Educate & Inspire: Granada
Is it that time of year again? Burdened with the task of planning a school trip that’s both academically rewarding, but enjoyable and exciting for students? Finding a place with this perfect balance can turn into a day spent drowning in brochures and search engine results, desperately wishing for one to fall into your lap. Here at Adaptable Travel, we’ve volunteered ourselves to sift through the best and worst to bring you our favourite reasons to visit Granada.
A jewel in Andalusia’s crown Granada treats students to a variety of memorable excursions and experiences, whatever their subject. A rich and colourful history influencing everything from architecture to culture and cuisine, it is the perfect melting pot of Mediterranean and Arabic influences waiting for your students to explore.
History and Religious Studies
Granada’s history is an unusual one, shockingly different to that of its neighbours in Andalusia, and across mainland Spain. As well as its place within the rich history of mainland Spain the history of Granada is also entangled with a history of Muslim and Arab rule. Finding itself sharing historical links to other locations across Europe and Africa such as Gibraltar and Ceuta. The political and religious histories which exist along this timeline are also unique, making Granada an excellent destination for both History and Religious Studies school trips. Granada’s identity is a result of a complicated and intricate history of occupation and ownership spanning from the 16th century until the late 19th century. Each chapter in this history has left a presence in present day, Granada, perfectly sealed within the architecture, museums and across the cultural identity of the city. The Mediterranean and Arabic influences are present across most activities in Granada, whether visiting a local museum or taking part in hands-on workshops. The preservation of each part of the city’s history is a meaningful element of experiencing this captivating city.
Culture and Art to Engage Students
Tied to its interesting history Granada has developed a unique identity celebrating and preserving each cultural influence. In Granada, students will experience traditional Spanish experiences as well as those specific to Andalusia, the region in which it lies. Flamenco is a deep-rooted element of Spanish culture particularly in regions of Spain such as; Extremadura, Murcia and Andalusia. With the origins of Flamenco rooted in the Andalusian region of Spain, where better for students to understand the historical and cultural significance of this art form? If your students are in awe of the intricate artwork and architecture of the Alhambra, there are perfect opportunities for them to understand the significance of these elements throughout Granada. Enhance this educational trip by letting them experience this for themselves, in hands-on workshops. Explore the past and present of Andalusian culture in art museums like the “Caja Granada” or understanding the significance and methods of Arabic plaster embossing with workshop visits.
Although historical in nature this trip is an extraordinary experience for students of all disciplines and interests. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this stunning example of Arabic and Mediterranean influence was originally built as a fortress in the 10th century and is as imposing as it is intricate. First marvelling at the size of the complex itself, students will soon find themselves marvelling at the intricate and delicate artwork throughout. An interesting history of military usage and Regal habitation provides a narrative to follow as you walk the corridors of historical Granada. Whether you’ve got budding historians, keen artists or simply want to show your students something amazing, The Alhambra ticks all the boxes!
Food Technology and Culinary Arts
The cuisine in Granada is a wonder in its own rights. Perfectly intertwining indulgence with the ever-present influence of its history. Much like the rest of Granada, this is a perfectly crafted blend of Arabic and Mediterranean influences. Let the local cuisine take you on a culinary tour of its history; from fragrant Arabic Tagines to hearty Spanish Paellas. It’s no secret that Spanish cuisine is amazing, with restaurants across the UK and abroad trying to emulate that “tapas” approach to dining. Experience the real thing in Granada! If the chance to indulge in al-fresco dining and gorgeously prepared food doesn’t completely satisfy your appetite there are several experiences tailored to exploring Spanish and Andalusian cuisines. Ranging from theory-based lessons about local gastronomy to a more physical approach with food tasting and paella cooking workshops, there’s something on the menu for everyone!
Granada offers something for everyone and is a truly enriching experience for students and the perfect backdrop for unforgettable memories. Our bespoke school trips can be tailored to the needs of your students, ensuring that they’ll love every second of the experience.
If you would like to find out more about Granada and our other fantastic school trip destinations get in contact with us, we’d love to help you create the perfect trip!