Day trips are perfect for a quick escape from the busy city! Madrid is so conveniently located right in the centre of the country that many of the most famous cities are only a few hours away, waiting to be visited. Our day trips depart from Madrid in the early morning so that you will have time to explore the cities at an enjoyable pace and be home no later than 21:00 (depending on traffic, of course). If you want to learn more about these locations below, take a look at our World Heritage Sites blog!
Toledo – Spain´s former capital is probably the most popular destination for people living in Madrid. It’s close, it´s beautiful and as I said, it´s Spain´s former capital! With a cathedral, museums, art galleries and countless sites, everyone has to see Toledo at least once! We will visit Toledo on the 3rd of September and the 15th of October!
Cuenca – This small historical town was made completely out of the mountain it sits on. It is surrounded by dramatic canyons that really isolate the historical city. Famous for its “Hanging Houses” that seemingly sit on the edge of the cliffs, Cuenca is home to one of the most breathtaking views in the country. Join us in Cuenca on the 18th of September where will also get to experience the towns San Mateo festival!
Segovia & Pedraza – Segovia, a breathtaking city, has a famous cathedral castle and an ancient Roman aqueduct! Pedraza is a small village among the vast Spanish countryside where you can spend a peaceful afternoon strolling through the past along it´s tiny streets! We will visit Segovia and Pedraza twice this semester – on the 24th of September and the 5th of November!
Bodegas Portia & Lerma – Spain is home to some of the best wine regions in Europe and many of those regions are located just outside of Madrid! Portia is a very modern, state of the art bodega and Lerma is a very old, medieval place that just breathes tradition! This is a one time trip, so book your tickets soon to guarantee a spot! We will be visiting the bodegas on the 22nd of October and the 19th of November!
When you are living somewhere for a limited time, you’ve got to make the most of your weekends! We love Madrid, and even though you can always find something to do here you can’t forget about all the other amazing locations there are to explore! Our weekend trips focus mostly on the Northern and Southern regions of Spain with a few extra trips that go international! The majority of these trips will only take place on Saturday´s and Sunday´s while some require departure times on Friday nights or even Thursdays! Be sure to click the links below for full details!
Salamanca & Avila – The medieval city of Salamanca is one of Spain’s culture hubs. The city looks like a postcard, with gorgeous gardens and cobbled streets. Avila is a small town that sits within an ancient stone wall and is famous for it’s romanesque buildings! You’ll have a chance to visit Salamanca and Avila with us from the 10th-11th of September!
Valencia – This is one of our favourite locations! Mostly because it’s one of our most relaxing trips offered. Valencia is famous for it’s massive beaches, good weather, warm water and wonderful seafood! This is where Paella came from, so you know its good! We’ve got two weekends for Valencia – from the 17th-18th of September and 1st-2nd of October!
Barcelona & Pilar Festival – They might be our rival, but there is no denying Barcelona is a special city that everyone must visit! On this combo cultural and festival trip we will spend the weekend at the coast in Barcelona and then head over to Zaragoza for the annual Fiesta del Pilar festival from the 7th-9th of October!
Tangier & The Blue City – We like to call this trip “Welcome to Africa” because it’s a perfect first trip to Morocco! Visit the famous city of Tangier and the picturesque town of Chaouen and get lost in it’s blue walls and camel riding along the coast! We will be heading on this trip twice from the 13th-16th of October and the 10th-13th of November!
La Rioja – You’ve probably heard of Rioja before and thats because it’s the most famous wine regions in the entire country. Producing the best wines in Spain and Europe as well. Spend a lovely day out in the Spanish wine country sampling the best labels on a gastro tour! There will only be one Rioja trip this semester so book your spot for the 12th-13th of November, now!
Andalucía – It might not be in the centre of the country, but Andalucía is undoubtedly the heart of Spain! This trip will take you to the capitals of Al-Andalus: Córdoba, Sevilla and Granada! On this excursion you will have guided tours of each city and plenty of free time to visit your desired sites! You only have one chance to visit this exact trip- from the 21st of October and the 18th of November!
País Vasco & France – País Vasco is the land of breathtaking landscapes, gorgeous beaches, clear waters and delicious food! This is an exciting trip because this region is so different from both the south and the centre of Spain. Plus we will cross the border and check out gorgeous French Basque Country as well! The trip will happen from the 4th-6th of November!
Lisbon & Porto – On this wonderful trip we will take you through a walking tour, fado dinner show and pubcrawl in Lisbon. But with this trip we will also be heading the beautiful Porto! There we will visit the famous bodega’s to taste some port wine’s, take a walking tour and another pubcrawl! The trip will only happen one this semester – from the 24th-27th of November!
Every season in Spain welcomes a number of Festivals that are meant to be enjoyed to the fullest! This semester is no exception to that rule. When you come to Spain, you’ve got to party, even if it’s just a little bit. That’s why we have created these fun and easy trips to some of Spain’s most popular festivals during the winter and spring seasons! Some of these trips are basic and simply transportation to the festival with overnight transport home. While others last a few days and nights and will include accommodation as well as transportation!
Ibiza Closing Parties – This is the time of year when Ibiza enters its long winter slumber. but before it does, it goes out with a bang! The closing parties of Ibiza are world famous and they’re a prefect way to say goodbye to summer and hello autumn! Join is to end the summer right from the 23rd-26th of September!
Fiesta Del Pilar in Zaragoza – every year the small city of Zaragoza comes alive to celebrate their patron saint, Pilar. For one full the streets are full of people from all around the country! With parades, processions and massive open air concerts, this isn’t an event to miss! Join us on the 8th of October and the 12th of October!
Nochevieja in Salamanca- The world famous students New years eve in Salamanca is an event made especially for those who wont be around for the holidays. Celebrate an early New Years Eve with all your erasmus and expat friends before heading home for the holidays! Join us from the 15th-16th of December!
We like to go above and beyond when planning our excursions each semester. That’s why we’ve worked out three very unique trips for certain long weekends and holiday breaks! These trips are perfect those who enjoy to travel without the hassle of planning an entire week long excursion on your own because we’ve got it all planned for you! Check out our special trips below to start your holiday planning!
North of Spain – The north of Spain is a truly fascinating region of the world. Mostly because it’s the complete opposite of the typical image of Spain we have – like the south. Home to Mountain chains, dramatic coast lines, rolling hills and constant green! Not to mention you’ll find some of the best seafood you’ve ever tasted in the Norther regions! Make the most of your bank holiday long weekend and join us on the 28th of October to the 1st of November!
Portugal – On this special 5 day excursion through Portugal, we will visit some of the best sites the country has to offer. Join us on a detailed look into two of Portugal’s most famous cities, Lisbon and Porto. Bring your cameras and get ready for some world famous Port wines! We will head west during the bank holiday long weekend from the 28th of October to the 1st of November!
Pyrenees Ski Trip – The Pyrenees mountains is a beautiful region on the border of Spain and France. This is a very special trip, much different from anything else we offer! We will stay at the popular ski resort, Boí Taüll where you will share an apartment with other members of the trip. You’ll receive a three day ski pass and have free time to do what ever you’d like! We we will there from the 17th-20th of December!
Morocco – We call it The African Adventure because during this week long trip we will explore much more than ever before! We will visit more than 5 cities and even spend some time crossing the Sahara on camels and even spending the night in the desert! We will go on this adventure twice – on the 4th-11th of December and the 28th of December to the 4th of January!
Also check out our complete “Activities and Events Calendar” for fall 2016 here!
Your friendly neighbourhood travel guide,