Spark is a dynamic language academy in El Puerto de Santa María, in the province of Cádiz - a spectacular part of Andalucia. We offer many different bespoke school tour programmes which are planned together with you, to ensure that your time with us allows you and your students to get the most out of the opportunity and that the trip meets your needs and interests. We know how rewarding learning a language can be and we want to do everything we can to assist you and your students on their language journey.
The Spark team are experienced, dedicated and passionate about what we offer, so let us do all the hard work for you! We believe that our personal and professional approach, as well as our eye for detail is something which makes our school unique and different.
We hope you will give us the opportunity to prove our our guiding principle: Your learning, our passion!
El Puerto de Santa Maria’s rich culture and fantastic beaches are famous throughout Andalusia and Spain. To discover this authentic Spanish culture we offer a great variety of activities and excursions for students to really immerse themselves in the Spanish language and culture.
El Puerto is a small city and very safe, meaning it offers teachers peace of mind. It is furthermore famous for its rich history: being the home of sherry, having the widest bull ring in Spain and being the place from where Columbus set sail. In addition to this it is very well connected to beautiful cities and sites in the area, which allows for many great daytime excursions and activities.
Largely undiscovered by foreign tourists, it is the perfect location for school tours due to the authenticity of the area and the variety it offers.
We can fully customize tours in any way possible, starting from 4 days up to 2 weeks. Tours can (but don't have to) include language lessons, excursions, activities and combined city tours to Madrid, Barcelona, Córdoba, Granada..
A typical itinerary would be:
Day 1 – arrival
Meet and greet by chaperone at airport, transfer to El Puerto de Santa Maria by private coach. Families pick students up OR students settle into rooms at Spark residence. BBQ at Spark.
Day 2 – exploring El Puerto
The day starts with Spanish lessons, followed by a tour of el Puerto where we visit the bullring, the church, market and the Moorish castle. The afternoon is spent at the beach.
Day 3 – Cádiz
Spanish lessons in the morning, then excursion to Cádiz by ferry, 2nd breakfast: Churros con chocolate and visits to the Torre Tavira and Parque Calderon. Time for shopping and / or beach. Film night in the evening.
Day 4 – padel and cooking
Spanish lessons, followed by a padel (popular sport - mix of tennis and squash) lesson and competition followed by a cooking lesson where students learn to make paella. Film night in the evening.
Day 5 – Sevilla
Spanish lessons, after which we visit beautiful Seville: transport by private coach, visits to the Giralda and cathedral, the Alcázar palace and the Plaza de España. Time for some shopping and strolling along the windy streets of the Barrio Santa Cruz.
Day 6 – departure
Families or Spark take students to the meeting point from where the group take a coach to the airport for their flight home.
We are happy to accommodate all group sizes with a minimum size of 4 students.
We have a lift and wheelchair access room and bathroom, as well as a wheelchair accessible reception in our Spark residence.
At Spark we truly love El Puerto and think it´s an absolute gem of a place to learn Spanish. It is a medium sized town with 5 fantastic beaches, many excellent tapas bars and restaurants (including one of the ten worldwide restaurants worth a visit, according to the NY Times, 2010!). It is a close distance to many beautiful places such as Cadiz, Jerez and Seville, and much more! One of the major advantages of studying in El Puerto is that it is a very authentic Spanish town (a favourite for domestic Spanish tourism) and is virtually untouched by the commercial tourism that larger cities typically experience. This means that students can practice their Spanish with the locals here, without everybody automatically replying to them in English, which can happen in other places! The experience and quality our language trips offer combined with the beauty, climate, culture and safety of El Puerto make studying with us an experience we are sure all will cherish. Contact us to arrange a referral with our Director of Studies.