Field Trips for Madrid, Spain
You are also encouraged to participate in the included program field trips listed below. These excursions generally take place on Fridays. Dates and locations may change at the discretion of the Resident Director.
Las Hoces del Duratón
We will spend an exciting day in the Hoces del Duratón Natural Park, kayaking down the Duratón River and observing the natural world around us: the 100m gorges (“hoces”) formed by the river, and its flora and fauna. We will then enjoy a delicious Spanish paella.
Discover an incredible medieval city that sits atop a hill overlooking the Tagus River. It has an impressive cultural heritage and beautiful architecture, replete with a magnificent cathedral, and centuries-old synagogues and mosques. Toledo was also the adopted home of El Greco, the famous sixteenth-century painter.
Famous for its beautiful university and splendid architecture, Salamanca is a must-see for any student. Tour the city and learn about its fascinating history, and explore its winding streets, the cathedral and other important monuments.
El Escorial and Manzanares Castle
Visit the monolithic monastery of San Lorenzo del Escorial, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984. Once a royal palace constructed under the supervision of King Phillip II, it is emblematic of the temporal power of the Spanish monarchy and the predominance of Roman Catholicism in sixteenth-century Spain. After touring El Escorial, we will visit the Castle of Manzanares el Real, also known as the Castle of los Mendoza, a palace-fortress erected in the fifteenth century in the town of Manzanares El Real; today it is one of the best preserved castles of Madrid.
Segovia and La Granja de San Ildefonso
Known for its impeccably preserved Roman aqueduct, old city quarter, and fairytale Alcazar, Segovia is one of the most visited cities in Spain. Become acquainted with its architecture and cuisine through a guided tour of this fascinating city. We’ll complete the day with a visit to the gardens of the Palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso, which served as summer residence to Spanish kings from Felipe V to Alfonso XIII.
The Valley of the Fallen
The Valley of the Fallen is a memorial dedicated to those who died in the Spanish Civil War. Beneath the valley floor lie the remains of 40,000 people who fell during the war. It is known for its 490 foot high cross, which rises above a basilica carved 820 ft. into a granite ridge by prisoners of war. It is a controversial structure, as it evokes memories of the dictatorship and is home to General Franco´s tomb.