For teachers seeking an inspiring educational travel destination, Barcelona may be the perfect choice. A city with plenty to recommend it to any traveller, it is particularly rewarding for learners; vibrant and fashionable, it is sure to stick in students minds while broadening their horizons with new knowledge and cultural experiences. Famous for its fabulous architecture, warm weather and great food, it is a city that combines historic grandeur with a youthful spirit, and as such is bursting with opportunities for engaging young visitors. Here are some of its most appealing attractions for teachers and learners.

Las Ramblas

Bustling, colourful and full of things to see and do, the citys main thoroughfare, Las Ramblas, makes an excellent starting point for any group visiting Barcelona for the purpose of educational travel. This broad, tree-shaded boulevard extends for 1.2 km across the heart of the city, and is where residents and visitors alike come to shop, talk, and soak up the atmosphere. Given its central location, it is home to a number of sights as well as being an attraction in its own right: look out for the famous Canaletes fountain, the Miro mosaic, and the Liceu Theatre. Adjoining the road, La Boqueria market is full of interesting stalls, and is ideal for experiencing the daily life of the city.

Gaudis Masterpieces

For art lovers, Barcelona will need little introduction: the city is almost synonymous with the striking architectural works of the great Catalonian artist Antoni Gaudi. Educational travel is an excellent opportunity to investigate the work of artists in their cultural contexts, and this is particularly true of Gaudis legacy, which is very much part of the citys heritage. Some of the most famous examples of his work include the Sagrada Familia and the sculptures in Parc Guell, but there are many more buildings and other creations to be discovered throughout the city. For greater insight into the importance of Gaudis work, students can visit the National Art Museum of Catalonia, where they can learn about the artists contemporaries in the Catalonian modernist movement.

PortAventura

For many teachers, the secret to successful educational travel is striking the right balance between learning and fun. Not far from central Barcelona, PortAventura theme park provides plenty of fun as well as some great learning opportunities. The thrilling shows and rides including Europes highest roller coaster on offer are located in a variety of zones depicting different parts of the ancient or modern world, including the Mediterranean, Mexico and Polynesia. Each has an educational content that can be taken in while enjoying the rides. There is also plenty of potential for science or maths related activities, with the opportunity to examine the effects of physics and investigate the parks engineering.