Event Category: Sports
Seville, a beautiful and ancient city on the banks of the Guadalquivir River, in the heart of flamenco territory, (and fortunate for us one of the very best cities to experience this romantic art form), Seville embodies the spirit of traditional southern Spanish culture. It is here that bullfighting, fiestas, flower-decked patios, siestas, tortilla espanola, and winding ancient cobblestone streets are a way of life.
Our Spanish adventure begins on the quiet and picturesque streets where each morning we walk from our homestays to our nearby language school. Our mornings are spent in intensive Spanish language class, with an emphasis on Spanish culture and conversational skills, building on the grammar we already know. Taking to the streets at mid-day, we immerse ourselves in the colorful markets, plazas, and quaint passageways, absorbing the rich culture and making use of our developing Spanish skills.
While in Seville we see and explore all the sites, including the Maestranza Bull Ring (the oldest and most impressive in Spain), Santa Cruz Quarter, Alcázar, Catedral Girald, Isla Magica Amusement Park, Taurino Museum, Torre de los Perdigones, the Flamenco Museum and Sevillanas dance classes. Evenings we prepare typical Spanish dishes, attend dazzling shows, and listen to concerts in colonial courtyards. We travel to the mountainous, bohemian city of Granada and take in the wonder that is the Albayzin and Alhambra Palace.
Then its off to the beautiful coastal town of Zahora where we reside together in air conditioned beach houses with our own private pool for a week with our Spanish instructors. We continue our daily language lessons with afternoons spent on the warm sand beaches windsurfing, swimming, kayaking and other watersports. During our time on the coast, we also journey across the Strait of Gilbraltar to North Africa, where we visit Tangier, Morocco, witnessing the symbolic intersection between Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. As our travels come to a close back in Seville we are completely accustomed to the Spanish way of life, and find it nearly impossible to say “¡Hasta luego!”