Modern Foreign Languages at Abbotsholme

Tour of Andalusia, Spain


Between 11-15 April fourteen Year 9-11 pupils embarked upon a whistle-stop tour of Andalusia. After a marathon journey we finally arrived at our hotel in Fuengirola, which was located very close to a long a beautiful sandy beach. The weather was a bit mixed the first day but we enjoyed a walk along the front, some pupils even braving the sea for a paddle.

Tuesday dawned a little grey and the weather forecast predicted rain showers. We travelled by mini-coach to Seville. The pupils were impressed by the beautiful Plaza de España. We toured the cathedral which is the largest gothic cathedral in the world, with a capacity of 43 000. After a tapas-style lunch we headed for the Torre de Oro (Golden Tower) and then took a trip along the river the enjoy more of the sights of this historic city.

We were all delighted to see the sun on Wednesday morning as we headed to Malaga on the train. There was time to do some essential shopping and buying of ice-creams. We walked through the port and then headed for the 'Malaga Eye' which is called 'La Nuria. The views across the sea were stunning, but it was not such a great experience for those of us without a head for heights.

On Thursday morning we had time for a swim under an azure sky before heading for Granada. The day was stunning and the city beautiful. We walked through the narrow streets and enjoyed browsing in the small shops. Then we headed up the hill to the Albaicin - the oldest quarter of the city. We followed our guide through narrow streets - they are too narrow for cars - and ended in a cave built into the mountain. We ate tapas and watched an amazing flamenco show. It was made all the more impressive because the space was small and we were sitting right up against the stage. The sound of the traditional singing, Spanish guitar and flamenco made for a very memorable experience. Just as the light was beginning to fade from the sky we arrived at the Alhambra for a nocturnal visit. This was a great privilege as normally 8000 visitors are admitted every hour, but during the evening visits only 300 people are admitted. We toured the palace with our guide and amazingly were the only visitors there. It was truly stunning.

Friday was the designated beach/pool day. There was a lot of fun had, particularly funny is pushing your teacher into the pool!

The evening came too soon and before long we were back on the coach and heading for the airport. The staff and pupils had a fantastic time during the week and now comes the big decision, where to go during Easter 2018?

 Joy Holmes

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