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Tailor-made School Trips to Northern Catalonia

Reasons to Visit
Places to Stay
  • Overview

    Northern Catalonia contains a wealth of spectacular Natural Parks with varied geological features and ecosystems to study. The area provides some of the finest examples of volcanic scenery in Europe at the Garrotxa Volcanic Park, but also has wetlands, fluvial environments, karst landscapes and of course coastal environments to study. The city of Barcelona itself is a fascinating case study in urban growth and development.

    The dramatic and unspoilt landscapes and access to the city of Barcelona make this an inspirational destination for a school trip or educational tour for students of geography that is great value for money and not too far afield.

  • Reasons to Visit
    1. Garrotxa Natural Park

      Garrotxa Natural Park is an area of outstanding natural beauty covering 120km2 and is renowned for its biodiversity. It contains some of the most interesting volcanic landscape in Europe. There are thirty Strombolian volcanic cones, most of which are visible and contain cinder material, and over twenty unusually constructed basaltic lava flows. In addition, the area’s moist Mediterranean mountain climate has contributed to lush vegetation and a spectacular landscape.

    2. Barcelona

      No visit to Catalonia is complete without a visit to the vibrant Catalan capitol. Students can experience and evaluate areas of urban growth and regeneration at the Olympic Village or the regenerated Port Vell area. Include some of its iconic sites, the Gaudi cathedral or Nou Camp Stadium or simply stroll along las Ramblas to make a memorable day exploring this vibrant, colourful city.

    3. Coscat Volcano

      The volcanic cinder cone of El Croscat is entirely covered with vegetation with the exception of the formerly quarried area that takes a slice out of the volcano and reveals the inner structure, composed of layers of tephra and volcanic bombs. The area is protected to prevent further erosion and guarantee public access for educational purposes. There is a visitors information centre with an exhibition. Access is free but must be accompanied by a qualified guide.

    4. Tordero River Valley

      Tordera River Basin is a non-regulated river basin and presents typical Mediterranean conditions with a high environmental diversity, ranging from the mountain tops of the headwaters to the delta area where it meets the Mediterranean Sea. A day here visiting different sites along the river’s long profile will allow you to understand river processes and investigate channel characteristics like velocity, discharge, gradient and channel efficiency.

    5. Castellfollit de la Roca

      The small town of Castellfollit de la Roca rises up on a spectacular columnar basalt escarpment, 40 metres high and nearly a kilometre long that has been shaped by the river Fluvià. It is a spectacular study in the use of volcanic material in construction and of the way volcanoes have transformed the landscapes.

    6. Montserrat

      Montserrat is one of Catalonia’s most important religious sites but is also a Natural Park. Made of conglomerate rock, the name means “saw mountain” in Catalan reflecting its distinctive serrated limestone pinnacles caused by erosion and weathering. A visit here can include a funicular ride to the summit or the Collbató caves inside the mountain itself.

  • Places to stay
    • Hotel Calypso

      Hotel Calypso in Salou is 10 minutes from the beach and 3 km from Port Aventura theme park. The hotel is surrounded by restaurants and shops. Salou’s beautiful sandy beach is just 400 metres from the hotel. 2-4 bedded rooms all with private facilities, safe, air-conditioning, restaurant, swimming pool

    • Hotel Guitart Rosa

      Located in a colonial building in a charming area of Lloret de Mar's shopping centre, the Guitart Rosa is just 200 metres from the beach and marine promenade - 2 & 3 bedded rooms - All rooms with private facilities, TV, telephone & air-conditioning - Swimming pool, bar, table tennis

    • Hotel Montmar

      In the centre of Roses, 150m from the beach - 3 & 4 bedded rooms - All rooms with private facilities, telephone & TV - TV room, bar & restaurant

    • Hotel Univers

      Situated on the sea front, in front of the prestigious port and 100 metres from the heart of the old town of Roses -3 & 4 bedded rooms all with private facilities, telephone & TV -Restaurant, swimming pool, TV room & meeting rooms

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