The trip produced many highlights. Students took a trip to an old tobacco factory that has since been turned into an art gallery. The walls have been covered in graffiti, both inside and out, giving the students plenty of photo opportunities. The streets around the factory offered more chance to take in the feel and atmosphere of this beautiful city.
Students hiked up to the Palacio de Cibeles Centrocentro where the spectacular view across the city takes the breath away. Staff and students took some time out for some drinks, chatting and enjoying the splendid Spanish weather and feeling very lucky to be out of cold and rainy Manchester in November.
One evening the students took in a traditional flamenco show, which was so impressive and really showed off the passion and intensity of the Spanish people.
No trip to Madrid is complete without a visit to the beating heart of the city and home to their beloved Real Madrid FC, the Santiago Bernabeu, one of the most iconic stadiums in the world. Students went on a tour of the museum, the dug out, and the changing rooms and enjoyed the interactive tour. This was followed by a trip to a local market where students were able to soak up what it must feel like to be a local and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of a typical Spanish market. The day was rounded off perfectly with tapas at a traditional Spanish restaurant where students swapped stories about all they had seen that day. everyone went to bed well fed and happy.
On the final day everyone went to the Prado Museum, Spain’s national art museum, which is wdiely considered to have one of the world’s finest collections of European Art with works by artists like Goya, El Greco, Peter Paul Rubenes and Diego Velázquez.
All students returned home refreshed and delighted from their cultural city break.
Abbey College Manchester is part of the Abbey DLD Group of Colleges.