WST visit Madrid and Castilla y León!

6 June 2016

At WST, we regularly visit destinations as it gives us a true sense of the location, culture and atmosphere for upcoming trips, which means we can arrange outstanding and well-organised tours.

We recently visited Castilla y León, which is located between Madrid and the Portuguese border, home to some of Spain's most stunning heritage cities. Nine separate provinces make up Castilla y León, including Avila and Segovia – two places we would visit over a few days. Read on to see what we got up to.


The first day of our trip saw us explore Alcalá de Henares, a beautiful, intimate city which was the birthplace of author Miguel de Cervantes. Whilst there, we visited the Cervantes Birthplace Museum, which, according to scholars, is where the writer was born and spent his younger years. The museum showcases collections in the temporary exhibition hall, with rooms that recreate the daily rituals of those living in the 16th and 17th century.

Following this, we journeyed to the World Heritage City of Segovia, and took in the sights with a guided tour. The city is home to a magnificent Roman aqueduct, the fortress - Alcázar of Segovia, and a large number of beautiful churches and palaces. It is a striking city and one the students will certainly enjoy.

From here, we checked-in to Avila which is approximately an hour away – for a day of more exploring tomorrow.


Early on Friday evening, after a leisurely afternoon, we took a guided tour through Avila, which is the highest province capital in Spain and a popular medieval city. We explored the breath-taking medieval walls, before stopping off at a local craft studio - for even more things to do.


On our way to Madrid for the third leg of our expedition, we toured San Lorenzo del Escorial, just 40 minutes from the center of Madrid, a popular site for school trips due to its natural surroundings.

Here is where we got to visit the spectacular monastery which was also once home to King Phillip II. You must visit the monastery to discover its true beauty as the Spanish keep its history protected. The guides will tell you fascinating tales about Phillip II as you explore what was once his home. You’ll also get to explore some of the fantastic artwork displayed on the walls.

Madrid is popular for its diverse collection of art museums so whilst there, we walked along the Paseo de las Artes, where many of the museums are located, and visited Museum del Prado.


On our last day, before checking out, we explored Real Madrid Bernabeu Stadium – a popular school trip site, and Teatro Real, Madrid’s opera house, where we enjoyed a coffee on the terrace. We then had  brunch in Madrid before travelling to the airport.

Places to stay

Throughout our trip, we carried out a number of site inspections and stayed in various accommodation across Madrid and Castilla y León, to ensure each one has the facilities for large school trips.