Catalonia, in particular Barcelona is always a popular destination for school groups, and our Geography programme along with our expert local guides can deliver an exciting range of learning opportunities for GCSE and A-Level students. In Barcelona itself, geography school trips can explore urban environments, regeneration and sporting sites including the Olympic site, which are just three themes to focus on. Whilst outside of the city, popular geography study visits include field work at a volcanic natural parks and an agriculture park. With exciting cultural visits to tag onto your school trip including spending the day at Port Aventura, let our Barcelona destination specialists put your ideal trip into action.
Use our sample itinerary to help picture what your trip could look like. Our itineraries are flexible, visits and timings will be planned based on your needs.
Fight to Barcelona
Meet your local representative and transfer to your accommodation for check in
Evening meal and free time for local orientation
Full Day at Port Aventura Theme Park
Evening Meal. Free time to relax
Full Day excursion to Barcelona taking in Las Ramblas, Port Vell and entry to the Nou Camp and Sagrada Familia
Transfer to the airport for your return flight home
The Parc de Montjuïc overlooks the port, and offers a plethora of green areas, gardens and museums, sports facilities and Olympic sites. Visit here with your city guide to consider the 1992 Olympics and the major renewal of the area underwent. You will also see the Olympic Museum/Stadium as part of a panoramic tour of the city Move on to Port Olympic, which was totally renovated to host the sailing events and now is a popular sport for tourists with its restaurants, bars and shops. The nearby Olympic village is now a popular hotel and office area and provides a pleasant promenade linking the beach to the urban areas.
This interesting half day is guided by staff Arquitectura Reversible, an organisation formed by architects whose main objective is the diffusion of architecture and geography in Barcelona.
Since the Olympic Games of 1992 the City Council of Barcelona began a regenerating the whole waterfront of the city, ending in 2026 with the opening of the Forum Park.
Built on the central sewage plant of the city, where the river Besós meets the sea, the Forum Park is a large scale complex of public facilities -the zoological museum, a Congress Centre, an enormous Esplanade for public acts, green areas with open-air auditoriums and solar energy infrastructures.
Groups will carry out half of this interesting walk with an architect from Arquitectura Reversible, and then cry out trail of the area in smaller groups with tablets to assist them.
Barcelona was historically one of the leading port cities of the Mediterranean. In 1751 a large area of land was built on, ‘the Barceloneta’ a popular neighbourhood, traditionally inhabited by sailors, fishermen and workers of the docks.
In more recent times the commercial activities of the port moved to a larger area, south of Barcelona, and the old harbour has been regenerated to host leisure, retail and touristic facilities, giving the Barceloneta a new lease of life.
In the heart of La Garrotxa Volcanic Natural Park our specialist English-speaking guides from the Green Volcanic Association will assist your group in discovering the secrets of the local volcanic landscape – the largest in the Iberian Peninsula - and the impact of this protected area on the local population and landscape. Our recommended day options include:
1. Processes in the formation of volcanic rocks:
TOPICS: Plate tectonics, European Rift, Volcanic landscape: uses and resources
You’ll meet your expert guide and firstly the visit Croscat, the tallest and youngest volcano in the Iberian Peninsula. Here, we will learn about the structure of cinder cones, inside and out, and the nature of volcanic materials. As well, we will look at how a rural landscape adapts to and benefits from the presence of the volcanoes.
After lunch, you’ll head off to Sant Joan les Fonts, where we will look at the basalt formed when a lava flow solidifies. You will also examine the lenticular formations and basalt columns formed as the lava flow cools and the three lava flows that coursed along the valley of the river Fluvià.
An ideal visit for discovering pyroclasts and basalts resulting from volcanic eruptions.
2. A volcanic system and eruption sequence
TOPICS: Plate tectonics, European Rift, Different types of eruptions, Eruptive systems, Analysis of volcanic material: pyroclasts and lava flows
Begin the day with a walk up to the crater of the Santa Margarida volcano. This cinder cone was formed by the first phase of the eruption and the crater’s width gives us some idea of the initial power of this eruption. You’ll then head for Croscat, the youngest volcano the Iberian Peninsula. Its pyroclastic deposits provide clues as to the 2nd to 5th phases of this eruption, now Strombolian in nature. Next you will visit La Pomereda, where the lava flow from the final effusive phase is revealed. Finally, you will visit the Fageda de’n Jordà, a beech wood standing on Croscat’s ‘aa’ lava flow, where you can walk on its roughened surface and visit some of its remarkable blisters.
An ideal visit for discovering the true nature and power of volcanic eruptions and just how they mould and influence the landscape.
3. Human Impact: How Would You Run a Natural Park
TOPICS: Management in a protected area, Human impact in an important area for tourism, Plate tectonics
Head for a day in the Natural Park to enable students to find out how the park is run. You will visit sites as diverse as the main car parks, the information centres, the former rubbish tip, private houses, various tourist sites and the volcano of Croscat.
Each student will be given the task of carrying out an environmental impact of the areas, with the details of the subjects that need to be tackled. At the end of the day, the groups will draft a document with recommendations for managing this protected area.
4. A case study: how to manage a natural park in a humanised peri-urban landscape
TOPICS: Management of a protected landscape, Human and Social impact, Reconciliation of landscape conservation and economic activities
In groups, students will be given roles of local interest groups to play during the day. Each group will be given information on their interest group’s motivations and aims before undergoing a guided exploration of many different sites in the park to analyse the elements and activities that characterise this protected area including the park’s HQ and a business venture, before a joint summary of each group’s opinions.
From the bay of Roses, a coastal landscape and coastal ecosystem analysis will be carried out in one of the most beautiful Mediterranean coast spots, Costa Brava-Cap Creus.
In the morning undertake a landscape interpretation based on maps and your guide explanations of the geology of the area, human changes in the landscape, main features of the landscape).
Your groups will also conduct a human impact analysis, assessing human impact, identifying key issues and possible solutions.
After lunch, discuss coastal maritime ecosystem theories with your guide with opportunities to carry out data gathering in 2 differing locations.
The eastern part of Barcelona has lived one of the most spectacular urban transformations in the last 30 years; it has gone from an old industrial to a new model of compact city. The regeneration of this area has not only improved the look has also about made it smart and sustainable. Some of the most outstanding examples are:
This tour will discover the urban transformation in a chronological order, from the 1992 Olympic Games, to the Forum and the 22@Barcelona district. It includes an insight into the different strategies that buildings have used to solve the main issue of a Mediterranean city: allowing light in while keeping heat out.
Enjoy a guided visit with a site specialist to Llobregat Agricultural Park, located in the floodplains of the delta and the valley of the Llobregat River, occupying a central position within the metropolitan area of Barcelona.
This day is organised around 6 concepts that help to understand the delta and its formation as well as its specific characteristics, accessing the areas, shape, composition, gradient, size, evolution and land use.
The delta holds notable botanical and zoological singularities closely connected to the wetlands: the end of the river, lakes, and coastal pinewoods on pristine beaches with dunes and rare vegetation.
The first maritime-terrestrial park in Spain is an area of unique geological configuration as well as exceptional biological and scenic quality. Combined with the rich vegetation, in which Mediterranean and continental elements coexist, there are numerous strange species, some endemic. We offer two walks led by an expert guide;
1. This beautiful walk takes the coastal path from follows an age-old trail along the rocky coastline as far as a lighthouse at the easternmost point of the Iberian Peninsula. On the way, the path passes between dry-stone walls, visits lonely coves and in spring is a riot of colour. Eagles, seabirds, orchids, butterflies all await your group. Your guide will share their knowledge of the parks features along the way. Distance: 3.5 miles spread over a full day
2. A guided walk from Cap de Norfeu, a special protection area, back to Roses along the wonderful coastal path. You’ll pass along one of the best-preserved sections of the Costa Brava to the interpretation centre at Punta Falconera. You will examine the geology of the area and take a look at both the flora and fauna , whilst enjoying wonderful views over Roses Bay. Distance of 5 miles spread over a full day.
We can include specific visits in your itinerary, additional visits can be added based on the trip length and needs of the curriculum or teacher.Get A Quote
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