We have 2 homestay centres in the northern coast of Barcelona, in the towns of Masnou and Premià. These two towns, with a long-standing maritime tradition, lie around 15-20 km to the north of Barcelona. Today they are very different from the market and fishing villages of previous centuries, though they have managed to preserve their authenticity. Nowadays the vestiges of these maritime traditions are the nautical activities in the Marina of El Masnou and some of the old-time fishermen’s bars.
Their excellent road connections and proximity to Barcelona, along with their slower pace of life and peace and quiet, have made these towns a lovely spot both for living in or visiting. Both of them are essentially residential towns with hardly any tourism. Ideal for our groups of students!
Example of a school trip:
D.1. Morning arrival. We then leave directly for the Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figueres, where students can experience the biggest Surrealist collection in the world, featuring many of the artist’s masterworks. Arrival to Masnou or Premià, meeting with the local delegate and host families. Welcome!
D.2. We begin by discovering Barcelona’s unique Modernist architecture in some of its most representative buildings on Passeig de Gràcia: Casa Lleó Morera, Casa Amatller, and Gaudí’s Casa Batlló and La Pedrera. We then head for the Sagrada Familia for a guided tour. After a picnic lunch, we visit Park Güell. In the afternoon, we take a stroll along the Ramblas, popping into the Boquería Market, before reaching the Barceloneta district and its beaches.
D.3. Day trip to the mountain of Montserrat where we will visit the Monastery’s basilica and hear the world-famous Escolanía boys’ choir. We will then hike along some of the mountain paths with an optional ride in a cable car. After lunch, we visit one of the cava wineries in the Penedés region. Finally, we’ll watch a display by a group of Castellers (human tower builders, recently recognised by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity), a truly amazing sight!
D.4. We start the day with a treasure hunt around Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, a fun way of discovering this ancient part of the city by answering questions and solving puzzles, with a prize for the winning team! Later on, take part in a cookery workshop (how to make a paella) followed by a sampling of tapas and the paella itself. In the afternoon, we’ll take a catamaran trip to enjoy the views of Barcelona from the sea.
D.5. Departure day: Students will visit Girona, including its breath-taking Cathedral and the historic quarter with its Roman remains and medieval buildings, including the Arabic baths and the Jewish quarter. Farewell and departure. See you soon!
Other recommended activities:
- Hot chocolate with churros: enjoy the typical thick Spanish hot chocolate with churros for dipping in one of the most traditional cafés in Barcelona.
- The Can Artigas Gardens in La Poble de Lillet (Girona): the most little-known work by architect Antoni Gaudí features a series of elements completely integrated into the unspoilt natural surroundings of the area. This is a lovely stroll, comparable to Park Güell, with the ambitious inclusion of the river as a central feature of the landscaping.
- Museum of the History of the City: from Roman Barcino to the Barcelona of the 18th century, this tour of the city’s subsoil takes you along the streets and walls of Roman Barcelona where you can also see the remains of the very first Christian community. The complex encompasses some of the city’s most important medieval buildings such as the Royal Palace, the Chapel of St. Agatha and Casa Padellà.
Some of our favourites…
- The Greco-Roman ruins of Ampúries (Girona). One of the most important archaeological sites on this side of the Mediterranean, the ruins stand in a beautiful location next to the sea alongside the beaches of Moll Grec and Muscleres. We recommend taking a guided tour of the site.
- Cadaqués and Port Lligat: two must-see spots on the Costa Brava. The Dalí House-Museum in Port Lligat is a totally unique residence replete with the souvenirs, obsessions and fixations of the artist and his wife Gala. We finish the day in Cadaqués, a beautiful fishing village.
A few tips:
- Masnou and Premià are very close to Barcelona. Barcelona’s international airport, El Prat, has numerous international connections. There are also international flights into Girona airport. Barcelona is also connected by the high-speed rail network with Seville, Cordoba, Malaga, Madrid and Paris.
- The accommodation we recommend for our groups of Spanish language students in Masnou and Premià (Barcelona) is with our wonderful host families who offer students on the perfect integration into local life and customs.
- Our school trips in Masnou and Premià can be combined with customized Spanish lessons in the mornings.
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