|Abbey Road Centro de Estudios presenta los cursos de español para extranjeros 2017|
Starting at just 349 euros
A Project for the promotion of languages across the world
By ABBEY ROAD CENTRO DE ESTUDIOS
English and Spanish versions
The largest city in Castilla-La Mancha is situated on a vast, flat stretch of farmland of great natural value. This peculiar orography gave the region its old Arab name: Al-Basit (the Plain). A journey through the region will allow you to perceive the intense commercial activity along its main arteries and the peace and quiet of its corners, so typical of La Mancha, awakened by the bustle that September brings, with its holidays and festivities that make this month the ideal time of year for a visit. It really doesn´t get any more Spanish than this!
Albacete is 253 kilometres (2 hours 30 minutes) from Madrid, Spain´s capital and 187 kilometres (1 hour 30 minutes) from Valencia. Both are easily accessible by car, train or bus.
Where is the language course based?
Our centre is based 10 minutes on foot from the centre of Albacete close to the university campus of UCLM (5 minutes on foot). It is a modern centre (opened in 2013) with modern equipment such as projectors, air conditioning and sound equipment and is the perfect place to study.
What can I do?
Albacete is a small city with a population of just under 200,000 inhabitants but in spite of its relatively small size it offers a wide variety of entertainment. There are vaious museums including el Museo de la cuchillería and el Museo Arqueólogico, it has a huge park Abelardo Sanchéz, situated in the centre of the city. But the main focal point of the city is food; Albacete is famous for its food and drink and very reasonably priced. Take a walk down Tejares street of have a drink in Altozano square any night of the week and you will find it bristling with people.
What can I see?
Lovers of the arts and customs of La Mancha will enjoy a modern city that has preserved all of its traditional flavour. The cathedral of Saint John the Baptist is located in the oldest part of the city’s perfect urban layout. Although it is a Gothic building, its architecture includes different styles. The immense amount of time it took to build (four hundred years), yielded as a result a Gothic chapel, four great Renaissance columns, several Baroque elements and a Neogothic main front. Albacete’s religious architecture can also be seen in the old monastery of Encarnación (16th century), presently an arts centre and in the church of the Holy Conception. Homes of La Mancha
Tejares street holds some of Albacete’s most traditional homes, characterised by the layout of the rooms around a central courtyard. Casa de los Picos and Casona Perona both have coats of arms on their façades, indicating the noble lineage of the original owners. Albacete’s Tourist Inn, located in a La-Mancha-style country house, is a very tempting choice to spend the night. Its restaurant has an excellent selection of regional dishes, such as gazpacho manchego (a soup with fried tomatoes, garlicand special crackers), soused partridge and Miguelitos de la Roda for dessert.
The financial prosperity that this area experienced at the beginning of the 20th century can be perceived in the Lodares Passage. Shopping malls with iron and glass roofs, separated by Renaissance columns, transport visitors to the best of the Modernist spirit.
You must not leave the city without first taking a walk under the shade of the trees at Abelardo Sánchez Park and paying a visit to the Albacete Museum. It has exceptional collections of Archaeology, Fine Artsand Ethnology. If, on the other hand, you would like to watch a game of bochas (bowls), similar to pétanque, you are sure to find some locals playing at the Fiesta del Árbol Park.
There is an officially recognized touristic Don Quixote route that goes through 148 towns throughout its more than 1,243 mi. (2,000 km.) of routes that cover a vast stretch of historical and livestock trails that are indicated with clear signs with access to more than 2000 elements of cultural interest and about 20 natural areas for you to enjoy that span across the 5 provinces. The Don Quixote Route was distinguished in 2007 as a European Cultural Route by the Council of Europe.
The Don Quixote Trail
I imagine you have all Heard of Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes: The Ingenious Hidalgo Don Quixote of La Mancha, the principal character makes three adventurous trips through the Spanish regions of La Mancha, Aragón and Barcelona. We’re not exaggerating when we claim that Don Quixote of La Mancha is one of the most famous novels in the history of literature. This novel, which tells the adventures and (especially) misfortunes of a man who wanted to be a knight-errant through La Mancha, was written by Miguel de Cervantes in the 17th century, and it is said that it’s the most translated book after the Bible. That period in Spanish literature is known as the Golden Age, and 400 years on we suggest following in the footsteps of the “Knight of the Sad Countenance”, who could not distinguish fantasy from reality.
We also offer an activity weekend in Yeste, Albacete so that you can see the real Spanish countryside and be immersed in the language while doing fun and entertaining activities.
Avenida de España nº37, Albacete, España, 02002
Telephone number/numero de contacto
+34690837758 ((English speaking contact and head of studies at the centre)
firstname.lastname@example.org (English speaking contact and head of studies at the centre)