Marbella, which enjoys an average of 320 days of sunshine per year, is an excellent location to learn Spanish on a study-abroad program. Boasting 17 miles of sandy beaches, a wealth of history, and a vibrant nightlife, it’s more than just a resort. Like most cities in Spain it retains evidence of its mixed cultural heritage, such as the 10th-century Moorish castle and city walls. Its charming Old Town, or Casco Viejo, gives a sense of traditional Spanish life – especially worth a visit is the Plaza de Naranjos, with its pretty chapel and surrounding 16th-century buildings.
Particularly renowned for its golf courses, visitors can enjoy a few rounds on one of the city’s 50 greens, all within easy access of the centre. Down by the sea on Avenida del Mar, you can find a selection of sculptures by the infamous Salvador Dalí and local artist Eduardo Soriano. This is best followed by a stroll along the 6 km seaside promenade, lined with palm trees and dotted with shops and outdoor eateries. Marbella is also home to a 4-mile stretch of luxurious villas, nicknamed the Golden Mile; famous residents include Sean Connery, Lord Alan Sugar, Antonio Banderas, and Simon Cowell – perhaps you’ll run into a celebrity or two during your language experience!
The city also hosts a packed calendar of festivals and cultural events, such as the International Film Festival, the annual Reggae Festival, and the Feria de San Bernabe summer fair, which takes place during the second week of June. By day, bars and restaurants set up shop on the streets; by night, the city comes alive with music, fairgrounds, and dancing.
Our school in Marbella
Our Spanish school in Marbella is located on a lovely tree-lined avenue just 5 minutes’ walk from the beach. At just a short walk from some of Marbella’s main parks, it’s also ideally located for some afternoon studying under the sun. The school is exceptionally well equipped, with 17 classrooms (3 of which are outside!), each with audio-visual facilities. Other amenities include a beautiful sun terrace, a reading room, a large common room with vending machines serving drinks and snacks, and an Internet café, with 7 computers and free Internet access.
The building is air-conditioned throughout and close to public transport links, meaning students can easily get around and see more of the area once their classes have finished. Nearby attractions include the sand sculptures at Escultura de Arena, the Paseo Maritimo promenade, and the Bonsai Museum with its traditional Japanese gardens. The historic Old Town is just a 10-minute walk away.
Courses in Marbella
You can learn Spanish in Marbella on an Intensive course of 20 lessons per week or a Super-Intensive course of 25 or 30 lessons per week. The 25-lesson programme includes 20 Spanish classes alongside 5 culture and conversation workshops per week; the 30-lesson programme adds 5 semi-private classes per week onto this course package.
If you prefer to study alone or have particular areas of weakness or interest that you’d like to focus on – such as medical or legal Spanish – a private programme is the one for you. Students travelling in pairs can take advantage of the school’s semi-private lesson packages and learn together with a single tutor. You can also combine your group lessons with private tuition on an Intensive + Private programme, a great way to get the best of both types of class.
If you’re hoping to sit a DELE or SIELE exam so that you can study at a Spanish university or work in a Spanish-speaking country, the school can offer a specialised 2-week exam preparation course. Tutors are trained in the most up-to-date methods to help students succeed – in fact, this course boasts a pass-rate of 95%!
Our school also runs activity-based courses, including a Spanish & Flamenco programme – with 20 Spanish lessons and 8 Flamenco lessons per week – Spanish & Golf, or Spanish & Tennis, which each include 20 Spanish lessons and 5 hours of your chosen sport per week.
Students can stay in shared apartments or with a local host family during their stay.
Homestay lodging is highly recommended as it provides real insight into authentic Spanish homelife, allows you to practice the skills learned in class with local native speakers, and helps to maintain your immersion in the language – which is the best way to learn! Rooms are offered on half-board or full-board basis, and hosts’ homes are a maximum of 15 minutes’ travel from the school. Dietary requirements can be accommodated – please contact us for more details about this.
Shared apartments provide the opportunity to meet other fellow language enthusiasts from all backgrounds and nationalities. Located an average of 20 minutes’ travel from the school, apartments generally accommodate 4 – 6 students who share kitchen and bathroom facilities. This type of lodging is offered on self-catering basis, allowing you to cook for yourself using local produce.
Each week the school arranges a selection of social and cultural activities, all taken in Spanish in order to supplement your learning. The schedule of available activities changes weekly, but can include:
- Tapas and wine-tastings
- Guided walking tours
- Museum visits
- Paella dinners
- Flamenco shows
- Yoga lessons
- Dance classes
- Afternoons in nearby Puerto Banús or Mijas
- Weekend excursions to local destinations such as Malaga, Ronda, Seville, Granada, or Nerja
How to get there
A transfer service on arrival and/or departure can be arranged if needed in either Malaga or Gibraltar for an additional fee. Students should arrive in Marbella on the Sunday before their course starts and depart on the Saturday after their lessons finish.
We may be able to arrange additional nights on arrival and/or departure to fit in with students’ flights.
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