As part of their Transition Year curriculum, a group of Cnoc Mhuire, Granard TY students visited the beautiful city of Barcelona in recent weeks.
Within an hour of arriving in Barcelona, they enjoyed a workshop at the Sagrada Familia, Gaudi’s unfinished Cathedral which is still under construction, 100 years after it was started.
Following on from this impressive building, students visited Camp Nou, The Olympic Village in Montjuic, the Gothic Quarter and the Las Ramblas.
With thanks to their guide ‘Pep’, the students got to visit many of the most impressive sites that Barcelona has to offer.
Having completed this tour of Barcelona, students departed the city for their accommodation located in Vilanova, a small town located forty-five minutes from Barcelona. After a dull but dry day one, they woke up to fabulous blue skies and warm temperatures for day two.
This was ideal conditions for the Coastal Walk (they didn’t forego their Active School’s Week obligations) from Vilanova town to Sitges.
Although the 11 kilometre walk presented some physical challenges, the students pulled together and took in the many beautiful and interesting sites along the way.
On the third day of the trip the Cnoc Mhuire contingent travelled to PortAventura, Europe’s largest Theme Park.
The students (and teachers) certainly got value for money as they jumped off some of Europe’s fastest and highest roller-coasters and joined the queue for the next straight away. It is fair to say that the bus was very quiet on the way back to base with many requiring a quick 40 winks along the way.
The final day of the tour was dominated by a trip to Montserrat, the famous monastery located high in the Pyrenees. The group accessed the monastery by Cable Car which in itself was a fantastic experience.
Having completed a short tour and visiting the statue of the Black Madonna, students had their packed lunches before descending to ground level where the coach collected brought them to one of Barcelona’s largest shopping centres.
From here they made the short journey to Barcelona Airport which marked the end of this enjoyable trip.
It is safe to say that both teachers and students had a fantastic time thanks to the positive attitude created by the TY students.
Many thanks to Ms Stephens, Ms Doherty, Ms O’Hara and Mr Hanlon for organising and accompanying the students on their Catalan adventure in Northern Spain.