THIS IS CARTAGENA…..ARE YOU GOING TO MISS OUT ON IT?
Whoever you are, wherever you are from, and whatever your interests, Cartagena 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 you’ll be pleased to hear that 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 doing (or learning, if it’s your first time) a huge number of water sports, such as diving, sailing, rowing, kayaking, snorkelling, kite-surfing or water skiing. If that doesn’t appeal to you, there are many more relaxing things to do, whether it’s lazing around in the sun, going for a swim or taking part in a quiet game of beach padel (palas) or volleyball.
Those who enjoy exploring nature are also well-catered for; the Baetic Cordillera mountain system is located in the south of Spain, offering the highest altitudes in the Iberian Peninsula. These mountains 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, bathing your senses 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, as the city was originally known, in 227 BC. Our city was one of the locations in which the Second Punic War between the Romans and Carthaginians was fought. Traces of this war, and many other important historical events, can be discovered in various corners of this beautiful city, offering a physical testament of a splendid past.
Cartagena may seem like a small city to some, but this has its advantages.
There are no large distances to travel so it’s easy to get to most places 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 pedestrianised city centre. There are an innumerable number 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 Polytechnic University.
To help you plan your journey in the best possible fashion, it is helpful to know that the Region of Murcia has a new airport at Corvera, just 30 minutes from Cartagena. 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
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