On Tuesday 26th March, 21 of the girls studying Spanish in the Fourth Form set off in the early hours of the morning for Heathrow accompanied by Mrs Bolton, Mrs Villalobos Ruiz and Mrs Wilkinson. We caught an early morning plane to Bilbao and we were at the wonderful Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao in time for lunch where some girls enjoyed their first tapas of the trip. After lunch in the museum café, the girls enjoyed exploring the Museum. We then set off for Cantabria in the coach and enjoyed the amazing views from the coastal road.

We arrived at the hotel late in the afternoon and were welcomed by very friendly staff and chocolate con churros which went down very well indeed! After a rest and some unpacking time we were then treated to the first of our delicious suppers. All the food was traditional and homemade and there were very generous portions!

On Wednesday, we visited Comillas and the local cobbled town of Santillana. In Comillas we enjoyed a fantastic guided tour of Gaudi’s Capricho House which was very informative. Our own personal tour guide joined us for three days and the girls enjoyed the wealth of information that she shared with us. On Thursday, we travelled to the Picos de Europa and took the cable car up the snowy Peña Vieja where we enjoyed stunning views and on the way home we stopped off in Potes. On Friday, we travelled to the coast for a boat trip and then drove into Santander where we had a short guided tour and then made our way to a cookery school where the girls baked a local sponge cake, following all the instructions in Spanish!

On our return to the Novales we enjoyed watching the Good Friday Procession, where the locals were carrying the floats, reminding us of the traditional Easter rituals.

After a busy few days experiencing some of the delights of northern Spain we travelled home. The girls were a pleasure to accompany and it was lovely to see them put their Spanish into practice.