Marbella Spanish Courses
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A hugely popular resort destination, flashy Marbella is home to millionaires and international celebrities. The city is located at the foot of La Concha Mountain on the Andalusian Costa del Sol (Europe's California) and enjoys 320 days of sun per year.
Spanish Courses Offered in Marbella
Marbella is a small, yet cosmopolitan town on Spain’s sunny south coast. It is highly recommended for students who want to combine short-term Spanish studies with a high quality holiday involving sunbathing, golf, shopping and eating out. Many rich and famous celebrities, politicians and entrepreneurs visit Marbella on holiday, or own properties here. This shows in the town’s many exclusive shops, restaurants and nightlife venues.
Marbella’s oldest central neighbourhood, known to the locals as the “Old Town”, is iconic. It has narrow streets and whitewashed buildings, nestled inside the remains of an ancient Moorish wall. Here students will find fascinating plazas and churches; in particular the central Plaza Naranjos that gets its name from the orange trees that grow on it. Several other old buildings and monuments of interest can be found here: the old town hall, Santiago chapel, Church of Santa María that dates back to the 1600s and a fountain that was commissioned by the first Christian mayor of Marbella in 1503. The area is also peppered with many small restaurants, bars and shops.
There are plenty of free-time activities to choose from in Marbella. Enjoying over 300 days of sun per year and offering well-kept city beaches, the town is a sunbathers’ paradise. The Marbella area is also renowned for its excellent golf courses; there are ten golf clubs in the near vicinity of the town. Shopaholics will find everything under the sun here: high street shops, boutiques, exclusive brand names and two shopping centres nearby. Marbella also offers a great choice in dining out, from typical Andalusian food to international cuisine. Although some of Marbella’s restaurants are expensive, there are many great local restaurants and tapas bars that are suitable for student budgets.
Puerto Banus, just outside the city, is Marbella’s famous marina. Here you can walk down the port promenade, admire huge luxury yachts and sports cars and do some celebrity spotting. There is also a famous statue here, created by none else than Spain’s own Salvador Dalí.
Both Marbella’s city centre and Puerto Banus boast excellent nightlife. The Old Town district is home to small, intimate pubs and cocktail bars and Marbella’s beach promenade has several trendy chill out cafés and live music venues. The Puerto Banus marina offers several large nightclubs and a frenetic bar district that gets absolutely packed in the summer. Just outside of Marbella, there are many trendy beach nightclubs that host big international DJ names.
The Spanish spoken in Marbella is Andalusian Spanish. This means that some of the locals speak in a softer and slightly less clear accent than, say, in Madrid. They also drop consonants from the ends of words. The Andalusian accent in Marbella is not as pronounced as in the rural areas of the Malaga province. So students tend to get used to it quite quickly. There is a large foreign population in Marbella, which means that students will hear other languages, especially English, spoken by many people. This means that students have to focus on speaking Spanish and not be tempted to use English to communicate with others.
Weather in Marbella is sunny and mild, making it a good destination throughout the year. It enjoys long, hot, dry summers and mild average winter temperatures of 13ºC (55ºF). July and August in Marbella get very hot, and should be avoided by students who dislike intense sun and humid heat. November is the rainiest month in Marbella.
Marbella is one of Southern Spain’s more expensive areas. Prices tend to go up especially in the summer, when the town is most populated by tourists. But living on an average student budget is quite possible—especially if students steer away from restaurants or shops aimed at tourists, and stick to venues favoured by the locals.
With around 320 days of sun each year, people who enjoy sunbathing on the beach or golfing in a comfortable Mediterranean climate would like to study in Marbella. The town is small, but very luxurious and upscale with numerous exclusive shops and restaurants. It is known as one of the most affluent tourist destinations in the world, with a history of hosting the rich and famous. Puerto Banús is a marina very near to the city which is home to a large statue by one of Spain’s own artists, Salvador Dalí, as well as where many locals and tourists go to enjoy the wide variety of shops, movie theathers, discotheques, bars, and restaurants.
Marbella can be recommended for short-term Spanish language studies (courses of up to about 3 months) and in combination with another location in Spain.
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