Food Technology Study trips to Spain

Curriculum Themes

International culinary traditions

Economic impacts of food

Daily intake recommendations

Food safety principals

Food groups

Why Spain?

Our Food Technology Study Trips to Spain offer a wide range of culinary and gastronomic adventures including the world-famous tapas and is one of the very best destinations for exploring an alternative cuisine. Barcelona and San Sebastián are perfect Spanish cities for exploring a huge variety of foods, with cookery courses on offer that specialise in dishes from each respective region.

All in all, it’s a fantastic opportunity for students to master and explore the art of Spanish cooking and improve their KS3 and KS4 skills in a vibrant, exciting and culturally diverse setting.


Desayuna mucho, come más, cena poco y vivirás


‘Have a big breakfast, a bigger lunch, a light dinner and you will live longer’

This sums up the Spanish view on food. The Spaniards love food and cooking, so meal times are very important to their way of life. They are early risers so have a big breakfast to get them through the morning, have a big lunch so they can sleep it off at siesta time and then come dinner time, it is tapas time! No matter which of our trips you choose to go on, Barcelona or San Sebastian in the Basque region, you will quickly and happily adopt this way of life.  

What to do on a Food tech study trip to Spain?

There are numerous activities for students to explore Spain. Here we have just a few excursions we can include in a bespoke itinerary.

This professional cooking school provides different options of classes for students, including paella classes and other traditional Spanish foods, Pintxos cooking classes or traditional Basque cooking classes. The school can cater the classes according to the needs of the students, happily adapting it more to health and hygiene, food safety or even dietary needs.


An honor as always to cook and shop with the great chef @margaritafores 🙌🙌🙌   A post shared by Mimo San Sebastián (@mimosansebastian) on

A complete guided tour introducing you to the world of Basque natural cider: you will discover apple orchards, the different apple varieties, and their pollination and how cider is made and consumed.

As well as food and cooking, packaging and mass production are equally important elements of the KS3 and KS4 food technology curriculum. Barcelona’s Torras Chocolate factory provides an insightful look at food production, finance, and organisation on a global scale. It’s also an opportunity for students touring the factory to view “The World of Chocolate” film and sample a cheeky selection of the sweet delicacies.
Experience the best food and drink places around San Sebastian with a walking tour around the city. Not only does it show you the best places to eat the traditional Pinxtos, but it also teaches you about the history of the city.

The largest food market in Barcelona is the ideal place to learn about traditional Spanish ingredients. The market sells food of extremely high quality in the middle of Las Ramblas, so it is the perfect location to see true Barcelona.

In addition, you can also fill your days with the following

  • Fish market in the old town
  • Basilica of Santa Maria del Coro
  • La Brexta San Sebastian
  • Las Ramblas
  • La sagrada familia/Parc Guell

Example Itineraries

Our educational travel experts have spent considerable time crafting a selection of ready-made itineraries for your Art Study trip to Amsterdam, which you will find below — entitled ‘Aperture’ and ‘Cityscape. However, we can also create a tailored itinerary to meet the educational needs of your group.

DAY1- Arrive in San Sebastian then spend the afternoon on a walking tour of the city

DAY2- Half a day at Mimo Culinary school and visiting the traditional food markets

DAY3- Cider tour at Petritegi then Pinxtos tasting afternoon

DAY4- Return to UK

Why not cross the border and extend your food tech tour in the Basque region of France?

DAY1– Arrive in Barcelona and spend the afternoon exploring the city.
DAY2– Cooking class followed by visit to la sagrada familia and las ramblas
DAY3– Visit the Torras chocolate factory followed by a trip to the market.
DAY4– Visit Park Guell and return to UK.

Getting there

The easiest way to get to both Barcelona and San Sebastian is by flying. For San Sebastian, you can fly from Manchester, Gatwick, Stansted or Heathrow directly to Bilbao and then get a coach to San Sebastian. For Barcelona, most major UK airports fly directly there. A coach will be provided for transfers in Spain.

Where to Stay?

The Koisi, San Sebastián Located just a few minutes away from San Sebastián’s Antiguo district, The Koisi hotel is an ideal accommodation for your group. Rooms range from twin to 8-bed, each complete with spacious luggage storage and en-suite facilities. Facilities include Wi-Fi, laundry, a bar and café.

Barcelona city centre hostel

Based in the heart of Barcelona, this hostel is the perfect location for our students visiting the city. Most of the tourist destinations are within a ten-minute walk. All rooms have air conditioning and free wifi, as well as a private bathroom.

When to Visit Spain?

Spain is a perfect destination to visit throughout the year, but it does get very hot during the summer months. June and September are the best months to go with it being slightly milder and generally dry.

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