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Learn Spanish in Alicante (Marina)
Nestled between the mountains and the sea on Spain’s eastern Costa Blanca, Alicante is an historic port-cum-holiday-resort that’s famous for its long, white beaches. With a wide selection of attractions and a history going back to the Bronze Age, there’s plenty to keep you busy here, whatever your interests! Alicante’s intriguing blend of Spanish and Catalan culture is unique, so studying here will give you a well-rounded understanding of modern Spain. As well as the central sights, the city is also within easy driving distance of some of the most dramatic landscapes in Spain, such as the Serra del Maigmó nature reserve. So why not learn Spanish in Alicante and see what this city can offer you?
During the Roman Empire, Alicante - then called Lucentum, meaning ‘bright place’ - was one of the most important ports in the country. If you’d like to learn more about this period in the city’s history, you can visit the Lucentum site today; it’s located just outside the city in the district of Albufereta and, at over 7 acres, it’s well worth a visit for any history buff! If you prefer more modern subjects, the Museum of Contemporary Art - which is less than 10 minutes’ walk from our Spanish language school - has a collection of over 800 pieces that offers hours of entertainment and lots of creative inspiration. Art fans wills also enjoy the nearby Museum of Fine Arts, which is often featured on our school’s activity programme and which houses around 500 works from Spain’s best painters and sculptors.
Don’t forget to try some of Alicante’s first-class food during your time here. The Central Market is the place to go to find local favourites and try out your Spanish skills. This impressive building was erected in the early 20th century and wouldn’t look out of place on a movie set! At a 10-minute walk from the school, it’s very easy to get to; on your journey, you’ll pass a host of reasonably-priced restaurants offering a wide variety of local fare, such as olla churra (meat and bean stew), salazones (salted fish tapas), and - of course - the national meal that originated in this region: paella. If seafood is your dish of choice, then certainly don’t miss a chance to visit Tabarca Island, off the city’s coast. Here you can go snorkelling, eat freshly caught seafood, and spend an afternoon walking round the centre - the whole island is just 1,750 metres long and 300 metres across at its widest point, so exploring it won't take you long!
As a popular seaside destination for both local tourists and international visitors, Alicante is well-equipped to provide entertainment and excitement. In summer, the port area is almost entirely taken over by theatre and dance shows, and open-air music concerts are ten-a-penny. Its annual calendar includes colourful celebrations such as the Moros i Cristians festival, a national holiday particularly observed in this part of Spain that commemorates the 400-year-long battle for rule known as La Reconquista. The festivities take place in December and include elaborate costume parades and dramatic street fights. Such events are a key part of Spain’s heritage and provide invaluable insight into Spanish culture. Book your Spanish language course with us today and see all this and more for yourself!
Please see our excellent alternative Alicante (Old Town) for your Spanish lessons.
Our school in Alicante (Marina)
Learn Spanish in Alicante’s Marina school and find yourself right on the seafront, overlooking the iconic Explanada de España! The esplanade is almost a kilometre long and is made from over 6.5 million coloured tiles - it’s one of the most emblematic symbols of the city and, especially in the evening, is filled with locals taking a leisurely stroll down the seafront. Other nearby attractions of note include the Museum of Fine Arts, the famous Playa del Postiguet, and the Museu de la Llotja, a free art gallery with a selection of interesting exhibits. Around the corner is the Plaza de Gabriel Miró, a classic public square surrounded by foliage containing a fountain dedicated to the Spanish author. It’s a peaceful oasis within this lively city and is a feature for which Spanish cities are famous. Around it you’ll find various shops and restaurants, though we recommend simply sitting and watching the world go by, as the locals do.
Our Marina school has 8 air-conditioned classrooms, some of which are wheelchair-accessible. The building has modern décor and spacious common areas that are ideal for relaxing or socialising in between lessons. You’ll have access to a selection of student computers and the school’s conference room, which can be converted into a cinema for watching Spanish films. There is also a multi-media centre with a selection of resources that will supplement your classroom learning. The building has free Wi-Fi throughout.
Courses at this school are accredited by the Cervantes Institute and the Madrid Chamber of Commerce. The school is also a member of the National Federation of Schools of Spanish for Foreigners (FEDELE). These credentials mean that the tuition available is of a very high quality; we can therefore guarantee that you’ll benefit from a language course here! Because of its location so close to so many of the city’s main attractions, you won’t need to go far to experience all that Alicante has to offer. If you’d like to explore further afield, the nearest bus stop is just a minute’s walk away.
Courses in Alicante (Marina)
The standard Intensive course of 20 group lessons each week takes place either in the morning or in the afternoon. Morning classes are held between 09:00 and 13:00 every weekday, while afternoon classes are held between 15:00 and 19:00 every weekday. Your timetable varies based on your Spanish ability level and the number of other students of each level; your schedule can therefore only be confirmed on your first day, once all students have been assessed. You’ll be placed in a group according to your starting language ability, and there’s a maximum of only 10 students per class; because of this, you’re guaranteed to receive highly personalised attention from your tutor. You can start your Intensive course on any Monday, regardless of your starting ability level.
If you’d like to improve your language skills significantly during your time in Alicante, you can select a Super-intensive 25 course and receive a further 5 group lessons per week. Your additional classes will focus on conversation vocabulary and techniques and will therefore give you extra language practice. For an even more rigorous programme, select the Super-intensive 30 course and add 5 group lessons plus 5 semi-private lessons per week to your core tuition. Not only will you benefit from the additional conversation lessons, but you can also cover topics you would like to focus on or feel that you need extra help with in your semi-private lessons. There’s a maximum of just 2 students in the semi-private classes, so you’ll get highly bespoke attention from the teacher as well as significant language practice. The more lessons you take, the more you will progress, so either of the Super-intensive courses are ideal if you have specific targets for your language learning.
If you prefer, you can select entirely private tuition so that you can have the teacher’s undivided attention and extensive language practice. The standard package consists of 20 one-to-one lessons per week, though you can book more if you wish. The key benefit of private tuition is that your lessons can be fully customised to your specific requirements.
Though private lessons are extremely beneficial in terms of language progression, they don’t offer the same kind of social experience as group tuition. Fortunately, you can combine the best parts of both programmes with an Intensive + Private package! You can add 5 one-to-one classes per week to your core Intensive course; this allows you to make significant progress whilst still being able to experience the social side of a group language course.
On the first day of lessons, you should arrive at the school at 08:00. You will have a level test upon arrival to assess your starting ability and ensure that you are placed in a group that’s most suitable for your skill level. This methodology gives students the best possible opportunity to improve their Spanish, regardless of their language ability. After your course has finished, you’ll receive a certificate of achievement showing the language level the school judges you to have reached during your time in Alicante.
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- Host Family
- Shared Apartment
For a fully immersive experience, we recommend that you stay with one of our local homestay hosts! Since all hosts are native Spaniards, this type of lodging offers the opportunity for extra language practice outside the classroom. You’ll have a private single or double* bedroom and either 2 or 3 meals per day as part of your lodging package. Special diets can be accommodated for a small supplement (includes vegetarian, vegan, lactose-/gluten-free diets, etc.). Bed linens, towels, and one laundry load per week are included as standard. Almost all hosts can offer free Wi-Fi in their homes, though you should let us know if this is a firm requirement for you. You will have your own keys to come and go as you please, but you must respect house rules and schedules.
If you’d rather stay with other international students, then a shared apartment is the best option for you. A shared apartment is a cost-effective and social type of accommodation that is ideal for young pupils travelling on a budget. The size of available apartments varies, but all offer private single or double* bedrooms and communal areas including a fully equipped kitchen and shared bathroom facilities. Rooms are offered on a self-catering basis, allowing you to cook for yourself during your stay. Bed linens are included but towels are not, so you should bring your own. Many apartments have a washing machine but some may not, so you may need to use a local laundrette. Residents are collectively responsible for keeping the apartments clean and tidy. Please note that apartments incur a security deposit of €150, which must be paid in cash on arrival and which will be returned to you on departure providing the apartment is left in a suitable condition.
*Twin rooms are only available to students travelling together. If you select a twin room but are travelling alone, you will be swapped to a single room.
The school tries to ensure that all lodging is within walking distance of the school, though this may not always be possible. You may need to travel up to 20 minutes to the school each day. All accommodation is available between the Sunday before your course starts until the Saturday after your course finishes. Check-in and check-out times are usually very flexible. We may be able to arrange extra nights in your accommodation for you if needed - please contact us about this prior to making your booking.
To help you to experience the city, the school offers a range of social/cultural activities, which take place in the afternoons, evenings, and at weekends. These activities are held in Spanish, so you’ll get real-life language practice to supplement your learning.
The exact activity schedule varies throughout the year but may include:
- Guided tours of the city
- Spanish film screenings
- Free language workshops
- Visits to local attractions such as Santa Bárbara Castle or El Palmeral Park
- Visits to museums and/or art galleries
- Dance lessons
- Cookery workshops
- Picnics on the beach
- Trips to local markets
- Excursions to nearby locations such as Valencia, Barcelona, Elche, and Tabarca Island
- Plus seasonal activities available in the local area
Some activities will be provided free of charge, whilst others will incur an additional fee to cover entrance and/or transportation costs.
How to get there
The city has its own airport, Alicante-Elche Airport, which is around 20 minutes’ drive from the city centre. Flights are available from many European locations.
From here, you can either take public transport to your accommodation or we can arrange an airport transfer service for you for an additional charge. If you book this service, a driver will be waiting for you when you land and will take you directly to your accommodation. If you select this service on departure as well, you will be collected from your lodging on your last day and taken back to your chosen airport in time for your departing flight. A transfer service is also available at Valencia Manises Airport.
You should arrange to arrive in Alicante on the Sunday before your course starts and to depart on the Saturday after your programme finishes. We may be able to arrange extra nights on arrival and/or departure for you if needed.
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Student reviews & feedback
The course was very good and met my expectations as a beginner in learning Spanish. The tutors were very good and helpful. Other staff were also very helpful. The class size was small and I found this helpful. The accommodation in the school was satisfactory.
I attended the Alicante School 19th to 23rd and had one to one lessons with Christina. This was my third visit to the School, unfortunately I can only do a week at a time. I have always enjoyed it but this time was my favourite. Christina made our couple of hours each day together the fastest two hours I can remember. We had fun but at the same time I really felt I made such progress, so much that had puzzled me just fell into place. I’ll be back to do all over again as soon as I can!
What else could you want? A school full of talented, lovely tutors and in a lovely city like Alicante! Love coming here.
Very short as bank holiday on the Monday but good. We had two teachers - one was excellent and I felt we progressed a lot with him, the other was not as good. Great to meet people. Not initially clear the difference between normal and intensive so I nearly missed out on the extra hour of conversation classes - would be good to have been told about that. ould definitely try to do it for longer next time. It would be good to have an idea of class hours before arriving.
The course was fun but very informative. Your staff are friendly and bring the language alive. I'm just sorry I can't sign up for several weeks at a time.. but I will be back asap
I left the course more enthusiastic than ever to one day conquer Spanish! Can't give a better recommendation that that!
I really enjoyed the course. The teachers were very good and we had a good laugh ! There were only 4 in our group so concentration levels needed to be high. I feel a lot more confident now and look forward to another course in the near future.
I would definitely recommend this course and this school. Go on the guided tours: the guide is a real pleasure to be with. All the museums had free entry .
The course was very enjoyable, I was put in an A1 class so knew the majority of what was being taught, so it was more a revision week for me. If I was staying longer I would have asked to be moved to A2. The accommodation was basic, but fine for what I needed.
It was a truly very enjoyable, formative and well organized course. I recommend it
Teachers were very friendly and I felt very comfortable speaking my Spanish with them. Very pleasant and relaxed environment in the classrooms and everyone in my classes were very nice and friendly. Feel like I learnt more Spanish in my one week here than in 2 years of Spanish at school. Only disappointment is that I couldn't have gone for longer :)
My host family was very nice and I felt very at home. Also only spoke in Spanish so was a good opportunity to practise my Spanish.
The course was good and the staff were friendly and always willing to help. I did feel myself improving on a daily basis. My accommodation was really well located as I was walking distance from pretty much everything. My host family was also very friendly and happy to help me with my Spanish.
I spent a week at A2 level in an Alicante (Feb 2017). Fantastic! Good class size of 6 students with friendly & patient students. Varied mix of ages; I'm 51 yrs, but age immaterial as it's one's interest in the country, culture & enthusiasm that counts. For me (travelling solo) this was the best way to see a Spanish city, improve my Spanish, experience life with a very friendly Spanish family & meet others that I could have wished for
I stayed with a very accommodating & friendly Spanish family & loved it. They made me feel very welcome & even though my Spanish language is only at advanced beginner level (A2). They made every effort to include me in conversation over dinner. This really helped me improve confidence in speaking the language. It is important to recognise that host accommodation is different from staying in a hotel & that you are the guest, so fitting in with the family's routine is vital. Dinner typically quite late (9:30pm) in Spain, but this was fine as I did sightseeing in the afternoon/ early evening after lessons
Everything was very efficiently organised. I found it very easy to book through Apple languages as I was able to discuss my requirements on the phone and they were able to advise me on the specifics of the school & advance arrangements needed. Everything was very clear, with prompt e-mail communication, confirmation & contact details for host family. I like the fact that they (Apple languages) are able to offer a wide selection of locations & advise accordingly on the merits of each place/ school. Would definitely use again.
The course was good for being immersed in the language. I was only there for one week and one day there was no school due to a bank holiday but I was aware of this when I booked it. It would be more beneficial to be there longer. I would consider going on another course in the future.
E. Lewis Dunn
Emily found the total immersion technique extremely good and thought that she could have learnt the language really well if she had stayed longer. She said that the teachers were very good particularly the person that gave her one-to-one tuition.
I found the course challenging, but very rewarding, the standard and style of teaching was exellent. The tutors, Pedro and Venesa not only made it interesting but also kept an element of fun to it. Overall it was an experience not to be missed.
I stayed with a lovely landlady, who is also a great cook, the food alone was something to remember. Each and every one of the students in Mabels care were treated like a member of the family.
The course was great, I was put in an appropriate level and improved at a rapid pace.
I really enjoyed my time at the school, the teachers were friendly. My accommodation was cosy and really well located in the city center.
I found course fairly challenging but was very satisfied with course content. The location of the school is excellent, teachers really helpful and very attentive to students needs. I was with a lovely group of students. Overall a very positive experience!
Terrific teachers and staff. Had a very enjoyable time and was very pleased to be put into the correct level. Well done to all. The host family we stayed with was terrific. The food was great, she was very honest and fully emersed us in the language at home.
The course was really good as there was only four people in total, which meant we had a better chance of learning the Spanish language. The accommodation was great in terms of the breakfast I received and the hospitality. However, I had no WI-FI during my time there, to talk to people at night back at home. The course all in all was really good, it was a great way to learn the Spanish course as no one spoke a word of English.
I found the course challenging, but very rewarding, the standard and style of teaching was exellent. The tutors not only made it interesting but also kept an element of fun to it. A lovely landlady, who is also a great cook, the food alone was something to remember. Overall it was an experience not to be missed.
I really enjoyed the course, the staff were really friendly and very helpful and I am hoping to go back again to the same school next year. The lady I stayed with was very friendly and welcoming which was very important for me as I was on my own and was hoping for a friendly face!! She put me at my ease and encouraged me as I tried to speak Spanish with her.
I was placed in a level I felt was really appropriate for me and enjoyed all the classes. Shared student accomodation is basic but I thought the apartment was fine and with classes, the beach and meeting up with new friends, I was hardly ever really in it. Once again, Apple Languages staff were incredibly helpful and professional prior to the course and always returned calls promptly.
The course was lively and the four hours went quickly every day! I liked the mix of sudents and the fact that we were all encouraged to participate. The tutors were very good, patient and interesting. This is the second course I have done - the school is friendly and there seems to be a well organised social element. I hope to do another course next year!
Teachers were lovely and really understanding, seemed to enjoy what they were teaching and I feel like I learnt loads in a short time. Thanks again to the teachers!
The course was really good, the level test was absolutely right and I was in a class that just followed on what I had been doing in the UK - but this time I understood it! The classes were good fun, the teachers were good and the 5 hrs a day flew by. I would like to go again!
The courses were very challenging, yet doable… The instructors were very knowledgeable and helpful. I was very fortunate to have been placed with host family with two lovely daughters and an adorable little dog named Kiko. We became very good friends and they are now my Spanish family forever.
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