It’s not easy when it comes to choosing the destination for your Spanish course, especially, if you don’t know the contry at all. Where should I go? How expensive the life is there? What kind of accent will I find? All these questions can overwhelm you very quickly. Here we give you some tips in order to help you to make the correct decision!
What kind of city am I looking for?
That literally depends on what type of person you are: if you’d like “to rock the big city”, you should definitely opt for Madrid or Barcelona, where you will find the dynamics and energy, night club, fancy restaurants and event to all tastes. However, if you are calm and reserved one, liking to chill out on the beach, you’d better choose something more relaxing, like Palma or Cadiz. There you will find the authenticity of the Spanish pueblo (village). And what if you a kind of person that feels more comfortable in a calm environment, but likes to go out from time to time? So your options would be Malaga, San Sebastian, Seville or Valencia.
Where should I fly to?
The most accessible cities by plane in Spain are Madrid, Barcelona, and Malaga. They have big airports with lot´s of international companies operating. If you don’t feel like moving further, you can stop there. However, if you are looking for more profound Spain, you could consider the option of taking the bus or train to cities like Cadiz, San Sebastian, Seville or Valencia. Spain has a very developed railway system. Visit RENFE site for prices and schedules.
How much am I willing to spend?
This is an important one. Of course, big cities are more expensive than small villages, Madrid and Barcelona are the highest level of living and food expenses. However, you should also know that the south of Spain is slightly cheaper than the North. So, you’d probably spend less money in Seville than in San Sebastian. Also take into account, that the coastal cities, no matter what size they are, normally have they high seasons during the summer periods, like Cadiz, Palma or Valencia. So probably it would be useful to do a little research on the dates and prices during the period you’d like to come.
And what type of Spanish am I going to learn?
We always here the same question: do people in Barcelona speak real Spanish? Not Catalan? Yes, they do! You’ll probably find a lot of bilingual people there, but Spanish is the official language in the country. As for the South, please, note that Andalusian speakers have a strong accent (Seville, Cadiz and Malaga), and we tend to say that if you get to understand it, you’ll be able to understand any variation of Spanish in the world! The classical Spanish “el castellano“ you’ll definitely find in the capital.
Do I mind meeting my fellow citizens?
Spain provides a great mix of nationalities almost everywhere. Still, certain areas of Spain are more popular among one or another nationality. For example, in Malaga you’ll definitely find a lot of Dutch people, Barcelona is full of Russians, Seville is loved by French, Palma is popular among Germans. Every nationality has its own preferences. Of course, it’s up to you whether you want or not to go out with people who speak your language.
You can take a combined course! Imagine, two weeks in Barcelona, one in Valencia and another one in Seville. It seems like a good solution to your doubt, doesn’t it?