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Learn Spanish in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
Las Palmas is the most populous city in the Canary Islands and capital of Gran Canaria, one of the largest islands in the archipelago. Often referred to as ‘the miniature continent’ due to its wide variety of landscapes, Gran Canaria experiences great weather throughout the year - temperatures rarely dip below 20°C, even in winter, and the island gets an average of just 22 days of rain annually! The island also boasts beautiful beaches, vast sand dunes, rugged mountains, green pine forests, and picturesque villages. If you learn Spanish in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, not only will you be able to see this amazing island for yourself, but you’ll also be ideally placed to practice your language skills with local native speakers.
Though settlement in the area goes back at least 2,000 years, Las Palmas in its modern form started life in the 15th century. Its cathedral was one of the first buildings to be erected in the city, and it still dominates the skyline to this day. Though few other buildings from this period survive, the Old Town area of Vegueta is wonderfully preserved. Here you can wander through gorgeous cobbled streets filled with galleries, cafés, restaurants, bars, and shops, all the while admiring the early colonial architecture. A variety of cultural attractions offer entertainment, including regular theatre, music, and dance performances, and a host of museums such as the Canary Island Museum, Columbus House - named after Christopher Columbus, who stopped here on his first voyage to America - and the Atlantic Centre of Modern Art. There are also lots of green spaces available for relaxing or playing sports, giving the city a welcoming and pleasant atmosphere.
Playa de las Canteras is perhaps the main jewel of the city, and is one of the prettiest and best-known beaches in Spain. A favourite of both locals and tourists alike, its waters are calmed by a coral reef stretching the length of the bay, which is easily accessible from the shore. Surfers will enjoy the more northerly Confital Beach, which experiences much stronger waves - so much so, in fact, that qualifying rounds for the surfing world championships take place here annually! Further north still is the Isleta peninsula, half of which is a nature reserve that offers some of the best natural vistas on the island.
If you’re looking for some retail therapy, you should head to the south-eastern district of Triana, which offers some of the best brands as well as Sunday markets and music events. If you plan to attend a course in spring, be sure to time your journey with the city’s Carnival celebrations - this vibrant, typically Spanish festival is one of the country’s most famous annual events. For those looking for quieter pursuits, why not visit the Arucas district to see its botanical gardens and tour the striking Church of San Juan Bautista? This safe city offers excellent bus services, so you can easily and cheaply visit all these attractions, as well as other areas of the island.
Our school in Gran Canaria - Las Palmas
If you’re a fan of sea and sun, you can learn Spanish in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria less than 100 metres from the beach! This beach, Playa de las Canteras, is one of the most famous on the island. Stretching almost 4 km along the north-eastern coast, its golden sands are popular with sunbathers whilst its waters are popular with swimmers and divers. The promenade along the seafront is packed with cafés, restaurants, shops, and bars, making it a great place to spend an afternoon! If you’re looking to understand the city a bit better, you can head to the Naval Museum, which is just a 10-minute walk from the school in the lively port area. Here you’ll find dynamic bars, modern shops and, usually, an open-air music event of some sort. Other attractions close to the school include the Poema del Mar aquarium, the 16th-century Castle of Light, and the beautiful Isleta nature reserve.
The Spanish language centre in Las Palmas is a small, cosy facility with just 7 classrooms, meaning all students will receive highly personalised attention from the staff and tutors throughout their programmes. On the ground floor is a comfortable seating area with sofas and tables where students can socialise or study in between lessons. All students have access to the library and computer room to supplement their studies, and the first floor’s open-air terrace is a lovely place to relax once classes have finished!
This school has been teaching Spanish to international students since 1964, so it is very well-versed in providing immersive tuition to participants of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. Students also benefit from access to key online resources put together by the school, which will guarantee marked improvement in their language skills. The school is approved for Bildungsurlaub programmes and is an authorised SIELE exam centre. Its teachers are all examiners for the International Diploma of Spanish, which is authorised by the Foundation for the Research and Development of Spanish Culture (FIDESCU). Furthermore, the facility is a member of the Spanish Federation of Language Teaching Centres, which is committed to ensuring consistently high-quality language tuition. Since it’s surrounded by local amenities, including a bus stop within a few minutes’ walk of the front door, this school is an ideal base for your immersive Spanish experience.
Courses in Gran Canaria - Las Palmas
- Intensive (20)
- Intensive + Private Lessons (30)
- Private Lessons (10)
- Private Lessons (afternoon) (10)
The most popular programme at this school is the standard Intensive course of 20 group lessons each week. Classes are held in the morning from 09:00 to 13:00 and are organised according to students’ starting ability level. Group tuition is guaranteed for -levels A1 B2 throughout the year, though advanced group classes are only available at certain periods (private advanced tuition is available year-round). With a maximum of 14 students per group and an average of just 8, you’re guaranteed to receive personalised attention from your tutor and thus make excellent progress, however long you stay. What’s more, the longer you study for, the more cost-effective your course becomes - each 4th week is actually offered completely free of charge, so you can have extra lessons without breaking the bank!
Please note: if you have no prior experience with Spanish, you will need to start your group programme on a specific beginners’ date - contact us to find out more about available dates for beginners.
If want to study specific topics, or if you feel you need extra support with your studies, we recommend that you book private classes so you can receive expert tuition that will be tailored to your personal requirements. You’ll have 10 one-to-one lessons per week on the standard package, but can book more if you wish. Individual classes are held in either the morning or the afternoon, and are available at all levels right up to C2 throughout the year. If you’re planning to sit the DELE examination, you can use your private lessons to prepare for the test; our colleagues will also be happy to help you book your exam session once you have finished your studies. Semi-private tuition is available for two students with the same starting ability level - please contact us if you are interested in this tuition option.
Though private lessons are extremely beneficial in terms of learning, a full package is not for everyone - why not combine the best of both types of tuition with an Intensive + Private package? You can add an extra 5 or 10 one-to-one classes per week onto your core Intensive programme, which is an ideal way to make significant progress whilst still experiencing the social aspect of group classes. Beginners should ensure that their group sessions start on the correct date.
On the first day of lessons, students should arrive at the school at 08:00 in order to sit their level test. This test is used to ascertain students’ starting ability and place them in a group that’s most suitable for that skill level. Teaching materials can be purchased prior to the start of classes. You can also purchase a certificate of achievement upon completion of your course, which can be used to demonstrate your departing language level (this certificate is provided for free when you book accommodation provided by our school).
Don’t see what you’re looking for? Contact us today to see if we can arrange a bespoke package for you!
- Student Residence
One of the key benefits of this school’s student residence is that it is located just around the corner from the language centre! Offering double rooms (available to couples or students travelling alone) or single rooms, all with their own en-suite bathroom, television, and safety deposit box, the residence is a great option for students of any age (18+). By staying here you’ll be just a minute’s walk from the seafront and surrounded by shops, cafés, and bars, giving you ample opportunity to soak up the local culture. Bed linens and towels are provided as standard, and laundry can be paid for on-site. The building has its own communal kitchen area equipped with a fridge, a microwave, a toaster, a water heater, a coffee maker, and basic crockery. This type of lodging is available on a no-meal basis, though it is possible to arrange breakfast on class days (but not weekends or bank holidays) in the residence’s on-site canteen. Daily evening meals are also available (except on public holidays). Please contact us if you’d like to add meals to your lodging package.
For more independence, you can select to stay in a studio apartment, located just 10 minutes’ walk from the school. Each studio is suitable for one or two people and has a fully equipped kitchenette (microwave, fridge, coffee maker, toaster, kettle, and ceramic hob). Studios also have a television, a safety deposit box, a desk, and their own bathroom. Wi-Fi is available for free throughout the building, and bed linens and towels are provided as standard. The studio complex is located just 50 metres from the beach, so you’ll be ideally located for soaking up some afternoon sun! Since the studios have their own cooking equipment, they are offered on a self-catering basis; however, you are welcome to book meals in the school residence as per your preference. Please let us know if you would like to explore this option.
When you book lodging with our partner school, you’ll benefit from a 50% discount on the cost of weekly excursions and a free grammar book on your first day of class. You’ll also receive a free certificate of achievement upon completion of your course.
All accommodation is available for a week at a time, either Saturday - Saturday or Sunday - Sunday. Your room will be available from 12:00 midday on your arrival day until 10:00 on your departure day. 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.
For a fully immersive experience, why not take part in the school’s social and cultural programme? These activities are designed to be entertaining and educational and to help you get to know your fellow students. Each activity is held in Spanish and therefore complements your classroom learning with experience in real-life scenarios.
Many activities will be offered free of charge, whilst others incur an additional fee to cover entrance and/or transportation costs. The exact schedule changes throughout the year but may include:
- A welcome meeting: held on the first Sunday, students receive information on the city, its highlights, its transport system, and its public services. Optional evening meal afterwards.
- Guided tours of the city
- Visits to local museums and/or art exhibits
- Tapas ‘caminas’ in the old quarter
- Hiking in the countryside
- Full-day excursions to local points of interest such as Agaete, Puerto de las Nieves, Cráter de Bandama, or Valleseco (offered at a discounted rate to students booking accommodation)
- Plus seasonal activities available in the local area
Please note that activities require a minimum number of participants in order to go ahead. Our colleagues at the school will be happy to advise you about other available activities offered by specialist local providers.
How to get there
Gran Canaria Airport is located around a 30-minute drive from Las Palmas and is easily accessible 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.
Regular taxi services and buses are available from the airport if you prefer to make your own way to your lodging.
If you arrive in Las Palmas on the Saturday before your course starts, you should arrange to depart on the Saturday after your course finishes. If you prefer, you can arrive on the Sunday before your course starts and depart on the Sunday after it finishes. We may be able to arrange extra nights on arrival and/or departure for you if needed.
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