Leisure & Tourism Trips to Barcelona
The Catalan capital is the 4th most visited city in Europe, after London, Paris and Rome and thanks to its whimsical Gaudí-designed masterpieces, fine museums, long sandy coastline and cheap flight tickets, it attracts huge numbers of tourists of every kind making it the perfect case study for Leisure and Tourism groups.
Tourism generates around 12% of Catalonia’s GDP so it is hugely important to the area with visitor numbers having trebled in 20 years. This huge increase in footfall has inevitably changed parts of Barcelona beyond recognition, allowing students to see the economic and social impact of tourism whilst taking in all the sites that make the city so popular.
Our sample itinerary provides you with an idea of the visits you can cover during your trip. We can tailor-make an itinerary to support your specific learning outcomes.
|1||Check in to UK airport for flight||Arrive Barcelona and transfer to your accommodation||Explore Las Ramblas and evening meal|
|2||Guided Sightseeing tour of the city||Montjuic Cable Car ride to explore Olympic Park||Meal in a Tapas restaurant|
|3||Day Trip to Portaventura Theme Park||Flamenco Show and evening meal|
|4||Nou Camp Stadium Tour||Transfer to Barcelona airport for return flight||Arrive UK, onward travel to school|
|Morning||Check in to UK airport for flight|
|Afternoon||Arrive Barcelona and transfer to your accommodation|
|Evening||Explore Las Ramblas and evening meal|
|Morning||Guided Sightseeing tour of the city|
|Afternoon||Montjuic Cable Car ride to explore Olympic Park|
|Evening||Meal in a Tapas restaurant|
|Morning||Day Trip to Portaventura Theme Park|
|Evening||Flamenco Show and evening meal|
|Morning||Nou Camp Stadium Tour|
|Afternoon||Transfer to Barcelona airport for return flight|
|Evening||Arrive UK, onward travel to school|
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Reasons to Visit
Nou Camp Football Stadium - FC Barcelona
Trophies, documents, photographs and audiovisual shows trace the history of one of the greatest clubs in the world. You can view the stadium from the grandstand. The visit takes 1.5-2 hours. Guided tours in English are also available.
Grand Prix Circuit
The Circuit de Catalunya is home to the Spanish Formula 1 Grand Prix. Restricted areas such as the paddock, the control tower, the podium, as well as the briefing and press rooms are within your reach thanks to the guided tours program that the Circuit provides.
Gaudí Experiència is a new way to find out about Antoni Gaudí and his work. For the first time ever, you’ll be able to explore Antoni Gaudí’s creative universe thanks to state-of-the-art 4D and interactive technology. It’s a thrilling learning experience.
Visit the Olympic Ring: this is the nerve centre of the 1992 Olympic Games, with the Olympic Stadium, the Sant Jordi Sports Pavilion and the Telecommunications Tower. Other areas of interest in this area are the Placa Espanya and the trade fair complex.
Although not traditionally famed for its flamenco, Barcelona does still offer a range of shows and workshops to demonstrate this Spanish art form. Enjoy a classic performance that offers visitors that sense of quintessential Spain.
Port of Barcelona
Guided tour around Spain’s leading port. The visit begins with an audio-visual explanation of the port’s activity and how it works. The second part is a tour around the port in a traditional sailing boat.
Port Aventura Theme Park
This is now Spain’s number 1 tourist attraction, and one of the biggest theme parks in Europe. There is a mixture of shows, gentle rides, white knuckle rides and of course plenty of shops and places to eat. Workbooks on Business & Tourism and Spanish Language Studies fare available to accompany your visit to the park.
Day Trip to Montserrat
Take a day trip to explore Spain’s first National Park home to the Royal Basilica with it’s black Madonna, one of only two black Madonnas in existence in the world. The cable car is called the 'Aeri de Montserrat'. It will take you on a breath taking journey over the Llobregat River and Valley, up the mountain and right up to Montserrat Monastery.
Guided Sightseeing Tour of Barcelona
The city tour is an excellent introduction to the city, and will typically visit places such as the Sagrada Familia and other Gaudi landmarks, the Olympic Port, Montjuic and the Olympic Ring, the Old City. City tours can be tailored to meet your programme.
Park Güell has the appearance of something from a fairytale: it is strange, eccentric, even somewhat dream like but undeniably beautiful. The park has the ability to awaken even the sleepiest imaginations.
This leafy park in the north of the city contains more examples of Gaudi’s work, namely a series of colonnades winding up the hill leading to a large central terrace projecting over a hall with a forest of distorted Doric columns. The park contains amazing stone structures, stunning tiling and fascinating buildings. At the entrance to Güell Park there is a picture showing the Guadi dragon fountain. The dragon is adorned in beautiful coloured tiling with something rather hypnotic and magical about it.
At the top of Güell park is a terraced area where you get a wonderful view of the park and of Barcelona City. The vibrant colours of the tiles are truly breathtaking. The Güell Park is a fantastic example of a movement of contemporary art guaranteed to inspire many students.
Worked on for over 100 years, the Sagrada Familia represents Gaudi’s dedication to build a church replete with precise symbolic meaning. The irony is that this masterpiece was unfinished by the time he died in 1926 and is still unfinished today. Located in the church crypt, the museum tells the story of how the building work evolved.
Go where the locals go and have fun while learning something in the experience. Spend an evening strolling along the historic streets of Barcelona with a knowledgeable guide while tasting a variety of Spain's culinary treasures.
Located on a hilltop at the branching of two rivers, Girona is a town that combines local traditions with a modern feel and thriving arts scene. Girona offers treasures such as a vast Gothic and Romanesque Cathedral, a labyrinthine Jewish Quarter and Arab baths, only an hour from Barcelona.
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All Saints RC Upper School
The Tapas restaurant was very enlightening for our group. It was brilliant to have a live Flamenco show which we didn't anticipate.
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