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Spanish in Spain

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Spain

"Spain is different", a popular tourism slogan back in the 1960's, is still very much applicable today, but perhaps not in the exact same way. Whilst back then. Minister for Tourism Manuel Fraga was suggesting that Spain was different from other countries, it is also a a country that within itself you will find a lot of diversity. From the cool climate and lush greenery of the North, the Moorish architecture of the South and the buzzing city life mixed in in the middle, every city and town in Spain has its own distinct identity just waiting to be explored by you.

In the world tourism rankings Spain features consistently in the top ten, if not the top 5 and welcomes millions upon millions of tourists each year. With so much more to offer than the traditional stereotypical sun, sea and sangria (although all of these are of course present in abundance) Spain is the ideal destination for almost anyone, whether your interest is visiting the historic moorish sites in Granada, walking the St James' Way to Santiago de Compostela, experiencing the nightlife in Madrid and Barcelona, sunbathing and being seen in Marbella or running from bulls in Pamplona, you will be able to find your ideal corner of this unique and exciting country.

Many visitors make the most of their time spent in Spain by learning the Spanish language while they are there in one of the many language schools that are dotted throughout the country. It is an ideal opportunity to do so as you will find yourself at the same time immersed in the Spanish culture and able to add a richness to your experience that is often difficult to do without at least a few words of the native language.

Some of the key destinations for Spanish learners in Spain, outlined in a nutshell, include:

  • Alicante - This Mediterranean port town, just south of Valencia, enjoys hot summers and mild winters and provides a fun environment within which to get out the Spanish books. With a population of around 300,000 people, a large University, a film studio and long, stretching, sandy beaches, Alicante has a lot going on. In June the festival of "Las Hogueras de San Juan" takes place in the city, making it come alive in a display of fireworks, bonfires and celebration.
  • Barcelona - This is the second largest city in Spain, with a population of almost 2 million people. It is a culturally diverse city, known for its cutting edge and historic architecture, art scene and popular (and quite successful...) football team. Whilst you can easily wile away the hours getting lost in the Ramblas, you also have the option of relaxing on the city's beach or visiting Montjuic by cable car and experiencing the spectacular light display with musical shows every evening
  • Cadiz - A mystic, historical city by the sea, Cadiz is one of the oldest continually inhabited settlements in Europe. It has a population of around 130,000 people and the tightly packed, narrow streets of the Old Centre are filled with scenic landmarks and distinctive architectural styles. Cadiz oozes Andalusian style and a laid back attitude that will make you want to stay forever. Their Carnival and Semana Santa (Easter) celebrations are up there with the best in Spain and the fresh seafood on offer in many of the restaurants in the city is simply irresistible.
  • Granada - Tucked in at the feet of the Sierra Nevada, Granada is a city that balances perfectly a rich, moorish-influenced cultural heritage with a lively nightlife driven by the students of the University of Granada, which has five campuses spread throughout the city. Around two million people visit the city's main attraction, the Alhambra, each year and whilst they are there, make the most of the authentically Andalusian vibe, the high walled, pretty gardens, the monuments, the architecture, the overflowing plates of complementary tapas and the sunshine and friendly, welcoming inhabitants.
  • Madrid
  • Madrid - The largest city in Spain and the capital, this is the best focal point to a country you could possibly ask for. With a neighbourhood for every taste and mood, cuisines from every corner of Spain and every corner of the world, vast parks, summer and winter sun, grand architecture and a buzzing nightlife, Madrid is hard to beat when it comes to an authentic Spanish cultural experience with a modern edge. Many people are attracted to the capital's diversity and welcoming environment and spend some time there learning Spanish right in the heart of the country.
  • Malaga - This coastal city has a population of nearly 600,000 people and is home to a host of architecture, from Roman to Moorish and Baroque styles, a popular beach and museums a plenty. The city is the birthplace of the painter, Pablo Picasso and you can visit his old home and a museum filled with the artist's work. Malaga enjoys mild winters and warm to hot summers, allowing for year round activity and adventure.
  • Marbella - A travellers' favourite and playground for the rich and famous of Europe, Marbella is a gem in the Spanish coast, geared up for tourists but at the same time offering a true Spanish experience, complete with action and adventure. Golf and Tennis enthusiasts, as well as water sports aficionados are all right at home in this city by the sparkling sea. The Old Centre is full of Moorish and Andalusian charm mixed with a bit of glitz and glamour as you move outwards.
  • Pamplona - The first main stop along the Pilgrim's trail of the "Camino de Santiago", Pamplona is known worldwide thanks to the "San Fermin" festival with its famous running of the bulls in July each year. However, besides the fun and frolics to be had during this celebration, Pamplona has plenty more to offer all its visitors. Navarran cuisine is a must try, rich in fresh vegetables, duck and trout. The architecture on display in Pamplona is varied and rich and there are plenty of parks to provide a relaxing backdrop to some Spanish studying.
  • Salamanca - Famous for its University which was founded in 1134, Salamanca has a population of around 213,000 people and enjoys a continental mediterranean climate. The buildings, constructed from sandstone, have earned the city the nickname of "El Dorado" or "The Golden One". The intellectual ambience of Salamanca is nicely evened out by the presence of the fun-loving students and active nightlife and there is plenty to do and see outside of class hours, such as the majestic Plaza Mayor, the Roman bridge over the Tormes River, the impressive Cathedral and the University itself.
  • Seville - This city is one of the biggest cultural centres in Spain and transports the visitor to an Andalucian dream world, filled with sun-kissed, golden, Mudejar style buildings, great typical food, modern touches, flamenco dancing and friendly locals. The Cathedral is one of the biggest in the world and contains the remains of Christopher Columbus.
  • Valencia - The third largest city in Spain, Valencia is a bright, modern and friendly city, with older and more traditional architecture, such as the UNESCO protected Silk Exchange, mixed in with modern constructions such as the impressive City of Arts and Sciences. All of this is also combined with a number of pleasant beaches and a passion for producing some of the best paella in Spain, making Valencia a must-see within Spain.
  • Tenerife - This island is the largest of the Canary Islands and has a population of over 900,000 people. It plays host to around 5 million tourists every year, attracted by its sunny weather, adventure sports, lively carnival and paradise-like beaches. The coast surrounding Tenerife provides some of the most spectacular scuba diving opportunities in the world and the third largest volcano in the world, El Teide, is perfect for some great hiking opportunities or simply taking in the scenery from the cable car.