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School trips to Valencia, Spain

Spain's third-largest city is becoming ever-popular popular with teachers. With cutting edge architecture, amazing attractions and a warm climate what's not to love?

  • Key stage 3 - 16+
  • Year round

Valencia is Spain's most emerging city and is perfect for a school trip

València is emerging as an extremely popular alternative to Barcelona amongst teachers, and for good reason, the city has so many fantastic educational and cultural attractions that it's become a first option in its own right. Spain's largest city after Madrid and Barcelona, València provides groups with an exciting mix of old and new; with historical buildings dating back to Roman times, contrasted with stunning modern architecture designed by Santiago Calatrava. València has its own unique regional culture, language and cuisine (the Valèncians invented paella) which makes for a fascinating school trip.

A unique feature is a pedestrianised park that lies in a drained riverbed and weaves through the city, allowing you to walk from the Bioparc zoo all the way to the achitectural splendour of the City of Arts and Sciences, the new cultural centre of the city, and a huge draw for school groups. You can spend the entire exploring the collection of buildings including a science museum, aquarium, 360° cinema and more. There's something to suit every group from Spanish language students to art and food technology students, but whatever your focus, don't hesitate to get in touch to find out how we can build an itinerary that works for you.

We can tailor your itinerary to your unique learning requirements, please contact us for a bespoke quote.

Day 1

  • Depart school
  • Arrive in Valencia
  • Visit a paella restaurant - paella was invented in Valencia using rice grown just outside the city
  • Evening at leisure

Day 2

  • A day at the City of Arts and Sciences, a collection of futuristic buildings designed by Valencian superstar architect Calatrava. The City of Arts and Sciences is set in the Túria gardens - a 9km park that runs through the centre of Valencia, along the path of an old riverbed, the Túria gardens are the lungs of the city.
  • Explore state-of-the-art attractions including the science museum, take a tour of the opera house, visit the 360° cinema (films in all languages) or the aquarium
  • Option to visit the El Saler shopping centre 

Day 3

  • Walking tour of the old town taking in the town square, historic Barrio Carmen, Colon shopping disrict and the bullring
  • Drop into Valencia Cathedral, which claims to house the Holy Grail, and La Lonja,a 15th century silk exchange and Unesco World Heritage site
  • Climb the Miguelete Tower for fantastic views of the old town and out towards the coast
  • Visit the art deco Central Market of Valencia - a working food market which sells local delicacies ranging from ostrich eggs to live eels 
  • Stop by at a traditional horchata milk bar to try Valencia's famous tigernut drink
  • Valencia is famous for its Fallas fire festival in March - all explained at the Fallas Museum

Day 4

  • A morning exploring one of Valencia's art museums - choose the IVAM for modern art or see the old masters at the Museu de Belles Arts 
  • Afternoon at the Bioparc, a unique zoo, without bars, that is designed to recreate the natural habitats of the animals on display. 

Day 5

  • Time at leisure - either souvenir shopping in the city centre or take the tram to Valencia's wide sandy beach 
  • Depart Valencia
  • Arrive back at school
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Bioparc Zoo
Fallas museum excursion
Fallas Museum
IVAM
Valèncian Institute of Modern Art
Miguelete
Miguelete Tower
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The Central Market of Valencia
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The City of Arts and Sciences
Valencia cathedral
València Cathedral
Valencia walking tour
Walking tour
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Museum of Fine Arts of València
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Bioparc Zoo

València's Bioparc aims to give visitors and resident animals the most immersive habitual experience possible. Social animals coexist and their respective home environments have been recreated beautifully. African animals like lions, giraffes and warthogs live amongst the makeshift Savannah, whilst gorillas and leopards roam the jungle.

Fallas museum excursion

Fallas Museum

The Museo Fallero has an interesting and varied history as a convent, hospital and prison, but today the building houses a collection of figures saved from being burned at the annual Fallas festival, a traditional Valencian celebration. Check out the weird and wonderful figures and learn about the history of the tradition through exhibitions with posters and photographs.

IVAM

Valèncian Institute of Modern Art

The IVAM was the very first modern art centre to appear in Spain. It remains as one of the frontrunners of modern art and there are many pieces that are sure to raise an eyebrow or get your students questioning just what should be considered art.

Miguelete

Miguelete Tower

If you're prepared to scale 207 steps up the spiral staircase in this bell tower, you'll be rewarded with fantastic 360-degree panoramic views over the city of Valencia. It's only one way, so once you've reached the top, wait for the traffic light before heading back down!

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The Central Market of Valencia

The Central Market of Valencia is a bustling hive of activity and a great display of local culture. This is a great opportunity for students to use their Spanish language skills in real life and interact with stall owners to buy some tasty fresh food from the market.

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The City of Arts and Sciences

Groups can spend an entire day being entertained at this jaw-dropping cultural centre of València. Its collection of attractions include a science museum, an opera house, a 360° cinema and aquarium all housed in iconic modern architectural wonders! There's also a shopping centre nearby you may want to stop by.

Valencia cathedral

València Cathedral

València's Roman Catholic cathedral is the most important historic religious building in the city. Entry is included in your walking tour, so stop by and take a look at the impressive gothic building and learn about its history and importance to the people of València.

Valencia walking tour

Walking tour

Embark on an exciting 3-hour tour of the city to familiarise yourself with some of its wonderful sights and learn the history behind the monuments.

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Museum of Fine Arts of València

This museum features a wide collection of 14th-17th-century art, largely depicting religious scenes and saints. Work by the Spanish masters Goya and Velázquez can also be found.

Our European school trips include:

  • Board and lodging as specified in your itinerary
  • A detailed itinerary with pre-booked excursions
  • Return flights and overseas transfers
  • Free teacher to student ratio approx 1:10 (air groups)
  • 24-hour emergency support
  • Comprehensive travel insurance
  • Assistance with inspection visits

Extras to budget for:

  • School to airport transfers and meals en route (if required)
  • Visa charges and supplements for small parties, single rooms and additional adults
  • Local tourist taxes which can only be paid in cash to the hotel
  • Entrances other than those specified in your itinerary
  • Hotel damage deposits

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