School Trips to Spain
Field trips to Spain are an opportunity to spin familiar holiday destinations on their heads
Undoubtedly, Spain is the top choice for Spanish Language trips, but it’s also a popular destination for Art & Design, Geography, Dance & Drama, Food Technology and even Maths trips!
Bursting with culture and a truly diverse landscape – all corners of Spain are ideal for a school trip, all the way from Barcelona to the Canary Islands.
The cosmopolitan city of Barcelona is one of our most popular school trip options. Famed for its world-famous architecture including the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Casa Batlló – Barcelona is an inspiring location for aspiring artists and designers. Barcelona is also a favoured destination for Food and Technology trips, where students can take part in a variety of Spanish and Catalan cooking workshops and visit the many food stalls at La Boqueria market.
Just a 90-minute drive away from Barcelona is Platja d’Aro, where a wide variety of sports and cultural excursions are on offer. Platja d’Aro is a picturesque seaside town, situated on the stunning Costa Brava coast. Boasting a Mediterranean climate, this area of Spain is an all year-round destination with various attractions such as Montserrat National Park, PortAventura World – one of Europe’s most exciting theme parks and Water World, which features the world’s tallest bungee jump tower!
Madrid is a great option for Spanish Language trips, with its variety of attractions, markets and language schools, giving students plenty of opportunity to practice their Spanish skills. Highlights of Madrid include experiencing an authentic flamenco dance show and visiting the world-famous Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, home to Real Madrid FC.
Geography students will love visiting The Canary Islands. At Equity we provide Geography trips to the beautiful islands of Lanzarote and Tenerife. Visit Tenerife and take a day excursion to Mount Teide – the emblem of the Canary Islands. This active volcano dominates the island’s scenery and is without a doubt Tenerife’s most spectacular natural feature.
Do we need a visa to travel to Spain?
If everyone in your group holds a British Citizen passport, you will not need to apply for visas to enter Spain. Please note that this only applies for tourist trips lasting less than 90 days.
From 1st January 2021, everybody in your group must have at least 6 months left on an adult or child passport to travel to most countries in Europe.
How will Brexit affect travelling to Spain?
For the latest information from the UK Government on travelling to Spain please see: gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain/entry-requirements
What is the best way for a school group to travel to Spain?
Without a doubt, travelling by plane to Spain is the quickest option. With direct links from the UK’s main airports to major Spanish airports such as Barcelona, Madrid, Malaga, Valencia, Seville, and Tenerife.
Some groups choose to travel by coach, stopping along the way, but it is only possible for the coach driver to drive as far as Barcelona and Costa Brava in north eastern Spain.
Can we use our mobile phones in Spain?
You will need to check the terms and conditions of your mobile phone network plan to see whether data usage in the EU is covered.
Can we drink water from the tap in Spain?
Tap water is considered to be safe in Spain unless marked otherwise. You may want to advise your group to bring along their own reusable water bottles which can be topped up.
Is tipping customary in Spain?
Tipping is often left to the discretion of the customer in Spain, which can often be slightly confusing to those travelling to Spain for the first time.
When eating out in Spain, check the bill which may include a cover charge, normally labelled as ‘Pan’ (bread). Please note, this isn’t a service charge and won’t be distributed to the staff. More recently, it has become more customary to tip between 5% - 10% of the bill when dining at a restaurant. It is not absolutely necessary, but is greatly appreciated by waiting staff. It is also a lot more common in Spain to tip with cash rather than by card. In addition, if you’re just stopping for a drink, you’re not expected to tip.
If you are on a free guided walking tour, you are generally expected to tip what you feel the tour is worth, as this could be the main source of income for the tour guide. The general consensus is to tip between €5 - €10pp, but understandably this may be a lot for large groups. We advise to discuss this with your Group Coordinator if you have any queries.
Some groups will also tip their coach driver, again this is up to the discretion of the Party Leader.
Where is the best place in Spain for a Spanish language trip?
Each destination we offer in Spain has its own unique personality and attractions. Perhaps it’s no surprise that Barcelona is our most popular Spanish city for school trips. However, Madrid comes in a close second. Both of these cities offer a lively and bustling atmosphere, which your students will thrive off of.
On the other hand, if you’re looking for something “less typical” and want to combine your strip with other subjects, Seville and Granada boast a wide collection of Moorish architecture that will leave your group in awe.
In addition, if you want to be by the beach, both Valencia and Malaga are exceptional options. They offer a variety of activities – from flamenco lessons to exploring the local food markets, which both play a great role in language learning.
What is the current Coronavirus advice and government recommendations in regard to school trips to Spain?
As a tour operator we follow the latest Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCDO) guidance. For the latest travel advice to Spain please see: gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain.
If you have any queries about an upcoming school trip to Spain with us, please email your designated Group Coordinator or email firstname.lastname@example.org which will be forwarded onto the relevant member of staff.
Take your pick from our choice of school trips to Spain.
If there is a location you’re particularly interested in and don’t see listed, please contact us and we can provide a recommendation and quote for you. All of our tour itineraries can be made bespoke to suit your requirements.