Excursions

API students participate in several excursions per session designed to help familiarize them with areas of their host city, country, and surrounding region. The following is a listing of all excursions for API Salamanca programs. All excursions are subject to change.

Winter

EL ESCORIAL

The Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo del Escorial was constructed between 1563-1584 and built in the purest 16th century Renaissance style. Nearly all Bourbon kings and queens of Spain have been buried here. It is a royal palace, a monastery, school and houses the private library of Philip II which contains some of the oldest books in the world.

LISBON, PORTUGAL
INTERNATIONAL EXCURSION*

Lisbon is a European city like no other. It boasts as grand a cultural and historical heritage as many other European cities, but also has an earthier side that sets it apart. An impressive Gothic cathedral, the Hieronymites Monastery, St. George’s Castle and Torre de Belém are all part of the colourful cityscape. Another side of LIsbon is discovered wandering around the narrow lanes of Alfama, Rossio and Barrio Alto Quarters, and taking in the sounds and rhythm of the city. One experiences a step back in time through visits to the cultural sites in Lisbon, while also gaining an impression of the differences between Portugal and Spain.

MADRID

Spain’s capital blends the modern with an important cultural and artistic heritage. Three of the most important art galleries in the world (the Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museums) are all located in the center of Madrid. All this, combined with the momentum of a society that is dynamic, liberal and welcoming, has turned this metropolis into one of the western world’s great capitals.

SEVILLE

Seville, capital of the Andalucía region of southern Spain, is an unique example where history, tradition and modernity merge in an incomparable city. The core of Islamic Seville includes the area on the East bank of the Guadalquivir where the Cathedral, the Christian Alcázar, and the medieval quarter known as the Barrio Santa Cruz are located today. To explore the city’s narrow streets and smell the orange blossoms in Spring while mingling with people at a cafe is definitely an unforgettable experience.

TOLEDO

Toledo, located south of Madrid, was declared ‘City of Mankind’s Heritage’ by UNESCO in 1986. It was capital of Spain from mid-6th to the mid-16th centuries, as evidenced by its impressive medieval architecture. Known as the “City of the Three Cultures,” it served as a hub for Jews, Moors and Christians and has today become a symbol of religious tolerance. Walking through Toledo is like taking a magic journey into the past.

Spring

LONDON, ENGLAND*
INTERNATIONAL EXCURSION

London is the largest city in Western Europe, home of the Kings and Queens of England since time immemorial. The Tower of London, with its Beefeaters and grisly past, is a prominent landmark and is the place where the Tudor King Henry VIII had two of his queens beheaded! It is situated next to the famous Tower Bridge, which spans the River Thames. Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the houses of Parliament and Big Ben are all equally famous historical buildings, of which there are no shortage in London. They are presided over by Buckingham Palace, where the current Queen lives, and overlooked by the London Eye. London is a magical city with plenty to offer any visitor.

GALICIA

Located in the North- west of Spain, the area of Galicia comprises the provinces of Coruña, Lugo, Orense and Pontevedra. On this trip students will visit the coast and the famous city of Santiago de Compostela. Santiago is the final destination on the Way of Saint James pilgrimage route, and its old quarter has earned the UNESCO World Heritage designation. The tomb of the Apostle Santiago was discovered here at the beginning of 9th century. Since then, Santiago has been the most important pilgrimage destination in Spain, with more than 250,000 pilgrims attempting the trek every year.

LA ALBERCA HIKING TRIP

This 3-hour hiking trip begins in the beautiful village of La Alberca, and takes students on a journey through a forest of oak and chestnut trees. The road leads to the Hermitage of Old Majadas, and continues through the stones, so often deposited by pilgrims and which currently represents the Loa in the procession of the Virgin. It traces the path to Laguna and San Marcos Chapel, consolidated as an example of root preserved, and from there back to La Alberca, going through the gardens and the recreation area of Fuente Castaño.

*Students participate in one international excursion per semester. Students will be notified which international excursion they will participate in post-acceptance.

Fall

BARCELONA

Barcelona is home to a remarkable cultural energy, unique cuisine and fiercely individual spirit. The glorious modernist architecture (Art Nouveau) studs the city streets and avenues, and is mainly represented by the various works by Antoni Gaudí including the Sagrada Familia Church. The city also boasts an artistic legacy, from important Romanesque and Gothic works to major galleries.

EL ESCORIAL

The Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo del Escorial was constructed between 1563-1584 and built in the purest 16th century Renaissance style. Nearly all Bourbon kings and queens of Spain have been buried here. It is a royal palace, a monastery, school and houses the private library of Philip II which contains some of the oldest books in the world.

LA ALBERCA HIKING TRIP

This 3-hour hiking trip begins in the beautiful village of La Alberca, and takes students on a journey through a forest of oak and chestnut trees. The road leads to the Hermitage of Old Majadas, and continues through the stones, so often deposited by pilgrims and which currently represents the Loa in the procession of the Virgin. It traces the path to Laguna and San Marcos Chapel, consolidated as an example of root preserved, and from there back to La Alberca, going through the gardens and the recreation area of Fuente Castaño.

MADRID

Spain’s capital blends the modern with an important cultural and artistic heritage. Three of the most important art galleries in the world (the Prado, Reina Sofia and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museums) are all located in the center of Madrid. All this, combined with the momentum of a society that is dynamic, liberal and welcoming, has turned this metropolis into one of the western world’s great capitals.

PARIS, FRANCE
INTERNATIONAL EXCURSION

One of the most intriguing cities in the world, Paris is full of amazing museums, architecture, music, fashion and beauty. One of the great cultural and intellectual centers of the West, it is felt by many to be the heart, soul, and imagination of France. Innumerable monuments built to reflect the glory of France and its rulers stand testament to the city’s rich history. The Louvre, a former palace and current home to the world’s largest art collection; Notre Dame, a grandiose jewel of the gothic era; the Eiffel Tower, a turn of the century masterpiece; and Montmartre, an artist’s haven, are only a few examples of Paris’ highlights.

TOLEDO

Toledo, located south of Madrid, was declared ‘City of Mankind’s Heritage’ by UNESCO in 1986. It was capital of Spain from mid-6th to the mid-16th centuries, as evidenced by its impressive medieval architecture. Known as the “City of the Three Cultures,” it served as a hub for Jews, Moors and Christians and has today become a symbol of religious tolerance. Walking through Toledo is like taking a magic journey into the past.

Spain Salamanca Salamanca Cathedral
Spain Salamanca The Church Of The Convent Of Saint Esteban
Spain Salamanca Cathedral Of Salamanca
Spain Salamanca Cathedral And Lake
Spain Salamanca Plaza Mejor At Night
Spain Salamanca Cathedral Looking Up
Spain Salamanca Cathedral Tops And Clouds
Spain Salamanca University Of Salamanca Building
Spain Salamanca Relief With Astronaut
Spain Salamanca Plaza Mayor
Spain Salamanca Salamanca Cathedral