During the Easter holidays, 27 pupils from Y7-Y9, accompanied by four teachers, set off on a five-day residential trip to Barcelona, where they were able to learn more about Spanish culture and enjoy visits to a number of famous landmarks.

After a smooth outward journey to Spain the group were greeted by the warm evening sunshine, finding time to paddle in the less than warm Mediterranean Sea!

Following plenty of rest, the next morning the group began their tour round the city visiting landmarks including Barcelona’s Camp Nou, where even the non-football fans were appreciative of the scale of the stadium and success of its football team. The group then travelled to Parc Guell, where they were lucky enough to walk about in the Spanish sunshine, admiring the beautiful Gaudi buildings.

A whistle-stop tour of the Sagrada Familia followed, before a walk along Las Ramblas, the central most boulevard which cuts through the heart of the city centre, where the pupils made frequent stops to admire the street entertainers.

The next day saw a visit to the Gaudi Museum in Figueres, before a return to the hotel for a cookery demonstration which included making Tortilla de Patatas followed by Paella and then Creme Catalana. In the evening the group travelled to the nearby town of Lloret de Mar where they enjoyed games of mini-golf and bowling, all played in a friendly nature of course!

The final full day was spent at Port Aventura Theme Park where good fun was had by all as they tried out the various rides on offer. A visit to a lovely little café in the evening to enjoy some ice cream provided a restful end to what had been a very busy day.

The trip was a resounding success, with all those who attended thoroughly enjoying their taste of Spain.