Barcelona Field Studies Centre

Geography Fieldwork Itinerary Example (5 full days)

Day Morning Afternoon Evening
Day 1 Arrival Orientation tour of Barcelona (coach) followed by hotel transfer Introduction to the course

20.00 Evening meal

Day 2 08.00 Breakfast

09.00 Sant Pere de Ribes

Flash flooding and river management.

The effects of human activity on the storm hydrograph

Channel morphology: the factors affecting channel efficiency

14.00 Return to hotel

16.30 Classroom follow-up

20.00 Evening meal

Classroom follow-up

Day 3

08.00 Breakfast

08.30 Depart for Garrotxa Volcanic Park

10.30 Plate tectonics and volcanic activity: destructive margin, constructive margin or hot spot?  Nature of different volcanic eruptions. Effects of the eruptions.

13.00 Vegetation changes on the crater wall of the Santa Margarida volcano: Brown earths, gleys and podsols.

15.30 Walk to Santa Pau through a variety of volcanic landscapes

17.30 Departure

19.30 Arrive at hotel

20.00 Evening meal

Follow-up work

Day 4

Breakfast 08.00

Depart 09.00

Sand dunes Llobregat Delta

(vegetation succession/management)

Start 9.00 Finish 14.30


Garraf Natural Park: Park management issues, particularly  the effects of fire on vegetation. A comparison between 3 sites with differing burn histories and the climax vegetation for the area,


1. Rendzina soil study on a limestone slope

2. Mediterranean xerophytic adaptations

3. Park management issues and simulation exercise

Start 9.00 Finish 15.00

Return 15.30 - arrival at hotel 15.15

18.00 Follow-up work

Dinner 20.00

Work continuation after dinner



Day 5 08.00 Breakfast

09.00 The social, economic and environmental impact of urban regeneration initiatives: El Raval, Barcelona

How successful have the initiatives been?

The reasons for and the effects of gentrification

17.00 Return to hotel

18.30 Arrive at hotel


20.00 Evening meal


Classroom follow-up

Day 6 08.00 Breakfast

09.00 A TNC in Spain: the social and economic impact. Led by John Barrass (editor 'Barcelona Business'

Afternoon may include a factory visit and/or a tour of the Zona Franca tax-free industrial area.

Free time for shopping?

20.00 Evening meal

09.00 Evening excursion: Maremagnum Entertainment Complex, Barcelona

01.00 Return to hotel

Day 7 08.00 Breakfast