Elcano Spanish School offers a great number of fun activities and excursions to make your stay with us unforgettable.

Island of Tabarca – Snorkelling

A gripping excursion on a speedboat to the marine reserve of the Island of Tabarca. When we arrive, we can practice snorkelling in this wonderful location, always accompanied by an instructor. Students will be able to have an underwater tour and see the typical marine life of the reserve and, if possible, enter the famous Llop Marí cave. If snorkelling doesn’t sound appealing, you can explore the streets and beach of this little island.

Beach Volleyball

Trip to the San Juan beach where we will have a picnic (every student will bring their own meal), sunbathe and organise a beach volley tournament.

Latin dance lessons

Students will be able to learn the traditional Latin dances like salsa, bachata and merengue.


We can organise football and basketball matches for our students. The playing fields are situated in the city centre of Alicante and in the University Campus.

Horseback riding

We can organise horseback riding lessons near University of Alicante, in San Vicente.

Visit to the museums

The Hogueras museum explores the evolution of the biggest festival in Alicante, the Hogueras de San Juan bonfires held in June every year. The festival has been declared a Fiesta of International Tourism Interest by the General Secretariat of Tourism of Spain. The visitors can see collections of ninots indultados (the figures that managed to escape the flames), mock bonfires, typical costumes, etc. The museum also boasts an audiovisual hall, showing videoclips of previous festivals.

Alicante Provincial Archaeological Museum MARQ displays collections of classified and catalogued findings in the province of Alicante. The museum also offers the opportunity to learn about various methods and techniques involved in archaeology.

Visit to Santa Bárbara Castle, Old Town and the Central Market

The Castle is a medieval fortress on top of Mount Benacantil. It overlooks the city and constitutes an important landmark seen from far away. The castle offers breathtaking views of Alicante’s bay and coastline. We will walk through Old Town and the historic city centre and have a look around the Central Market.

Visit to the Volvo Ocean Race Museum

Guided tour of the Volvo Ocean Race Museum and Fair Park situated in the port of Alicante, where the race started in October 2014.

Language exchange – Tandem

We will visit some pubs and cafes and pair each participant with a Tandem partner. You will need to fill in a questionnaire about your hobbies to pair you with someone with similar interests. This activity is designed to impove interaction between language students from different countries and cultures and to gain confidence conversing in Spanish.

Visit to El Palmeral de Elche and wine tasting course (for 18+)

Guided tour to Unesco World Heritage Site, the largest palm grove in Europe, El Palmeral de Elche. In addition to paths lined with palm trees and fountains, there are also social and recreational areas. The wine tasting course is held by an expert sommelier, who will help us discover the tastes of national and regional wines.

Cooking class and traditional Spanish lunch

We meet at the restaurant in the Old Town of Alicante and help the host Pepa cook paella, the most famous Spanish meal. Then we will all eat our homemade Spanish paella and spend a typical Spanish evening.

Tapas tour in the bustling city centre

You will experience the typical Spanish finger food and gastronomical culture. We will go to the best tapas bars and restaurants, ranging from classical to more modern ones, enjoy the nightlife the city has to offer and of course practise Spanish.

Visit to Villajoyosa and Valor chocolate factory and museum

Villajoyosa is a beautiful seaside town on the Costa Blanca and it is famous for it’s chocolate. It was here that cacao trees were first planted on Spanish ground. Our visit takes us to Valor chocolate factory and museum, one of the most famous Spanish chocolate brands.

Visit to Algar Springs and the Castle of Guadalest

These natural springs construct a theme park with spectacular waterfalls and natural pools. We will walk a 1.5 km long route past the bed of the River Algar and visit the Castle of Guadalest that dates back to the 12th century. It is situated in a beautiful valley surrounded by the highest peaks in the region and stands out for its natural beauty and the cultural value.

Visit to Benidorm and Aqualandia

We will have an opportunity to visit the Aqualandia water park. It contains many water attractions, including water slides, swimming pools, river rapids and sunbathing areas. Water is sourced directly from the sea. Other amusement parks in Benidorm include Terra Mítica, Mundo Mar and Terra Natura.

Benidorm is the most visited tourist city in the region. It is famous for its endless beaches, iconic skyline and a great offer of entertainment and shopping areas.

Visit to Elche

Elche is home to two Unesco World Heritage listings: El Palmeral with more than a million palm trees, and the Mystery Play of Elche (Misteri D’Elx), an old liturgical drama enacted in the Basílica de Santa María. We can also visit the archeological site of La Alcudia where the city’s symbolic Lady of Elche bust was found.

Spanish guitar lessons

This activity is for those who wish to experience the beauty of the traditional Spanish musical instrument and get a closer look at Spanish flamenco culture.

Bull fighting show

If you want to experience the most famous Spanish sports tradition and observe the age old battle between man and beast, then you can attend a show at Alicante Bullring.


A trip to a paintball field where we split in two teams and play soldiers for the afternoon.

Bicycle routes

Tour of the city in a rental bike is the best way to explore Alicante! It’s faster than walking, easier than driving and you can see more, access all the sights easily and it’s healthy.

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