Barcelona Cultural School Trips & Tours

A cultural school trip to the cosmopolitan city of Barcelona certainly won’t disappoint! The seaside city is steeped in history, offering a diverse range of educational visits and language enrichment experiences. NST can tailor-make your study tour itinerary to ensure that your pupils have the opportunity to explore this colourful destination whilst building on classroom-based learning.

During an NST cultural school trip to Barcelona, pupils will experience all things Catalonian. The rich history of the city, as well as the talents of its artists including Gaudí, Picasso and Dalí, is visible throughout the city’s many museums, landmarks and attractions.

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 Flight from Ireland. Meet & greet with NST representative Guided tour of Barcelona taking in the key sights (Plaza Catalunya, the Gothic Quarter & Cathedral & Columbus Monument & more) Las Ramblas
2 Montjuic, the Olympic Stadium and Poble Espanyol Nou Camp Stadium Explore Port Vell
3 Full day at PortAventura Bowling
4 Sagrada Familia.  Parc Guell. Return flight to Ireland
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Morning Flight from Ireland. Meet & greet with NST representative
Afternoon Guided tour of Barcelona taking in the key sights (Plaza Catalunya, the Gothic Quarter & Cathedral & Columbus Monument & more)
Evening Las Ramblas
Morning Montjuic, the Olympic Stadium and Poble Espanyol
Afternoon Nou Camp Stadium
Evening Explore Port Vell
Morning Full day at PortAventura
Afternoon Bowling
Evening
Morning Sagrada Familia.  Parc Guell.
Afternoon Return flight to Ireland
Evening

On-tour support

On-tour support includes...

  • Services of a See Off Representative at your departure airport

Top visits

Montjuïc

This historic, hilly area provides the best views of Barcelona. Pupils can explore its wide range of attractions, including the Olympic Stadium and the famous Spanish Village, Poble Espanyol, as well as artisan workshops and tapas bars. The Magic Fountain of Montjuïc offers a spectacular display of colour, light, movement, water and music too!

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.

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!

Las Golondrinas Boat Trip

This 40 minute trip across the Port of Barcelona will allow you to see the main cultural sites along the Port area, including the Maremagnum, Aquarium, the ‘Porta d’Europa’ bridge, a great view of the castle and Montjuïc. 

Art Galleries & Museums

The city is home to a number of fascinating art galleries and museums including the Modern Art Museum and the Picasso Museum.

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.

Markets

The markets at La Boqueria on the Ramblas (daily) and Plaça de les Glories (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays) are the ideal place to put language skills to the test and pick up a bargain.

Tapas Tasting Evening

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

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! 

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. 

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.

Aquapolis Water Park

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


Evening activites

  • Tapas Tasting
  • Flamenco Show
  • Bowling

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.

Flight


Giving you full support throughout

Before your tour

  • Your own dedicated NST contact
  • Bespoke tour itineraries
  • Unrivalled local knowledge & expertise
  • Curriculum linked visit programmes
  • Great value for money - no hidden costs
  • Free group leader inspection visits
  • Risk assessment guidance
  • Safety assured, transport, accommodation and visits

Whilst you're away

  • Free educational resources
  • Group-friendly accommodation
  • Exceptional standards of coaching
  • On-tour support from our reps on the ground
  • Support & assistance from our specialists guides throughout your tour
  • 24/7 support just a call away
  • Extensive group travel insurance

On your return

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