Spanish language school trip - Spark Centre, Andalucía
A truly immersive language experience based in a traditional seaside town in South West Spain, staying at the Spark centre near Cadiz. Students will improve their Spanish on cultural excursions led by a team of native-speaking Spanish staff.
Key stage 3 - 16+
Native Spanish monitores
Live like the locals and learn the Spanish language in beautiful El Puerto
El Puerto in the heart of Andalucía is a town rich in history and culture and the perfect base for an authentic Spanish experience for your students. Our immersive programme is made up of guided visits to local attractions like a medieval castle, botanical gardens and a market where students can interact with stallholders and practise their language skills, Spanish lessons taught at the Sparks centre and you can enjoy guided excursions to your choice of nearby classic Moorish cities such as Seville and Cádiz.
Our native-speaking monitors are local experts and will immerse your students in the culture, creating opportunities for them to use their Spanish speaking and comprehension skills in real-life situations. Your monitor will meet you on arrival and lead your group for the duration of your trip. Your monitor will work with you to understand your group's level and adapt their approach to best fit your students. Monitors also run a programme of evening activities to keep your students occupied and having fun all day!
We can tailor your itinerary to your unique learning requirements, please contact us for a bespoke quote.
Suggested 5-day/4 night itinerary
This is our suggested Fast Track 5-day itinerary. If you would like to change the duration of your trip or choose different excursions, just contact us for a bespoke quote.
Orientation and Fire Safety demonstration tour and time to unpack
Afternoon/evening activity Beach Games or Bowling
BBQ on the roof terrace
Day trip to Seville
Visit La Giralda Cathedral
Tour of the Alcázar
Time to explore Barrio Santa Cruz
Walk to Plaza de España and free time to explore
Evening games and quiz
2 hours Spanish lesson
Ferry to Cadiz
Visit and tour of the watchtower Torre Taviera
Churros and chocolate tasting
Visit botanical gardens Parque Genoves
Evening meal out in Cadiz - typical tapas!
2 hour Spanish lesson
Morning tour of El Puerto bullring and the Moorish Castillo de San Marcos
Visit market and then afternoon on the beach
Beach Kayaking or beach games
Evening cooking class
Packing and leave your rooms
Transfer to airport for your trip home
El Puerto de Santa Maria is located in Andalucia, in the idyllic setting of Cádiz and is nearby to beautiful Spanish cities like Seville, Granada, Ronda, Malaga, and Gibraltar make planning day trips and excursions easy. El Puerto is a town with a rich history and culture, the perfect place to experience the authentic Spanish lifestyle. Unlike the popular Spanish cities, English is not as widely spoken here, so students can really maximise their learning in a traditional Spanish environment.
The Spark residential language centre is a renovated hostel just for schools. The accommodation is located in an enviable position just a 15-minute walk from the town centre and beach, and has numerous chill out areas and a big roof terrace great for barbecues and dance lessons! All meals are included and dietary requirements can be catered for. Many evening activities are based onsite and are Spanish-themed such as cooking paella cooking and salsa dancing.
Barrio Santa Cruz
The Santa Cruz barrio or neighbourhood is a historic Jewish quarter. It's a charming area that still has a real old fashioned and traditional Spanish feel to it. Get lost amongst the narrow streets and stop in a local restaurant or bar for a refreshment.
Bull ring tour
The Plaza de toros de la Real Maestranza de Caballería de Sevilla is a 12,000-capacity bullring in Seville, Spain. During the annual Seville Fair, it is the site of one of the most well-known bullfighting festivals in the world. Learn about the controversial tradition on a tour of the ring.
Take a ferry and explore the grand marble streets of Cadiz, a vibrant and lively city buzzing with colourful markets and souvenir shops aplenty.
Castillo de San Marcos tour
Visit the local medieval Castillo de San Marcos. Beautifully preserved despite being 800 years old - built on top of a Moorish mosque. It is also a wine cellar! You will stop for refreshments of juice and snacks, and staff can enjoy local sherry tasting sourced from the region.
Spend the afternoon at botanical gardens Parque Genoves - a beautiful oasis where locals go to escape the heat of the city. Spot the Green parrots in the trees, pass through the exotic plants and walk through the manmade waterfall.
The Giralda is the bell tower of Seville Cathedral and a famous monument in Seville. You can climb to the top and look out across the city from above.
Plaza de España
Visit Plaza de España, the grand plaza and marvel at the stunning Moorish architecture. There is a canal that runs through the plaza and you can even rent a boat and paddle along it!
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Visit the Alcazar, an incredible Royal Palace built for the Christian King Peter of Castile, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See influences from the Arabic, late Middle Ages through to Renaissance and Baroque periods.
Coach transfer to the vibrant city of Seville for the day. Your Monitore will lead your group on a guided tour of the city and show you all the best spots with some free time too!
Climb Torre Tavira, one of the few Camera Obscuras in Europe built in the 1700s, and be greeted with amazing views over the city. A guide will explain the history behind the landmarks that students can see.
Our Spanish language immersion programme includes:
A dedicated Spanish-native monitor to accompany the group and lead student trips and excursions in Spanish
Full programme of free evening entertainment, conducted in Spanish, at the school group centre
Includes off-site cultural excursions and language activities such as town trails and market missions
All instruction and teaching materials
Full board and lodging
Free teacher to student ratio approx 1:8 (coach trips) / approx 1:10 (air groups)
24-hour emergency support
Your choice of return travel; coach travel, with ferry crossing, applicable tolls and taxes included, or return flights and overseas transfers
Coach to take your group off-site for visits
Comprehensive travel insurance
Subsidised centre inspection visit for you and a colleague
Extras to budget for
Meals on journeys
School to airport transfers (if required)
Visa charges, collective passports
Supplements for small parties, single rooms and additional adults
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