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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
- Intensive (20)
- Intensive + Dance Lessons (25)
- Intensive + Diving (24)
- Intensive + Golf (24)
- Intensive + Photography (24)
- Intensive + Tennis lessons (25)
- Super Intensive (30)
- Private Lessons (20)
- Club 50 (15)
- Teachers Course (25)
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.
Don’t see what you’re looking for? Contact us today to see if we can arrange a bespoke package for you!
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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