Upper School Spanish Trip to Granada

Our Spanish pupils had a brilliant week in Granada. It’s said each trip, but our pupils were fabulous - even Spanish airport security complimented them on their polite Spanish!

They learned so much about the language, the culture and history of the magical Arabic city in Andalucía. Each morning the pupils were in small group language lessons in which they were totally immersed in Spanish. The teachers did not speak in English to them and it was delightful to watch the pupils’ confidence grow and their understanding improve.

We ate and drank lots of delicious Granada specialities: there was a tapas challenge, we drank Arabic tea in Aladdin style tea shops and the vegetarians discovered that Spanish vegetarianism is a rare thing. Omnivores are well catered for! Those in the group less inclined to embrace Flamenco dancing and watching were all proved wrong and discovered that experiencing real Flamenco in a cave is an incredible and visceral experience. Exploring the Albayzín and the Alhambra were true highlights, of course.

Each pupil looked out for one another and it was lovely to see them mix so well across the year groups. They took away some special memories and I am sure that many will return one day to the Red Castle (the meaning of Alhambra) perched on a hill 35 minutes from the skiing of the Sierra Nevada and 35 minutes from the tempting waters of the coast.