Geography School Trip to Mallorca
5 days from £570pp
45 Students and 5 Teachers (free)
Mallorca is the largest of the Balearic islands and also the one many British families will be most familiar with. The island has long been a haven for holiday makers who flee to the golden coastlines for the glorious summers and mild winters.
For a geography school trip, the island has a modern story to tell. Students will learn how the impact of tourism has affected traditional culture, sustainability, water resources and more. If you add to this dramatic scenery and geological wonders, your group will be questioning whether they really knew Mallorca after all.
Your school tour will reach both the coastline resorts and the secluded hilltop villages to build a picture of a contemporary Mallorca, one that epitomises the many geographical complexities faced by popular beauty spots in Europe and beyond.
The Hidden Mallorca
As you approach the island, from your airplane window you will notice the contrast of rocky mountains, arid stretches, lush farmlands and azure blue waters and you will begin to get a taste of Mallorca beyond the postcard.
To set the tone for your trip you will visit the village of Sant Joan to discover a side of Mallorca that few tourists will ever see. Students will try their hand at some traditional Mallorcan sports. They will meet locals, learn some of the local language and even visit a house to discover how water is managed within the home.
Later, you will visit the Es Pla Education Centre where your guide will give you more information about the island and what lies in store for your school group during your trip.
Sa Calobra and Soller
Day 2 is one for the physical geographers. Your group will embark from your resort to Sa Calobra. Sa Calobra means ‘snake’ and as you head into the distinctive winding road you will see why. Known for its hairpin turns, the road allows you to see from the stony cliffs all the way down to the sea.
At Sa Calobra, you will first reach the stony beach but if you follow the path through the stone tunnel you will reach the stunning beach on the other side and see the effect erosion has on the rocks.
From Sa Calobra your group will take to the blue waters on a boat journey to Port de Soller – keep your eyes peeled as dolphins are known to swim in these parts.
At Port de Soller, you will have a chance to wander the streets of this popular tourist spot before boarding the tram and winding through the Old Town.
Next you will board the famous Soller train. The train, which originally was designed to transport citrus fruit, provides excellent views of the Tramuntana mountains, a UNESCO heritage site which covers around 30% of the island.
Llevant Natural Park, Ham Caves and Olive Oil Tour
Your next day in Mallorca will take you to Llevant Natural Park, a protected area which includes mountains, unspoilt beaches and is home to birds, tortoises and unique flora.
After exploring the hiking trails at Llevant your group will move on to one of Mallorca’s must-see attractions, Ham Caves. The caves are 10 million years old but were only discovered in 1905. Today the caves are lit to illuminate the spectacular cave features so that students can appreciate how they were formed over time.
In order to get to know life in Mallorca, students will next visit a local olive oil producer to learn about how this local product is made and even taste it too.
On your last full day in Mallorca, students will journey to the north of the island to Port de Pollenca, a small coastal town, where they will be able to observe coastal formations.
Your guide will lead you to an area of the beach to discuss the topic of sea grass. Did you know that seagrass meadows can store enormous amounts of carbon? Students will learn how and why these areas are being destroyed and what impact this has both locally and globally.
Your school trip continues in the capital city of Palma where your field studies guide will take students through the important topics of gentrification and sustainability. Students will learn about the conflicts between local people, city councils and tourists when it comes to development in the city.
Return to Palma to explore. Your group may want to visit the city’s famous cathedral or pick up some souvenirs before your flight home.