Today, our guide walked the group to visit the Reales Alcázares, Europe's oldest active royal palace and Spain's best example of Mudejar architecture. This was one of the two UNESCO World Heritage sites we visited
After lunch, it was time to visit Parque de Maria Luisa, Sevilla's most beautiful park, home to architectural jewels like Plaza de España.
After the park, Hewitt students went to the Flamenco museum, where they attended a live performance.
Day 8 - Sevilla
Hewitt arrived in Sevilla last evening and met their host families. Today they girls visited San Francisco de Paula School, in downtown Sevilla. They met their Spanish pen pals and followed them during some of their classes. They spent recess with their Spanish friends, and went on a tour of the school’s facilities and learned what a typical day is like in a Spanish school. Some of them had some churros too!
Hewitt students said goodbye to their Spanish friends, and headed over to Mercado de Triana. After a guided tour of the local market, they started their Spanish cuisine cooking workshop. They cooked a vegetable cold soup called gazpacho, and paella. The students did a great job, given the fact that despite the size of the paella, there were no leftovers!
After enjoying a delicious dessert, our guide took the group for a short walk in Triana, a beautiful neighborhood with traditional Spanish patios.
Day 7 - Aracena and Cave of Marvels
Today Hewitt went on a guided tour of Gruta de las Maravillas (Cave of Marvels), a spectacular natural landmark in the town of Aracena. There we explored the chambers of stalagmites and stalactites, limestone ceilings and colorful interior lakes.
Day 6 - Organic Farm Visit
Today we took a scenic walk and hiked from our cabins to the farm. After arriving at the farm, the students were divided into groups that rotated to the different workshops: picking vegetables, cooking, milking goats, making cheese from scratch, crafting rustic bread and baking cookies. Our lunch consisted of these organic foods from the farm.
Hewitt also learned how this farm raises Iberian pigs to make Spanish ham humanely and respecting the balance of this natural ecosystem.
After lunch, Hewitt participated in a series of team building activities and games on the grounds of a local organic farm. They learned about the importance of a balanced natural environment and sustainable agriculture. At the end of the day, they sat down and discussed about how to fulfill the United Nations Goals for Sustainable Development.
Day 5 - Mérida
Hewitt boarded the bus and headed for southern Spain, with a stop in Mérida, where they visited the monuments and archaeological remains. The highlight of the visit was The Roman Theatre, Europe’s best conserved and the only one which, after being reconditioned, continues to be the setting for theatrical representations and recitals. After lunch, travel to accommodations in a picturesque area, nestled in the mountains of the Aracena State Park.
Day 4 - El Prado and Toledo
Hewitt started the day with a visit to Museo del Prado, Spain’s national art museum, home of works by Spain's great masters, including Francisco Goya, Diego Velázquez, and El Greco. After El Prado, they visited Spain's first capital, Toledo. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1986, this is the city that inspired Renaissance painter El Greco in the 16th century. Since then it has remained largely unchanged in its blend of Arabic, Jewish, Christian and Visigothic elements.
Day 3 - Segovia
On day three, the group got on the bus and traveled to the nearby city of Segovia, where they saw the 2,000-year-old, 98-foot-high Roman aqueduct and the almost fairytale-like castle of the Alcázar.
Day 2 - ¡ Bienvenidos a Madrid !
After check-in into their accommodations, the school went on a walking tour of Madrid. They visited Puerta del Sol, the city’s bustling central square and admire the elegant architecture and vibrant street life at Plaza Mayor. They also saw the magnificent Palacio Real The Palacio Real, considered one of the finest palaces in Europe.
After walking in Madrid, the group visited Real Madrid's soccer stadium: Santiago Bernabeu. At the stadium they enjoyed a panoramic view, the “Best Club in History” room, the Sensations Room, the pitch, the presidential box, the dugouts and technical area, the players' tunnel, the dressing rooms, the press room and the club's official store.
Day 1 - Hewitt is ready for Spain!
After a quick check-in, Hewitt is ready to emabark on their Spain adventure. ¡Buen viaje!