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San Sebastián (Donostia in Basque) is located in the northern coast of Spain, just 20 Km away from the French border, in the Basque Country. This charming small city has a lot to offer, especially in 2016. We shortlist only the most important aspects that will encourage you to spend some Leer más »
This is undoubtedly the most important holiday for the people of Valencia. It takes place between 15 and March 19 each year and is listed as festival of International Tourist Interest. Las Fallas are synonymous of fire, but we will explain a bit more:
Las Fallas refer to artistic constructions made of paper, cardboard, wood, plaster and currently also with styrofoam. These figures are called “ninots” and usually represent satirical figures (teasing politicians or celebrities). An intense work of artists and artisans (carpenters and sculptors) who spend months to build these impressive figures that can measure more than 30 meters high.
The word “falla” comes from the Latin Leer más »
Is it possible to study Spanish language in Spain without spending a fortune? Yes!
Some people still think that studying languages abroad is accessible only for the well-to-do ones. Over the past couple of years more and more language learners have decided to spend some weeks/months abroad and attend a language course there. As a result many new language schools have emerged and the old ones have adapted their offer. All this to become more accessible to a broader public.
Overall, the Christmas traditions in Spain, except for some characteristics listed below, are similar to the rest of Europe as for Christmas dinner, family reunions and gifts.
Christmas officially begins on December 24th but unofficially Spaniards open the Christmas period on December 22nd with the draw of the Christmas lottery.
Why is the Christmas lottery so important and famous?
We will give you some data: average Spaniard spends on this particular lottery 50 euros every year. The draw achieved up to 50% of audience share (only football finals reach this figure). Also, about 2500 million euros Leer más »
This is the only international exam that is able to certify your level of fluency in Spanish.
Literally: International Assessment Service of the Spanish Language (Siele – Servicio Internacional de Evaluación de la Lengua Española).
What is the purpose?
There are around 550 million Spanish speakers in the world (this includes more than 21 million of students who learn Spanish as a second language), yet there has been no internationally recognised examination to certify proficiency in the language.
That is why, SIELE has been created to enable to determine a student’s Spanish skills, and can be administered practically in any point of the planet.
It is a fruit of a collaboration of the Cervantes Institute and the National Leer más »
As the summer is just round the corner and we are all waiting to set off for a journey, we have decided to help you a bit with the linguistic preparation if you are going to a Spanish speaking country. Here you will find some useful vocabulary and expression that you might need to use while traveling.
Come and discover these unique, truly Spanish, traditions during the Holy Week preceding Easter. They are real signs of Spanish identity and display an extraordinary cultural wealth that will stay in your memory for a long time.
In Spain almost 70% of the population are Catholics and the country has got a strong Christian tradition. During one of the weeks of April, Catholics celebrate Easter
Proclaimed first European Cultural Route by the Council of Europe in 1987, the Camino de Santiago is the route taken by pilgrims from around the world to reach the city of Santiago de Compostela. Legend holds that St. James’s remains were carried by boat from Jerusalem to northern Spain where he was buried on what is now the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.
The earliest records of visits to the shrine dedicated to St. James at Santiago de Compostela date from the 9th century. The pilgrimage to the shrine Leer más »
Here are some facts that make Spain an ideal winter destination. Whether you are looking for snow and winter sports or just on the contrary, some sunny beaches and mild, warm temperatures, Spain has it all! These are our suggestions:
ENJOY THE SNOW
Put your coat and boots on, grab the snowboard or skis and start sliding down the snowy slopes of Spain, the second most mountainous country in Europe.