Cantabria Spanish Language School Trips & Tours

This small region in the north of Spain is rich in history and stunning scenery and is the ideal place for a Spanish language study tour. Traditional mountain and coastal villages portray a strong heritage and contrast against the lively capital city of Santander. A school trip to Cantabria is ideal for groups seeking to share a truly authentic Spanish experience together whilst enjoying a range of educational visits.

If you’re seeking to challenge and inspire your group in the practical application of Spanish language skills, our Spanish Language Enrichment Experience can be included in your school trip too. Combined with an array of memorable visits, a trip to Cantabria enhances classroom-based learning by giving pupils the opportunity to practise conversational Spanish, listening skills and increase confidence in their ability. 

Prices start from£399pp

Price Shown includes

  • 4 nights’ full board accommodation
  • Return flights and overseas airport transfers
  • Services of an NST Destination Representative
  • Free Go Explore journal for every pupil
  • Extensive group travel insurance
  • 1 in 10 free place ratio

 Price shown is based on 40 paying passengers departing from a London airport in March 2019 and is subject to availability.

On-tour support

On-tour support includes...

Additional on tour support available...

  • Pre-booked meals at great group prices


Popular options in Cantabria

Top visits


As a port town, it’s no wonder much of the town’s history revolves around the sea. Pupils can explore the Maritime Museum, Magdalena Peninsula and the Planetarium and even interview a resident on the street. Cruises of Santander Bay are also available.

Altamira Caves

A replica of the original caves, famous for their prehistoric animal paintings. Pupils will be impressed by how the cave artists used the natural contours in the rock to enhance the animal figures. Workshops are available.

El Soplao Caves

Take a guided tour (in English or Spanish) down the 1,500m route through this cave, with acoustic effects and spectacular lighting showcasing the natural formations. An awe-inspiring visit for pupils.

Fuente Dé Cable Car

Take an excursion into the mountains and a memorable cable-car ride to the 1850m high summit where pupils will be astounded by the stunning views and landscape.

Santillana del Mar

Pupils will enjoy exploring this attractive medieval town, containing winding cobbled streets, tourist shops and an abundance of historic buildings.


This small town gives pupils a taste of traditional Cantabria with its cobbled streets and squares, ancestral homes, towers and Modernist style buildings. It’s also home to Gaudí’s ‘El Capricho’ building and the neo-gothic Sobrellano Palace.

Guggenheim Museum

One of the most famous museums in the world, housing modern and contemporary art. The museum’s collection focuses primarily on American and European art from the 20th century. This is an ideal en-route visit for groups flying into Bilbao.

Churros con Chocolate

Enjoy this delicious and decadent Spanish treat at a local hotel.

Santander Town Trail

Pupils follow trail instructions and answer questions in Spanish. 

Potes Market

Practise Spanish and pick up a bargain at this popular Spanish market. 

Tapas Tasting Experience

Enjoy true Spanish cuisine at an authentic local restaurant. 

Cabarceno Nature Park

A visit this unique nature park will be an unforgettable experience for your group. This park is unlike any other zoo or wildlife park. Attractions include falconry displays conducted in Spanish. Groups can now also feed the animals whilst accompanied by park staff.

Spanish Language Enrichment Experience

For groups looking to immerse themselves in Spanish language and culture, we can provide Spanish language enrichment tours in Cantabria. 

These tours offer fun learning experiences for groups through activity-based local visits and immersion in the native tongue. 

Our native Spanish Destination Representative, Pablo, will introduce your pupils to Spanish cultural activities - such as the tasty Churros Con Chocolate - and encourage the development of language skills whilst having plenty of fun. Pablo is a native speaker of Spanish language too, so your group will be able to practise their language skills with him during their stay. 

What’s more, Pablo can assist with arranging a local school visit so your pupils will be able to meet and converse with Spanish students, and help each other with language skills.

Language Workshops

In a relaxed environment, pupils will take part in speaking and listening sessions with native speakers, greatly enhancing their learning experience. 


Karaoke or Disco

A small karaoke bar offers pupils the opportunity to hold a disco or karaoke evening. Pre-book this venue and ensure sole group use.  


Take your group swimming at a large indoor swimming pool located in Santander. 

Valle Real Shopping Centre

Cantabria’s first large indoor shopping centre has an impressive range of activities, including shops, cafés, restaurants, a games zone and an eight screen cinema. 

Flamenco Lessons

Pupils can try the heart-stopping and passionate art of Flamenco dancing, a true cultural experience from Spain’s musical heritage.

Visit a local Spanish school

This is a visit that gives pupils the opportunity to experience a day in the life of a Spanish student. You could choose to spend a few hours at the local school, half a day or even a full day.

Your pupils will be shown around the school and given a brief introduction to the Spanish education system, before being introduced to their class. They will then take part in a typical Spanish lesson – this could be in Maths, History, Spanish or English Language, etc. Pupils will also have the opportunity to take lunch with their class, and may even get the chance to cook their food in a paella making workshop. Find out more here

Cantabria Maze

Can you reach the centre of Spain’s largest maze?! This 5000 square meter maze is located about 5km from Santillana and is a great activity to challenge your group!

Evening activites

  • Swimming
  • Karaoke
  • Valle Real Shopping Centre – cinema and games zone
  • A quiz or disco at your hotel (many hotels can provide a room for groups to use in the evenings)

Educational resources

Free Go Explore journals

We understand that learning resources form an important part of a language tour. Our free Go Explore educational resources are a great tool for pupils to record their language experience and build their confidence when exploring another culture, language and location.

With space to add information, pre-visit notes, a daily journal about what they’ve seen and learnt and space for relevant vocabulary our journals are useful for assisting in controlled assessment preparation and is a valuable memento of time spent abroad.

​View a sample of our Go Explore educational resources


We can arrange for your group to fly from a range of UK airports and we’ll work with you to plan your route at the best value possible.


Available from any location in the UK, our executive coaches are fitted with seatbelts, toilet facilities, air conditioning, DVD and reclining seats.


Giving you full support throughout

Before your tour

  • Your own dedicated NST contact
  • Bespoke tour itineraries
  • Unrivalled local knowledge & expertise
  • Curriculum linked visit programmes
  • Great value for money - no hidden costs
  • Free group leader inspection visits
  • Risk assessment guidance
  • Safety assured, transport, accommodation and visits

Whilst you're away

  • Free educational resources
  • Group-friendly accommodation
  • Exceptional standards of coaching
  • On-tour support from our reps on the ground
  • Support & assistance from our specialists guides throughout your tour
  • 24/7 support just a call away
  • Extensive group travel insurance

On your return

  • Priority rebooking services
  • Rewarding your loyalty with our reward scheme
  • You say, we listen - we're committed to continuously improving our tours
  • School travel company of choice since 1967

I’ve been on many school trips ...this was one of the best! The hotel was brilliant. It deserves the highest recognition! The hotel's location is fantastic and is situated in front of an excellent park. The students have been able to play safely here as there is simply a path between this and the hotel. Our NST Destination Representative, Pablo, was great too. Very welcoming and friendly.

Nick Lumb, The Calder High School