The annual Abbey College Manchester Art and Photography trip is always a much anticipated event, and this year was no different. The trip this year took students to the beautiful Spanish city of Valencia. Set on the Spanish east coast, Valencia is Spain’s third largest city after Madrid and Barcelona.
The trip started with a guided walking tour of the historic old city. Students saw some of the important buildings of the city like the beautifully restored trading centre the Silk Exchange, and the famous Valencia Cathedral that claims to hold the Holy Grail. Students tried traditional food and drink during a walk through the streets and Central Market, trying horchata, fartons and paella, all in some glorious Spanish sunshine.
Each day the students explored and photographed a different area of the city ranging from some extremely modern architecture at the city of Arts and Sciences to the historic Old Town with its walls covered with expressive street art. The contrast between the old and new of Valencia was also seen in the historical works of art on show at the Fine Arts Museum and the challenging contemporary work on display at the Institute of Modern Art.
On the last day, the students visited Oceanografic, a huge aquarium where sharks, dolphins and jellyfish all swam. Students were treated to a final dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe. Everyone agreed that the trip was a resounding success and couldn’t wait for next year’s trip.
Abbey College Manchester is part of the Abbey DLD Group of Colleges.