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Spanish in Benalmádena (Malaga) - Colegio Maravillas

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Programme Summary:

  • Ages 18+
  • Intensive or combined Spanish courses
  • Maximum 10 students per class
  • Accommodation: residence, shared apartment, host family.
  • Cultural activities available: flamenco & cuisine
  • Seaside resort in Southern Spain



Benalmádena is located at the foot of the Sierra de Mijas, just 20 kilometres away from Malaga. Originally a fishing village, it has become a lively and animated town with a population of 30,000. However, it still retains its quaint charm and character, complete with beautiful and traditional little white-washed houses.

The friendly people, sports activities (water sports, golf, horseback riding), clubs, Flamenco shows, and the natural beauty of the seaside make Benalmádena the perfect place to study, have fun, and relax. The climate is mild, varying between a minimum winter temperature of 5°C and 35°C during the summer, making it a great place to study in all year round.

Its geographical location in the South of Andalusia makes it the ideal starting point to travel to larger cities that are rich in culture and heritage, like the Alhambra in Grenada, the Mezquita in Córdoba, the Giralda, and the historic city of Seville.


The Colegio Maravillas is situated in the residential area of Benalmádena, about ten minutes from the beach. It is officially recognized by the Instituto Cervantes.

This prestigious private school was founded in 1976 and is entirely equipped with modern facilities.

Accredited by: ELITE, FEDELE, the Bildungsurlaub of the German government and recognised by the Swedish government (CSN).

School facilities include:

  • 14 large and well equipped classrooms
  • A large library
  • An IT room with free internet access
  • Multi-function room - film viewing, conference room
  • A large patio
  • A cafeteria
  • Lounge rooms for the students to relax in



Students take a placement test on the first day of class to determine their level of Spanish, from complete beginner to advanced. Classes are offered for students of all levels ranging from beginners to highly advanced speakers.

There are maximum 10 students per class, and all lessons are 55 minutes long. Students receive a progress report and a certificate of participation at the end of their stay.

  • Intensive Programme

20 lessons per week Monday - Friday (9am - 1:30pm). Classes focus on reading, writing, speaking, and comprehension.

  • Combined Programme

20 Group lessons + 5 or 10 private lessons per week. In the mornings, students in this program take the group lessons of the Intensive Program, and then in the afternoons meet with a teacher for one-on-one lessons.

  • Spanish & Culture

    This program has been created so students can combine intensive Spanish language lessons with cultural classes to give them an insight into Spanish culture:

    • Cooking: This workshop is instructed under the guidance of a professional chef. The course includes ingredients, tastings, and conversation. Spanish dishes prepared may include tortilla (omelette with potatoes) and sangria; gazpacho (cold soup of tomatoes and vegetables), ensalada malageuña (typical salad from Malaga), paella , porra antequerana (a spicier alternative to Gazpacho), and pescaito frito (fried fish).

    • Flamenco: These lessons introduce the keys concepts of dancing Flamenco, a dance style that came from the gypsies and made its way into the Andalusian culture of southern Spain.


To enhance the experience, the school regularly organizes cultural activities such as tapas tastings, dance nights, and concerts, as well as excursions to nearby cities like Seville, Cordoba, and many more.


We offer accommodation in a homestay, shared apartment, or residence.

  • Homestay

This is undoubtedly one of the most effective ways to practice your language skills outside the boundaries of the classroom. You'll be fully immersed in Spanish culture as you will live alongside a Spanish family, reinforcing the Spanish lessons at school and enriching your cultural knowledge simultaneously. We take enormous care in selecting the best host family for the student and all of our families are carefully screened, and many frequently host students from abroad.


  • Shared room
  • Shared bathroom
  • Breakfast
  • Distance from school: usually a few minutes walk from school & up to a maximum of 20 minutes by public transport

Optional extras

  • Half board
  • Individual room

Practical information

  • Bedding provided
  • Towels not provided
  • Possibility of using the family's washing machine once a week

Student Residences - 'Conors' & 'Parquemiel'


  • 5 minutes away from school
  • Double rooms for those travelling together only
  • Individual rooms
  • Shared bathroom and toilet
  • Self-catering
  • 20 minutes walk from the beach
  • Deposit to pay on arrival (see Dates & Prices tab) reimbursed by the school at the end of the programme provided there is no evidence of damage


  • Fully equipped communal kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Cleaning is the responsibility of each individual student

Practical information

  • Bedding provided
  • Wi-Fi access
  • Emergency number

Shared apartment


  • Double rooms for students travelling together only
  • Single rooms
  • Shared bathrooms and toilets
  • Self-catering
  • 5 minute walk from school
  • 5 minutes away from school and a 20 minutes walk to the beach
  • Apartments with 1 or 2 bedrooms can accommodate 2, 3 or 4 students

Facilities/services available:

  • Fully equipped communal kitchen
  • Lounge room
  • The apartments are cleaned once a week but students are responsible for the upkeep of the flat during the whole stay

Practical information:

  • Bedding provided
  • WiFi access
  • Emergency number

Optional at extra cost:

  • Cooked lunch at school

Prices & Dates 2019

Dates 2019

Session start: all courses start every Monday year round, except for the dates mentioned below. If Monday is a bank holiday then the session starts on Tuesday.

Complete beginners must start on the following dates: 08/01, 04/02, 04/03, 01/04, 06/05, 03/06, 01/07, 15/07, 05/08, 19/08, 02/09, 07/10, 04/11, 02/12

The school will close down on the following dates (no lessons will be held on those days nor made up later and no financial compensation will be given): from 01/01 to 07/01, 28/02, 19/04, 01/05, 15/08, 12/10, 01/11, 06/12, 09/12, from 23/12 to 31/12

Prices 2019

This programme contains classes Accommodation included Meal included 24h support
Programme prices -

All taxes and enrolment fees included

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Course (20 classes) & accommodation
DurationApartment, self-cateringHomestay, bed & breakfastRésidence, self-catering
1 week435435345
2 weeks740745565
3 weeks10851095825
4 weeks141514251065
6 weeks208020901550
8 weeks266526801960
12 weeks400040202940
16 weeks525052803840
18 weeks589059254305
20 weeks654065804780
24 weeks785079005740
32 weeks10465105307650
36 weeks11775118458605
Extra week330335245
Course extras - per week
Combined course: 20 + 5 lessons150
Combined course: 20 + 10 lessons300
Accommodation extras - per week
Accommodation typeApartment, self-cateringHomestay, bed & breakfastRésidence, self-catering
Single room554545
Summer season fee - July & September100-65
Summer season fee - August80-80
Reception of keys (if no organised transfer)20-20
Half board -30-
Cooked lunch served at school: € 6.00
Optional activities
Type1 week2 weeks
Flamenco (3hrs/week)150250
Cuisine (3hrs/week)150300
Transfer from Malaga International Airport
One way 55
Round trip 100

*Prices for double room: only available for 2 students travelling together

Prices include:

  • Chosen course
  • Breakfast for Homestay only
  • Welcome pack with a map of the area and an orientation tour
  • Course materials
  • Language test
  • Certificate of completion
  • All school taxes and enrolment fees

Prices do not include:

  • Transport to and from Benalmádena (Malaga airport)
  • Airport transfers (arrival and departure)
  • All meals in Residence or Apartment accommodation
  • Lunch and evening meal for Homestay only
  • Visa fees (where applicable)
  • Optional insurances

Practical Info


Day of arrival: Sunday Day of departure: Saturday

Arrival airport (possible airport transfers at extra cost):

  • Malaga (AGP) (about 20 mn by train or taxi)

Important Note: please do not finalize your travel arrangements until we have confirmed your booking (about 4 days after your confirmed payment).

Visa Information

Do you need a Visa for this programme? Please consult our page Visa Information for more information.

Do not hesitate to contact us by telephone or email if you require any further information.


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