This October half term, a group of 45 enthusiastic Claremont Hispanists embarked on a journey of a lifetime to the breath-taking region of Cantabria in northern Spain.

Their journey took us first to the beautiful medieval town of Santillana Del Mar where pupils learnt about Spanish history by exploring its cobbled streets and museums. In particular, they enjoyed the Museo de la Tortura with its collection of curious medieval artefacts.

The trip continued with a visit to the fascinating Altamira Caves, renowned for its prehistoric paintings. Soon after, the pupils explored the picturesque landscapes of Picos de Europa which are nestled in the heart of Cantabria. There were more opportunities to connect with the natural beauty of Spain at the Cabárceno Wildlife Park. Here, pupils connected with a variety of wildlife species, in particular, brown bears and gorillas.

Pupils also visited the iconic Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao which offered a modern contrast to the historical elements of their journey. However, no Spanish adventure is complete without indulging in the local cuisine. From savouring churros with chocolate to trying different dishes at a tapas tasting experience in Santander; the pupils embarked on a culinary journey that left their taste buds tingling with delight.

Most importantly, the trip provided ample opportunities for students to practise their Spanish language skills through interactions with locals and cultural activities such as the flamenco and Latin dace workshops.

This was a trip packed with adventures that we hope would leave a profound and lasting impact on all who had the privilege of participating.