Top things to see and do on a school trip to Barcelona

Article by Dipika Patel

If you are looking for the perfect place to inspire your students on your next educational break, Barcelona could be the ideal destination.

Spain’s second-largest city, as well as the capital of Catalonia, Barcelona is packed with history, culture and sport – there is something to appeal to everyone in your group!

You’ll want to start your historic tour of Barcelona in the city’s famous Gothic quarter. While you can find evidence of structures dating back to Roman times here, your students will also be fascinated by the many well-preserved buildings dating from the 13th century to the 15th century.

One of these 15th century buildings, the Palau de Berenguer de Aguilar, is home to a well-respected museum housing some of the finest works crafted by Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. Your students will have the opportunity to learn about the life of this celebrated artist as they get an up-close-and-personal look at his numerous portraits, ceramics and engravings.

Art and architecture go hand-in-hand and nowhere in Europe has a more distinctive structural style than Barcelona. Here, the work of celebrated modern architect Antoni Gaudi can be found everywhere – although his unfinished Sagrada Familia cathedral remains his greatest masterpiece.

The city appears to seamlessly blend the past with the present and you will find many modern-day delights to entertain your group of pupils as you explore this vibrant cultural centre. You may want to take your students on a stroll down Las Ramblas, the famous tree-lined strip of shops connecting the city centre with the towering monument of Christopher Columbus and the port beyond.

Barcelona played host to the 1992 Olympics and a tour of the stadium purpose-built for the event could prove to be inspirational for the sport-lovers in your group. Another popular sporting attraction is the Barcelona Football Club, where you can take a tour that includes a stop in the trophy room.

This seaside port city is within easy reach of Costa Brava and Costa Dorada – you may find that a visit to Barcelona puts the perfect cap on your exciting Spanish adventure. Whether your students are keen on culture, sport, history or art and architecture, they are sure to have an educational and memorable experience in beautiful Barcelona!

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School trips to Spain are a great way for your students to get inspired. Tour operators such as STS Travel can help you plan the perfect itinerary for your school trips – get in touch to plan your brilliant educational break in Barcelona today.