Spanish School Trips to Cantabria, Spain
- Art and architecture
- Cultural heritage
- Food and drink
- Travel and tourism
- Youth culture
Characterised by sleepy towns and villages, majestic mountain ranges and quaint seaside towns, Cantabria tells a different story of Spain.
Nestled in lush valleys and rural countryside, students can enjoy a much more authentic Spanish experience. Outdoorsy types will be in their element, exploring national parks and leafy woodlands by day and tucking into hearty stews by night. Perfect for younger groups who want to base themselves away from the hustle and bustle of city life, but still venture out on big city day trips.
Enjoy a slice of urban life in Santander or venture over to Bilbao, which has used its historical roots as an industrial town to create an exciting and characterful city.Get in Touch
Cantabria Language Recommended Visits
Parque Carbárceno offers a great opportunity for students to see the stunning region untouched by human hand. The park centres on the conservation of endangered species and environmental education, allowing a great chance to see the local wildlife and learn about the region. With hundreds of animal species and more than 20km of road that take you across beautiful gorges, peaceful lakes and rocky figures, it’s no wonder why it’s become one of the biggest attractions in northern Spain. Your students are sure to come away with new vocabulary and feel inspired by the park’s primitive beauty.
Visit to the city of Bilbao
A trip to the pulsating city of Bilbao is sure to inspire your students with its unique blend of medieval history and futuristic architecture, and a guided tour will help get you well acquainted with the city. You can explore the old town of Casco Viejo, filled with cobbled streets, charming squares and the busy Ribera Market that’s just bursting with life. Over 500 years of history still exist in the city walls, and the Gothic Cathedral of Santiago, San Antón Church and the ancient ruins it stands on provide a fantastic cultural experience. Alternatively, the edgy districts of Ensanche and Abandoibarra are the financial and commercial heart of Bilbao. Your students are sure to appreciate its urban vibe and quirky architecture, particularly with a visit to the Guggenheim Museum which will open their eyes to a world of contemporary and forward-thinking art.
Visit to the coastal city of Santander
Take in the crisp coastal air in the city of Santander and explore its historic old town and beautiful Gothic cathedrals. Although it’s known as a popular tourist destination, the city still maintains its picturesque landscapes, incredible nature preserves and friendly locals. With some of the best beaches in the region, your students can soak up the sun with some down time on the beach, or trek up the green mountains to be met by some of the most impressive views. The city centre lost many of its finest buildings to a fire in 1941, however the majestic Santander Cathedral still stands and the quaint streets of old town are thriving with atmospheric bars, restaurants and shops. Old town offers the perfect opportunity for your students to converse with locals, develop their aural skills and practise phrases learnt inside the classroom, outside!
Buried in the hills of Santillana lie the magnificent Altamira caves that contain some of the world’s finest examples of prehistoric rock art. The drawings are some 14,000 years old showing animals such as deer, horses and boars, painted using natural, red-coloured ochre and outlined in black. Students can marvel at the intricate detail of the great ceiling, and a visit to the painters’ workshop is a great way for your students to discover the techniques used to create this masterpiece of rock art. There’s no doubt that they will learn a great deal of new vocabulary and come away with a true sense of cultural history.
Fuente Dé – El Parque Nacional de Picos de Europa
It’s almost impossible not to fall in love with the spectacular landscapes in the Picos de Europa National Park. Its rocky crests, leafy forests and vast glacial lakes are astounding to look at, and the best way to get to know them is on foot. Hiking is the ideal way to explore every pocket of land, and a network of signposted routes throughout the park will let you discover all of its most emblematic sites. Don’t fancy the walk? A cable car will take you higher than 1,800m above sea level and let you gaze upon impressive mountain views from its very own viewing platform. As the first National Park to be declared in Spain, students will feel privileged to stand amongst such outstanding scenery and natural beauty.
Language tuition in Cantabria
Located in the centre of the modern and cosmopolitan city of Santander, our partner language school offers tailor-made language tuition through a wide programme of cultural, sport and leisure activities. Lessons can be targeted at beginners, through to GCSE, A Level and above.
Teachers at the language school have many years’ experience teaching Spanish as a foreign language.
Get in touch with our expert team on 01332 347 828 for more information about adding language tuition to your trip to Cantabria.
Hotel Sandra II
Hotel Sandra II is located close to the beach in a residential area with beautiful views of the valley of San Martin Ria.
Each of the 43 bedrooms are equipped with en suite facilities, TV and a safety deposit box. The hotel itself boasts a heated swimming pool, tennis court, games area, garden with loungers, terrace with panoramic views, a TV room and free wifi connection ensuring that your students are occupied even after a day exploring the region.
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