School trip to Madrid: culture and fun!


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Madrid, the Spanish capital, is also the capital of friendliness. Its lively atmosphere is contagious. It has so many facets – there is the old Madrid, the Madrid of the fine arts, of markets, of theatres and playhouses, of parks and gardens, not to mention its distinctive districts: the areas around La Latina, Lavapiés, Malasaña, Chueca, Chamberí, Retiro or Salamanca.

Madrid boasts a vast cultural and artistic heritage. As well as the Prado, Reina Sofía and Thyssen Museums it is home to top-ranking cultural centres including the Cibeles Centre of Culture and Citizenship, La Casa Encendida, CaixaForum, Fundación Mapfre, la Tabacalera or Matadero Madrid.

Another of its main attractions is that it is within striking distance of so many other towns with an equally impressive artistic and monumental heritage, such as El Escorial, Aranjuez, Alcalá de Henares, Toledo, Segovia and Avila.

Example of a school trip in Madrid:

D.1. Arrival and settling-in. Welcome to Madrid!

D.2. We start with a guided walking tour of the old Madrid with a stroll around Puerta del Sol, the Plaza Mayor, the Teatro Real, the Palacio Real and the Jardines de Oriente. After a picnic lunch in the Sabatini Gardens, students will visit the Royal Palace before finishing off the afternoon on a sweet note with some delicious hot chocolate and churros (dipping doughnuts).

D.3. A guided tour of the Prado museum which houses a stunning art collection, including masterworks by Velázquez and Goya amongst many others. After a picnic lunch in the Retiro Park students will do a Bernabeu tour (Real Madrid FC Museum and Stadium) before ending the day with a top flamenco show.

D.4. Excursion to the Warner Theme Park: rollercoasters, aquatic attractions and all the classic Warner Bros characters.

D.5. A half-day excursion to the Monastery and Palace of El Escorial. Picnic lunch in the gardens, followed by a guided tour of the medieval city of Segovia and its Roman aqueduct, Jewish Quarter and Alcazar fortress.

D.6. Farewell and departure. See you soon!

Other recommended activities:

  • The Reina Sofia Museum: featuring contemporary and 20th century art, including the stunning Guernica by Picasso and works by other artists such as Miró, Dalí, Julio González and Eduardo Chillida.
  • Museum of the Americas: featuring important pieces of pre-Colombian archaeology.
  • Guided Tour of the Las Ventas bullring.
  • Excursion to Alcalá de Henares, following in the steps of the author of Don Quixote. Students will visit the museum in Cervantes’ birthplace, a courtyard theatre, the Cervantes Study Centre and the University where every year the Cervantes Literary Award is presented.

Some of our favourites…

  • An introductory class to flamenco dancing: a fun activity trying out the basic steps and learning the rhythms of this classic southern Spanish dance.
  • Excursion to Aranjuez, 47 km from Madrid, where students will take a bike ride through the historic centre and visit the Palace and its gardens.

A few tips:

  • Madrid’s Adolfo Suárez-Barajas airport has numerous international connections. Madrid is also connected by the high-speed rail network with Seville, Cordoba, Malaga and Barcelona.
  • We offer a range of accommodation options for our groups of students in Madrid: hotels, youth hostels and, for optimum integration into local life and customs, we recommend a homestay with our welcoming host families.
  • Our school trips to Madrid can be combined with customized Spanish classes in the mornings.

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