Valencia Spanish Courses
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Spain's third-largest city, Valencia lies on Spain's eastern coast. The city offers a little bit of everything: from a beautifully maintained historic district, to cutting-edge architecture (the futuristic City of Arts and Sciences being a prime example), exquisite parks and squares, and clean beaches.
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What Previous Students Think About Valencia
There was almost always Sun shining.
Not too big, not too small. On the coast.
Valencia is a great city to spend time in: culture, fun, beach, beautiful historic center, attractions. Great place to discover!
that you have everything, city atmosphere, beach, old part, really futuristic part, the ambiance, ...
that its close to the sea, nice to visit museas and at night its very nice to go out
Museos, new and old buildings in the city and nearby, Natural parc: albufera
I like the beaches most, because that is the place to have fun. Also, the city centre was very nice.
THE WEATHER! The beaches, the clibs, the friendliness of the people, and the relaxed easy going lifestyle, I am sold compeltely on Spain!
The numerous cultural and touristic possibilities around as well as shopping centers,...
Valencia is modern and cosmopolitan, yet blends in a great deal of history and culture in a Mediterranean atmosphere. The city is recommended for students who want a good all-round destination for a short-term stay of 2 weeks to 3-4 months. A trip to Valencia includes mind blowing modern architecture, ancient historical sites, great food, a trendy nightlife scene and beaches in the summer.
Although Valencia is on the Mediterranean coast, its pulse is definitely found in the city itself. Valencia is best known for its impressive modern architecture. The delicately balanced Veles i Vents structure in the port, for example, has won several major architectural awards. The Palacio de Congresos, which looks like a human eye from an aerial viewpoint, attracts many major trade shows and conferences every year. Valencia’s most popular site by far, however, is the futuristic Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias. This remarkable architectural masterpiece is a vast village of waveform buildings that defy every architectural convention. The Ciudad hosts numerous important cultural, scientific and entertainment events every year.
At the same time, Valencia also has history to offer. There are many treasures to be found in its Old Quarter. The Romans first founded the city in 138 BC. The Museum of Roman Artefacts and Ruins in Plaza de Almoina is an excellent place where students can delve into the city’s Roman era. The Moors too left their mark on Valencia, albeit much later, from 718 onwards. Arab irrigation systems, architecture and artistic influences are noticeable even now. Attesting Spain’s Christian age, the Catholic cathedral in Valencia is one of the city’s most important monuments. It also reputedly holds a chalice, which, according to some religious historians, is the Holy Grail itself. Valencia’s old district is certainly full of magic— the winding streets, orange groves and charming squares are great for leisurely, romantic walks. Students often enjoy the many outdoor cafes and bars that are always open and busy until late.
Valencia is famous as the city where paella comes from. Visitors can enjoy many different varieties of this typical rice dish, and many Valencia restaurants still prepare paella over a wood fire. Eating out in the city is not always cheap, however, especially in tourist areas. Students are advised to seek places frequented by locals. There they will find inexpensive tapas, or chocolate y churros for breakfast, in small neighbourhood bars. Luckily, a simple but tasty bocadillo (sandwich roll) from a local cafeteria is always available, and suits the smallest of budgets. For nightlife, the areas of Barrio del Carmen, Canovas and Plaza del Cendro are where most of the action takes place—Valencia has a great nightlife scene and students have their pick from trendy nightclubs and swish cocktail joints to traditional pubs and heaving beer bars. In the summer, the city’s beaches are full of life. Students can take a bus to the beach just outside the centre, and sunbathe in the afternoons and enjoy beach bars or eating out by the sea in the warm evenings.
Valencia’s most famous festival falls in March at the start of spring. Called the Fallas Festival, it is definitely one not to miss if you are in town at the time. Indeed, it would be difficult not to notice! Each district takes a whole year to plan and prepare giant papier mache figures, which are then paraded through the streets and finally, on the last night, burned on the beach—a spectacular sight. Everywhere, there are street vendors selling a delicious array of foods, and numerous small bars and clubs set up stalls and marquees in the streets. Visitors in town during the Fallas should not expect to get much sleep. As well as three official firework displays each day, the locals set off their own fireworks too, and there is hectic round-the-clock dancing, singing and partying everywhere in town. Noisy nights are followed by 8am trumpet parades every morning, aptly called “la despertà” (wake up)!
In Valencia, a large percentage of the locals speak Valenciano, a dialect of Catalan, as their mother tongue. Although Spanish is the official first language, many locals prefer to only talk in Valenciano. Although students will have no problem practicing Spanish in Valencia, because everybody speaks and understands it fully as their second language, this can make it hard to fully integrate in the community in the longer run. Valencia is therefore recommended as a short immersion destination or in combination with another location in Spain. Some cheaper Andalusian inland cities, like Sevilla or Granada combine well with Valencia, as does Salamanca, where pure Castellano is spoken and prices are also very cheap.
Spring and autumn are generally the best times to visit Valencia, as the temperatures are still warm enough to enjoy the city beach. Summer heat in July and August can easily hit 35ºC (95ºF) if there is no sea breeze. Many locals take their holidays at this time to avoid the heat. The winters are mild, although too cold to enjoy the beach or swimming in the sea. The coolest months are December to February, when temperatures are usually around 10ºC (50ºF).
Living in Valencia is slightly cheaper than living in Spain’s larger cities, Madrid and Barcelona, but it is still quite an expensive city for accommodation. Students can save money by avoiding places that are geared towards tourists and eating where the locals eat. Flat sharing and cooking food at home will also help to keep budgets down. Students living close to the Old Town will have most of the main sights within walking distance, but public transport will be needed to go to the beaches. Buses and the Metro in Valencia are cheap, however.
People who like atmospheres that, while modern and cosmopolitan, also blend in a great deal of history and culture, will love studying Spanish in Valencia. The city, situated as it is next to the Mediterranean, offers a nice Spanish climate. There are always plenty of things to see and do here, such as enjoying the Fallas and festivals, sporting activities, or Spain's national dish - the Paella - in its original and most delicious form.
Although there is a regional Spanish language, Valenciano, Spanish is an official language and so there shouldn't be any problems getting to know the friendly people of Valencia. For more information about other partner Spanish schools Valencia you can see this links.
Valencia can be recommended for short-term Spanish language studies (Spanish courses up to 3-4 months) and in combination with another location in Spain.
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