Cross-curricular school trips to Barcelona

The heart of Catalonia, Barcelona offers the perfect combination of history, art and unique architecture, from the twists and turns of the magical Gothic Quarter, to the beautiful coastline where the city meets the water, whatever your passion, you will definitely be enthralled by the bustling warmth and vibrant colours of Spain’s second largest city. Gaze up at Gaudi’s infamous La Sagrada Familia, ponder at Picasso, climb Carmel Hill to uncover the secrets of Park Guell and be rewarded with panoramic views over the whole of the city. Graze on bocadillo and ice cream as you navigate the stalls of Las Ramblas or head out of the city to Montserrat monastery, home to 80 monks, situated on at the top of a 4000ft mountain. Whatever your learning objectives, Barcelona offers the perfect balance of culture, history, art and a bit of fun!

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  • Fun with street performer on school trip in Barcelona

  • Group on school trip in Barcelona

  • Science fun in Barcelona

  • Students can visit a local market to experience real Spanish life

  • Nou Camp Stadium is a must for football fans

  • Students take time from site seeing to visit our watersports centre at Sant Pol

  • Architecture of Gaudi includes the extraordinary La Sagrada Familia/ Parc Güell


Sample excursions

Art Excursions

La Sagrada Familia

Gaudi, Picasso and Miro

Possibly Barcelona’s most famous treasures are the works of the architect Gaudi, including the cathedral, La Sagrada Familia and Park Guell. Park Güell was commissioned by Eusebi Güell because he wanted to create a stylish park for Barcelona's aristocracy. It is a strangely beautiful environment, which is undeniably unique. La Sagrada Familia is one of Gaudi's most famous buildings and it has been in construction since 1882 and is not expected to be completed for another thirty to eighty years. Much of the work has been carried out since Gaudi's death in 1926 so it's an interpretation of his plans and designs. When you go, you should be prepared to see a lot of construction work taking place, but this is in itself of interest.

The Picasso Museum was built at the express wish of the artist himself. In 1960, his secretary, Jaume Sabartes, proposed the idea to the City Council of Barcelona and by 1963, the museum had become a reality. It is situated in the Gothic Palau Aguilar and has 39 of Picasso's works as part of its fixed exhibition. Picasso felt a strong affiliation with his city and began donating his art to it in 1919. The museum website has an extensive list of resources for students aged 4 to 18.

The Joan Miro Foundation, designed in 1975, has a prolific collection of art works by the artist; 11,000 pieces including 240 paintings, 175 sculptures, 9 textile pieces, 4 ceramic works and some 8,000 drawings. Escorxador Park features one of his sculptures, 'Woman and Bird'.

The National Museum of Catalonian Art traces artistic progress in the Catalan province from the Romanesque period to the mid-twentieth century.

Mae West artwork, Salvador Dalí

Dalí Theatre Museum, Figueres

A day trip away from Barcelona will take you to the birthplace of Salvador Dalí where a museum has been dedicated to the artist. It is called the Dalí Theatre Museum because it was originally built to be Figueres' main theatre, but due to a fire during the Spanish Civil War, it burned down leaving a rather ghostly and foreboding shell. In 1961, it was proposed to Salvador Dalí that the space be transformed into a museum of his work, and Dalí so liked the idea that he spent ten years of his life dedicating himself to its development. Its peculiar status as the world's largest surrealist object has given rise to its popularity. The fun spirit of the place makes it a favourite with many students.

Cross Curriculum Excursions



The Barri Gotic area, or Gothic quarter, is considered the cultural hub of Barcelona and the first choice for visitors to the city. In the heart of the district is the huge cathedral, which has a beautiful courtyard full of plants and geese! As well as ambling through the tightly winding streets, this is a great place to go shopping!

The most famous street to walk down is undoubtedly La Rambla. It is the Champs Elysees of Spain, but much more pedestrian friendly because of its wide boulevard. Take a stroll, eat some ice-cream and get down to the sea front to do some shopping. Don't forget to look out for the Gaudi buildings as you go!

For the football fans among you, no trip to Barcelona is complete without a visit to the Nou Camp Stadium, which is the third largest in the world, with a capacity for 110,000 people. Take a tour of the players' dressing room, press conference area, VIP lounge and get the chance to sit on the players' benches and VIP seats to experience the best views of the stadium.

Barcelona's Montjuic hill is also worth a visit. Once upon a time it was home to Iberic Celts - that's several thousand years ago - and it was later used by Romans as a ceremonial place. More recently, the hill has been famous for the 1929 International Exhibition and the 1992 Olympics. For the 1929 International Exhibtion it was decided that a Spanish village would be built to show visitors a representative sample of Spanish architecture. It features 116 different buildings, in different styles, representing Spain's many regions. It features a large square, picturesque streets, a town hall, a church, a monastery, shops and residential buildings. During the Civil War it was used as an internment camp for prisoners. The Olympic stadium was also built on Montjuic hill; both the stadium and the Olympic Tower are well worth seeing.



Montserrat is situated on a mountain outside Barcelona, and the monastery of Montserrat, the crowning jewel of the town is at the top of the 4,000 foot mountain. It is home to eighty monks, and has existed at Monserrat since the 11th century, when apparently, the Abbot-Bishop Oliba received instructions from the Virgin Mary. In 1592 the Basilica was constructed, but in the late 18th century most of it was destroyed by Napoleonic armies. However, due to its popularity, it was quickly rebuilt. The reason it is such a sacred place is because in around 50 AD, St. Luke was supposed to have carved a statue of the Black Virgin, where it was rediscovered in 880 AD. Since then, it has been a popular place of pilgrimage for Christians across the world including several Popes. 



Gerona is a Roman walled city in the north east of Spain. Due to its size, the city can be easily explored on foot. Within the walls, are the remains of a Roman road, built to connect Tarragona with Rome, and the Banys Arabs (Arab baths). These baths date back to the 12th century and have been carefully restored. The 12th century cathedral is also worth a visit; it is Gothic in style, except for the western front, which is Baroque-Catalan. Look out for Carlomagno's marble throne and a tapestry dating back to the 11th century, called 'Creation.'



Poblet is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and for good reason, it is one of Europe’s best preserved Cistercian monasteries, founded by Cistercian monks from France. It contains the Panthéon of royal kings and queens of Catalan and Aragon whose tombs are, unusually, suspended.



Waterworld is a large water park with slides and pools, located near Gerona.

Port Aventura

Port Aventura

Port Aventura is a theme park near Salou, with rides, live entertainment and other amusements. It is open from March to January and is located about an hour and a half away from Barcelona.



Waterpark close to Salou.

Barcelona Aquarium

Barcelona Aquarium

The Barcelona Aquarium is one of the world's largest aquariums and is definitely the most important one along the Mediterranean coastline. There are 35 tanks, 11,000 animals and 450 different species to see.

Sample tour

Catalonia cross-curricular school tour by Coach - 7 days

Day 1

  • Depart

Day 2

  • Arrive in resort
  • Afternoon at leisure

Day 3 - Barcelona

  • La Sagrada Familia
  • Las Ramblas
  • Nou Camp football stadium
  • Poble Espanyol de Montjuic

Day 4

  • Girona
  • Figueres and the Dalí museum
  • Waterworld

Day 5

  • Topper Sailing
  • Snorkelling

Day 6

  • Depart

Day 7

  • Early morning drive through Paris
  • Arrive back at school

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