On this Spanish Culture school trip to Madrid and Barcelona, learn about Spain’s rich history, traditions, political movements, unique architecture, arts and food. Here’s our Cultural educational tour program in Spain at a glance:
- Day 2 in Madrid: civil war-themed city tour, Spanish cooking class, play at Teatro Español
- Day 3: flamenco class, bullring
- Day 4: El Escorial, Valle de los Caídos, Reina Sofía
- Day 5 in Barcelona: city tour, Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, Pedrera night light show
- Day 6: Costa Brava boat trip, Catalan separatist movement talk
Like what you see? Discover Spain’s dynamic culture in our detailed itinerary below! But remember, all our school trips are completely customisable.
*Prices based on groups of 20 students and 2 free teachers.
✓ All accommodation costs
✓ Full board meals for the entire trip
✓ All transportation costs, including airport pick-up and drop-off
✓ All activities listed in the itinerary
✓ 1 free teacher per 10 paying students
✓ 24-hour emergency contact support during the trip
✓ Detailed pre-departure summary & briefing
✓ Full financial failure protection
✓ Public liability insurance
✓ Our trips are fully risk-assessed
Day 1: Morning Madrid
Touch down at Madrid airport and hop on public transport to the hotel. On the way, your Learning Adventure guide will get you up to speed with Madrid life, as well as trip rules and safety guidelines.
After settling in, enjoy a group welcome dinner and trip briefing near the hotel.
Day 2: History & Food
Once you’re up, get ready to soak up some history. Embark on a civil war-themed city tour taking you around the capital’s must-sees: the Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol, Plaza de los Cibeles and many more.
Swap your baseball cap for a chef hat as you take a Spanish cooking class. Learn how to make some of Spain’s most famous dishes, like paella or churros.
After you’ve enjoyed the results of your afternoon’s labour for dinner, watch a play at the Teatro Español.
Day 3: Flamenco Dancing
Pull on your dancing shoes for a flamenco class. Learn all about the history of this famous dancing style and pick up some steps from a professional.
Visit a bullring to learn about Spain’s long-standing bullfighting tradition – but don’t worry, you won’t be watching a bullfight!
You’ve worked up an appetite – tuck into some traditional Spanish tapas.
Day 4: El Escorial
Take a day trip to El Escorial, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with an incredibly rich history. It was the residence of the King of Spain and was both a monastery and a palace.
Marvel at the impressive architecture and interior design, before taking a tour of the nearby Valle de los Caídos (Valley of the Fallen), where Franco was buried. Learn about the controversy surrounding Franco, the dictator that ruled Spain from 1939 to 1975.
One to tick off the bucket list, after dinner stand in awe of Picasso’s Guernica at the Reina Sofía. It was a big political statement, named after the town that the Nazis bombed during the Spanish Civil War.
Day 5: Hit Barcelona
Time to hit Barcelona! Take a minute to admire the indoor forest in Madrid’s Atocha station before heading on and checking into your new accommodation.
Shake hands with the city with a walking tour. Marvel at the modernist architecture. Admire Gaudí’s iconic chameleon in Park Güell as well as the huge Sagrada Familia, an unfinished Roman Catholic church, a unique vision masterminded by Antoni Gaudí. Originally, another architect was in charge, but when Gaudí took over, he changed the project and would even modify things after construction to completely match his vision.
Debate over which of Gaudí’s works are most impressive as you visit Pedrera. Take an evening to appreciate the modernist structure whilst watching a night light show.
Day 6: Costa Brava Boat Trip
Put your feet up on a scenic boat trip along the Costa Brava in a glass-bottomed catamaran, admiring the coast and its mountainous backdrop.
Hear from a journalist or CUP member on the Catalan separatist movement. The movement fights for the independence of Catalonia from Spain – so listen up and ask questions. It’s their chance to get a real feel for the political climate.
Day 7: Adiós España
It might be home time, but it’s not over. Spain’s rich and varied culture, art and nature will follow you back to the classroom…and beyond!