Deliberately designed to serve the needs of all our students, our venue in Alicante is equipped with the latest technology, so that the comfortable lifestyle of a coastal settlement is enhanced and perfectly blended with the services and the infrastructure that have come to be expected and almost mandatory in any large urban areas.
Benefitting from its privileged location on the most popular and celebrated promenade in the city, the Paseo de la Explanada, which runs parallel to the coastline just one street away from the sea and the soft sand, quite literally, is the meeting point where leisure and fun meet study and languages. This creates an amicable and relaxed environment where you can further your skills in the most direct and efficient way possible.
Boasting eight spacious and well-lit classrooms, the school has a modern computer lab and free Internet access for all students. Also, the entire premises has Wi-Fi connection. All in all, the eight classrooms are designed to accommodate up to 150 students, providing numerous communal areas for them. One of such areas of shared usage is the library, which boasts a great selection of relevant texts and videos, and which also serves as video screening room.
One of the great advantages of the location of our school in Alicante is that it enables students to make the most both of their study and free time. Literally around the block from the center of town and the most active area in the city, you will find a whole plethora of bars, restaurants and cafes within seconds, such that you can go from working mode to bohemian laissez-faire. Added to the relaxation after a hard day's work, this will help you develop your practical knowledge of Spanish, rubbing shoulders with the locals.
Similarly, the beautiful beach of Alicante is no more than a couple of minutes' walk from the premises of our school. Go into class in the morning and profit from the best that the city has to offer with a charming mid-day dip into the sea, or a romantic sunset drink to the soothing tune of the waves rolling into the shoreline. Make the most of your time in Alicante and of the location of our school, making the most of the facilities and its location.
8 spacious and well-lit classrooms
Teacher's meeting room
Spacious common areas
Air conditioning and central heating
If you've always imagined Spain as a warm, Mediterranean paradise, you should come and learn Spanish in Alicante. With some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe, Alicante is close to the perfect place for anyone looking to have a calm, relaxing time near the beach and with all the amenities and services that come with an urban development. With roughly 300,000 inhabitants, Alicante is large enough to offer serious comfort, and yet sufficiently small to still feature the charming nonchalance of a coastal town.
Located right on the staggering shores of Spain's Costa Blanca, Alicante is undoubtedly dominated, not by the peaceful rhythm of the tide, rolling wave upon wave of the Mediterranean Sea over the soft sand of the beach, but rather by the monumental scale of the steep Mount Benacantil. It emerges dramatically from the otherwise plain landscape, rising to well over 500 feet and serving as a foundation for the millenary fortification that since times immemorial overlooks, somewhat threateningly, the perimeter of the settlement.
These days, however, when peace is almost taken for granted and war is no longer waged with invading armies of men disembarking en masse, Mount Benacantil and its castle of Santa Barbara offers not so much the solace of an impenetrable fortress but a sublime backdrop to a picturesque setting. That, and the refreshing gusts of breeze arise from the top of the mountain, which keeps Alicante sunken in a pleasant environment of its own in which thermometers register mild temperatures all year round.
Enticing for its beauty and for the genuine light-heartedness of its people, Alicante has far more to offer students and holiday-makers alike than just a pretty face. It has, for instance, a lot of history. And when we say a lot, we mean a lot: Dating back as far as the X century B.C., when Phoenician seafarers established a colony in the vicinity of Mount Benacantil, long before it had its name. Reportedly, the area was already settled by tribes, possibly arrived from Central Europe two to four millennia earlier.
Be that as it may, the Phoenicians were kicked out of the region by the Carthaginians and fortified the city. In their zest to become the trading masters of the Mediterranean Sea, Carthaginians occupied the majority of Phoenician posts, including modern day Alicante, among other major coastal cities in Spain. The story goes that walls and other fortifications in the Akra Leuka were greatly expanded by Hamilcar Barca, the great general, whose son would later embark on the most memorable and one of the most ambitious campaigns ever to take place in Europe, when he crossed the Alps with 200 elephants, en route to Rome.
That would be in the greater context of the Punic Wars, when Carthaginians and Romans fought for supremacy for over a century, ultimately signifying the end of Carthage, which ultimately fell to the incendiary rage of Scipio Aemilianus, who burnt it down to ashes. Meanwhile, Akra Leuca had changed hands yet again, and, like the rest of the western world, it was under the rule of Rome. Thus, it became "Lucentum," the city of light, a name that it would keep for almost a full millennium, until the arrival of Muslim invaders from northern Africa, towards the beginning of the VIII century.
One of Many Kinds of Spain
Stereotypes being as they are, those who choose to learn Spanish in Spain will know that the general perception of Spain is often linked to the beach, the sun and a very long siesta. This is true, but it is only one of the many different versions of Spain around: vast and diverse as the country is, you can find anything from forests to deserts, from the wild landscape of the Pyrenees to the rolling hills of Galicia. Nevertheless, in Alicante the stereotype of the good Spanish life is not only fulfilled, but even surpassed. If what you are looking for is a place where you can bask in the sun and learn Spanish, Alicante is a place where you will be able to do just that.
The content is mainly grammar, focusing on the practical teaching of structures that allow you to stand up for yourself in Spanish in no time.
One day a week there are film projections and another there are dance classes, two great mediums through which to discover Spanish culture. These kinds of activities are usually free, but you may have to pay out of pocket expenses like entrance fees to museums and transportation. The most common afternoon events are:
City tour of Alicante
Museums and special exhibits: Las Hogueras, Fine Arts, Archeology, the Aquarium...
Santa Barbara Castle
Take a look at the monthly activity calendar and Alicante excursions in our specialStudents Corner section.
Our school also offers weekend trips to other Spanish destinations of interest, such as:
Elche and its palm trees
If you want to make new friends from all over the world whilst you learn Spanish in Spain, then this is the option for you!
The apartments are not luxurious, but are completely furnished and equipped. No meals are offered but each apartment has a kitchen with a microwave, pans, cutlery and everything you might need to cook your own food.
There are apartments of different sizes and characteristics, booked according to availability. You can choose between a single, double or triple room.
Availability: all year
Room Type: You can choose between a single or double room, double room for individual use or a triple.
School distance: Very close to the school, you can walk or use public transport
Deposit fee: 150€ for the keys
Host Family Accommodations in Spain
Living with a host family has two major benefits. First, it's the best way to get to know Spanish culture and see what daily life is like for a native Spaniard. Secondly, our host families will speak to you in Spanish all the time, helping you practice the skills you're working on in Spanish classes in an authentic context.
Our host families vary from young families to one or two retired people, all Spanish speakers and are carefully selected to ensure that your stay is as pleasant as possible. We do our best to find home stays that will treat you as part of the family.
You may choose between a single or double room as well as no meals, half board (breakfast & dinner) or full board (all meals).
If you have any allergies, special dietary requirements, dislike of particular pets or any other special requests, just let us know in advance and we'll do our best to satisfy your needs.
Availability: all year
Room Type: single or double room
School distance: We aim to place our students 20-30 minutes from the school walking or using public transport
Deposit fee: 150€ for the keys
Airport Alicante -Elche is located 9 miles southwest of Alicante. The Aerobus is the bus service that connects the airport to downtown every 20 minutes , every day of the year.
You can go or return, to or from Alicante Airport in a comfortable and economical way , without having to change trains. The ride stops at strategic points in both Alicante and Elche.
Estimated Travel Time : 20 minutes to Alicante
The bus station is located in Alicante in the harbour: Muelle de Poniente.
Alicante is a city that faces the sea and has a port with direct lines to Oran , Algeria , and Laisla Tabarca . From Alicante you can also go to Dénia and take the ferry to Ibiza.
The Alicante Train Station has connections with the most important cities in Spain and various European stations .