Barcelona & Catalonia Music School Trips & Tours

Barcelona has a multitude of fantastic museums and galleries, while its historic past provides a wealth of cathedrals and memorable performance venues. NST has a wide range of accommodation in the surrounding coastal towns, which provide a fabulous mix of music concert venues, leisure activities and sandy beaches.

Sample itinerary

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.

Morning Afternoon Evening
1 Daytime flight from Ireland. Check into accommodation. Meet local Agent Representative to talk through all arrangements Local orientation
2 Free time to rehearse or spend in resort Visit to Dalí Museum, Figueres Concert in Tossa de Mar Town Square
3 Barcelona - visit Sagrada Familia & Parc Güell Stroll down Las Ramblas, visit Port Vell Concert at Castle Lighthouse, Tossa de Mar
4 Visit traditional port of Tossa de Mar Free time on the beach or additional afternoon in Barcelona Concert at Hostalric
5 Last minute shopping & sightseeing in Barcelona Transfer to the airport for return flight to Ireland
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Morning Daytime flight from Ireland. Check into accommodation. Meet local Agent Representative to talk through all arrangements
Afternoon Local orientation
Evening
Morning Free time to rehearse or spend in resort
Afternoon Visit to Dalí Museum, Figueres
Evening Concert in Tossa de Mar Town Square
Morning Barcelona - visit Sagrada Familia & Parc Güell
Afternoon Stroll down Las Ramblas, visit Port Vell
Evening Concert at Castle Lighthouse, Tossa de Mar
Morning Visit traditional port of Tossa de Mar
Afternoon Free time on the beach or additional afternoon in Barcelona
Evening Concert at Hostalric
Morning Last minute shopping & sightseeing in Barcelona
Afternoon Transfer to the airport for return flight to Ireland
Evening

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Top performance venues

Barcelona Cathedral

Sacred choirs and classical orchestras can perform a 45-minute concert at this prestigious Gothic cathedral.

Montserrat Monastery

An historic pilgrimage site where St Peter supposedly hid the statue of Virgin Mary of the Black Madonnas of Europe. Choirs can sing for ten minutes before the daily performance of the ‘Salve Regina’ by its famous boys’ choir. A fabulous opportunity for groups to perform.

Girona Cathedral

The cathedral stands in the ancient walled city of Girona situated on a fortress-like hill, high above the River Onyar.

La Sagrada Familia Cathedral

Choirs who wish to take a tour of this impressive venue may also perform a short sacred programme in the chapel of Sagrada Familia, Gaudi’s, as yet unfinished, architectural masterpiece.Choirs who wish to take a tour of this impressive venue may also perform a short sacred programme in the chapel of Sagrada Familia, Gaudi’s, as yet unfinished, architectural masterpiece.

Hotel Reymar, Malgrat de Mar

Spacious, well-lit performance area at the hotel, where you will get a good audience at most times of the year.

Salesianos Church

Groups with fitting programmes may perform in the spacious Salesian church, which attracts good audiences.

Eglisa de Sant Bartolemeu, Sitges

This parish church located on the Catalonian coastline allows a mixture of music to be performed and attracts good local audiences.

Sant Roma Church, Lloret de Mar

This colourful church fuses together the original Catalan-Gothic architecture and more contemporary elements synonymous with turn of the century Catalan Modernism. Choirs with a sacred programme are invited to perform here for largely local audiences.

Promenade, Malgrat de Mar

With a fantastic view of the sea, this venue attracts lots of passers-by and proves popular in the summer.

La Roca, Lloret de Mar

A great place to perform due to its popularity with audiences frequenting the promenade.

Jardi Del Rei, Museu Maritim de Barcelona

The historic Maritime Museum gardens offer groups the opportunity to take part in their free concert series during the summer, a must for bands wanting to perform in the city itself.

Pedralbes Shopping Centre, Barcelona

This top-class shopping centre, located in the heart of Barcelona’s financial district, hosts a variety of musical performances and offers a great stage for guest artists.


Top visits

La Sagrada Família

Gaudí’s unfinished masterpiece remains a popular tourist attraction and a world renowned emblem of the city. Pupils will be amazed by its sheer size and its architectural complexity.

Based on Gaudí’s plans of 1954, this stunning building is still under construction and is due to be completed in 2026. During a visit here, pupils can walk up the spiral steps to see the openwork spires whilst at the same time stone snakes, lizards and frogs pop out from the architecture.

Nou Camp Stadium

This world-famous football stadium offers pupils the opportunity to experience the awe-inspiring size of this venue whilst also learning about the heritage and history of Barcelona FC. 

Park Güell

Take a visit to the famous park which was designed by Antonio Gaudí. Beautiful examples of his extraordinary work can be seen here. The serpentine pathways take you on a journey past a magnificent fusion of architecture and natural forms, benches shaped like dragons, a gatehouse topped with fly agaric mushrooms and Casa Batlló’s melting façade, resembling skulls, masks and sharks teeth. The park’s high-point also provides fabulous views of the city.

A fascinating visit for all groups and a must for anyone studying 3D.

Las Ramblas

Pupils will enjoy wandering along this famous street with its variety of shops, cafés, market stalls and street entertainers.

PortAventura

NST and PortAventura have been working closely together to bring you the very best value tickets. 

PortAventura has everything to make a school trip unforgettable! Both pupils and teachers will have a great time in the two amazing parks. PortAventura Park is an astonishing amusement park divided in six thematic areas with many rides and shows. Costa Caribe Aquatic Park is a water park packed with waves and slides. 

Together you can travel around the six themed areas of the park: Mediterrània, China, México, Polynesia, Far West and SésamoAventura. Take in several shows, from the dazzling wonders of Teatro Imperial in China to the exotic dances of Polynesia and then enjoy the thrills and spills of the many, many rides. 

Aquapolis Water Park

A great water park that has several slides and a free dolphin show.

Dalí Theatre & Museum

The spectacular Dalí museum will astound groups with its surrealism, from its exterior architecture to the paintings, sculptures, furniture and 3D collages within.

This museum contains the broadest range of work from Salvador Dalí’s career and the building of the museum is as surreal as the exhibits within. One room even turns into Mae West’s face when viewed from a small stage.

Water World

The largest water park on the Costa Brava has numerous water rides and even a bungee-jump. 

Flamenco Show

This fascinating show, based on the heart-stopping and passionate art of Flamenco dancing, is a must for groups and a true cultural experience from Spain’s musical heritage.

Gothic Quarter

Originally a Roman Village, this beautiful area is a fantastic combination of old and new with the main attraction of a stunning cathedral. The narrow winding streets, with their many shops and eateries, are great for exploring!

Poble Espanyol

A complete village consisting of streets and squares with reconstructions of famous or characteristic buildings from all over Spain. Pupils can practise their language skills in the many buildings housing working craftspeople, souvenir shops, cafés and restaurants.

Port Vell

The renovated harbour area has a number of attractions including the IMAX Cinema and Maremagnum. Pupils can explore the largest aquarium in Europe, observing over 450 different species and marvellous underwater scenes. Visit the wide range of shops, eateries, an arcade games centre and a state-of-the-art large screen cinema, offering 3D movie experiences, too! 

Tapas Tasting Evening

Pupils can taste a wide variety of traditional Spanish dishes at this fun and popular evening activity. Available within all resorts.


Evening activites

  • A quiz or disco at your hotel (most hotels can provide a room for groups to use in the evenings)

Expert's comment

“Barcelona and the Catalonian coast is a great destination for music groups. Concerts in coastal parish churches attract the best audiences, as do beach resorts in the summer, which provide a lively backdrop for fun, informal performances.”


Transport

We offer flights from a variety of departure airports and we’ll work with you to plan your route at the best value possible.

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