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Southern Catalonia Spanish Language School Trips & Tours

A trip to Spain’s ‘Gold Coast’ will give your language pupils the opportunity to explore a diverse area which extends from the city of Barcelona to Tarragona in the south. With a range of educational visits to choose from, the area also boasts endless miles of golden sandy beaches, lively resorts and PortAventura theme park. A school trip to this picturesque region is ideal for groups seeking a budget-friendly base to explore the area.

On your Spanish language study tour to Southern Catalonia, you’ll benefit from our first-hand knowledge of visits, attractions and accommodation that will best suit your group’s needs. 

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 coach tour of Barcelona taking in the key sights (Plaza Catalunya, the Gothic Quarter & Cathedral, the Ramblas & Columbus Monument and more) Stroll around Salou
2 Montserrat Monastery Roman town of Tarragona Bowling in Tarragona
3 Montjuic, the Olympic Stadium and Poble Espanyol Maremagnum Magic Show
4 Markets of Barcelona Transfer to the airport for return flight to Ireland
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Morning Flight from Ireland. Meet & Greet with NST Representative
Afternoon Guided coach tour of Barcelona taking in the key sights (Plaza Catalunya, the Gothic Quarter & Cathedral, the Ramblas & Columbus Monument and more)
Evening Stroll around Salou
Morning Montserrat Monastery
Afternoon Roman town of Tarragona
Evening Bowling in Tarragona
Morning Montjuic, the Olympic Stadium and Poble Espanyol
Afternoon Maremagnum
Evening Magic Show
Morning Markets of Barcelona
Afternoon Transfer to the airport for return flight to Ireland

On-tour support

On-tour support includes...


Popular options in Southern Catalonia

Top visits

Font Major Caves

Amaze your students with a visit to the museum and underground caves, which bear traces of human occupation in this region from the Palaeolithic, Neolithic, Bronze and Iberico-Roman ages. 

The Gaudí Centre

Dedicated to the work of Antonio Gaudí, Catalonia’s most revered architect, this modern facility uses the latest audiovisual technology to enable your students to open their minds and senses and try and see the world through Gaudí’s eyes.


This picturesque, small, yet lively town is a popular holiday resort for Spanish families. Students will enjoy exploring its excellent beaches, bustling promenade and its host of attractions in the old town surrounding the Cathedral. 


Now a modern port, the city is home to many Roman ruins, including the impressive ‘Devil’s Bridge’ aqueduct and the Ampitheatre. 

Torres Wine Caves

Learn how this famous winery combines the tradition of wine making with modern technology. An hour-long tour begins in the vast visitors centre with an audio-visual history of the winery.


The magnificent city of Barcelona is a highlight for the majority of groups staying on the Northern Catalonian coast. As many of the resorts are within easy reach, then groups can include visits to La Sagrada Familia, Montjuïc, Nou Camp, Parc Güell, Las Ramblas …and many more


This historic, hilly area provides the best views of Barcelona. Students 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. Students 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. 

Las Ramblas

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

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.


Spotify Camp Nou Stadium

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

Nou Camp will be closed for renovations from May 2023.

Tapas Tasting Evening

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

Sitges & Calafell Town Trails

Students follow trail instructions and answer questions in Spanish in this informative and enjoyable way to explore the town. Our trails are an excellent method of getting pupils to read, repeat and understand Spanish signs, words and phrases. 

Aqualeon Aquapark

Students will enjoy both the open-air safari and animal shows and the wide mix of water slides and wave pools. 

Language Workshops at Cambrils & Coma-Ruga Language Schools

In a relaxed environment, students will take part in speaking and listening sessions with native speakers, greatly enhancing their learning experience. 

We can provide an intensive Spanish language course in Cambrils and Coma-Ruga. Offering fully tailored courses, these schools will ensure your students receive relevant content and delivery methods according to their study level. Students will be split into smaller groups with qualified teachers. Lessons are normally taken in the morning, leaving the afternoon free to undertake a programme of general and cultural visits to further support your studies.


We have been working closely with PortAventura to bring you the very best value tickets.

PortAventura has everything to make a trip here unforgettable! Both students 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. 

Evening activites

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

Educational resources

Free Go Explore journals

We understand that learning resources form an important part of a language tour. Our free Go Explore educational resources are a great tool for pupils to record their language experience and build their confidence when exploring another culture, language and location.

With space to add information, pre-visit notes, a daily journal about what they’ve seen and learnt and space for relevant vocabulary our journals are useful for assisting in controlled assessment preparation and is a valuable memento of time spent abroad.


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


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

  • Priority rebooking services
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