Something for everyone – after class we discover Andalusia
To learn Spanish is one thing, but to actually experience the Spanish lifestyle personally and up close is the icing on the cake. Therefore, we like to spend some extra time with our students and show them what the Spanish flair is all about. After class we often go on excursions to explore Conil and the surroundings. Apart from explaining historical backgrounds, it is the little anecdotes we tell that make these trips so special. Where does the famous Sherry come from? What are the white washed villages? What do chupa-chups have to do with Spain? Our tour guide has all the answers. In Spanish, of course. But don’t worry, the words will be chosen so that everybody understands them, including beginners.
Occasionally our activities involve just sitting back and enjoying the experience, i.e. when touring the best tapas bars in Conil or when visiting the Bodegas in Jerez. The proximity to the Atlantic ocean and the limy soil provide ideal conditions for the production of the wine that is so typical for this region, the prestigious Sherry, or Fino as the locals call it. With its 36 wineries Jerez is the centre of sherry production. The guided tour includes a vivid explanation of the complicated production process and is followed and highlighted by a delightful wine tasting. Jerez is also widely known for Flamenco culture, for international motor sports events and for the breeding of Andalusian horses. The old part of town has been declared a national cultural heritage.
For those who love animals and nature, early summer and autumn are the best times of the year to visit Andalusia. Not to be missed is a visit to the largest European National Park, the Coto de Doñana, as well as a whale watching tour in Tarifa, during which, more often than not, you can almost reach out and touch the whales ans dolphins. Our partner in Tarifa is the firmm foundation who work for the protection of whales and dolphins and their habitat.
Short trips to the lovely villages around Conil also form part of our regular activities. One of them is Vejer de la Frontera, an enchanting small town built on top of a rock, 200 metres above ground level. A stroll through the narrow, white washed streets reveals the Moorish origins. From up here you have an amazing view of the coastline, and on a clear day you can see Morocco. El Palmar beach is part of the municipal district of Vejer and and is a very popular surf spot on the Costa de la Luz, second only to Tarifa. On our way back to Conil, we like to take a little detour and visit Caños de Meca, Zahara de los Atunes, Zahora and Barbate.
For the amateur archaeologists among you we offer excursions to the hamlet of Bolonia, nestled into an impressive landscape of rolling hills and sand dunes. Right behind the beach we can see the ruins of the Roman settlement of Baelo Claudia which dates back to the 2nd century and was named after the Emperor Claudius. In the fish factory, the ruins of which can be found on the beach, tuna was preserved and subsequently exported to the Roman Empire in the form of a salted paste. Archaeologists have also excavated the ruins of a temple, a theatre, a marketplace, a Roman bath and other buildings.