Barcelona is an enchanting seaside city with boundless culture, fabled architecture and a world-class dining scene.
Barcelona's architectural treasures span 2000-plus years. Towering temple columns, ancient city walls and subterranean stone corridors provide a window into Roman-era Barcino. Fast forward a thousand years or so to the Middle Ages by taking a stroll through the shadowy lanes of the Gothic quarter, past tranquil plazas and soaring 14th-century cathedrals. Barcelona has long inspired artists, including Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró, both of whom have major Barcelona museums devoted to their works.
Barcelona's wide-ranging palate adds further complexity: Basque-style tapas bars, Galician seafood taverns, avant-garde Japanese restaurants and sinful chocolate shops are all essential parts of the culinary landscape.
Looming behind the city, the rolling forest-covered Collserola hills provide a scenic setting for hiking, mountain biking or just admiring the view. Closer to the city centre, hilltop Montjuïc offers endless exploring amid botanic and sculpture gardens, an old castle and first-rate museums with panoramic views at every turn.
La Sagrada Família inspires awe by its sheer verticality, and in the manner of the medieval cathedrals it emulates, it’s still under construction. Work began in 1882 and is hoped (perhaps optimistically) to be completed in 2026, a century after the architect's death.
North of Gràcia, Unesco-listed Park Güell is where architect Antoni Gaudí turned his hand to landscape gardening. It’s an enchanting place where his passion for natural forms really took flight and the artificial almost seems more natural than the natural.
From across the city, the bombastic neobaroque silhouette of the Palau Nacional can be seen on the slopes of Montjuïc. Built for the 1929 World Exhibition and restored in 2005, it houses a vast collection of mostly Catalan art, spanning the early Middle Ages to the early 20th century.
Flamenco and Sardana dancing are the most cultural forms of dance so make sure to catch a show or experience a Flamenco lesson for yourselves! The Festival de Flamenco de Ciutat Vella (www.ciutatflamenco.com) is held in May. A series of concerts can be seen, usually from April to July, as part of the Barcelona Guitar Festival (www.guitarbcn.com).
Barcelona's most famous street, La Rambla, is both a tourist magnet and a window into Catalan culture, with cultural centres, theatres and intriguing architecture. Flanked by plane trees, the middle section of La Rambla is a broad pedestrian boulevard, crowded every day until the early hours with a wide cross-section of society.
Arrive in Barcelona by flights and coach
Spanish Tuition and Paella Cookery Workshop
Explore Gothic District, Las Ramblas, Boqueria Market
Flamenco Lesson and Chocolat con Churros
Visit Park Guell, guided tour of Sagrada Familia
Gazpacho workshop and contest
Free time in Montjuic and visit the Olympic Stadium
Full day excursion to Figueres. Dali Museum and a trip to Girona
Prices from £385 per student
Price based on a 6-day trip for 40 students and 4 group leaders, excluding flights. All trips are subject to availability.
AVAILABLE AT THIS DESTINATION
- Cultural Excursions
- Work Experience
- Homestay Accommodation
- Language Lessons
- Hostel/Hotel Accommodation
- Coach transfer from the school to UK airport. Return flights to Barcelona.
- Private coach for the full duration of the trip once you arrive at the airport.
- Public transport travel card if required.
- Stay with local host families in Barcelona.
Hostel/hotel accommodation available with half board or full board options.
- Language tuition with qualified Spanish teachers. Lessons can be tailored to the level of the student’s current ability and included chosen topics selected by the group leaders.