How to organize the end-of-year trip to Barcelona?

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The cosmopolitan Spanish capital of Barcelona is known for its art and architecture. Organizing an end-of-year trip to Barcelona is a perfect option for middle school and high school students due to all the cultural and leisure activities it has to offer.

A school trip usually lasts between 3 and 5 days, but you will probably not be able to cover everything, so you will have to give priority to the most important locations or the most suitable for you school group’s likes, interests and needs. Natuaventura brings you this complete guide to know how to organize the end-of-year trip to Barcelona, and to have everything programmed well in advance so that everything goes as planned.

Usually, teachers are the ones responsible for organizing the end of the school year trip: choosing the best destinations, looking for the most suitable accommodation, thinking about the activities and schedules of the trip, selecting the itinerary that fits the needs of the school group, hiring transportation, communicating it to the families, etc. All this entails extra worries that teachers carry with them every school year. For this reason, at Natuaventura we want to offer the best destination guides to help you find, book and plan the best end-of-year trip for your school or institute. Find out how to organize your end-of-year trip to Barcelona!

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Where to stay on your school trip to Barcelona?

As in any big city, in Barcelona there is a wide variety of accommodations of all kinds and for all budgets. Hostels, hotels, and camping areas. The choice of accommodation will always depend on factors such as the time of year you travel to Barcelona, the location in or near the city, the activities and excursions you want to do, etc.

Although it may seem a simple decision, the accommodation is one of the key pieces of the school trip. This will become the improvised «home» of the school group during their days away from home. Perhaps, for some of them, it will be the first time they travel away from their home and family, so choosing a comfortable, cozy and safe accommodation is very important for the students and their families as well.

We should also consider the services included and the outdoor spaces and indoor facilities available: rooms for group activities and assemblies, breakfasts and dinners included for before and after daily excursions, gardens or outdoor patios for free time, spacious rooms for independence and privacy, and location with easy access to both public and private transportation. Here is a list of some of the best value for money hotels and hostels in Barcelona:

  • Hostal BCN Port
  • Studio Hostel
  • Casa Gracia
  • Primavera Hostel
  • Eurostars Lex Hotel
  • Mellow Hostel Barcelona
  • Sant Jordi Hostels Gracia
  • Hotel Catalonia Park Güell
  • HelloBCN Hostel
  • Hotel Ilunion Barcelona

What time of the year is the best time to travel to Barcelona?

Between April and October is the best time to travel to Barcelona. During the spring and summer there are numerous music festivals such as Sonar and Primavera Sound, as well as other popular festivals such as the Verbena de Sant Joan and, in September, the Fiestas Patronales de Barcelona de la Mercè. Temperatures in Barcelona are usually quite mild throughout the year, so there would be no problem to travel at any time. However, if you choose the months of March and April, the city will probably not be as crowded as in other months, and it will be easier to make sightseeing and cultural visits without waiting in long lines. From September, when the summer tourism is over, it is again an ideal time to visit Barcelona on your end-of-year trip.

Monuments to visit on your end-of-year trip to Barcelona

Considered the Jewel of the city, is the Sagrada Familia, along with other architectural landmarks by Antonio Gaudí. Likewise, the Picasso Museum and the Joan Miró ation, exhibit the modern art of the artists who gave rise to their names, and the medieval roots of Barcelona can be seen in the labyrinthine Gothic Quarter:

  • The Sagrada Familia
  • Parc Güell
  • La Pedrera-Casa Milà
  • Casa Batlló
  • Palau de la Música
  • Las Ramblas
  • Montjuic
  • Boqueria Market
  • Catalonia Square
  • Barcelona Cathedral
  • Triumphal Arch and Citadel Park
  • Gracia Neighborhood
  • Columbus Monument
  • Plaza Real
  • Barceloneta Beach

This is a short list of the monuments you should visit on your trip to Barcelona; but if you want to know more about how to organize your school trip to Barcelona, what to visit and what not to miss for anything in the world… keep reading our guide!

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