What about spending your vacation in Spain? Would you like to be a tourist while studying the language? Just pack your bags and come!


Spain is one of Europe’s top destinations for tourism and study abroad. The country is a window for Moorish, Romanesque and Gothic architecture as well as cultural elements like bullfighting, flamenco and botellon street parties—they are just a part of why so many travelers continue to choose Spain for their vacation or longer visits to study the language and learn about its culture and way of life. Other people choose Spain for the warm Mediterranean climate and delicious gastronomy.

  1. Door to history

    Travel throughout history and experience it yourself. Palaces, museums, bridges… History is at your fingertips everywhere you go in Spain.

    The Prado Museum in Madrid, Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Moorish architecture in the Alhambra Palace in Granada, the Giralda in Seville, Santiago de Compostela and its pilgrimage trail, cave paintings, discovered in Altamira, which date from 15,000 to 8500 B.C., or the Roman aqueduct in Segovia are just a few places rich in culture and history.

    Then there’s the coastal city of Valencia and the wild pyrotechnics that take place every year around mid-March at the week long festival of Las Fallas. Add in the bullfighting rings of Pamplona and the world-class beaches of San Sebastian in northern Spain and you’ve got enough attractions to sight see for weeks if not months.

  2. Beaches of San Sebastian

  3. Culture and way of life
    Spaniards are warm, friendly, and hospitable. They will make you feel at home from the very beginning, and are especially helpful to those trying to speak Spanish—it provides a perfect atmosphere to practice and immerse oneself into the culture.

    Spain is famous for its tradition of the siesta. However, it is not so common when you are studying or working hard.

    Spain never goes to sleep. The nightlife in Spain becomes even busier than the daytime. Clubs and bars close well into the morning hours to accommodate thousands of locals while they dance, party and socialize.

  4. Culture in Spain

  5. Gastronomy
    Spain’s gastronomy varies from region to region. It is the result of many cultural influences that create a delicious and unique cuisine. Paella, gazpacho, seafood, chorizo, jamón are the most typical foods—of course with a huge variety of TAPAS. Spain has also earned a reputation as one of the better places for wine, particularly red wine. Specialties vary in every region, so be sure to eat typical dishes wherever you are and match it with a good wine.
  6. The gastronomy in Spain

  7. Travel around
    Spain is an interesting place to study because it has such a variety of culture and landscape for its size. From sunny Andalucia in the south to the arid plains and mountainous Basque Country up north, there is a place and climate to suit anyone’s preference—perfect for a nice weekend out of the city or away from school.

    Maria Ballesteros y Raquel Alonso

    What else do you need to come to Spain to study Spanish? A country full of possibilities awaits! ¡Ven!

  8. This article is by Maria Ballesteros and Raquel Alonso, online ELE teachers. In April 2011, they founded their own online ELE school, Spanology, and a blog of online resources to learn Spanish online, El Blog Para Aprender Español and their Skype Spanish Lessons. Since then they have been sharing their knowledge and experience with students and teachers of ELE worldwide and teaching lessons online and by videoconference and in Madrid.