A living museum of the vibrant, colourful excesses of Modernism - Barcelona boasts more Art Nouveau buildings than any other city in the world - this wonderful city is famed for its architecture, culture, shopping, tapas and above all for its style! Visit in December and you can also enjoy the city's spectacular Christmas lights and its fascinating Fira de Santa Llucia Christmas Market.
Set in front of Cathedral de la Seu the Fira de Santa Llúcia Christmas market is probably Barcelona’s most well-known and classic Christmas market. Held every December, it has stalls selling Christmas trees, decorations and mistletoe and is also a place to buy your Christmas Caga Tío, a log with a friendly face that is an important part of a Catalan Christmas. Then to keep warm, rest awhile at one of the city’s traditional ‘Chocolate Restaurants’ – ancient cafés known as granjas, and famed for their rich hot chocolate and delicious churros – doughnut-like cakes usually ‘dunked’ in the warming drink.
The Fira de Nadal a la Sagrada Familia is a smaller market that runs around the gardens outside Gaudi’s impressive, unfinished masterpiece. Although it is more spread out and smaller than the Fira de Santa Llúcia, as it sits at the foot of the Sagrada Familia it not only makes for an impressive setting, but offers the opportunity to combine a visit to the market with a visit to this iconic church.
With so much to see and do in Barcelona our included city travel card will enable you to make journeys across the length and breadth of the city. We then recommend you don your walking shoes so you make the most of your visits to each of the attractions.
Take time to stroll down La Rambla, Spain’s most celebrated street. Flower stalls, mime artists, the huge Boquería market, Gaudí’s magnificent Palau Güell and the Liceu opera house, as well as countless restaurants and tapas bars, ensure that progress from Plaça de Catalunya, the city’s central square, to the modern Port Vell area, overlooked by the 200-ft high Columbus monument, is a fascinating experience. No visit would be complete without seeing the remarkable – and truly awe-inspiring – Sagrada Família, the architect’s towering, unfinished temple which has become Barcelona’s most enduring symbol.
Everyday, practical situations such as visiting and purchasing items from a local market or shop offer the opportunity to practice speaking the language through conversing with native speakers, helping to re-enforce what students have been taught in the classroom. Immersing your students in the culture contributes towards their learning objectives and helps to improve a student’s confidence and develop their language skills.
What the price includes
- Return flights to Barcelona
- Return airport to accommodation coach transfers
- 2, 3 or 4 nights’ accommodation
- Continental breakfasts
- City travel card for the duration of your stay
- Meet & Greet Tour Manager Service in Berlin
- Individually tailored itinerary
- Educational Visits and Attractions Guide
- 1 Free Staff Place for every 10 students
- All Government Taxes, City Taxes, Service Charges & VAT
- 24 hour emergency cover and support