Complete your ACA Barcelona experience with exciting weekend adventures to nearby locations at no additional cost.  Travel by modern, deluxe motorcoaches to unforgettable destinations.  Rest easy, because you always stay in safe, comfortable accommodations.  On every adventure, ACA staff are there to make sure your experience is worry-free.

Tossa de Mar (Costa Brava) (4 week program)

This coastal village was founded in the 8th century – B.C.! The first settlers arrived from Greece some 3000 years ago and fell in love with this scenic beach location. You’re sure to as well! The beach scene here is a funky, fun blend of Spanish and French. (The French border is mere minutes away.) The combination of seaside sun-worshiping and eclectic cultural mix makes for one of ACA’s most unique beach stops!

Montserrat (4 week program)

Take a cable car ride to the top of this beautiful mountain retreat, home to a 1,000-year-old Benedictine monastery; a museum featuring rare works by Picasso, Dalí, and El Greco; and a surprising collection of treasures from ancient Egypt. There’s even a mummy! Montserrat is most famous, however, simply for its stunning views of the Pyrenees and coastal islands. We’ll take an adventurous hike through the most scenic spots, followed by a hearty picnic 725 meters above sea level!

Girona (3 & 4 week program)

This fascinating ancient city is located where five rivers come together. Girona has been buffeted by the winds of history for thousands of years – and it has the character to prove it! Its original inhabitants were the Iberians themselves, who were followed by the Romans, who were conquered by the Visigoths, who were conquered by the Moors, who were then kicked out by Charlemagne. The old Jewish quarter, which thrived for hundreds of years, is one of the best preserved in all of Europe, and was home to Catalonia’s great Rabbi Nahmanides.

Figueres (3 & 4 week program)

The birthplace of Salvador Dalí, this Catalonian capital is home to the Teatre-Museu Dalí – a museum celebrating the artist’s life and work. Within its strikingly modern walls sits the town’s original theater, which was one of the first to feature Dalí’s works. It was bombed during the Spanish Civil War and rebuilt to honor the city’s most famous son. Dalí himself is actually buried in a crypt below the museum, adding an appropriately cryptic touch to what is sure to be a surreal experience!

Sitges (3 & 4 week program)

Our weekend in Sitges takes you to a true “hidden gem” among European resort towns. Celebrated for the many artistic events and a popular film festival, Sitges is also one of the most naturally beautiful locations you’ll ever encounter! It’s has a postcard-perfect beach with incredible seaside views and beautiful rolling hills that provide a breathtaking backdrop. It may be the most scenic stop in Spain!

Universal’s Port Aventura Amusement Park (2, 3 & 4 week program)

About an hour from Barcelona, this is Spain’s largest and best-loved theme park! It features a series of internationally themed regions highlighting the Mediterranian Sea, Mexico, China, the Wild West, and Polynesia among others. Roller-coaster fans won’t want to miss the famous Furious Baco, a wild thrill machine that can reach speeds of almost 85 miles per hour! Another favorite is the Stampida, a classic dueling wooden roller-coaster.
 

The French Riviera (3 days) (2, 3 & 4 week program)

Catch a glimpse of the royal family in Monaco or the hottest A-list celebrity. It’s all possible in the fabulous French Riviera. You’ll visit . . .

Nice– Believed to be one of the oldest settlements in Europe, Nice has been a cultural crossroads for thousands of years. A beautiful blend of Italian and French, ancient and modern – no wonder it’s one of the most cosmopolitan places in the world!

Eze– A charming hilltop town on the Cote d’Azur. Explore its beautiful cobblestone streets and hot-pink bougainvillea. Shoppers will delight in the many local perfumeries and art galleries.

Monaco– Grand prix racing, famed casinos and a bastion for beautiful people – this independent nation is ready to give you the royal treatment!

Antibes and Juan-les-Pins– Twin towns where art and action combine are famed for being a place where Picasso once painted and for where the French sporting set invented waterskiing!

Please Note: The excursion to the French Riviera replaces the day trip to PortAventura Amusement Park for students who select this excursion. (Supplemental fee: $495)

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