Madrid and Barcelona Student ToursSpain
Madrid and Barcelona Student ToursSpain
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Prepare students for Spanish sun, colorful architecture and plenty of tapas with an international educational tour to the two cultural centers of Spain. Begin your Spain student tour Barcelona, where the Gothic architecture of the medieval ages mixes effortlessly with the surreal designs of Gaudi, students can explore historic sites and modern food, music, fashion and sports. Madrid, often referred to as the world’s most passionate city, begs students to wander through streets resplendent with medieval mansions, baroque spires and contemporary architecture. Artistically inclined students will love this cultural hub filled with European masterpieces and local works by Goya and Velázquez.
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- The Royal Palace of Madrid
- Museo del Prado
- Sagrada Familia
- Picasso Museum
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As the European city with the highest number of parks and green spaces per inhabitant, Madrid encourages outdoor exploration. While walking past medieval palaces, classical plazas and modern structures, you’ll come across world-renowned art galleries, inviting tapas bars and colorful Madrileños.
See the spirit of Spanish culture expressed in over 1,300 works of art dating from the 12th century to the 19th century. With pieces from all over the world, the museum’s core consists of paintings by national artists Goya and Velazquez, including the latter’s magnum opus, Las Meninas.
Home to 3.3 million people, Spain’s largest city is associated with energy and passions. Occupied since prehistoric times, it was largely Muslim until the Christian conquest of 1085. It now possesses an eclectic, European flair that reflects a rich cultural history.
Believed to be Europe’s largest palace, this colossal building greets visitors with baroque opulence, stately apartments and museum-like collections of pharmaceuticals, artwork and weapons. Built on the site of an 11th-century Muslim fortress, this much-expanded-upon royal residence is now used mainly for state ceremonies.
Both multicultural yet distinctly Spanish, this art form teaches lessons in art, culture and visceral self-expression.
A monastery, royal palace, museum and school, this Renaissance structure’s architecture, paintings and sculptures were paid for by gold from the New World. Built by King Philip II of Spain, its show of Catholic pride was an attempt to thwart the spread of the Protestant Reformation.
The legend goes that Segovia was founded by Hercules, and amidst the rolling hills of Castilla, the city certainly retains a mystical element. Home to a 1st-century Roman aqueduct and the 11th century Alcázar that inspired Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty’s castle, the capital of the Segovia Province is rich with history.
Nicknamed the “City of Three Cultures,” medieval Toledo was known for religious tolerance that led to the peaceful cohabitation of Muslims, Christians and Jews. This historical gem is home to Roman ruins, narrow medieval lanes, art-filled Cathedrals, sword-making traditions and Moorish crafts.
With equal emphasis on dance, guitar and singing, this experiential folk art has origins reaching back to the 16th century. A unique mix between Andalusian, Gypsy, Arabian and Jewish cultures, students can experience Flamenco while watching Madrid’s best performers.
A good-time town with a robust history to back it up, Zaragoza’s Roman predecessor, Caesaraugusta, was founded by Augustus Caesar between 25 BC and 12 BC. Subsequently taken over by the Goths, the Arabs and the Christians, it is now home to 14th century churches with 11th century minarets, Moorish palaces and other multicultural sights.
At the dawn of Christianity, Saint Peter was said to be praying in Northern Spain when an apparition of the Virgin Mary told him to build a church in her honor. One year later, in 41 AD, a small chapel was built on that very spot. Since, the riverside chapel’s been renovated in Romanesque, Mudéjar and Gothic styles, and it now stands proudly as a Baroque masterpiece.
A Mediterranean port town that’s served as a cultural center since the Roman period, Barcelona is bursting with artistic masterpieces, lively locals and rich history. Europe’s finest Gothic buildings mix with modernisme architecture exemplified by Antoni Guadí’s Sagrada Família church and Parc Güell. Learn about this proud culture from a knowledgeable guide.
When people think Barcelona, they think Gaudi—and the city’s crown jewel was the artist’s all-consuming magnum opus. An awe-inspiring mix of Spanish Late Gothic and Surreal Modernism, the basilica’s enormity, intricate details and dizzying columns evoke divinity. In regards to ongoing construction since 1882, the late architect once claimed, “My client is not in a hurry.”
Founded by the Romans, this sunny city filled with Gothic and Modernisme architecture is as vivacious today as it was in the 13th century. Las Ramblas, a tree-lined pedestrian mall filled with monuments and shops, invites students to wander into a medieval market, where they can indulge in traditional Catalan delectables.
Five adjoining medieval palaces house the most complete collection of this 20th-century artist’s work. Picasso’s time in Barcelona—marked by his academic, realism-influenced training period and his Blue Period—is told through this museum’s 3,500 pieces.
Often thought of as Spain’s national dish, this combination of rice, veggies, spices, meat and/or seafood originates from 15th century Moorish Spain.
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A holiday hotspot, Northeastern Spain’s rocky coast greets visitors with mountain views, sandy Mediterranean beaches and plenty of outdoor activities. Under the Spanish sunlight, you’ll find an archeological museum housed in a Gothic Palace and Dalí’s museum.
When building a labyrinth-like museum in his hometown, Dalí hoped visitors would “leave with the sensation of having had a theatrical dream.” And with sculpture-filled courtyards, a geodesic dome and a roof parapet lined with giant eggs, the building belongs to another dimension. Must we even mention that it houses the largest and most impressive collection of Dali’s works?