School Trips to Valencia

Valencia is Spain’s third largest city and has undergone a major regeneration to emerge as one of the most modern cities in Europe, successfully combining both the old and the new.

The old city, contained within Moorish walls, has a rich architectural history with religious buildings, and palaces that were built over many centuries. In contrast, major projects such as the futuristic City of Arts and Sciences, which includes a planetarium, oceanarium and interactive museum have revamped its cultural infrastructure.

The Bioparc Valencia is a new generation zoo which aims to immerse its visitors into the wild habitats that have been created there; Students can enjoy, practically without barriers, viewing the different species in spectacular landscapes as they would do so nature.

Other visits may include a Day Trip to Sagunto, a town piled onto a hillside under a ruined castle or a boat trip to the Sant Josep Caves which is the longest navigable underground river in Europe.

Finally, Valencia has several superb Beaches and a green ribbon of park winding right through the city. The wide breath of visits available make Valencia a perfect choice for a Spanish school trip.

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Day trip to Alicante

Although descended upon every year by thousands of tourists, it nevertheless has managed to remain authentic and pleasingly Spanish. Elegant, palm-lined boulevards stretch along the seafront, decorated with colourful azulejo tiles, and the old town is an atmospheric huddle of narrow streets. Must do’s include a visit to the Santa Barbara Medieval fortress, and the Modern Art Museum, that includes works by Dali, Picasso and Miro.

Mercado Central

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.

Bioparc Valencia

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.

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.

Day trip to Sagunto

On the coast 16 miles north of Valencia, Sagunto is a town piled onto a hillside under a ruined castle. Occupied by Iberians, Romans, Moors and Christians it is packed with vestiges of this rich history. The Jewish quarter, one of the oldest in Spain, is a dense labyrinth of compact, whitewashed houses, tiny passages and archways.

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.

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.

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.

Valencia Cathedral

A Roman temple stood on this site, then a mosque, before the cathedral was built between the 13th and 15th centuries, mixing Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque features. The museum contains a chalice recognised by the Vatican as possibly the original Holy Grail. See paintings by Goya and other major artists before climbing the 207 steps of the Miguelete bell tower for sweeping 360 degree views of the city skyline.

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.

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.

Day trip to Requena and Torre Oria Winery

Requena is a monumental city in the Ayora Valley and has a wine growing tradition going back many centuries. Underneath the town is an extensive network of caves which have been used in various ways throughout the centuries including storage places and wine cellars. There is a guided visit of the Torre Oria winery with a wine tasting at the end of the visit.

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.

Serranos Towers

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.

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!

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.

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