The February half term could not come soon enough for the 34 students who went to Barcelona from the 18th to the 22nd of February.
Once checked in to our hotel on the Ramblas, the very heart of Barcelona, we made our way to the marina for dinner and a nice walk around.
On Thursday under blue sky and lots of sunshine, we strolled through the Gothic quarter and made our way to the most emblematic sight of the city: La Sagrada Familia. The unique architecture of this church together with the tour guide insights, left us breathless.
The rest of the afternoon saw most of the group enjoying the shops and relaxed atmosphere the city has to offer, whilst eight of us headed to Camp Nou, the stadium of the world famous Barcelona Football Club.
From here we then left for the vineyard valley of the Torres Winery where students experienced the full wine-making process, including wine tasting… needless to say this was the best part of the tour.
On Friday we set off to explore the surroundings of the city and boarded a coach to Montserrat a unique-shaped mountain home to the oldest monastery in Spain.
The day ended back in Barcelona with the great show of water, lights and music at the Montjuic Fountain…but not before having dinner in one of Barcelona’s best pizza restaurants.
Saturday was time to enjoy views of the city from high above. We took the cablecar from the harbour to the hill of Montjuic where we climbed up to the Castle before walking down to the Olympic Park.
It was time for more shopping and souvenirs for most, but some of us decided to head back to Camp Nou, this time to watch the Barcelona- Malaga football match together with 78,000 other supporters. An unforgettable experience for our students.
With lots of sunshine and great food, Barcelona undoubtedly provided a formidable experience for the young people of CTC.