Spanish course in San Sebastian, Spain
The first thing that strikes you about San Sebastian is the magnificence of its beaches and the incredible beauty its location, on a horse-shoe bay, with the towering Pyrenees Mountains in the distance. San Sebastian really is something special, quite unlike the 'costas' of southern Spain, unspoilt and unique, a wonderful location in which to learn Spanish. And, at the same time as you improve your Spanish on your Spanish course, you can learn to surf on one of San Sebastian's 2 magnificent sandy beaches, or take time to explore the largely 'undiscovered' villages and coastal towns of Biscay and Cantabria.
The lessons were always interesting and full of variety so that it never got boring. I have been in a group with different nationalities from Europe and the USA, the learning atmosphere was awesome and friendly.
San Sebastian is simply full of beautiful buildings, with magnificent villas lining the river and seafront, and stately hotels, dating from the late 19th century, still flourishing and providing the city with an elegant and stylish feel. There are numerous tapas bars and chic restaurants in the cobbled streets of the old town, secluded 'plazas' and fashionable boutiques. With so must history and elegance, San Sebastian is still vibrant and exciting, as this is a city of 175,000 inhabitants, and a location where many Spaniards choose to spend their holidays and buy their second homes. So, whether you would like to come to our school for just 1 week, or 36 weeks, San Sebastian is certainly big and interesting enough to provide you with lots to do and plenty to explore during your Spanish course.
San Sebastian is really popular with Spaniards because it never gets as hot as in the south or central Spain. This is 'La Costa verde' (the 'Green Coast'), where winters are mild and summers are warm, but not too hot. The tutors and staff at our school in San Sebastian are all from around San Sebastian and enjoy joining in activities and telling students all about the city, the province of Biscay, where to go and what to do. To help students really enjoy their time in Spain, our school organizes lots of optional activities and excursions.
The beach at San Sebastian
Spanish lesson at our school
Courses in San Sebastian
Our school organizes frequent activities within the school such as 'welcome' and 'Farewell' parties, 'international evenings', Spanish film shows and Dance classes, to help students meet, practice the Spanish that they learn on the course, make friends, and quickly settle down in San Sebastian. There are also regular weekend excursions to locations such as Pamplona (famous for its bull run) and Hendaye, a beautiful fishing village along the coast.
Students on excursion
Making friends on the course
Accommodation in San Sebastian
Choose to stay with one of our carefully selected Spanish host families, so that you get lots of chances to practise with your family the Spanish that learn on the course.
A shared student apartment is an excellent choice if you like to cook for yourself and enjoy mixing with other students in your accommodation. You will share the apartment with 4 to 6 other international students from our school in San Sebastian.
The school terrace
Students after a surfing lesson
Cultural activities in San Sebastian*
- Welcome reception and ‘Goodbye’ parties in the school
- Guided walk around San Sebastian
- Spanish films in the school
- Dance lessons
- Excursions to Pamplona, Biarritz, Hendaye and Vitoria
* (Precise cultural program may vary)
Arrival in San Sebastian
The closest airport to fly to is Biarritz (just 20 or 25 minutes from San Sebastian by coach), just across the border, in France. Or, fly to Bilbao Airport. There are regular coaches from Bilbao to San Sebastian. The journey usually takes around an hour and 15 minutes. Alternatively, ask us to arrange an airport transfer from either of these two airports, so that you are met on your arrival and taken to your accommodation in San Sebastian.