School Spanish Trip to Cantabria
Take your students on a school Spanish trip to explore the delights of Cantabria in Northern Spain.
This region, one of the Iberian Peninsula’s hidden gems, and Santander, the region's capital, provide a fantastic introduction to authentic Spanish culture. The many cultural activities and friendly local atmosphere make this the ideal location for your students to practise their Spanish.
Your students are bound to leave this stunning region with a new found enthusiasm and passion for the language.
|Day 1||Pick-up from school||Ferry/Eurotunnel crossing|
|Day 2||Mid-afternoon arrive resort and explore local area on foot||Evening meal in hotel|
Day excursion to Santander
Visit to Santander Cathedral followed by a boat trip
|Visit to the Fishing Quarter||Evening meal in hotel|
Visit Santillana del Mar, considered the most beautiful village in Spain - time to explore the village and visit to the local zoo
|Travel to Puente-Viesgo to see the cave paintings, Cuevas El Castillo||Evening meal in hotel|
Visit to a local market (depending on the day of the week)
|Visit the Cabarceno Natural Park||Evening meal in hotel|
Depart hotel mid-morning and drive to Calais
Breakfast-time ferry and drive back to school
This price includes:
- 4 nights' half-board accommodation
- Return executive coach travel (TV/DVD/WC/seatbelts)
- Return ferry/Eurotunnel crossings
- Free staff place ratio 1:8
- Detailed information pack
- Comprehensive travel & medical insurance
- Itinerary planning service
- Motorway tolls & taxes
Cantabria’s most important religious building, Santander’s cathedral was built in the fourteenth century but modified many times since. The crypt, which is also a chapel, is Santander’s oldest building. Its Roman foundations are visible through glass panels.
Santander remains a working fishing port, and it’s fascinating to watch the fishermen at work in the harbour here. The Poblado de Pescadores, the traditional fishermen’s quarter, is nearby.
A living museum of mediaeval Cantabrian architecture, this tiny village is famous for its fourteenth to seventeenth century houses, which grew up around the former monastery of Santa Juliana.
Nicknamed the Sistine Chapel of Stone Age art, the rock-art in the caves of Altamira is so well preserved and of such a high standard that it was initially thought to be faked when it was discovered in 1879. The black and ochre paintings of horses, deer and bison are still breathtakingly beautiful.
Spectacularly situated in the Picos de Europa national park, the cable car at Fuente Dé climbs over 1000m to the summit of the central massif of the Picos de Europa.
The striking, space-age metal curves of American architect Frank O. Gehry’s celebrated Guggenheim building have given the old Basque port of Bilbao a new focus. Inside, material from the Guggenheim’s permanent collections rotates with temporary exhibitions of modern art.
The bombing of Guernica (Gernika in Basque) by the fascists during the Spanish civil war shocked the world and inspired Picasso’s famous pacifist painting Guernica. Highlights of a visit to the town include the Casa de Juntas, the seat of mediaeval Basque self-government, and the Guernica oak, which symbolises the Basques’ traditional freedoms. Guernica is about an hour’s drive f...
Hotel Azul is a modern hotel situated just a few metres of the beach. Facilities include a swimming pool, terrace and café.
All bedrooms are en-suite and have satellite television, mini bar, tea/coffee facilities and radio.
Students will be accommodated in mostly twin and triple rooms.