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8 things to do in Barcelona

Posted by Laura Lalonde on Wed, Feb 4, 2015 @ 11:56 AM


Planning a Barcelona tour? That, my friend, is a great idea.

There’s nothing quite like the flavour of Barcelona Spain. It’s dynamic, it’s affordable, and the energy is infectious, as if everyone is looking to celebrate. And with an abundance of things to do and see, we’re right with them. A class trip to this city is the perfect way to inspire your students' sense of discovery. With its blend of cultural institutions, architectural marvels, and bustling public spaces, here are 8 essential things to do in Barcelona.

First thing's first: forget the motorcoach - we’re travelling on foot through this festive city!

  • Party your way down Las Ramblas

    Winding down Las Ramblas during a class trip to Barcelona

    You’ll need some energy before you tackle this 1.2 km long cultural phenom, and we suggest you start at the Boqueria market. The market dates way back to the 13th Century, and has been up and running ever since. We suggest you snack on a salty slice of jamòn - it’s somewhere between bacon and ham, but better. Don't be shy to ask the butcher for the best slice! You'll need the boost before you...
  • Hop on a bike tour

    A gorgeous mural spotted during a class trip to Barcelona

    At the end of Las Ramblas is a circle by the name of Plaça Catalunya. It’s the epicenter of the Ramblas strip. Here, you can hop on a bike, a bus or a walking tour to get a feel for the old city. And when you’re done with that…
  • Hit the beach!

    Sandcastles spotted during a class trip to Barcelona

    Well, technically Barceloneta beach is a little further down the coast, but sitting on the dock at the end of Las Ramblas is a great way for you and your student group to wind down and take in the city’s thriving coast. We suggest you pick up a waffle at one of the nearby waffle stands, and watch the boats sail in before you...
  • Visit the contemporary museum

    Students outside the MACBA in Barcelona

    For those who are artistically inclined, head over to the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) - the city’s famous contemporary art museum. There’s even a Keith Haring mural on the wall outside! And when you’re done there…
  • Head over to the Gothic Quarter

    The hauntingly beautiful Placa de Sant Felip Neri during a class trip to Barcelona

    Barcelona is full of fascinating nooks and crannies, and the Gothic Quarter is a great place to come in close contact with the events and monuments that helped shape Spanish history. Make sure to visit Placa de Sant Felip Neril; the walls of this beautiful and unassuming public square are peppered with bullet holes from the Spanish Civil War. Next up...

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  • Take a gander at Gaudi

    The stunning Sagrada Familia, shot during a class trip to Barcelona

    With swirling columns and dreamy architecture, Antoni Gaudì is one of the most famous architects out there. Although his most famous building, the Sagrada Familia, has yet to be completed, it remains the most visited monument in all of Spain. And while we're on the topic of potential souvenirs...
  • Visit a flea market

    Class trip to Barcelona, Encants Flea Market

    Looking for some cool Catalonian souvenirs? Look no further than the city’s flea markets. They set up shop in nearly every courtyard in the city. You’re sure to find something truly authentic. And once you've found your gem it's time to cap things off with a...
  • Hike up to Park Güell

    A student group visiting Park Güell in Barcelona

    If there’s one epic staircase that’s worth the climb, it’s the one that leads to Gaudi’s majestic Park Güell. Built way back in 1914, the porcelain balcony and intricate tile work are a feast for the eyes as you look out onto the beautiful city you just conquered.

This is only the tip of the iceberg! Between its rich history and bustling diversity, there’s never a dull moment in this gorgeous Catalonian city. Enjoy your trip!

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