Internationally renowned as one of the world’s top tourist destinations, Palma de Mallorca is the ideal place to learn Spanish! Known simply as La Ciutat (‘The City’) by locals, Palma is not just a place for beautiful beaches – the Balearic capital offers a wealth of history, art, and architecture, blending this seamlessly with a youthful and modern atmosphere. Enjoying summer highs of up to 30°C and winter temperatures of around 16°C, Palma is a year-round destination guaranteed to delight you.
Set on the Bay of Palma, the city’s Arabic and African influences can clearly be seen. Its honey-coloured and intricately-detailed buildings contrast with verdant palm trees, vibrant blue skies, and the gorgeous waters of the Mediterranean. The squares and streets of the old quarter are lined with orange and olive trees and the 13th-century cathedral towers majestically over Bay. More recently, Palma has developed a wealth of stylish shops, chic boutiques, and fashionable restaurants serving traditional island dishes such as ensaimada (a ringed pastry), sobrassada (sausages made on local farms), and pa amb oli (a snack of tomatoes and garlic rubbed onto bread).
Dotted around the city are many parks and green spaces, each providing a peaceful oasis in the middle of this bustling capital. Being quite compact and a lot smaller than other capitals – including its municipalities, it covers an area of just 80 square miles! – Palma has a safe and homely feel. That being said, the city offers everything modern visitors could ask for, from shopping malls for fashion fans to bike races for sports fans to ancient ruins for history geeks. No wonder this is such a popular location!
Our school in Palma de Mallorca
Our Spanish school occupies three floors of a modern building in the centre of Palma, just minutes from the tree-lined ‘Passeig Mallorca’ avenue and the old town. A short walk away are local attractions such as the ancient city walls, the Modern Art Museum, and Mercat de l’Olivar, a popular street market that has sold fresh seafood, local fruit and veg, and delicious street food to locals and tourists alike since 1951.
Established in 1982, the school has over 30 years of experience teaching Spanish to students of all ages, backgrounds, and ability levels. The building boasts 14 air-conditioned classrooms, a library, a computer room, and a chill-out area that’s perfect for socialising or studying in-between lessons. The reception area is manned by staff who are happy to advise you on the best sites to see during your stay. The facility is also accessible for students with reduced mobility and for those who use a wheelchair.
Courses in Palma de Mallorca
At our school you can learn Spanish on an Intensive course for any duration up to 5 months, with 20 Spanish lessons per week and a maximum of 12 students per class. Such a small class-size means that you’ll benefit from highly-personalised care and attention, helping you to improve your language skills as much as possible during your stay.
If you want a bit of fun with your studies, why not try Intensive & Sailing? On top of 20 weekly Spanish lessons you’ll receive 30 hours of sailing lessons, spread over your 2-week programme. Though students should have at least intermediate Spanish proficiency in order to be eligible for this course, you don’t need any prior experience of sailing to attend. You’ll literally be learning the ropes in the afternoons after your Spanish lessons, as well as getting your head around nautical terminology, reading weather conditions, and handling the boat. All relevant equipment is included in the package price.
For students with particular areas of interest or weakness that they’d like to focus on, we recommend arranging private tuition at our school. Available for 1 to 4 weeks, you’ll study on a one-to-one basis with one of our expert tutors. The standard package of private lessons is 20 per week, though can arrange a larger or smaller package as preferred. Please feel free to contact us about what sort of programme we can arrange for you!
Our school also offers an Intensive + DELE Preparation programme, highly recommended for anyone wanting to earn their Diploma de Español in order to work or study in a Spanish location. This course can be taken for 1 to 4 weeks and provides you with the tools needed to succeed in your examination – staff at our school can also help you arrange your examination once your programme has finished.
For more mature students, the school offers a specialised 2-week Club 50+ programme, consisting of a total of 30 Spanish lessons plus a packed schedule of social and cultural activities, all included in the package cost. This course has set start-dates each year and is ideal if you’d like to learn Spanish with your peers in a beautiful island location.
During your studies in Palma we can arrange lodging for you in a shared apartment or with a local host family.
We highly recommend the homestay option, in order to totally immerse yourself in the Spanish language and culture during your studies. Rooms are offered on breakfast-included or half-board bases, meaning you will have 1 or 2 meals per day as part of your course package. Since dinnertime is such an important social time for Spanish families, we recommend that students select the half-board option. Your hosts can provide a basic laundry service and will change your bed linen and towels weekly. You can also arrange lodging with executive hosts, who can provide access to a private bathroom and an ironing service (subject to availability). All hosts live a maximum of 20 minutes from the school by public transport.
If you prefer more independence or would like the opportunity to meet your fellow language students, we can arrange lodging in a shared apartment for you. You will have a private room and share kitchen, bathroom, and living facilities with the other apartment residents. Rooms are offered on a self-catering basis, meaning you will be able to cook for yourself during your stay Public spaces are cleaned weekly and use of laundry facilities is included in your package price. Apartments are located between 10 and 20 minutes from the school by public transport, and you will be met on arrival by a member of the school’s staff. A refundable deposit of €200 is required on arrival when arranging this type of accommodation.
Get to know the real Palma de Mallorca by taking part in the school’s optional activities programme! Each activity is conducted in Spanish and thus helps to complement your classroom learning with experience in real-life scenarios. As well as being educational, the activities are designed to be fun and to help you make friends during your time at our language school.
The activity schedule changes regularly but can include:
- Welcome cocktails
- Guided tours of the Old Quarter
- Spanish film screenings
- Tapas tours
- Trips to local markets
- Walking tours
- Visits to local beaches
- Weekly exchange evenings, where you can help Spanish students improve their English in exchange for assistance with your Spanish
Most of these activities are offered completely free of charge, although some may incur an additional fee to cover entrance and/or transportation costs.
How to get there
The island’s airport is just a short drive from the city of Palma. If needed, we can arrange a transfer service at this airport on arrival and/or departure for an additional fee. You’ll be collected on arrival and taken directly to your accommodation; if you select this service on departure as well, you’ll be collected from your accommodation on your last day and taken back to the airport.
You should arrange to arrive in Palma de Mallorca on the Sunday before your classes start and depart on the Saturday after your classes finish. We may be able to arrange additional nights in your accommodation (subject to availability) in order to fit in with your flights.
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