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Fall 2015: Explore the Mediterranean & Atlantic

Fall 2015

Explore the Mediterranean & Atlantic



Valencia: Oct 15 - 16
You can travel independently between these ports: Learn more

Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, and directly above the continent of Africa, and formed in the 15th century, the Kingdom of Spain is a country of diverse history and accomplishment, with significant cultural influence on all surrounding regions. Founded by explorers and well established through conquest, Spain remained a strong empire of the world until the turn of the 19th century. Surviving political unrest in recent history, Spain is now a democratic monarchy with a national parliament and is divided into 17 regions.

Semester at Sea ports of call in Spain include Barcelona, Valencia and La Coruna and Valencia, and field program options include explorations of the art, culture, and architecture of the two diverse regions. Highlights include overnight trips to Sevilla, Grenada, and Madrid, with opportunities to explore the cathedrals, gardens, palaces, and other cultural sites that reflect Spain’s Moorish and Islamic heritage.

Sources: CIA Factbook, BBC News
Quick Facts
  • Language: Spanish
  • Population: 46,030,109
  • Government: Unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy
  • Currency: Euro (€) (EUR)
  • Capital: Madrid

Things to Do

  • Eat at a Tapas Bar in a Plaza Mayor
  • Experience Flamenco music and dancing
  • Attend a bullfight in Sevilla
  • Delve into Moorish Spain at La Alhambra in Granada
  • See La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona
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Blog Posts From Spain

Sustainable Methods: Renewable Energy In Spain

Mano a Mano: The Art of Bullfighting in Seville

Bullfighting is a tradition with roots that are said to date back to pre-biblical times of worship and sacrifice. The modern style of fight which we see practiced today remains …

Margarita Jover: Interport Lecturer and Architect Extraordinaire

Margarita Jover is an interport lecturer on Semester at Sea Summer 2012. She and her husband Inaki Alday are two of the hottest architects in Barcelona. This global couple splits …

Montserrat: Beauty Between the Mountains

Semester at Sea students traveled to Montserrat Monastery, one of  Spain's most beautiful and spiritual monuments nestled between the mountains an hour outside Barcelona. They were very excited to learn …

Paella, People, and Culture

Meals are arguably one of the most important elements of Spanish culture. They are long, social, and nourishing events. On this trip students get a flavor for one of the …