Modern Foreign Languages School Trip To Madrid
This vibrant city pulsates with life, and language students get enthused by its art, culture, food and language.
The Bernabéu Football Stadium Tour
A tour of El Pais newspaper offices
Las Ventas Bullring, the home of bullfighting
An evening of Flamenco
*Please note, entrance fees where applicable are not included in typical price – contact us for more details
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.
Visit the 85,0000-seater home of legendary football club Real Madrid for a look behind the scenes. Students can walk in the steps of the players, from the tunnel to the locker rooms, the bench, the pitch and even the presidential box. The tour ends with a visit to the new museum and a look at some footballing artefacts that bring the club’s history to life.
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.
Madrid’s largest open-air flea market is held from 9am to 3pm on Sundays and public holidays. Locals and tourists mingle among 3,500 different stalls in one of the city’s oldest working-class areas. It sprawls downhill towards the river from the Plaza de Cascorro. The main street is Calle Ribera de Curtidores, once the site of the city’s tanning industry. Photo © Tomás Fano.
The Royal Palace awes visitors with its sheer size and monumental presence. It was commissioned in the early 18th century by Felipe V, who was inspired by his childhood at Versailles with his grandfather Louis XIV. Inside, 2,800 rooms compete with each other for over-the-top opulence. The guided tour winds a mile-long path through its highlights.
The main Spanish national art museum has one of the world’s finest collections of European art, from the 12th century to the early 19th century, based on the former Spanish Royal Collection. As well as works by Hieronymous Bosch, Rembrandt and Boticelli, students can view the best single collection of Spanish art, including many works by Francisco de Goya.
Dedicated to 20th century Spanish art, the biggest draw of this museum is Picasso’s Guernica, shown with preparatory sketches and photographs of the artist at work. This exhibit gives students an appreciation of how artists create their work and respond to the world around them. Dalí, Miró, and others are also represented in film, sculpture and photographs.
El Pais is the highest-circulation daily newspaper in Spain. It was first published in May 1976, six months after the death of dictator Franco, and became the newspaper of Spanish democracy. Students can tour the departments of the El Pais office in Madrid, from reporting to design and printing, and learning about the politics and ethics of the newspaper.
This museum is set in an old winery, and the visit starts with a 10-minute audio-visual presentation. Students learn about aspects of wine production in the region, from history to the physical environment, commercialisation, culture, wine archive, gastronomy and Wine Fiesta. There is also a visit to the jaraíz – the industrial part of the winery.
Las Ventas is the home of bullfighting in Spain. On a guided tour, students can experience the emotions that might be felt by a bullfighter or a member of the public, visiting the patio de cuadrillas (where the bullfighters wait before the event), the patio de arrastre – where the bull is taken after the fight – the main gate, the ring itself and the stands.
Enjoy an off-road scavenger hunt on bikes in Madrid’s famous Retiro Park. Discover the history and become an expert on the park through a series of fun activities and challenges. Puzzle-solving, socializing, and team spirit are key to this activity. Bikes, guide, helmets and a bottle of water are included for each participant.
Why groups like it:
Why groups like it:
Why groups like it:
- Practise in a natural setting through spontaneous, unscripted conversations with native speakers
- Develop confidence and fluency in Spanish by speaking it in practical situations
- Learn about the culture and the people
- Develop students’ 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 Spanish speakers in real-life situations
- Gain confidence by stretching their skills
- Learn about the Spanish culture and people
- Learn about issues affecting contemporary Spain