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Spotlight on...Barcelona and the Costa Brava!

One of our most popular destinations in Spain, the Costa Brava, with its great links to the Catalan capital of Barcelona, is an incredible destination for a school trip in the sun!

The Costa Brava is defined as the coastal area between the Franco-Spanish border and the mouth of the Tordera river. This beautiful, rugged coastline was always popular with the locals, but remained undiscovered by mass tourism until after the Spanish Civil War.

While some resorts along the Costa Brava do receive an influx of tourists, mainly from Northern Europe, every summer (Lloret de Mar, the largest, hits a population peak of 200,000 during the summer months), there are still some hidden gems here and plenty of ‘authentic’ Spanish experiences to be had.

And, in fact, Barcelona and the Costa Brava offer exciting educational opportunities for a huge number of subjects, including art, business studies, geography, fashion, food technology and Spanish language! It’s also a great option for sport and music tours!

Top tip! Even if your tour will focus predominantly on the city of Barcelona, it’s worth considering staying in one of the Costa Brava’s resort towns. Giving you the best of both worlds, you’ll have easy access to all the attractions of the city, before having time to relax on the beach and enjoy a slower pace of life in the evenings!

This is an exciting choice for a school Spanish trip. This is the heart of Catalonia and so a visit to Barcelona and the Costa Brava will give your students a much greater understanding of both Catalan and Spanish culture, and how the two live side-by-side.

For geographers, the area offers much more than just the chance to study physical geography – this was the first developed package tour coast in Spain. Here, students can find out what the impact of mass tourism has been in this area.

For creative subjects such as art and fashion, this area of Spain is a dream! This is Dalí country and the magnificent Dalí Theatre and Museum in his home town of Figueres is a must-see. The city of Barcelona has a long association with art too – of course, the city is synonymous with the modernist architecture of Gaudí and the surrealism of Joan Miró.

And it’s a city that’s big on fashion too – in fact it’s ranked number five on the list of the world’s fashion capitals, just below the original ‘Big Four’ of London, Paris, Milan and New York. Home to fashion brands such as Mango, Massimo Dutti and Desigual, Barcelona had firmly placed itself on the fashion map.

Finally, the Costa Brava really is a bit of a hidden gem for food technology groups – and, indeed, foodies in general! Home to world-famous Michelin starred restaurants, as well as more humble, traditional eateries, the food here is always fresh and delicious! And a particular treat if you're a fan of seafood!

Top tip! It’s a year-round destination, so you really can visit whenever you have the time available. If you're able to choose, we’d recommend visiting in spring (Easter or May half term, for example), or October, as the weather is mild and there are less tourists about.

We think the Costa Brava is a fantastic option for many different subjects. But what do teachers who’ve visited think?

Calella is a safe area for younger groups with a range of activities available on the beach and town. Great if you want to escape the hustle of Barcelona in July. The Park Community School

Fantastic trip! Very well organised! Would recommend to any travelling school party! St. Richard Gwyn Catholic High School

For more information on arranging a school trip to the Costa Brava, please don't hesitate to contact us.

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