School trip to Sitges & Vilanova, between Barcelona and Tarragona

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On the shores of the Mediterranean, just 40 kilometres south of Barcelona on the way to Tarragona, lie two seaside towns that have preserved an architectural and artistic heritage dating back more than eight centuries: Sitges and Vilanova i La Geltrú, two of our homestay centres in  Spain, close to Barcelona.

They also both have very lively pedestrianized centres featuring Modernist houses and a host of bars, cafés and shops.

With its fishing tradition still very much intact, in Vilanova you can watch the ritual of the fish auction every afternoon when the fishing boats return to port. Vilanova also plays host to numerous festivals and cultural events throughout the year, such as the International Festival of World Music.

Just a short distance along the coast, cosmopolitan Sitges, with its miles of beaches, hosts the International Fantastic Film Festival every year, not to mention its famous Carnival.

Example of a school trip to Sitges and Vilanova:

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

D.2. We start with a guided tour of Sitges to discover its history with a walk that takes in some of the Modernist-style houses of the Indianos (local people who made their fortunes in the Americas). We visit the Maricel Palace and the home of painter Santiago Rusiñol, known as Cau Ferrat. After a picnic lunch by the sea, we set off for one of the cava wineries in the Penedés region and watch a display of Castellers (human tower builders, recently recognised by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity).

D.3. A trip to Barcelona. We begin by discovering the city’s unique Modernist architecture in some of its most representative buildings on Passeig de Gràcia: Casa Lleó Morera and 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 visit the Gothic Quarter and the Born district.

D.4. Today students visit Tarragona, a Roman city next to the sea. This excursion includes a fascinating tour of the beautifully-preserved Roman remains: the walls and towers, the aqueduct, the Forum, the Theatre, the Circus, the Necropolis and the Archaeological Museum. After a picnic lunch in the port, we head off to the Delta del Ebre Nature Reserve to see the rice paddies, take a boat ride and visit the Ecomuseum.

D.5. A day out in Port Aventura, Tarragona’s amazing theme and water park, followed by an evening in Sitges with a paella dinner on the seafront.

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

Other recommended activities:

  • The Bacardi Museum in Sitges: In a Modernist house (the former market). Sitges is where the founder of the world-famous rum brand was born. The tour offers an interesting overview of the history and evolution of the company that was founded in Cuba back in 1862.
  • Route of the Modernist Wineries, also known as the Cathedrals of Wine, designed by some of the most renowned architects of the times such as Martinell and Puig i Cadafalch. The route falls within the county of Conca de Barberá (Tarragona), and it is well worth taking the time to experience these unique wineries and learn about the process of making wines and cavas.

Some of our favourites…

  • The Cistercian Monastery Route. The Monastery of Poblet, the largest monastery on the route, is one of the most important monastic communities in Europe and the only one where a community of monks still live and work.
  • Modernist Route in Reus. A visit to the city where Antoni Gaudí was born to discover some of his Modernist architecture. We start at the Gaudí Centre (an interpretive centre of Gaudí’s life and works) before following an itinerary that takes in his most outstanding façades, finishing up with a visit to the Pere Mata Institute (designed by the architect Domènech i Montaner) which was the first psychiatric hospital in Spain and is now regarded as one of the finest exponents of Modernism.

A few tips:

  • Sitges and Vilanova are around 25 km from Barcelona’s El Prat airport. There are also international flights to Reus and Girona airports. Barcelona is connected by the high-speed rail network with Seville, Malaga, Madrid and Paris.
  • The accommodation we offer our groups of students staying in Sitges and Vilanova is either in hotels or, for optimal integration into local life and customs, with our host families.
  • Our Sitges and Vilanova school trips can be combined with Spanish classes in the mornings.

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