Following last year’s successful inaugural Humanities and Art tour to Italy, our destination this February half-term was Andalucía, Spain. Over the week long trip our group of Year 11 students sampled the true delights of this phenomenal region of Spain, where Europe meets Africa, Islam meets Christianity, and modern day Spaniards rub shoulders with the Romans and the Moors through architecture, culture and heritage.

From our base on the Costa del Sol, each day of the trip marked a new destination, with a wide-ranging variety of visits and activities. All the students study at least one of the humanities subjects; Geography, History, RS and Art to GCSE level, and the design of the trip is to incorporate elements of each of these subjects. Trips included the awe-inspiring UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens in Granada, Seville’s Alcazar and Cathedral, Cordoba’s Mezquita and Judería, the Picasso Museum in Malaga, the spectacular limestone caves of Nerja, the British colony of Gibraltar with its famous apes, and the amazing bullring and gorge at Ronda.

Despite torrential and unrelenting rainfall for much of the week, the students conducted themselves brilliantly throughout, and gained a tremendous amount from their visit. We look forward to planning next year’s trip!