Spanish in Cartagena

THIS IS CARTAGENA…..ARE YOU GOING TO MISS OUT ON IT?

However you are, from wherever you come, and no matter what you like, this location is guaranteed to have something especially for you.

If you´re one of those people who come from a climate with “too many” days of grey skies and cold, then it’s interesting to know that here we enjoy more than 300 days of sun a year. It’s practically impossible for you to come and study Spanish with us without the sun being an almost constant companion throughout your stay. Besides which, the average annual temperature is 18ºC… during the coldest months it doesn’t normally drop below 11ºC and in the hottest months won’t normally exceed 27ºC, thanks to the Mediterranean.

This city offers the opportunity to enjoy the warmth of the Mediterranean throughout the year. On this coastline you can enjoy, or learn, if you´ve never before experimented with these activities – diving, sailing –rowing, kayaking, snorkelling, kite-surfing, water skiing… or if you´re less adventurous you can always go for a swim, stretch out in the sun and enjoy a game of beach padel (palas) or volleyball.

On the other hand, the Betic Cordilleras are located in the south of Spain, giving the highest altitudes in the peninsular. These are an attractive feature and we are fortunate that they accentuate and define the beauty of our city. If you enjoy walking, these offer a succession of spectacular landscapes of diminutive virgin bays, abrupt cliff faces or beautiful sandy beaches, your senses bathing in the colours and smells of the Spanish Mediterranean.

If you are passionate about history, then Cartagena is the right place for you. Many people lived here even before the Carthaginians from Northern Africa founded Qart Hadast in 227 BC. Our city was one of the locations in which the Second Punic Wars between the Romans and Carthaginians was fought; from whom, and from many others besides, remain traces which can be discovered in various corners of this beautiful city, physical testament of a splendid past.

Cartagena will seem a small city for those who live in larger cities, but this has its advantages.

There are no large distances to travel……can you imagine going to the majority of locations on foot? After just a few days you will be able to forget metros, trains and buses. This is an agreeable Mediterranean city, and there is no doubt that you will like it and feel totally safe and secure moving around it. Those who come from small cities or small towns will find Cartagena has all the advantages of any city in that it boasts an extensive cultural offering. Cinemas, theatre, auditorium, exhibition halls, museums….and tapas bars….lots of tapas bars… something to suit all tastes.

The new law which prohibits smoking in bars and restaurants has caused a proliferation of open air terraces in the pedestrian centre of the city. There are an innumerable amount of bars serving the renowned Spanish tapas, accompanied by a good glass of sangría. This is the land of caldero, a Murcian version of paella, and of the asiático, a sweet and aromatic coffee.

These are some of the reasons why, if I were in your shoes, I would choose Cartagena in which to study, or improve, my Spanish, but two more have just occurred to me.

The first is that very few people speak English here, as everyone speaks Spanish, which gives innumerable opportunities to practice the language of Cervantes. The second is for the quality of our work, the quality of our centre and the professionalism of our team, all guaranteed and backed by the prestigious Cervantes Institute and the Cartagena University.

Look at our selection of photographs showing Cartagena and its surroundings.

You can find more information about Cartagena and the Region of Murcia here:

And here is a selection of videos which will transport you to this location before you even visit:

Cartagena:

Region of Murcia:

Calblanque beach:

La Manga del Mar Menor:

How to get to Cartagena?

To help you plan your journey in the best possible fashion, it is helpful to know that the Region of Murcia has an airport at San Javier, just 30 minutes from Cartagena, and very soon a new airport will be opening at Corvera, which will process more international flights. More direct flights are available from Alicante Airport which is an hour’s drive from here. Buses and trains converge on Cartagena from all over Spain. Click here for more information.