Gerona is a city with a great deal of historical heritage, with beautiful beaches and coves along the Costa Brava. Our Spanish school in Gerona offers Spanish courses year round.
We also have individual classes available which can be adapted to your specific needs and help you make the most of your time here. Our teachers are also willing to go to the homes or offices of students.
In our classes we place a special emphasis on the communicative aspects of the language such as comprehension and oral expression. The classroom activities are based on real life daily events. We look to encourage the participation of students, as well as interaction between them. We find this is the best way to ensure a rapid and extensive assimilation of the language. We look to build upon and strengthen the previous knowledge of the student with our in class exercises.
We have a special programme for business, through which teachers can come to offices to teach classes.
Gerona also has an international airport with extensive connections. It is near to Barcelona, which means students can enjoy weekend or daytrips.
Our school organises cultural activities which can be combined with your Spanish course.
Here is a list of some of the activities you can enjoy in Gerona:
In Gerona you can choose between various types of accommodation:
Host families: This is the best way to get to know the daily life, customs and culture in Spain, as well as learning and practicing the languages. You can choose between half and full board accommodation. The cleaning of your room and laundry is done by the host family.
Shared flat: With Spanish people or other students.
Student residence: We have various student residences in Gerona where you will have your own private room.
Hotel: There are a wide range of hotels in the city, we can help you make a reservation.
Gerona’s old town is medieval and Romanesque structures, as well as buildings with Hebrew and Arabic influence. The outer walls of the Old Town are named the Forca Vella. It is situated between the Pyrenees and the Costa Brava, which means you can visit a multitude of nearby destinations, as well as enjoying the regional gastronomy which combines recipes that use ingredients from the mountains and the sea.
In Gerona, the Cathedral is a must see. Its Roman origin gives it a fortress like appearance as well as a strategic location. Its gothic arcs are striking. Inside you will come across some beautiful textiles of Catalan/Romanic origin, such as el Tapiz de la Creación.
El Call, is a collection of small narrow streets that make of the Jewish Quarters of the city. Forca Street is the centrepiece of this area, along with the Synagogue and centres of cabalistic studies. The Plazas of Oli and Vi maintain their original style, and in them you can find some of the jewels of medieval palace architecture, such as La Fontana d’Or.
Currently, El Call is one of the best preserved Jewish quarters in Spain. Not far from the centre, a capuchin convent is home to the Arabic Baths.
On the other side of the river we come across some of the most beautiful examples of Catalan Modernism by Rafael Masó. Some of the highlight buildings include La Fábrica Teixidor and La Casa de la Punxa, among others. The Hospital de Santa Caterina, also nearby, was constructed in Baroque style in the 17th century. On the other side of the Paseig Devesa, local recreation areas include the Parc Devesa.
Gerona is known for being situated on La Costa Brava, on the strip between Portbou to the north and Blanes to the south, an area which hosts an abundance of medieval religious buildings, fishing villages, Roman ruins, beaches and coves with transparent water and cliff faces. Places such as El Port de la Selva, with the monastery Sant Pere de Rodes, the Parque Natural Cap Creus and the Cadaqués landscapes are a must see. The Gulf of Roses and ancient walled precincts along the seafront, such as Tossa del Mar, are also highly recommended.
During your stay in Gerona you must get to know the regional cuisine. The combination of coastal and inland products creates fabulous recipes in the form of caceroles, charred vegetables with almonds or chorizo and peppers and, various rice and fish dishes. Grilled fish, chicken, lobster even rabbit with chocolate represent some of the local specialities. Crema Catalana, custard with warm sugar on top or apple tart are some typical desserts.
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