Trujillo was the first stop, and its picturesque Plaza Mayor, Moorish castle and darling pre-schoolers parading in Carnaval costumes quickly had students in love with the entire town. Next came Cáceres, whose entire monumental old city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Once inside the old city walls it was as if entire centuries had vanished and the group was whisked back to the 16th century.

Venturing further south, to Mérida, students discovered monumental Roman ruins that have left an indelible mark on the city’s present and future. On the road back to Cáceres, outside the town of Malpartida de Cáceres, students happened upon an unusual art museum founded by a creative German, Herr Wolf Vostell. His locational artwork combines old airplanes and cars together with paintings and bits of tableware to take on a whole new meaning.

On the way back to Madrid students stopped off in Romangordo, a small village nestled in the rolling hills of Monfragüe National Park, to visit newborn donkeys and lambs as well as seeing a typical village house-cum-museum.