The question itself is the answer! What type of person are you? Are you the kind of people who likes “to rock the big city”? Then opt for Madrid or Valencia, where you will find the dynamics and energy, night club, fancy restaurants and events for all tastes. But, if you are a calm and reserved one who likes to chill out on the beach, you’d better choose something more relaxing, like San Sebastián 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, Seville or again Valencia.
What kind of city am I looking for?
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?
Where should I fly or which places can I reach by ecological means of transport?
The most accessible cities by plane in Spain are Madrid, Valencia, and Malaga. The less? Cadiz, but again, that’s the price for being off the beaten tracks. Want to reach a destination by train? Then, go for San Sebastian or Madrid, They are very well connected by train and you will use sustainable means of transport.
How much am I willing to spend?
Well, that’s a key point. As per the Spanish courses, price differences are little relevant and no more than a few euros per week. The main source of expenditure is obviously accommodation. Of course, there is no denying that accommodation in Madrid will be more expensive than Cadiz. But it may not be that simple and depends on the time of the year. Coastal cities can be quite expensive in high season while cities like Seville and Madrid can get cheaper. On the contrary, Valencia and Malag can be very affordable during low season and the weather is still warm and sunny. All destinations have several options for accommodation; homestay, shared flats, etc. just take your calculator, set the dates and make your budget
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, Seville is loved by French, Valencia is popular among Germans, British and Polish. 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?