Where to study Spanish in Spain

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Where to study Spanish in Spain—capital city? by the beach? in a World Heritage Site?

Most people have an inkling as to where they want to learn Spanish in Spain. For some, the idea of spending relaxing afternoons on the beach in Spain is an attraction. For others, the ideas of being in a caf on a large, scenic boulevard in Madrid or Barcelona is an attraction.

Studying abroad through your home university is usually an easier choice—you have only one, maybe two. However, if you decide to study independently and opt for direct enrollment at a Spanish language school, you have all of Spain open to you. How do you choose if you don't know?

Regardless of your preference in a Spanish-in-Spain destination, Spain has it.

Spanish in Spain—destinations

  • Capital cities—Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Seville, Zaragoza
  • Unique cultural heritage sites—Salamanca, Seville, Granada, Valladolid
  • Seaside towns— Alicante, Málaga, Valencia
  • Smaller seaside destinations—Cádiz, Fuengirola, Nerja, Conil de la Frontera

Many people want to have fun while they learn Spanish in Spain and more often than not Spain's seaside cities come into mind. Popular cities to learn Spanish in Spain include Alicante, Cádiz, Barcelona, Fuengirola, Málaga, and others. If you want to fit in some beach time into your stay in Spain, but also want the energy and excitement of Spain's cities, cities like Alicante, Cádiz, or Málaga are good bets.

These cities have the best of both worlds. They have great beaches and all the fun that comes with beach and life near the ocean, but they also have a lot going on when the sun goes down, both in terms of fun and culture. They are manageable-sized cities where you have the energy of a small city, but you can't really get lost.

If you want lots of energy and plenty of culture on the grandest of scales, you will obviously choose Madrid or Barcelona, which offer a variety of museums, theater, contemporary arts, cafs, and restaurants.

If the idea of a smaller, more relaxing city or town in Spain is appealing, but you still want to be on or near the ocean, consider Nerja, Conil de la Frontera, Sitges, Almuñecar, or other smaller cities. Many of the smaller Spanish cities are still lively during the summer, but they are more relaxing, more intimate places to learn Spanish in Spain.

Other destinations, such as Salamanca, Valladolid, Burgos, Soria, and Ávila, to name a few, offer really unique experiences. They are truly Spanish cities. By that we mean that there is plenty of Spanish culture, architecture and history, but without the tourism of Spain's seaside cities and towns. The absence of tourism and a focus on doing tourist-related things allows you to absorb Spanish culture in a different and perhaps more tranquil way. That doesn't mean you wont' have fun, since fun seems to be built into Spanish culture.

Before you decide where to go, do some research. You may stumble upon a city or town that really draws you, and that you didn't even know existed before you started your research. Finding such a place can be an amazing experience.