Cross-Curricular School Trip To Valencia
This is a great educational city destination with so much for school trip groups to see and experience.
Futuristic architecture of the City of Arts and Sciences
Hands-on activities at the Principe Felipe Science Museum
The historic Plaza de la Virgen and the old town
Vibrancy of the Central Market, one of the oldest in Europe
*Please note, entrance fees where applicable are not included in typical price – contact us for more details
This is the largest recreational and cultural centre in Europe, nearly 2 kms long and constructed in the former bed of the Turia River. The attractions in the complex are The Oceanografic, The Palau de las Arts Reina Sofia, a performing arts auditorium, The Science Museum Principe Felipe and the Hemisferic, a projection Hall. The Umbracle has a garden of Astronomy and an open air art and sculpture gallery.
This is the largest oceanographic aquarium in Europe. The planets main marine ecosystems are represented here. The aquarium is home to over 500 species including walruses, penguins, shark and dolphins. There are also wetland bird species. Photo byÂ Felipe Gabaldón – CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons.
This interactive museum focuses on the evolution of life and the promotion of science and technology. It’s aim is to look at science in a fun way with exhibitions, scientific animations, workshops and activities. Popular exhibits include looking at the sequencing of DNA, The Legacy of Science exhibition by researchers, and the magnificent building is designed in the form of a whale’s skeleton.
This spectacular building in the form of a giant eye is the centre piece of the city of Arts and Sciences. The hemisphere is reflected in the surrounding water pool to give an illusion of a whole eye. There is a planetarium and IMAX Cinema. The Iris of the Eye is an omnimax theatre.
Designed as an attractive entrance to the City of Arts and Sciences this is a landscaped walk and outdoor art gallery and sculpture park. There are many species of plants and trees which form the gardens all from the area of Valencia.
This is an African-themed zoo with over 4,000 animals in landscaped enclosures. In the African Savanna see rhino, giraffe, zebra, lion and mongoose. In Equatorial Africa landscape see elephants. Go in search of gorillas in the Equatorial Forest. In Kitum Cave there are hippos and crocodile and enjoy watching lemur in the Madagascar area. Activities help raise awareness of protecting the natural environment.
This Modern Museum of Enlightenment and Modernity has a permanent exhibition ‘The Adventure of thought’ which explores the development of thought from the Middle Ages to the present day. Its collection features photography, design, advertising, moving image and ‘net-art’. The museum building is an example of the city of Valencia’s contemporary architecture.
This magnificent gothic civil building from Valencia’s golden age in the 15th century is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This was a commercial centre from a period when Valencia was a major trading power in silk and other goods.
This central square is surrounded by historic buildings, including the two heritage treasures the Cathedral and the Basilica of the Virgin. The 13th century Cathedral was built on the site of a Roman Temple which was later a mosque. The Chapel of the Holy Grail is believed to house the cup that was used by Jesus at the Last Supper.
This jewel of modernist architecture with its dome and stained glass windows has over 1,200 stands. A visit to the market is a feast for the senses with all types of local culinary produce available. Enjoy the atmosphere and a chance to practice some Spanish.
These are the two remaining medieval city gates, defensive towers that formed part of the medieval city walls. The Torres de Quart played an important role keeping out Napoleons Troops during the War of Independence against the French. Canon ball marks can still be seen. The towers offer great views over the Old Town.
This museum traces the history of Valencia through the ages and how this has shaped the city today. The collections look at important events in the city’s history its culture and customs. There are paintings, archaeological exhibits, photographs, books, costumes and multi-media exhibits. The building itself is the old city water works built in 1850.
The permanent collection has works by Picasso, Braque, Pollock, Valdes, Klee and others. There are also temporary exhibitions. There is an exhibition of the sculpture of Julio Gonzales.
Set in an impressive historic building, this art museum has the largest collection of paintings in Spain after the Prado in Madrid. There are works by medieval Valencian artists and works from the Valencian school. There are also works in the collection by Andrea del Sarto, Van Dyck, Murillo, Velázquez, El Greco and Goya.
This is a museum dedicated to the traditional annual festival which takes place in Valencia in March to mark the coming of spring. Hundreds of papier- maché models are made for the festival and all are burnt in the final celebrations except for one which is chosen by the people. The museum displays the chosen models or Ninots dating back to 1934. There are posters and photographs of the Fallas.
Football fans will enjoy a tour of the Mestalla Stadium, the home of Valencia’s football club. The stadium seats 55,000 and is the fifth largest in Spain. The guided tour includes the changing rooms, player’s tunnel, VIP boxes, the stadium chapel and pitch.
This popular theme park near Benidorm is an exciting day out. Themed on ancient civilizations including Egypt, Rome and Greece there is fun and entertainment for all ages. Groups will enjoy a variety of live shows, thrilling rides, eateries and shops. (Seasonal opening)
One of Spain’s most important cities, Valencia boasts a long and interesting history. Students are encouraged to work in teams to collect keys and be in with a chance of unlocking the winning box. Iconic places included in the quest are Plaza de la Reina, Mercado Central and Torres de Serrano. An enjoyable mix of treasure hunt-style clue solving and team activities keep students engaged until the very end when the winning team is finally revealed. Enrichment or MFL version available.
- Experience learning outside the classroom in another country – the language, culture, history, geography, science and art
- Practise speaking a foreign language
- Build confidence and learn to value the skills and techniques needed for personal and team success
- Broaden the mind through the study of another culture
- Discover, explore and have fun with fellow students and teachers
Students will have had an opportunity to:
- Visit a foreign country and experience another languages and culture
- Understand more about Spanish history, art and architecture
- Improve their scientific knowledge through hands-onactivities at the City of Arts and Sciences
- Gain independence and self-confidence
- Strengthen existing friendships and make new friends
- Understand personal organisation, co-operating and working with others in a variety of environments