This 7-day literature school trip to Spain takes students from its bustling capital city, Madrid, to its cultural hub, Granada.
From an Almodovar-themed guided tour of Madrid to a visit to Don Quixote’s famous windmills, students will have the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of some of Spain’s literature greats, whilst gaining an appreciation of the country’s rich history and culture.
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*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: Hola Madrid!
Arrive at Madrid airport and transfer to your accommodation using public transport. Your Learning Adventure guide will provide some general knowledge about the area, as well as trip rules and safety guidelines, on the way. Check into your accommodation and spend some time getting settled.
In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner with your classmates and trip briefing near the hotel.
Day 2: El Centro Dramático Nacional
Wake up bright and early as you take an Almodovar-themed city tour (Almodovar is a famous Spanish film director). Observe the locations of his films along the way as you explore the capital city. Afterwards, head to a local theatre, where you’ll have the chance to go backstage and gain behind-the-scenes insights on the history of Spanish theatre and how it operates in modern-day Spain.
The Madrid-based theatre company, El Centro Dramático Nacional, has its headquarters in two theatres: El Teatro María Guerrero and El Teatro Valle-Inclán. Students will take a guided tour of both theatres.
For some evening entertainment, swap your backstage passes for tickets as you watch a play at the Teatro Español.
Day 3: Sword-fighting to flamenco dancing
Be sure to eat a big breakfast in preparation for a day full of activities! This morning, have the chance to learn how to sword-fight in a workshop. Try your hand at fencing and learn about its role in Spanish Golden Age literature at the Lope de Vega house and museum. As well as a guided tour of Lope de Vega’s well-preserved house, the museum offers shows based on his life and works, poetry recitals and guided tours of the literary quarter of Madrid to learn about Lope and other authors such as Calderón de la Barca and Quevedo who also lived in the area.
Take a break for lunch and recharge, ready for a jam-packed afternoon. Put on your dancing shoes and you take part in a flamenco class! Pick the basic steps of flamenco from a professional and learn about this dance form’s role in the country’s history.
After a full day, enjoy some delicious traditional Spanish Tapas for dinner before heading back to your accommodation.
Day 4: Don Quixote’s windmills
Embark on a day trip to La Mancha to see Don Quixote’s windmills. After a private transfer an hour outside of Madrid, you’ll arrive an take a guided tour of the medieval city of Toledo. Take part in a sword-making workshop, which uses age-old techniques to create authentic knives and swords that are some of the thinnest in the world.
Afterwards, pay a visit to one of Don Quixote’s famous windmills, brought to life by Cervantes in the Golden Age. Enjoy a tasting of manchego cheese inside before admiring the views from the terrace.
Make your way back to Madrid for dinner, before heading to the Reina Sofía where you can stand in awe at one of Picasso’s most famous paintings, Guernica.
Day 5: Next stop, Granada
Check out of your accommodation and begin your journey to Granada. Take a minute to admire the indoor forest in Atocha station before catching continuing on with your travels. Once in Granada, check into your accommodation.
After settling in, embark on a historical tour of Granada and explore the city’s surplus of medieval architecture, including royal palaces and fortresses. Pay a visit to the Alhambra, a wonderful Arabic palace and fortress. Once a royal palace under the Sultan of Granada Yusuf I, it was taken over by Ferdinand and Isabella in 1492, where they lived when they granted Christopher Columbus permission to set off on his voyage.
Day 6: Day trip to Fuente Vaqueros
Take a trip to Fuente Vaqueros to see Lorca’s birthplace and holiday home. His birthplace in Fuente Vaqueros has been turned into an exhibition space, showing photographs, manuscripts and publications. The house where he spent summers in Granada was where he wrote many of his most famous plays and has been well preserved.
Later, listen to a talk from a Cervantes expert. Having seen the windmills in Madrid, learn more about the author and hear analyses of passages from the text of Don Quixote de la Mancha. Then, watch a play at the Teatro Cervantes.
As this is your last evening, enjoy a final meal of a traditional dish of Granada
Day 7: Adiós España!
Check out of your accommodation and say adiós to your Learning Adventure guide as you make your way to the airport. Leave excited to apply what you have learned here, back at home!