Fourth Form Geography Fieldtrip to Barcelona

On Friday 26 May, 17 Fourth Form geographers, alongside Mr Leach and Mrs Clark, embarked upon a geography fieldtrip to the Barcelona area of Catalonia.

We stayed in the small sea side town of Calafell in the Rural Lodge enjoying its sporting and swimming pool facilities.

On the Saturday we investigated the tourist ‘honeypot site’ of Montserrat (serrated saw like mountain) where there is a Benedictine monastery: we were tasked with undertaking questionnaires and other primary data collection methods. Afterwards we headed to the wine lands of Tarragona where we went on a guided tour of the world famous Torres vineyard. Here we heard about the processes of production and the development of this global brand. We even had ago at wine tasting – sadly it was grape juice for the pupils.

On Sunday we travelled by train to the pretty seaside town of Sitges to undertake a variety of environmental quality surveys to help analyse the impact of tourism upon the area; this was then contrasted with Calafell. After the work was completed, we took the opportunity to go down onto the beach for some recreation time.

The following day we caught the train to Barcelona where we investigated the inner city area of El Raval which has been regenerated and rebranded. A nice cool off the in the centre’s pool was warranted after a day of walking (30,000 steps!) in very hot temperatures 28C. A quiz was held in the evening with plenty of prizes awarded. We took the opportunity to visit the Nou Camp, home of Barcelona Football club before heading home on the Tuesday afternoon.