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The Best of Barcelona and Madrid: Colorful Cultura with Your Grandchild

Barcelona and Madrid's awesome monuments, tasty tapas, fun dancing and vibrant culture make them the perfect cities for creating lifelong memories with your grandchild.
Program No. 23624RJ
10 days
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The Best of Barcelona and Madrid: Colorful Cultura with Your Grandchild

Barcelona and Madrid's awesome monuments, tasty tapas, fun dancing and vibrant culture make them the perfect cities for creating lifelong memories with your grandchild.
10 days
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Program No. 23624 RJ
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There’s exciting aventuras for everyone in Spain — that’s what makes it the perfect place for exploring with your grandchild! Whether you dream of seeing Picasso’s masterpieces or channeling your inner Gerard Piqué on a fun fútbol field trip to the largest stadium in Europe, our local experts will introduce you to the true gems of Barcelona and Madrid. So whip up some Catalan cuisine in a hands-on cooking class, try un churro delicioso, explore the Royal Palace and prepare for some Flamenco dancing — Spain awaits!
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Experience “fútbol fever” during a field trip to Camp Nou — the largest stadium in Europe — and see the jerseys and trophies displayed in the FC Barcelona Museum.
  • Discover historic Segovia via an expert-led city scavenger hunt, learning about its Roman aqueducts, Gothic cathedral and Alcázar (castle).
  • Whizz through Spain on the AVE high speed bullet train, reaching speeds up to 185mph!
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You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Adventures in Spain
by Catherine Petit
From Madrid north to Santiago and south to Granada, join Catherine Petit as she shares her journeys through the countryside, hills, mountains and quaint cities and towns of the breathtaking country of Spain. Catherine serves as your personal guide through cathedrals, museums, parks, gardens, and architectural delights as she treks her way through the enchanting landscape. The photographs will bring the experience of Spain right to your door. The friends she made, the people she met, and the cultural extravagance she witnessed will ensure you make Spain your next destination.
by Lucia Graves (Translator), Carlos Ruiz Zafron
As fifteen-year-old Oscar roams the streets of Barcelona to escape the monotony of his boarding school life, he stumbles across a macabre graveyard ritual that transports him to an ethereal underground labyrinth. A cult classic in Spain and an international bestseller.
Spain, The People
by Tara Steele, Noa Lior
A pictorial and factual introduction to the people of Spain, geared for middle-schoolers. Chapters cover traditions, history, city and village life, homes, school, entertainment and food.
Frommer's EasyGuide to Madrid and Barcelona
by Frommer's
EasyGuides are full of practical, easy to absorb information and emphasize authentic experiences. This lightweight guide highlights important attractions with expert advice on accommodations and meals.
Culture Smart! Spain
by Marian Meaney
This concise, no-nonsense guide to local customs, etiquette and culture provides a short overview of the land and people along with practical travel advice.
Real Tapas
by Fiona Dunlop
A re-release of the critically acclaimed Real Tapas, this edition also features savory, traditional favorites as well as new, delectable recipes for the world’s most social cuisine.
by Patrick O'Brian
Patrick O'Brian, who knew the artist, covers the life and work of Picasso.
Spain, The Root and the Flower
by John A. Crow
Take this book with you to Spain: it's an absorbing, well-written account of Spanish cultural history from prehistory to the Romans, Jews, Moors, Golden Age and on to Franco and his legacy in modern Spain.
Cathedral, The Story of its Construction
by David MacAulay
In this illuminating book for middle readers, master draughtsman MacAulay presents text and innovative drawings that detail the planning and construction of a 13th-century Gothic cathedral. It's a masterpiece.
Madrid, The History
by Jules Stewart
Jules Stewart sketches the history of a beloved city from Mayrit to Madrid, the Bourbons, Franco and beyond. With suggested whirlwind itinerary for Madrid in Two Days (and Nights).
Antonio Gaudi, Master Architect
by Juan Bassegoda Nonell
This pocket-sized collection of Gaudi's work captures the evolution, imagination and exuberance of one of the most influential architects of the 20th century.
Spain, A Traveler's Literary Companion
by Peter R. Bush (Editor)
This collection of 30 stories from a who’s who of contemporary Spanish literature, including writers from Galicia, Leon, the Basque Country, Madrid and Barcelona.
Built to Last
by David MacAulay
A compilation of MacAulay's books Castle, Cathedral and Mosque with updated research and new color drawings. MacAulay tells the fictional but accurate stories of how these structures were built, explaining their historical and cultural importance. Packed with wonderfully detailed illustrations, this book will appeal to all ages.
Isabel, Jewel of Castille: Spain, 1466
by Carolyn Meyer
The imagined diary of Isabella when she was still a youngster, written for middle schoolers. The book is designed to feel like a real princess's diary, with gold-embossed pages and a sturdy binding.
Ghosts of Spain
by Giles Tremlett
Tremlett captures the Spanish character, history and modern politics in this masterful portrait, interweaving the story of his love for the country (where he has lived for 20 years) with interviews, anecdotes and observation.
Spain & Portugal Adventure Map
by National Geographic
A double-sided full color map of Spain and Portugal at a scale of 1:1,000,000 with good shaded relief, topographic detail, roads and waterways.
by Robert Hughes
A Longitude favorite, this big, thoroughly enjoyable cultural history of the city touches on architecture, art, religion and literature from Roman outpost to today.
Spanish Recognitions, The Roads to the Present
by Mary Lee Settle
A magical, meditative account of Spanish history, art, archaeology and travels by the noted writer. Settle (Turkish Reflections) conjures Cervantes, El Cid, the Moors, Visgoths, Romans, Lorca and Balboa as she writes of a road trip from Castile in central Spain to the southern coast.
If You Were There in 1492, Everyday Life in the Time of Columbus
by Barbara Brenner
A "you-were-there" history of medieval Spain, written for middle-schoolers and fun for the family. This clever illustrated history gives the facts of life in the cities and countryside from a child's point of view.
Homage to Catalonia
by George Orwell
Orwell's portrait of the Barcelona uprising and the spirit of a city at war is a classic, an observant and heartfelt report from the streets.
Only in Spain, A Foot-Stomping, Firecracker of a Memoir About Food, Flamenco and Falling in Love
by Nellie Bennett
In this exuberant memoir, an enthusiastic young Australian discovers a passion for Spanish culture (especially flamenco) as she explores Seville and Madrid.
A Traveller's Companion To Madrid
by Hugh Thomas (Editor)
This spritely anthology of eyewitness accounts -- in diaries, letters, memoirs and novels -- covers palaces and neighborhoods, customs, manners and morals of the city, revealing its geography, history and spirit.

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