On this immersive language trip, our monitores use watersports, cultural excursions and Spanish-themed workshops to encourage students to use their Spanish throughout their school trip.
Key stage 3 - 16+
Native Spanish monitores
Students learn Spanish from our native speaking monitores
This school trip offers students an invaluable opportunity to converse and engage with native Spanish speakers in real-life situations at every turn. Our experienced Spanish-native monitores will guide your group and gently encourage them to use their Spanish throughout their stay.
Students will learn water and beach sports with fully qualified water sport instructors whilst experiencing Spanish culture and using their language in a supportive and encouraging environment. Our immersion programme includes a guided visit around the historical Roman port town of Águilas, with its dramatic cliff top fort, and a visit to an authentic local market for a Spanish market mission. Your students can also test their culinary skills and create a typical Spanish dish, or try their hand at salsa dancing - all conducted in Spanish of course!
What's more, our monitores lead a fun programme of evening activities to keep your students learning, occupied and entertained at all times and giving teachers the chance to take a well-earned breather. This trip is jam-packed with language learning and is certain to boost every student's confidence and excite them about the possibilities that come with speaking another language!
New for 2022! Our Spanish programme has moved to a new centre located down the coast in the ancient port town of Águilas. But don't worry, the near-identical progamme is run by the same Arbolar team you are used to. See the location tab for more details of the upgraded accommodation.
We can tailor your itinerary to your unique learning requirements, please contact us for a bespoke quote.
Sample Spanish 6-day itinerary
This is just a sample of what is on offer. We can tailor the trip to your learning objectives, budget and preferences.
Arrive at the airport and meet your monitores for the trip
Check into the centre
Orientation talk and time to settle in - perhaps take a dip in the pool!
Morning Spanish lesson
Afternoon beach activities conducted in Spanish with the monitores
Evening Spanish music games
Morning Spanish lesson
A chance to practise Spanish with the locals at a traditional market
Afternoon beach sports conducted in Spanish with the monitores
Spanish themed evening party
Walk to the marina for a morning of watersports with our trained instructors
Guided excursion around Águilas, an old Roman fishing port with a rich seafaring flavour, where the group will visit the historic castle
Boat trip to experience the beautiful coastline from the water and Spanish quiz
Evening talent show
Morning Spanish lesson
Spanish cooking lesson
Afternoon of beach activities led in Spanish by the monitores
Transfer to airport for return flight
Guaranteed more sun than your Spanish classroom
New accommodation for 2022! but the same Arbolar team and programme you are used to.
We've moved the programme from Arbolar to a new centre, located down the coast, in the historic seaside town of Águilas. The upgraded accommodation is just a short walk to the wide sandy beach and marina port where your group will enjoy beach games and watersports with the same Arbolar team you are used to.
The new centre offers exclusive accommodaton for school groups and feels more like a modern hotel than a student hostel with a lifeguarded pool, super modern and comfortable ensuite rooms, all with airconditioning. The centre has plenty of common areas where your students can chat, relax and enjoy the free wifi..
The Murcia region is well linked by airlines and groups can fly from most UK airports. Our top tip, is to avoid the hottest peak months between June and July to get the best value for money and to ensure availability for your group. Our Monitores will use their local expertise to organise the most suitable activities for the time of year you are visiting.
Castillo de San Juan, Águilas
Originally built as a fortress in the 16th century to protect against pirate attacks, Castillo de San Juan is perched high above Águilas town. The castle is well worth the climb and offers students an impressive view across the surrounding countryside and the town below.
Mojacar - pueblo y playa!
Built originally as a Moorish settlement, Mojacar old town has a strong cultural identity and makes a great selfie-spot with traditional whitewashed buildings and a 6th-century church. Set on a hilltop with stunning 360° views across the sweeping Almerian plains and the rugged coastline of the Cabo de Gato and sandy beaches below.
Spanish Street Market
Visit a street market abuzz with local people and fresh Spanish produce. Students are given a market mission by their monitores requiring them to use their Spanish language skills to interact with the friendly stall owners.
Boat trip exploring Costa Calida
All aboard for an informative and enjoyable boat tour of the Águilas bays! Students can learn about the geography and history of the area, while enjoying the cooling breeze and breath taking scenery along the Costa Calida. This is a beautiful coastline and there is no better way to explore it than by boat.
Murcia is a sunny, slow-paced city home to baroque buildings, cathedrals and castles. We recommend soaking up the ambience of the city centre in Plaza de las Flores.
Cabo de Palos
Visit Cape Palos, a small peninsula in Murcia. It is a traditional fishing village with a beautiful volcanic coastline.
Our Spanish language immersion programme at Arbolar includes the following as standard:
A fun programme of student activities led in Spanish by a trained team of Spanish-native monitores
All beachside watersports, on-site activities and evening entertainment provided in Spanish
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 1:10
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 two adults
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
Stella Gibson, MFL Teacher St Peter's Catholic High School
"The monitores at the Arbolar centre make the trip. They are enthusiastic, cheerful, full of energy and they cannot do enough for you. With our group of 36 students we had 4-5 monitores, who met us at the airport and stayed with us throughout the trip. They speak Spanish to the children at all times and try to avoid English unless really needed, such as for the watersports sessions. The students really enjoyed spending time with and speaking to the monitores.
The students really loved the Spanish games on the beach, especially the photo beach race, which I have copied to use at our European day of languages in school, because it gets the kids thinking about Spanish and working as a team.
As with everything else, the monitores accompanied us on our excursions to Cartagena and to the local market, briefing students on a shopping challenge, helping staff, encouraging students to speak Spanish and organising a town trail quiz, all in Spanish of course."