This 7-day Geography trip takes you through Madrid and Andalusia, home to some of the most fascinating geographical formations.
Your students get to learn about the ecological impacts of human existence as well as marvel at the beauty of Cuenca’s Hanging Houses and the white village of Nerja. Inspiration and education rolled into one, this school trip is a perfect supplement to Geography lessons.
Our school trips are completely customisable and can be tailored to meet your requirements. Speak to a specialist now to find out which additional destinations, itineraries and subject focuses are available for this trip.
*Prices based on groups of 20 students with 2 free teacher spots.
✓ 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: Hit the ground running
Day 2: Waste Management
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.
After a morning of culture, head to a waste management site in Parque Tecnológico de Valdemingómez. Roll up your sleeves, find out the ins and outs of managing urban environments, and learn about the ecological repercussions of human existence.
After dinner, go to the Reina Sofía to stand before Picasso’s most famous painting, Guernica. It was a big political statement, named after the town that the Nazis bombed during the Spanish Civil War.
Day 3: Insect Park
Start the day bright and early with a visit to a bullring where you can learn about Spain’s bullfighting tradition – but don’t worry, you won’t be watching a bullfight!
In the afternoon, it’s creepy-crawly time at Insect Park. Students take part in a workshop about Spain’s natural habitat and the differences climate and terrain make for insects and reptiles. Insect Park claims that ‘there are more than 1 million species of insects cataloged and it is believed that there may be up to 5 million. Due to deforestation and changes in the planet many of them will be extinguished without being known.’
At the end of the day, live life like a local with some traditional Spanish Tapas for dinner.
Day 4: The Enchanted City
Spend the morning travelling back in time at a geological site near Cuenca. It’s home to a series of spectacular karst rock formations made of limestone and dolomite, which date back to the Cretaceous period – around 90 million years ago.
Soak up the afternoon heat as you explore Cuenca, ‘the enchanted city’. It’s one of the most interesting geographic areas in Spain, as the city is located between the gorges of two rivers. Marvel at the architectural feat of Cuenca’s famous Hanging Houses. They’re built so that the balconies hang off the edge of the cliff!
In the evening, sit back and relax at a flamenco show.
Day 5: New Experiences
Say a proper adiós to Madrid and move on to Antequera in Malaga where you will check into your accommodation.
Stretch your legs with a bike ride through the Fuente de Piedra Lagoon, a wetland that the only stable colony of flamingos in Europe call home. Learn about why the wetlands have been chosen as a nesting spot for birds. They’re there for most of the year, but the best time to see the birds is in spring, rosy pink after their winter in Africa.
End your first day in Andalusia with a local dish for dinner. We recommend porra antequerana, a delicious gazpacho soup!
Day 6: The White Village
Have a hearty breakfast – you’ll need it as today is jam-packed with activities! Travel to Nerja to hike a route that takes you through the Sierras de Tejeda and Alhama Natural Park. Along the way, take time out to learn about the large river pools and stunning waterfalls.
Trade nature for Nerja’s town centre in the afternoon. Discover why it’s nicknamed the ‘white village’. Once you’re done exploring, watch a falconry demonstration.
You’ve worked up an appetite, so treat yourself to espeto, barbecued sardines, for dinner on the beachfront.
Day 7: Reflection
Take your transfer to the airport, and spend the flight reflecting on your magical week. It might be home time, but it’s not over. Spain’s captivating geography will follow you and your students back to the classroom.