How to plan a different school trip to Barcelona with your students?

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Scholars from all over the world visit the Catalunya’s capital city year after year. They’re usually between 12 and 18 years old, and willing to have fun with their teachers/educators. However, how many of those group coodinators focus their school trip to Barcelona planning and organization to discover alternative things to do with teenagers?

On one side, there will always be a classic part of our history to visit, including museums, parks or other major tourist attractions such as Sagrada Familia, Park Güell or Santa Eulalia cathedral. On the other side, we’ll inform you about off the beaten path experiences. They will let you immerse in the local culture at its most in a responsible and sustainable way. 100%.

Please note that the following list of activities for children and teenagers may take place in English or French language, but if you’re looking for a complete practice, then we’d recommend you to hire our guides to lead the tour in Spanish.

What are the must visit places for an alternative school trip in Barcelona?

Whether you arrived on private bus/coach or plane, you should know that all suggested locations that we’re about to recommend you are easily accesible on public transport. Wouldn’t that be alligned with sustainability and responsability? Not using a private transfer while your trip in town. Here you may find further information to organize a school trip in Barcelona with a different touch.

The following list of things to do include pricing and details of how you could spend 3 -4 -5 days in town alternatively. All suggested activities are led by professionals on the field, Bachelors of Art, art historias or graffiti & street artists. We all love what we do and we do represent the emergent art community in Bcn.

Furthermore, you should take into consideration that our team of official guides could always take you to Picasso museum or the Gaudi house. Above all, we always suggest participating with your students, at least, at one of these experiences.

The street art tour around Born & Gotic districts

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Javier, during an explanation about feminist murals

These two are the most colorful and multicultural districts in the city center, next to El Raval. However, some people may say that they’re very gentrified, and that many famous brands are opening their stores there to benefit from the audience. According to their word, and several other facts that we’ve analyzed, residents are forced to move out of the city center because of the rental pricing. Let us explain you about it during the school trip in Barcelona.

Both districts are located at Ciutat Vella and count with unnumerous street art decorations, so it’s very easy to find urban artworks painted on walls, metal shutters and other type of surfaces. There even exist open walls that promote legal paintings and artworks. Consequently, our conversation will also deal about the ficticious fight that exists between urban artists and illegal graffiti writers.

What are the spots that you should expect to visit with us while participating at a street art tour around these areas?

  • Urban gardens: Benet Corner & Hortet del Forat
  • Local community related projects and other cultural associations.
  • Contemporary art galleries and modern art centers, such as MACBA

Bike tours for a school trip in Barcelona

17 years old students participate in a school trip in Barcelona with Cooltourspain
Real Jansen/ Unsplash photographed a bike ride

Later, if you decided to join our alternative tours and school trips in Barcelona, you should know that yours wouldn’t be the first group of students who joined our recycled bike experiences. Please note that we count with a fleet that has received different uses along time, on different sizes. However, the guided visit only fits for groups where all participants know how to ride a bike. Is that the case? Specially suggested to kids older than 16 years old.

As you may expect, all minors have to mandatorily use the helmets provided, either on a bike or an e-scooter. At most, the suggested route will not share pavement with cars; except the ride along Poble Nou, which streets count with a dedicated shared lane. Something to take into account is that we’ve set a maximum number of 10 participants per each tour leader.

Moreover, al groups will be accompanied by an adult.

Meeting point for the bike tour is located by the entrance of Carrer Pujadez, 164 (by the storage location). You should expect to visit some of the most colorful street art murals around Sant Martí district. More specifically around Vila Olimpica del Poble Nou & Diagonal Mar neighboorhoods. The guided visit will also take you to discover other important architectural highlights.

The best panoramic views at an unknown park for travellers

Great panoramic views from the whole city of Barcelona
A Juan Mayobre/ Unsplash picture from Tibidabo

Another surprise that we have prepared for your school trip in Barcelona will totally catch the attention and interest from the group. That’s to say, we will take them to a panoramic tour that will start at Tibidabo.

Although it might be unknown to travellers, it’s one of the locals’ favourite amusement park, and it features a beautiful sunrise and sunset.

It’s located in between Sarrià and Horta-Guinardó districts, near Sant Gervasi, and it’s a no-frills and non-gentrification area. Before arriving to the spot, we’d like to point out that you should count with your own transportation, or hire one of our partners. Consequently, make sure you bring a snack or drinks because there are no stores in the area, just the park’s bar.

The other option would be taking your students to the bunkers located at El Carmel. Please expect a 15-20 minutes hike in order to observe the panoramic views. You should also count with other visitors or groups at the spot.

Where could you take a group on a school trip in Barcelona in case it rains?

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As you may imagine, no one would expect rain on the tours’ dates while planning a school trip in Barcelona with months in advance. However, it has happened to our groups before, and it will surely continue happening. That’s the reason why we’ll suggest you to have a plan B in case it rains cats and dogs. You don’t want your plans ruined. Do you?

For your information, there are many plans that fit children and teenagers. You may find free things to do, as well as tailored experiences. In that sense, museums and cultural centers might be explained by our professional and licensed guides, while it’s raining outside. On the other hand, you may also book a street art and graffiti workshop. Does it sound interesting to you? Keep on reading!

In any case, please be aware that we charge for our services in advance. In order to block the date in our calendars you’ll have to pay 50% of the total budget, non-reimbursable. Later, on the week before the event takes place, we’ll contact you so that the remaining balance is processed. You may use bank transfer or credit/debit card for paypament purposes. Alternatively, Paypal works.

Graffiti workshops with local emergent artists

A French group visiting Catalunya

Our first suggestion would be participating at an indoors experience. If you already joined our street art tour around Born & Gotic neighborhoods, then the next step would be a hands on activity for your school trip in Barcelona. Just imagine how excited your students would be if they had the opportunity to spray paint away from the classroom setting.

The experience could be developed in a real wall, at any of the open walls available for the purpose. It’s the city council who allow their usage. Moreover, each participant would have to decorate a figure within 1 square meter, using their skills and the techniques taught by our professional team leaders.

Similarly to what happens with our walking tours, there is a set rate for participants and guides. We generally suggest that for each of our professionals, there are no more than 12-15 teenagers/kids. As it happens on an educational setting, the fewer ratio, the better instruction. Don’t you think so? Still, please take into consideration that this is just a recommendation and we will adjust to your budget.

A real flamenco experience for your school trip in Barcelona

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Dolo Iglesia‘s image, taken in a Flamenco show

Although the activity is not directly run by our team, we partner with a local project which will also offer you a unique Spanish culturally related experience. That’s to say, a private flamenco show at a spot called Palau Dalmases (C/ de Montcada, 20). An interesting option in case it rains while you’re on a school trip in Barcelona. Experience a 45 minutes performance in which you’ll enjoy a real musical act.

There will be two dancers, one guitar player, a singer and another musician playing the box drum. All of it will be performed at a theatre style venue. Please note that there is a maximum attendance of 25 people per show, including teachers. At the end of the play, you could request a tailored miniclass for those interested in practicing.

Not to be missed cultural venues

La Nau bostik may host a graffiti workshop for a school trip in Barcelona
Unique street art spot located in Carrer Ferran Turné

Last but not least, our official and certified guides could take your school trip in Barcelona to any of the following spots to lead a full detailed explanation:

  • La Nau Bostik. A former stickers factory, where you’ll check the exhibition through artworks painted by young emergent artists on walls, as well as long standing ones.
  • MACBA, Barcelona’s contemporary art museum
  • Casa Batlló, Gaudí’s modernist architecure

Cooltourspain’s opinion about the organization of a school trip in Barcelona

It’s been 6 years that we’ve been organizing activities for school trips in Barcelona, and the rest of Spain, and we still enjoy as the first day. FYI, Javier Garcia, Cooltourspain’s CEO, is a former teacher with over 8 years of teaching experience in England, Sweden, United States and Spain. He worked at the elementary school level, teaching subjects such as art. No wonder that the graffiti activity was his students’ favourite.

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