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In the early hours of the morning on May 25th, students from Years 9 and 10, along with staff, departed from Trent and headed for Stansted Airport to catch their flight to Bilbao.
Around midday the group arrived at the beautiful medieval town of Santillana del Mar in the region of Cantabria, this would be their base for the next six days. The town and hotel were ideal for a group of their size, with facilities at the ready to play some long games of football and frisbee.
The students participated in three hours of Spanish language lessons in Santander on three of the mornings, in which the students were able to develop their speaking skills.
Outside of the lessons, they enjoyed a rainy afternoon at the beach at the Magdalena Park and a day at the Cabάrceno Nature Park, amidst stunning scenery. They also had a full day excursion into the Picos de Europa, experiencing a valley road with 300 bends in 27 kilometres before heading for Fuente Dé, where they took a cable car to ascend to 2000 metres. The students and staff spent a couple of hours above the clouds with superb mountain views and snow-capped peaks.
They also spent time in Santander, completing a town trail quiz, visiting the cathedral and aquarium, as well as shopping in the city centre and in the Valle Real shopping centre. The final night, the group visited a karaoke bar where they witnessed various degrees of musical talent on display.
On the return journey to Bilbao airport, they stopped off at the Guggenheim Museum to see the spectacular architecture, and an interesting exhibition of Yoko Ono’s work.
The students got a great deal from the trip linguistically, and enjoyed spending time in such a beautiful region of Spain.