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School Trips to Portugal

School trips to Portugal are growing in popularity, thanks to the country’s fascinating culture and spectacular landscapes.

Most school groups who travel to Portugal actually choose to visit the Azores, a remarkable and spectacular Portuguese archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean. These nine volcanic islands are the ideal choice for a geography school trip with a difference.

Why visit Portugal?

Epic Macaraonesian geography

The Azores is part of Macaronesia, a collection of four volcanic archipelagos in the Atlantic Ocean. Because of the geological activity here, the Azores is often regarded as a fantastic alternative to Iceland for a geography school trip.

While Iceland allows students to see a country in the making, the Azores will give them a good idea of what Iceland may look like in around 2 million years’ time. They’ll learn all about the incredible geology here, as well as how the landscape and land use has changed.

A real highlight of your geography school trip to the Azores will be when you sample one of the local delicacies, cozido. This is a stew prepared in volcanic calderas and an unforgettable example of how the landscape around us can influence our culture and traditions.

Most groups who choose a geography school trip to Portugal stay in Ponta Delgada, the economic capital of the Azores. Ponta Delgada is on São Miguel Island, the largest in the archipelago. Not only is this an excellent base from which to explore the geography of the islands, but it’s also the perfect place in which to get a flavour of the unique Azorean lifestyle and culture.

Incredible food

One thing you don’t need to worry about on a school trip to Portugal is your students going hungry. Portuguese cuisine is diverse and delicious. With influences from both the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, Portuguese cuisine is also known for the variety of spices used. This is due to Portugal’s spice trade in the East Indies.

If you do visit the Azores on your school trip to Portugal, you’ll notice there are a lot of cows. So you may not be surprised to find out that the archipelago produces around 50% of Portugal’s cheese!

And make sure you take some time to enjoy some of Portugal’s pastries and desserts, which have influenced many others across the West – did you know marmalade and caramel both have Portuguese roots?

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Take a look at our range of Portugal school trips below, and then get in touch with one of our tour advisors to discuss your requirements.

Ponta Delgada

School trips to Ponta Delgada

A school trip to Ponta Delgada offers your students the exciting opportunity to discover the spectacular islands of the Azores!

Ponta Delgada school trips are most popular with geography groups who want to explore all the incredible geography in action on this Portuguese archipelago. One of the highlights for your students will be trying the local delicacy - a stew cooked in fumaroles!

Discover more about school trips to portugal

Most groups who travel to Portugal actually choose to visit the Azores, a remarkable and spectacular Portuguese archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean. These nine volcanic islands are the ideal choice for a geography school trip with a difference and offer groups the opportunity to learn more about sustainable tourism.

The Azores are often regarded as a fantastic alternative to Iceland for a geography school trip. While Iceland allows students to see a country in the making, the Azores will give them a good idea of what Iceland may look like in around 2 million years’ time. They’ll learn all about the incredible geology here, as well as how the landscape and land use has changed. A real highlight your school trip to the Azores will be sampling one of the local delicacies – a stew prepared in volcanic calderas!

Why choose Halsbury?

Here are just a few reasons why teachers choose Halsbury for educational school trips that inspire.

  • School trips designed by teachers for teachers

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School trips by teachers for teachers

School trips designed by teachers for teachers

Founded by teachers in 1986 and with several former teachers in our team, we understand the pressures on you as Group Leader and work hard to relieve them.

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Trips tailored to your curriculum and learning objectives

We’ll design your trip around your specific learning objectives and curriculum, to ensure it meets your particular requirements.

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Earn loyalty points from your very first trip which can be used towards a trip discount or free gift for your school.