Spanish Language Trips to Valencia
Spain's third largest city Valencia is content to let Madrid and Barcelona grab the headlines while it gets on with being a thriving and very liveable city. Combining sandy beaches, rich history, breath taking architecture and incredible cuisine Valencia is bursting with Mediterranean exuberance and is a perfect destination for a Spanish language school trip.
Spend the day at the sculptural buildings of the City of Arts and Sciences visiting the science museum, IMAX cinema, planetarium, opera house and aquarium. Of more historical interest are the Cathedral which has reputedly been home of the mythical Holy Grail for the past 500 years. The city’s silk exchange, covered Mercado Central and Bullring are other major attractions as is the local dish Paella. Valencia has the sites, sounds and smells to enthrall your students and bring the Spanish language and culture to life.
Curriculum Topics Key Stage 4
- Identity and culture
- Local area, holiday and travel
Curriculum Topics Key Stage 5
- Regional culture & heritage
- The world around us
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||Depart UK airport for flight to Valencia||Transfer to your accommodation. Guided walking tour of the city||Evening meal at a local restaurant|
|2||Visit the City of Arts and Sciences||Guided tour of Museo Fallero de Valencia||Valencian Paella meal at a local restaurant|
|3||Visit El Mercado Central and La Lonja||Spanish Language Workshop||Evening meal at a local restaurant|
|4||Visit to Serranos Tower||Transfer to airport for return flight||Arrive in the UK|
|Morning||Depart UK airport for flight to Valencia|
|Afternoon||Transfer to your accommodation. Guided walking tour of the city|
|Evening||Evening meal at a local restaurant|
|Morning||Visit the City of Arts and Sciences|
|Afternoon||Guided tour of Museo Fallero de Valencia|
|Evening||Valencian Paella meal at a local restaurant|
|Morning||Visit El Mercado Central and La Lonja|
|Afternoon||Spanish Language Workshop|
|Evening||Evening meal at a local restaurant|
|Morning||Visit to Serranos Tower|
|Afternoon||Transfer to airport for return flight|
|Evening||Arrive in the UK|
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Reasons to Visit
City of Arts and Sciences
Now one of the city’s most emblematic new symbols, students can discover here the world of science, nature and art. The eyeball-shaped Hemisferic houses a planetarium, laserium and IMAX theatre, and uses hydraulic lifts to make the building’s eyelids open and close. The centre makes excellent use of interactive games, experiments, theatre, workshops and guided tours to enhance the visit experience.
Constructed in 1928, Valencia’s central market is one of the most beautiful in all of Spain; a vast Modernista concoction of wrought iron and stained glass, surmounted with cupolas and whimsical weathervanes. The region of Valenciana is not known as Spain’s orchard for nothing and inside you’ll find a breathtaking array of colourful, fresh produce with almost 1,000 stalls to choose from.
Mestalla Stadium Tour
A unique visit to a Valencia CF Football Stadium (Mestalla) full of history and emotions. Visit the most relevant places, including the changing rooms and the pitch. Take a seat on the benches where the best players in the history of football have been. Take a look at the private and presidential boxes, visit the press room where the players are interviewed. Enjoy this Valencia football stadium tour.
Valencia’s huge annual fiesta is one of the best-known in Spain. Each neighbourhood competes to create the best Fallas- papier-mache figurines- which are then paraded around the town before being burnt. This museum preserves some of the papier mache figurines that are saved from the yearly street festival. The museum also displays photographs , posters and articles showing the history of the festivities.
Miguelete Bell tower
The Gothic-style Cathedral tower is a symbol of the city. It rises to a height of 50.85 metres, which is also the size of its perimeter. This eight-sided tower owes its name to one of its twelve bells, specifically the bell that marks the hours. The climb up the 207 steps rewards with splendid views over the ancient city.
There are excellent opportunities to improve your students’ language skills during your trip to Valencia. We can include Spanish lessons with native speakers tailored to your students level and ability. Lessons can be split over a number of days to balance with other visits and excursions.
These two imposing towers that guard a narrow gateway are the most spectacular survivors of the medieval city walls. Built in 1392, the towers have been used as a prison for knights and the nobility, and have since become a popular symbol of the city. You can enjoy splendid views of the city and the river Turia from its terraces.
Bioparc Valencia is a new generation zoo which aims to immerse its visitors into the wild habitats that have been recreated here: the Savannah, Madagascar and Equatorial Africa. Visitors can enjoy, practically without barriers, spectacular landscapes in which different species co‐exist as they would in nature.
Albufera Lake Boat Trip
Situated south of the city, Albufera is a wetland area that is home to the largest lake in Spain, and is famous for its rice production. Chaperoned by a rice farmer, your group will hear about the history and significance of rice in Albufera, and you will also learn about how the rice is cultivated. Groups will enjoy a boat trip to admire the beautiful scenery and wildlife on the lake.
Sant Josep Caves
Located in a National Park are the caves of San Jose. Take a boat trip along the longest navigable underground river in Europe which is one of the most extraordinary activities that the region of Valencia has to offer. The cavity emerged through the erosion of limestone which has been shaping stalactites and stalagmites for thousands of years. This pleasant boat ride accompanied by a guide will lead you through more than 2km that have been explored up to now.
Paella Workshop and Tasting
This interactive workshop starts with a visit to the Central Market to buy the ingredients needed to make the paella. You will then return to the kitchen to don your chef's hat and apron and learn how this typical Valencian dish is made. Groups will make their paella, under the supervision of a paella maestro who will speak to your group inSpanish or English, or a mixture of both, depending on your language learning requirements. You then get to eat your delicious paella.
Museum of Bullfighting
This Bullfighting Museum was the first to be founded in the
world. It contains matador suits, engravings, paintings and
momentos related to the art of bullfighting from the 18 th to
the 20th century. A great place to learn more about this controversial Spanish tradition.
Visit to an Orange Grove
One of Valencia’s most famous exports is Oranges. Take a trip to visit an Orange grove where groups will receive an educational tour of the groves to learn about how the oranges are grown and cultivated. They will then get the chance to pick their own oranges and mandarins in order to make their own fresh orange juice!
Terra Mitica Theme Park (Alicante)
The leading theme park in the area offering all the usual thrills and spills themed around 5 Mediterranean civilizations. Starting in Ancient Egypt, visitors can see the Pyramid of Keops or slide down the Cataracts of the Nile before heading to Greece, the Land of the Gods, with its huge Olympia theatre. Rome is next, offering the dizzy Flight of the Phoenix and the largest wooden roller coaster in Europe. A guaranteed crowd pleaser.
Held at the prestigious dance academy Rocio Giner, pupils will take part in a flamenco lesson. Learn about the history and heritage of the dance and try out some moves to the traditional music of flamenco.
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