Spain: Regional Cultures

Spain: Regional Cultures

Your journey begins with an immersive orientation in Spain’s capital and largest city, Madrid. Immediately begin practicing your Spanish as you navigate the city’s medieval streets, and visit the Prado Museum on Madrid’s “museum mile” to see original art by Spanish artists such as Picasso and Dalí. Order tapas in local cafés as you visit the Habsburg district. Take a full-day excursion to historic Toledo as your knowledge of Spain’s history and culture deepens. 
You will experience an entirely different region of Spain as you and your group travel from Madrid to your homestay location. Spend two weeks immersed in a Spanish community as you come to experience Spain’s regional differences. Your Spanish language skills will grow through daily interactions with your host family and other locals. Explore the surrounding area on day trips with your Experiment group. Participate in flamenco classes, attend workshops about multiculturalism in Spain, and learn how to make paella in a cooking class. Your discovery of Spain’s cultures and regional differences will continue as you and your group travel to Barcelona, Spain’s second-largest city and the 
capital of Catalonia. Visit Barcelona’s numerous UNESCO World Heritage sites, parks, and the Picasso Museum. See the architecture of Gaudí and shop along La Rambla, Barcelona’s famous central street, and travel to the beautiful seaside town of Sitges.  Return to Madrid for a final day of exploration and reflection. 
 
To learn more about this program, visit experiment.org/ESS.

Subjects

  • Culture

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