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Learn Spanish in Nerja
This typical Andalusian town, with its white-washed buildings and winding, narrow streets, is an excellent place in which to learn Spanish. Unlike other towns and cities along Spain’s Costa del Sol, Nerja has been relatively untouched by mass tourism, so it still retains much of its authentic Spanish character. Its charming shops, unspoilt beaches, and striking surrounding countryside make it a great study location, whatever your interests. What’s more, as a popular holiday destination for Spanish people, Nerja will also give you lots of opportunities to practice your language skills. So what you waiting for? Learn Spanish in Nerja with us and see what this town can offer you!
Nestled in the foothills of the Sierra de Almijarra, Nerja is a great location for nature buffs. The town is surrounded by dramatic countryside and protected areas like the Tejeda, Almijara, and Alhama Natural Park, which offers breath-taking views and idyllic scenery. An hour’s drive away you’ll find a collection of caves that are not just impressive to look at - they also contain evidence of human settlement from over 40,000 years ago! Every July, these caves play host to a colourful celebration of Spanish music and dance. If you prefer to stay in the town centre, you’ll be spoilt for choice for places to eat and drink; tapas restaurants and relaxed eateries abound, while bars like El Molino - a quirky establishment close to the school that’s said to be the oldest bar in Nerja - have live music every night and regular flamenco performances. You’ll also find a wide range of independent clothes stores, jewellery shops, and furniture boutiques offering some retail therapy. The town is compact enough that you can walk around most of it in a single day, though its meandering streets and hidden alleyways mean you’ll come across something new every time you visit.
An agricultural and fishing town turned industrial hub, Nerja experienced significant development during the 18th and 19th centuries. King Alfonso XII is said to have been so entranced by the views off the coast here that he labelled the town the ‘Balcony of Europe’. The name stuck, and in more recent times a real balcony - or viewing platform - has been built on the town’s promenade. Below this are several of Nerja’s most popular beaches, where you’ll find locals and tourists alike soaking up the sun. In fact, it was the 14 km of coastline here that was most appealing to European visitors in the 1960s, who came in droves during Spain’s tourist boom. While Nerja may at first glance seem to be a sleepy seaside pueblo, it’s actually a vibrant and interesting town brimming with attractions for all to enjoy! What’s more, the town is within easy reach of many other Andalusian cities such as Granada, Málaga, and Seville, giving you plenty of opportunities to explore this magnificent region of Spain.
Our school in Nerja
For an authentic, immersive language experience, learn Spanish in Nerja’s central school, which is just a 5-minute walk from the seafront and the famous Balcón de Europa look-out point. Several of the town’s key attractions are within the immediate vicinity of the school, including the Nerja History Museum - which covers human habitation in the area from the Neolithic period right up to the present day - and Tutti Frutti Square, a vibrant area packed with bars that’s the ideal place for an evening drink. For a true Spanish experience, visit Bar El Molino, just over 100 metres from the school building, and view a live flamenco performance.
Our Spanish language centre is located in a traditional Andalusian building with 16 air-conditioned classrooms and its own private garden with a terraced area and an outdoor café serving drinks and snacks. Classrooms on the ground floor are accessible for students in a wheelchair and those with limited mobility. The student common room, library, and bookshop can be found in the nearby residence block, which is only a few minutes’ walk from the main school building. This residence has 3 additional classrooms that are used when student numbers are high.
This school is a very popular facility that has formal accreditation from the Cervantes Institute, the government organisation responsible for the worldwide testing of foreign students’ Spanish ability. It is a member of quality-control organisations like the Federation of Associations of Schools of Spanish for Foreigners (FEDELE) and the International Association of Language Centres (IALC). It has also been nominated for Study Travel Magazine’s Star Spanish School Award 10 times, which reflects the standard of both its teaching and its amenities. The school’s central location in this popular seaside town allows students to fully experience day-to-day Spanish life during their time here.
Courses in Nerja
The core Intensive course offered by this school consists of 20 group lessons each week, which take place either in the morning or the afternoon. Morning classes are held between 09:00 and 13:00 every weekday, and afternoon lessons 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 with other students with a similar starting ability, a methodology which ensures that no one is left behind. Each class has a maximum of just 10 participants, so everyone benefits from highly personalised attention from the teacher. If you’re over 50, you can select the Club 50+ course and study with like-minded people from around the world - all of whom are over 50, too!
For more a more rigorous programme, you can select the Super-intensive course of 30 group lessons per week. These classes are given in the form of mini-group lessons, meaning there’s a maximum of just 6 people per group. This allows for an even more personalised learning experience and even more language practice, making it more likely for you to make rapid progression - even if you only study for a short time. Like the Intensive course, the Super-intensive programme expands on core language skills and techniques and covers all aspects of Spanish: speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
Please note: if you have no previous experience with Spanish you will need to start your course on a specific date - contact us for available start dates for beginners.
You may like to combine your language tuition with an afternoon activity - if so, you can select one of the following packages, which are available throughout the year:
- Spanish & Dance, which adds two 2.5-hour dance sessions per week to your standard Intensive course (flamenco or salsa styles);
- Spanish & Tennis, which adds an hour of tennis each day to your Intensive course;
- or Spanish & Diving, which adds two 2.5-hour diving sessions per week to your Intensive course.
If you think you would benefit from extra support with your studies, or if you want to cover a specialised topic, you can book private tuition and have 20 one-to-one lessons per week. Since you’ll have the undivided attention of the teacher, you’ll have a bespoke experience that can be customised to your exact requirements; you’ll also get lots of language practice and will therefore improve significantly during your time at the school. Your private lessons can also be used to prepare for the DELE exam. It is possible to add private lessons onto your Intensive course package - please contact us for more details.
If you’re training to be a language teacher or are already an established Spanish tutor, you might wish to attend our specialised teachers’ course. This course is available throughout the year and consists of 20 core Intensive lessons, in which you’ll refresh your general language skills, plus 5 one-to-one classes per week covering classroom techniques via methodological analysis and practical tasks. Tuition is given at C1 and C2 levels.
On the first day of lessons, you should arrive at the school at 08:30. You will have already completed a level test prior to the start of your course; upon arrival, your results will be verified with a short oral assessment. You’ll then be placed in a group that’s most suitable for your skill level. This methodology ensures that all students have the best opportunity to improve their Spanish knowledge, regardless of their previous language experience.
In the afternoons/evenings, you will have the opportunity to take part in the school’s activity programme. At the end of your course, you’ll receive a certificate of achievement. This can be used to demonstrate the language ability level you have reached during your time at the school.
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Special courses in Nerja
- Host Family
- Student Residence
- Studio Apartment
For maximum Spanish immersion, we recommend that you stay with a local homestay host! Your host will be a native Spanish speaker, so they will offer you added language exposure and the opportunity to practice outside the classroom. All hosts offer private single or twin* bedrooms and 2 meals per day as part of your accommodation package (breakfast and lunch). You’ll share the communal spaces like the living room and bathroom with your host(s) and any other student(s) living in the home. You’ll be lodged a maximum of 20 minutes’ walk from the school. Bed linens and towels are included and changed weekly; laundry is not included, but your hosts will be able to direct you to a local laundrette. You will have your own key to come and go as you please, but you must respect house rules and schedules.
The school’s student residence offers a bit more independence, since it has private single and twin* rooms which are available on a room-only basis. The residence is located less than 5 minutes’ walk from the school building and has exceptional facilities including a rooftop pool, a large private terrace, a bookshop, a student library, and a café. As standard, your bedroom will have an en-suite bathroom, a bed, a desk, and luggage storage; it’s possible to upgrade to a premium room (with a television, a mini-bar, and a kettle) or a studio (which has premium facilities plus a kitchenette). Between April and October, all rooms include a continental breakfast, which is served in the on-site café. During this time, you can also book a half-board room if you wish and receive vouchers for a local restaurant. Whichever room you select, your towels and bed linens will be included and changed weekly. Laundry is available on-site for an additional fee.
If you prefer, you can stay in one of the school’s private apartments. There are several apartments located on-site in the language centre - these comfortable flats each have a kitchenette (microwave and stovetop; no oven), a bedroom, and a private bathroom, as well as a terrace overlooking the school garden. Apartments have heating/air-conditioning and Wi-Fi, and can accommodate one or two* people. If you book this option, you’ll have access to the residence’s pool and other facilities. Bed linens and towels are included and changed weekly; the apartments have a washing machine for doing laundry. Please note: this type of lodging has very limited availability. If the on-site apartments are fully booked, you will be placed in an apartment 10 minutes’ walk from the school, which is suitable for up to four people.
All accommodation is available from the Sunday before your course starts until the Saturday after your course finishes. Arrival and departure 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.
*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.
To complement your classroom learning with fun and educational experiences, our school offers a range of social and cultural activities. These activities usually take place in the afternoon or evening and are conducted in Spanish, allowing you to maintain your language immersion.
Many activities are available free of charge, though some may incur an additional fee to cover entrance and/or transportation costs. The exact schedule changes throughout the year but may include:
- Guided walking tours of the town
- Afternoons at the beach
- Visits to the Caves of Nerja
- Tapas ‘caminas’
- Group games and sports
- Spanish film screenings
- Cookery workshops
- Kayaking around the coast
- Tasting local produce
- Cultural seminars
- Half- and full-day excursions to nearby locations such as Frigiliana, Granada, and Málaga
- Plus seasonal activities available in the town
How to get there
Málaga Costa del Sol Airport is about a 50-minute drive from the city centre 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 the airport in time for your departing flight.
You should arrange to arrive in Nerja on the Sunday before your course starts and 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
I loved the fact that all the teachers spoke very slowly for the students. I was in the elementary class and was able to follow the teacher throughout. I learned a lot.
Accommodation was adequate. Lovely and clean and towels changed at least twice a week. Breakfast in the cafe was good and having a pool was a bonus.
One of the best holidays I have had for a long time and the fact that I went on my own proved how welcoming and caring the staff were, as were most of the other students.
Lovely classes...friendly teacher. Accommodation lovely and clean with good services. Whole experience highly satisfactory
The course was incredible. The teaching was of an extremely high standard. Activities were varied and relevant and the extra activities complemented and enhanced regular classes enabling learning about Spanish culture.
This was the perfect way to learn a language and I will return.
Lessons in beautiful courtyard surroundings/classrooms (inspiring). The course itself (50+ for beginners) was a perfect introduction to Spanish - taken at an inclusive pace for all. Most of all, the teachers (especially our teacher - Marion) were wonderful - professional, knowledgeable, kind and fun. The additional activities were excellent, giving a more rounded experience of language and culture.
Stayed in the Club Costa Nerja Accommodation perfect in every respect: Central and just around the corner to the school. Many extra benefits (other than a small pool on the roof top!) A courtyard and lounge area for study and socialising, plus extra rooms for study and lectures. Also rendevous point for activities. Everywhere spotless and nothing too much trouble for the staff.
Highly recommend in all aspects. Would like to return again very soon.
Excellent - surpassed expectations. Teacher was brilliant and pace was just right.
Excellent accommodation, one very minor thing was the broken blind but not a problem.
I thoroughly enjoyed this school. It is in a lovely setting and is peaceful and tranquil. My teacher Marion was very very good, engaging, helpful and seemed to enjoy her job.
The office and contacts in England were also very helpful. I will definately return again.
Club 50+ Course
Very enjoyable course. Lovely teacher , interesting classes. Staff very helpful.
Excellent accommodation, in casa costa, It was close to the school.The accommodation was bright and airy.
Nerja is a lovely location, with its old town and buzzing streets
The course was challenging but very enjoyable. Everyone was very friendly and supportive, the teacher was great and the lessons were fun.
The accommodation was good. Clean, air conditioned, private bathroom. The staff there were all very friendly, the sun terrace and courtyard were nice as was the breakfast.
I had a fabulous two weeks. It was a great balance of learning a language and having a holiday. Loved it
The course was delivered at the right level and pace. The learning experience was both informative and enjoyable.
This was the highlight. I stayed in a home stay with friendly supportive welcoming people. They were interested in my studies and very eager to make sure that I continued to improve my limited Spanish with their help. Thank you Isabel and Juan.
A good learning experience a great social scene with friendly fellow students who where supportive in class and good company in the bars.
The course was excellent! Lessons were lively and great fun, tutor, Francisco was very creative and expressive. There was the recognition that, although grammar was important, of greater importance was to be talking all the time - even in breaks between lessons, I found, as a group, we were speaking Spanish! All the staff at the school were so welcoming, and the activities were amazing - history, culture etc. I will definitely be returning to Nerja, thank you!
I stayed with a host family and felt welcomed immediately! They opened their home to me and looked after me so well, I felt relaxed and comfortable from the very outset. I feel that living with a family helped me to continue my practice and learning beyond school time, and enriched my experience hugely. We had lots of long conversations about all topics, so it definitely helped me in becoming more confident about speaking the language.
I just want to say again that my whole experience has been amazing! The whole process, from the beginning, booking my course with the company, friendly, helpful staff if I had any questions, my transfer to Nerja to my accommodation, being welcomed by my host family and then being settled into the school. I feel my group (8 total) bonded really well, and we had lots of fun whilst learning! We shared meals and times together on evenings after excursions which was great! Everything was organised and explained so well. Thank you again for such a wonderful stay!!
Very professional and friendly at the same time The school of language of Nerja is perfect for studying Spanish in a small town near the beaches. Good for vacation!
I was placed in the advanced class, which provided the correct level for me. The certificate at the end said I had completed the intermediate course, of little importance as my main line of study is the Open University. We borrowed a book at 18euros for the week, which saved bringing extra items home. Excellent teaching throughout
First class! Excellent teacher; nice class-room location (in the garden, under a canopy!); good range of evening events.
The course that the school recommended was B2 and although I had originally applied for the advanced course, this was the correct one for me, as it reinforced what I needed to revise i.e.uses of the imperfect subjunctive!!! The other students were all the same level as me. Two incredible teachers - Paco and Felix, that we kept throughout the two weeks.
I stayed in the residence (Star room) and had no complaints at all.
The activities were very well planned - paco to be congratulated for a job well done!!!
I was entirely pleased with my classes in Spanish! The instructors were so qualified and offered help whenever needed. They all had wonderful enthusiasm which made the classes fun and interesting, which of course leads to more retention on the student's part. I would consider doing it again. Nerja is a charming, friendly town that made it easy to use my new language skills with the locals. With beautiful beaches and vistas everywhere you could also relax and renew.
The school itself had great classrooms inside and outside with state of the art equipment. They also had different excursions on weekends that were optional and several seminars on topics of interest in the evenings that were also optional (in Spanish) of course!
I had two teachers, Carmen and Fracisco. They were both endowed with a likeable personality and so easy to get on with. It was not only good for learning but it was good fun.
The course was simply amazing and teachers highly professional! I would not have imagined to learn so much and to be completely immersed into the Spanish culture just in a few weeks time. Family atmosphere at the school, activities offered and friendliness of the school staff make the experience unforgettable! Accommodation was nice and cozy, however I found the breakfast choice a bit limited.
Our teacher was brilliant, all staff extremely friendly and helpful. Excursions were varied and interesting.
Excellent tutor with interesting and challenging lessons. First class extracurricular activities included free.
I have just returned from Nerja and thought I would jot down my thoughts. Firstly my whole experience was exceptional. Apple languages prompt, diligent service is outstanding. The arrangements you made did not disappoint even down to my salsa lessons with two wonderful, expert, patient dancers. I learned a great deal from them. The school itself was excellent. I had two teachers one taught my class and the other my private lessons. Both were exceptionally professional. The pace of the lessons was challenging and exciting and kept my interest at all times. We had a lot of fun during our class lesson. My private lesson was also outstanding with a truly professional fun teacher. Two talented exceptional teachers, cheers Raquel and Alberto! The school residence is fabulous and the two ladies who made breakfast and cleaned the rooms were just so nice, always happy to help me understand Spanish. The secretary at the school is a wonderfully organised person who is also very kind and determined to make our stay as stress free as possible. All in all a wonderful experience. Money well spent. I will continue to learn Spanish in England this year. Next year I will go back to Nerja. Once again Muchos Gracias
The course was very well taught and focused on speaking Spanish, which is what British teachers don't really seem to do. I also liked how the teachers only ever spoke Spanish, which helped me to pick up a lot of vocabulary. My accommodation was wonderful. The only thing I would say is that if somebody was relying on using the kitchen for all their mealtimes it isn't possible as it only opens from 9a.m- 8.30p.m, but that wasn't a problem for me as I ate out most of the time. I had a wonderful time in Nerja and will hopefully be returning next year.
Having been before, I knew what to expect, and was not disappointed. I had damaged my knee the week before I went and the staff took my temporary disability into consideration during excursions etc. The main tutor for my group was clear, expressive and very amusing. I learned a geat deal in a short time. The evening activities/lectures and the outings were well prepared and well executed. This was a well constructed course, suitable for the age and range of abilities of the students who participated.
My accommodations were simple and clean - the breakfast fantastic and the facilities so culturally original. Loved the whole experience - would definitely return.
I spent 3 weeks with a host, a woman in the family home in one of the old characterful streets two minutes from the school, her family now grown and settled in the neighbouring countryside. I loved her, she was an old hand at this, the house and bathroom spotless, she fed me and the my housemates magnificently, and was delightfully relaxing to ask practicalities.
The course was very good overall. The accommodation was excellent.
I think one week was not long enough to really get into the course. Two would have been much better. The accommodation was well situated in a pleasant area of town
The school is really good, the teachers are professional and friendly. I stayed in the residence, the room is really good.
The course was great, material, methods etc. were excellent.
D. Wolfgang Ryll
The language course was really good. I liked the teachers and I think it helped improve my Spanish.
The course wass very well organised with very helpful teachers.
I loved every minute of the course and hope to return next year, either to Nerja or to another destination. I enjoyed very much the after school activities
The course was excellent - I did find it quite challenging as I was in an advanced class but I gained confidence as the days went on. The excursions were very varied and it was a nice touch that there was a glass of sangria and a bit of a ceremony when the final certificates were given out. The school staff were excellent especially when I was trying to find accomodation to stay on in Nerja a little longer. I will definitely return to this school. Staying in the residence was like staying in a hotel! The roof top pool was invaluable for post class relaxation! All the staff were very friendly and it was great to be able to buy a coffee and then sit in the patio, working, chatting or reading the paper. (Also provided by the residence) It was also great to be so close to both the school and the beaches. I would highly recommend it. Once again, I have had an amazing experience with Apple Languages. Many thanks to all your staff. It's great to be able to call with any questions . The reason I will continue to use this company is there is no 'hard sell' and the people 'on the other end of the phone' often have a personal knowledge of the school/location. I can''t wait to go on another course!
I found it very helpful to totally immersed in the Spanish language. We were a small class of 7 people, Dutch, Germen, Swedish, Swiss, Irish and myself. We got on very well from the beginning. The level was the right one for me and I thought that my tutor was very good. I got on well with my host and think this was the best accommodation I have had so far on Apple Language Courses. I was invited to sit with my host and watch TV and the food was plentiful and very good. True Spanish cuisine.
A great experience, absolutely fantastic, the teachers were very professional and all lovely people who are totally dedicated to their students. They work extremely hard and the course content and extra activities were brillant, great fun! It was a great way to meet with other people from other countries and make new friends. I cannot wait to go back, I will go the next time for 2 weeks, one week is not enough. I would recommend it to everybody of any age or nationality.
I enjoyed the course very much, the tutors were very friendly, kind and welcoming. I really had a great time. We are definitely returning next year!
Excellent location with very good teachers and a good level in small groups. Very satisfied. Accommodation was of a very high standard in a student residence. Rooms were cleaned every day.
I did the basic A1 intensive course which I enjoyed and got good grades at the end.
The course itself was pitched at just the right level for me. Our course tutor was knowledgeable, thoughtful, good-humoured and encouraging. As the group was small, she knew each of our strengths and weaknesses and gave sensitive help where most needed. The two evening lectures on La Corrida and Flamenco were excellent - clear, very well-presented, light-hearted at nicely pitched at the ability level of the audience. We stayed with a lovely host. She was a superb cook and provided us with a wide range of excellent Andalucian dishes, almost all ingredients being taken straight from her own market garden just out of town. The food was one of the highlights of our stay in Nerja. She also did her utmost to support our Spanish, chatting through all our meals, gently correcting us when we made gross errors but encouraging us if every other way. She answered our questions about the surrounding area, the Civil War, Spanish traditions, working practices, local services and the entire gamut of our personal interests. She also had the knack of knowing when to ask a question to bring in those who haven't been contributing to the conversation.
I enjoyed the course very much, the teachers were very good. The accomodation was ok, I wanted to see how life in Spain was so I was not expecting 5 star luxury, the people were very nice and talkative and I have no complaints. I have had a very enjoyable two weeks and made many new frends from around the world.
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Laid back in Nerja!I just couldn’t have chosen better... Nerja was the perfect place to lie back and enjoy the very finest of the traditional Costa del Sol! There were lovely golden coves, beachfront tavernas, whitewashed buildings, fantastic sunshine and a backdrop of the dusty hills of southern Andalucía – it was a picture postcard of everything I could’ve hoped a coastal town in the south of Spain to be! I truly loved every second of my time in Nerja. After visiting so many of the larger, bustling cities of Andalucía, coming to Nerja was a wonderful, peaceful, relaxing breath of fresh air. Everywhere you go you can see Nerja’s heritage as a sleepy fishing village, with low-rise, white washed villas, cute mosaic patios, palm trees, and a lovely traditionally Spanish high street, where every store name ends in ‘–eria’ J ... the panaderia, ferreteria, dulcerias, zapaterias, pescaderia... you won’t find ugly, neon clad chain stores in Nerja. It was charming and wonderful! Yet you still have absolutely everything you need, and if you were really and truly desperate for a big city ‘fix’, Malaga (which I spent a day in and really liked!) was only 40 minutes away! Read more...
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