Exploring the south of Spain

The places I have seen as a Spark student and intern learning Spanish

I am in the south of Spain for 16 days now and I have already seen some amazing places. Andalusia is such a beautiful region and especially the province of Cádiz is the hidden gem. The best part is that it is not flooded with international tourists! As a Spanish language student in El Puerto de Santa Maria it is perfect. It is good for practicing my Spanish language skills, therefore I recommend everybody to learn Spanish in the Cadiz province.

I have already seen some beautiful cities in Andalusia before I came to Spark to learn Spanish, such as Sevilla, Córdoba, Ronda and Málaga. Now I can add a few more places to this list, and in the next few weeks that list will only grow!

In my first week we went with Spark to Arcos de la Frontera, one of the beautiful white villages (pueblos blancos) in this region. It has an exceptional architecture and due to its impressive location in the mountains you have an amazing view.

Besides our beautiful El Puerto de Santa Maria, I have been to Cádiz. Cádiz is absolutely beautiful! The cathedral is worth a visit, and from the tower you have an amazing view over the town and the sea. Moreover, the beaches are beautiful and so clean. A few of them are awarded for their cleanliness and excellent facilities, so you really have to take a visit to this city if you like beaches!

I have visited Jerez de la Frontera as well, but only for a shorter time. In the next weeks I will definitely go back, since it is only 10 minutes from El Puerto de Santa Maria. Jerez de la Frontera is de Capital of Wine in Europe 2014, so it is worth another visit to explore it better!

Moreover, I went to Torremolinos and Málaga in my first weekend. Both cities are touristic, but especially Málaga is a beautiful city and worth a trip. It still has an Andalusian feel and you have a beautiful view from the mountains. It has a lot to offer, including many musuems and (tapas) bars.

Finally, I visited Gibraltar this weekend. Yes, it is not Spain but a part of Great Britain.. still it is interesting to visit it once! Since it is only 1 hour and 15 minutes from El Puerto de Santa Maria, I was excited to cross the border to another country by foot. Gibraltar has one main street with English pubs and shops and with a cable car you can visit the mountain and the monkeys. Very touristic, but a nice experience!  I went with two other Spark students by BlaBlaCar and since Andalusians are very nice and polite, it was an amazing first BlaBlaCar experience in Spain.

And next weekend I am going to… Sevilla! I am really looking forward to it, because this city is absolutely amazing!

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