnic-style lunch on the terraced banks of the river before making their way to the Mezquita Cathedral; a fascinating building that symbolises the many changing religions that Cordoba has undergone. The group then departed for Seville, where they checked into their hotel, enjoyed an evening meal and competed in a fun and competitive quiz night!
The first full day in Seville started with the group enjoying free time to explore the city before making their way to the Cathedral and the Giralda. The cathedral, Giralda and Alcazar make up a remarkable complex of architecture, religion and history, and as the group entered the largest cathedral in Europe, they were able to view the tomb of Christopher Columbus and its wealth of amazing architecture. After lunch and a rest taken away from the mid-day sun, the group made their way to the Plaza de Toros for a guided tour of the bull ring and museum. The evening was spent at the Flamenco Museum, where the group learned of the origins and cultural connections of flamenco, before enjoying the talents of the dancers in a live Flamenco Show. The group then returned to the hotel for their evening meal.
The group checked out of their hotel, leaving their luggage at reception while enjoying free time to explore Seville further. This was followed by a visit to a local school to practice and improve their Spanish language skills. After lunch the group returned to the UK.
Granada and Andalucía Accommodation
Hostel Atenas, Granada
Located in the heart of Granada is one of the city’s largest hostels. Offering 80 comfortable and modern rooms all equipped with en suite facilities, TV, air conditioning and free wifi, this hostel is perfect for school groups wanting to explore the captivating city of Granada.
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