- Explore Barcelona's lively markets and street festivals
- Hike the peaks of the Catalan Pyrenees
- Photograph or interview street performers on the lively Ramblas
- Discover the surreal at Dalí's museum in his hometown, Figueres
Choose one of these projects and delve further into your area of interest:
Itinerary 12 Days
In the heart of Barcelona, ancient Roman walls meet the wild curves of modernist architecture; medieval streets end in broad, bustling boulevards; and Spanish culture blends with a strong local Catalan identity. This is a city with a pulse: full of cutting-edge design, street festivals and markets, a lively port, and sandy beaches. Immerse yourself in the creativity, passion, and style of one of Spain's most cosmopolitan cities. Set out to capture the soul of Barcelona through an On Assignment project of your choice.
Our home in Barcelona is a stylish new university residence on the edge of beautiful Parc de la Ciutadella, just a short walk from the beach and La Rambla. Delve deep into this eclectic, energetic city and get to know its many faces through your On Assignment project. Each day, we split into our On Assignment teams and head into the streets to experience the city.
Discover Antoni Gaudí's eccentric architecture at La Sagrada Familia and Parc Güell, and wander through the impressive sports complex of Olympic Park. Practice your Spanish at the cafés along Passeig de Gràcia and hit the dance floor at a rooftop techno-jazz concert. Set out with National Geographic expert Tino Soriano to photograph the kaleidoscope of people and foods at the covered market, La Boquería. Interview street performers on La Rambla, or learn the basic steps of the sardana, Catalunya's traditional dance. Much of the city shuts down for a mid-afternoon siesta—a perfect pause to edit your photographs from the morning or review a short story you've written.
When night falls, Barcelona lights up. In the company of our trip leaders, stroll the seaside boardwalk on the way to an avant-garde flamenco dance performance, or enjoy a leisurely dinner in the hip Raval neighborhood.
We'll set out on several day excursions to explore the Spanish countryside. Camera or notebook in hand, wander the cobbled streets of Girona as you discover the ancient Roman walls, Arabic baths, and the old Jewish quarter. Visit the town of Figueras, home to the fascinating and bizarre Dalí museum. relax and go for a swim at a nearby beach. Venture into the medieval village of Castellar de N'Hug in the Pyrenees, take a guided hike along mountain trails, and then dive into a hearty meal of regional specialties.
Throughout the workshop, work with our National Geographic expert and trip leaders to transform your multifaceted experiences into a meaningful on assignment project. We'll share our projects on our final night in Barcelona.