Modern Foreign Languages School Trip To Barcelona
This lively city teems with possibilities for practising Spanish in its streets, markets, cafés and galleries.
Out and about on the lively promenade of Las Ramblas
Nou Camp Stadium, the home of FC Barcelona
Rollercoasters and water flumes at PortAventura
An evening of flamenco
*Please note, entrance fees where applicable are not included in typical price – contact us for more details
Gaudi’s masterpiece, this large, sand-coloured Catholic church has fluid forms, towering spires and surfaces overflowing with sculptures. It is still under construction even though it was started in 1882. Gaudi spent the last 40 years of his life working on this project and it isn’t scheduled for completion until 2026.
Stroll down Barcelona’s most famous street, separating the barrios of La Ribera and the Gothic Quarter. Locals and tourists bustle around the stalls selling trinkets, flowers and pets, the smart shops and Boqueria market, or just enjoy a café con leche while watching street performers. Photo © Alberto Cabello Mayero.
Set in the home of FC Barcelona, the Nou Camp Experience gives students the chance to walk through the most emblematic areas of the stadium. See the away team changing room and the players’ tunnel, the dugouts, the press room and commentators box. Then visit the modern museum with its interactive wall spaces and large-scale audiovisual displays.
Set at the foot of Montjuïc, Pueblo Espanyol is an open-air architectural museum with streets and squares reproduced to scale. It was built in 1929 for the Barcelona International Exhibition. The aim was to produce an ‘ideal, model’ Spanish village where the architecture, style, and culture of various locations around the country were preserved in one place. Photo © Olga Palma.
Gaudi has let his most whimsical ideas take flight in this enchanting landscaped park, high on a hill in the Gracia district. It contains amazing stone structures, mosaics and fascinating buildings festooned with dragons and natural shapes, plus the spired house where the artist lived for most of his last 20 years.
Take a walk around the old town of Barcelona with a guide who will introduce the group to traditional Spanish tapas. The group will taste a variety of dishes in different bars to get the real flavour of what the locals eat. A drink will be included and a sweet desert.
The best place to learn Spanish is in Spain and we can arrange language lessons at a local language school with a native speaker. This gives students a chance to work on grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation and to discuss cultural and social aspects of Spain with the teacher. Afterwards, students can use what they have learned in a real context.
This is one of the largest theme parks in Spain and is close enough to visit when staying in the Costa Brava. Magnificent shows and magical rides – including the tallest rollercoaster in Europe – are split into six different sections: China, Polynesia, Mediterranean, Sesamoaventura, Mexico and the Far West, and there is also a an aquatic Park.
This unique theme park is the latest addition to PortAventura World, dedicated to the prestigious Italian firm and its F1 racing team. The rides and attractions are imbued with the Ferrari spirit; combining speed, cutting edge technology, innovation, design and adrenaline. Ferrari Land can be visited on its own or combined with the PortAventura Park.
Dating back to the middle ages, the Boqueria is one of Barcelona’s leading attractions. Located on Las Ramblas, this covered market has a dizzying array of fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, confectionery and more. There’s also a ‘culinary classroom’, where you can learn to cook, and where a variety of other gastronomic events take place.
Pupils can enjoy the colourful spectacle of this traditional Andalucian art form on stage. The passion, strength and confidence of Flamenco performers make for an unforgettable show. See how they artfully convey their full range of emotions – from humour, happiness and love to envy, anger and bitterness – within a strict framework of rhythmic patterns.
The museum has the most complete collection of works by Picasso – with more than 3,500 paintings, drawings, engravings and ceramics. Picasso moved to Barcelona in his teens, and the museum reveals his relationship with the city. Look out for the important works The First Communion and Science and Charity.
With this Spanish language game, students can enjoy an accompanied two hour group language activity around an area of Barcelona following a day in the life of Pedro, a fictional Spanish boy. Tasks involve listening, reading and speaking Spanish with language activities and teamwork. The day ends with churros and chocolate for all!
Nine zones stretching from the Placa de Catalunya, through La Rambla, to the edge of the Mediterranean challenge students through a series of team-based tasks. Groups look to gain points from each activity to be crowned Champions of Barcelona as key skills including observation, lateral thinking, creativity and puzzle-solving are used to learn more about a unique regional identity.
Why groups like it:
Why groups like it:
- Take Spanish language practise beyond the classroom and engage in spontaneous, unscripted conversations with native speakers
- Develop confidence and fluency in Spanish by speaking it in practical situations
- Experience the Spanish and Catalan culture and learn how the two cultures and languages co-exist
- Develop their interest and enthusiasm for the country and its language
Students will have had an opportunity to:
- Develop speaking and listening skills by communicating with native speakers in real-life situations
- Gain confidence through learning and testing their capabilities
- Learn about Spanish and Catalan culture and how the two languages are used in everyday situations
- Learn about issues affecting contemporary Spain