Catalonia has a wide range of accommodation along the coast. We will discuss with you what your objectives for the trip are and talk through your preferred visits and then advise on the best location and hotel to suit you.
If you prefer to be based in the city close to all the popular sights of Barcelona, there are some good standard youth centres around the city which all offer great facilities and cater specifically for students:
Alberg Pere Tarres
This is a purpose built youth hostel which accommodates students in en-suite rooms with bunk beds. It has superb facilities and is in a great location just of the Diagonal and 5 minutes walk from Nou Camp.
A modern youth hostel located close to the Sagrada Familia. Excellent facilities for school groups.
For a coastal resort with a real Spanish feel which give you great opportunities to practise Spanish, the Costa Dorada has some ideal hotels in small resorts with a real family feel. The Costa Dorada is approx. 1 hours drive from Barcelona and 45 minutes from Port Aventura Theme Park.
Hotel Canada Palace
This 4 star hotel is located just a 5 minute walk from the beach of Calafell. All rooms are of a very high standard and there’s a good sized swimming pool.
Hotel Natura Park
Located in the town of Coma-Ruga this 4 star hotel has great facilities including large swimming pool, meeting rooms and a games room. It’s just a few minutes walk from the beach.
Located north of Barcelona, the Costa Brava is a series of coastal resorts which caters for a range of foreign tourists. The hotels all have good recreational facilities and the resorts themselves have lots of activities and entertainment going on.
Hotel Don Juan
The Don Juan is a 3 star hotel in the beautiful seaside resort of Tossa de Mar. It is located in a quiet part of town and is 10 minutes walk from the beach. Tossa is at the top end of the Costa Brava and is approx 2 – 2½ hours drive from Barcelona.
Hotel Sehrs Oasis Park
This is a 3 star traditional hotel in Calella. Its located a few minutes walk from the beach and has great indoor and outdoor facilities. Calella is approx. 1hours drive to Barcelona.
Students will take part in listening and speaking sessions based around your key topics. They are ideal for preparation and practise in the morning before going out and about in the afternoon to try out their new range of vocabulary. A wide range of workshops are available in the resorts along the Catalonia coast.
THE GAME - Barcelona
Your students will divide into teams and with a guide when they will discover Barcelona via a series of challenges based around the 5 senses. Challenges include tapas tasting, listening to Spanish tunes and puzzle solving. This can be run in Spanish or in English dependent on your requirements and abilities. The challenge will last for 2 hours and the winning team will win t-shirts.
DAY IN THE LIFE OF PEDRO - Barcelona
This is a group activity which takes students through a typical day in the life of Pedro, from the moment he wakes up until he goes to bed at night. Each part of the day has a language challenge which they need to fulfil in order to continue to the next moment of the day.
WST Town Trails & Treasure Hunts
Town trails are a great way for your students to practice their language around visitor information and finding the way whilst exploring a new area. We have a fantastic, free 90 minute Treasure Hunt along Las Ramblas and free town trails for a number of resorts along the Catalonia coast.
Otherwise known as the Spanish Village. Located in the Monjuic area this is a reconstruction of a traditional Spanish village with traditional buildings, craft shops and cafes.
Markets are a great place to practise language and engage in interaction with locals. La Bocqueria market runs Monday to Saturday mornings on the Ramblas or contact us for details of market days in Girona, Tossa de Mar, Sitges and many more.
Spanish Film Night
If you want to improve their Spanish whilst keeping them busy in the evening, ask us about arranging a film night at your hotel. Many hotels can supply a range of DVD’s and have a TV in a meeting room that you could pre-book. Please ask us as early as possible about this so we can place you in a hotel which can offer this service. If your hotel doesn’t offer this, don’t worry, you can always go to the IMAX cinema at Port Vell. An ideal evening’s entertainment for A Level students.
Everybody who visits Catalonia will spend at least one day in Barcelona. Vibrant and cosmopolitan, you have so many opportunities here to soak up Spanish Culture
Enjoy wandering along this famous street that runs through the heart of the city. Take in the street artists, market stall, shops and cafes.
La Sagrada Familia
The iconic landmark of Barcelona, this famously unfinished masterpiece is one the most well known sights of Barcelona.
Located at the top of Las Ramblas this is the main hub of the city and packed with shops, department stores and cafes.
The world famous football stadium, home to Barcelona FC. With the ‘Camp Nou Experience’ you will see their trophies on display and learn more about the values, heritage and history of the club. There’s a great new multimedia area with interactive screens and tables and you can even walk through the player’s tunnel.
Rising up from the harbour area Montjuic offers superb views of the city. The site of much regeneration for the 1992 Olympics, Montjuic offers a range of visits including the Olympic Stadium, Poble Espanyol (Spanish Village), museums, funicular railway and parks and gardens.
The old town and historic quarter of the city. You can wander around the small windy streets, shop for souvenirs, admire the architecture and soak up the atmosphere from a pavement café.
Located on the harbour this is a recently developed area of Barcelona, with a great range of shops, museums and tapas restaurants. You’ll also find the IMAX Cinema and the Aquarium here.
Located to the north of the city this park is packed with samples of Gaudi’s work. There are great opportunities to sketch his pieces, or to sketch the views of the city from its elevated position, or just relax and soak up the atmosphere.
The Gaudi Experience
This is a unique 4D experience located 5 minutes from Parc Güell. Visitors will take an interactive journey through the creative universe of Antoni Gaudi. Along with the 4D experience, you can also spend time in the interactive exhibition to discover how nature inspired his creations.
Gaudi Houses – Casa Mila (La Pedrera), Casa Batllo
Two of the most famous buildings designed by Gaudi they are instantly recognisable amongst the architecture of Barcelona. They can be viewed from the outside or you can go inside to look closer at Gaudi’s attention to detail.
The Magic Fountains of Montjuic
An evening highlight in Barcelona, this is a fantastic display of light, colour and water acrobatics. Displays are usually at weekends only and at various times in the evening dependent on the season. Please contact us for times.
You will find a more relaxed atmosphere along the coast with great opportunities to dip into the history and heritage of the region
This beautiful medieval town is great to wander around to soak up the culture, with its old buildings, narrow streets, and gothic cathedral.
A well known centre of art and culture with the Dali Theatre Museum, the final resting place of Salvador Dali which contains the widest range of his work.
An authentic Spanish seaside town, picturesque location, great to wander around the cobbled streets, pick up souvenirs or walk around the old walled town and up to the lighthouse.
Located inland from the Costa Dorada Montserrat is a religious site famous as home to the Statue of the Black Madonna. Visit around mid-day and you can experience a performance from the world famous boys choir in the Cathedral and take in spectacular views.
A historic roman town where you can view a series of ruins including the amphitheatre and the ‘devils bridge’ aqueduct.
A must when you visit Spain if you really want to get a feel for the culture, you can try a range of traditional Spanish dishes. Available as an evening activity in all resorts.
A fun evening activity and a true cultural experience. Full of passion, colour and art.
Traditional paella or a lively evening at Hard Rock Café, make a restaurant meal part of your night out.
At Port Aventura Park, you'll visit exotic places such as China, Polynesia, the Far West, México, and Mediterrània. Discover full-on adrenaline rides including the tallest coaster in Europe, splash rides, gentle jungle swings and colourful shows from acrobatics to card tricks and magicians. The range of rides and attractions offers something for everyone.
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Full of adrenalin, excitement and fun. This is a unique theme park where you can enjoy discover all the secrets behind the legendary Italian brand. The Ferrari Experience includes a simulated ride, cinema experiences that will make you feel like you are inside a Ferrari, free fall tower and bounce back tower thrill rides.
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PortAventura Caribe Aquatic Park
This water park has a wide range of slides, pools, restaurants and shops. Highlights include King Kajhuna a 31 metre free fall slide (the highest water slide in Europe) and Ciclon Tropical, a multi bump slide of over 100 metres.
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