Spanish School Trips to Barcelona, Spain
- Art and architecture
- Cultural heritage
- Food and drink
- Travel and tourism
- Youth culture
A captivating seaside city with endless culture, astonishing architecture and first-rate cuisine… Barcelona has it all!
In Catalunya’s vibrant capital, explore the colourful La Rambla promenade, soak up the serenity of Park Güell and visit world-renowned landmarks such as La Sagrada Família. The great thing about this bustling city? Most locals are bilingual, speaking Catalan and Spanish, making it an eye-opening visit for language students.Get in Touch
Barcelona Recommended Visits
Costa Brava’s diverse geographical landscapes make it the ideal destination to enhance your student’s understanding of a range of topics on the Language syllabus. Here you can discover just some of the geographical excursions we can build into your bespoke school trip itinerary.
This beautiful mountain retreat is just one-hour north of Barcelona and definitely worth a visit. Home to the famous Escolania Boys’ Choir, Montserrat Monastery is just one of the many attractions on offer here. Whilst the architecture of the basilica itself will not be one of the most impressive you have seen, the backdrop and surrounding landscapes are spectacular making a trip to this monastery truly unforgettable. The choir perform at 1pm daily and is free of charge for visitors to go in to the basilica and listen to the choir and monks sing. Take a ride on the Sant Joan or Santa Cova funicular and experience the impressive views across the Catalan countryside. Practise Spanish in the artisan shops and see why thousands of pilgrims visit here each year.
Teatre-Museu Dali, 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 the artist and 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 many of the works illustrating the dominance of religion and science, particularly in Dalí’s Classic period.
A guided tour can be arranged as part of the museum’s educational programme. The tour will be tailored to suit the age and stage of your students and can be done in Catalan, Spanish or English. Activity worksheets and other educational resources can be downloaded from the museum’s website prior to your visit.
Located in nearby Salou is Port Aventura, Spain’s most visited Theme Park and Waterpark attracting over 4 million visitors each year. The park has 6 areas, taking you on a thrilling journey around the world. Test your nerve on the rollercoasters, cool down on the water rides and discover weird and wonderful worlds in the interactive 4D cinemas.
Costa Caribe Aquatic Park is a Caribbean themed water park with over 16 slides and water attractions, the perfect way for students to cool down in the Mediterranean sun.
A day in a theme park will also give your students plenty of opportunities to test their Spanish by ordering food, buying a drink or snack and even talking to staff and entertainers around the park.
Tossa de Mar Boat Trip
Whilst on the Spanish coast it would be a shame not to enjoy the spectacular vistas from the sea. A trip on a glass bottomed boat allows you to discover what lives on the sea bed below. Commentary is provided in both English and Spanish allowing your students to pick up some new sea related vocabulary.
The best water attraction in Europe with water big dippers, wave-making pools, zig zag slides and chutes. Best enjoyed in the height of summer, a day on the waterslides and in the pools at this outdoor water park in Lloret de Mar is a must.
Visit one of the famous markets such as Las Ramblas, La Boquería Market or El Barrio Gótico. Las Ramblas is the heart of Barcelona and no visit to the city is complete without a stroll on its famous boulevard. This is the perfect place for students to practise their Spanish, bartering with the market sellers in La Boquería, Spain’s largest indoor market, whilst sampling its culinary delights. Witness the hustle and bustle and tune into the chorus of the street entertainers from one of the many promenade cafés or explore the historical quarter and walk in the footsteps of Barcelona’s legends.
La Sagrada Família
Gaudí’s masterpiece is an imposing highlight of Barcelona’s skyline, with the expiatory church becoming the universal symbol for Barcelona. It is expected to be completed by 2030, culminating in over 150 years of construction. A guided tour here in Spanish is the perfect introduction to Barcelona’s awe-inspiring architecture and religion, allowing your students to practise their aural skills as well as comprehension. Worksheets are provided to supplement your visit both before and upon arrival at the excursion.
The official home of Barcelona FC cost a staggering 288 million Pesetas to build and is one of very few Spanish stadiums to be awarded ‘5 star status’. Its capacity of nearly 100,000 makes it the biggest in Europe and a guided tour of the grounds in either English or Spanish allows behind the scenes access. A real winner for practising sport and leisure vocabulary!
Divided into teams, students will explore the city’s hidden corners and discover more about Barcelona’s history as they take to the streets on a treasure hunt. They’ll collaborate with peers, putting linguistic skills to the test as they answer general knowledge questions and purchase and scavenge listed items.
The number one producer of cava in Spain and one of the largest globally, Freixenet has been producing cava for over 100 years. Here students take a guided tour in either Spanish or English, beginning with an audio-visual presentation followed by a visit to the cellars. The walking tour starts in the oldest part of the winery and students will get a sensory shock as the powerful aromas of the wine cellar mixed together with the semi darkness create an unusual sensation. Part of the students’ journey around the winery is by mini-train, before they get to sample grape juice produced at the winery. Additionally, students are able to walk around the vineyard with their guide who will explain what a vine is, it’s life through the seasons and the work needed to produce a good grape.
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!
Language tuition in Barcelona
With over 300 language schools in the world and 30 in Spain, our chosen language school is a fully ‘Bureau Veritas Quality International’ accredited language school with a focus on quality tuition delivered by native Spanish speakers. It has quickly become one of the leading language learning institutes in the world, winning awards for its services.
Our personal relationship with the school allows for a programme of tuition tailored to the needs of your group to ensure that your students get the most out of their lessons, whether they’re inside or outside the classroom.
Location – 5 minutes on foot from the beach
Lesson duration – 45-60 minutes.
Maximum class size – 12 students (exclusively from your group).
Learning Outside the Classroom Activities
- Tossa de Mar Boat Trip
- Poble Espanyol
- Calella town rally
Get in touch with our expert team on 01332 347 828 for more information about adding language tuition to your trip to Barcelona.
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: 17th – 20th March
Passengers: 16 students and 2 teachers
Accommodation: Hotel Olympic
Board Basis: Full Board
Overview of visits: Montserrat, Poble Espanol, Maremagnum Shopping Centre, La Ramblas, Nou Camp Stadium, Sagrada Familia, Parc Guell
The group’s flight arrived at midday into Barcelona airport. Eager to make the most of their time away, the group headed straight on to Montserrat, a rugged mountain range, just northwest of Barcelona to explore the monastery and to take a trip on the Sant Joan funicular for impressive views over the Catalan countryside. The group then made their way to their hotel to check in and to enjoy their first evening meal.View the full day-by-day itinerary
After a good nights’ sleep and a hearty breakfast, the group departed on foot to the language school, Inlingua Calella, to begin their first morning of language tuition. The group were split into two smaller groups where they practised formal and informal greetings along with other basic Spanish phrases they may need to use throughout the trip. The group then departed by coach to Barcelona and arrived at the Poble Espanol, an open air architectural museum, based on the “ideal Spanish village” where the students got a real taste of what Spanish life is really like! The group were then met by coach for their journey back to the hotel where their evening meal was ready and waiting for them!
The group started the day with breakfast and collection of their packed lunches before boarding the coach and departing for Barcelona and the Maremagnum Shopping Centre – a shopper’s paradise which provided the group with the perfect opportunity to use some of the Spanish phrases they had learnt from the previous day’s tuition! They visited the beach located directly behind the centre, before moving onto one of Barcelona’s most famous attractions, La Ramblas, for a spot more souvenir shopping. Here the group were also able to admire the numerous street performers and artists, while soaking up the traditional and bustling Spanish atmosphere.
The group’s next visit was to Barcelona’s Nou Camp Stadium and an unguided tour around the stadium, viewing the away team’s changing rooms, tunnel, dugouts, press room, commentator’s box and museum. The evening began with another visit to the Language School, where, once again the class were led by native Spanish speakers. It was then back to the hotel for their evening meal and the remainder of the night spent at leisure.
The final day of the trip began with breakfast, collection of packed lunches and check out of the hotel before travelling into central Barcelona and a visit to Antoni Gaudi’s spectacular Sagrada Familia. It was then on to Parc Güell where the group had free time to explore the park with its flamboyant structures and designs and amazing panoramic views over the city. The group then departed for the airport and their flight back to the UK.
Preferred Choice 3* Hotel on the Costa Brava
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. With Barcelona only a 45 minute drive away, the hotels provide a convenient base for our groups.
Barcelona Sports Hostel
The trendy Gracia neighbourhood is the perfect location for this clean and modern hostel. Within walking distance of the Sagrada Familia, La Pedrera, Casa Batlló and Paseo de Gracia,, students are ideally located to explore the best of what this bustling city has to offer.
You will be accommodated in modern dormitories with wash facilities, whilst toilet and showers are shared. The hostel boasts a computer suite with free wifi, a common room with movies, books, TV and comfy seating and a state of the art fitness centre. You will be accommodated in modern dormitories with wash facilities, whilst toilet and showers are shared. The hostel boasts a computer suite with free wifi, a common room with movies, books, TV and comfy seating and a state of the art fitness centre.
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