Activities and Tours
Every week we offer a dynamic, lively and imaginative program of extracurricular activities, which are the perfect complement to your Spanish studies. They will help you to learn new vocabulary and practise what you already know thanks to our highly qualified team of activities and excursions leaders who will answer any query you may have.
At Cervantes EI we want you to take part in the activities we offer, so we are always open to your suggestions for new activities and excursions.
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From beach volleyball to tapas tours in the centre of Malaga, at Cervantes we carefully plan each day of the week so that you enjoy every moment of your stay in Malaga.
Examples of Activities
- Malaga tour
Cultural visit of the town centre during which we will discover the different civilizations that have passed through Malaga and visit the most important monuments in the city. This activity enables students to get their bearings around the city, find out how to get around, and the opening hours of shops, banks, etc.
Chocolate con churros
Typical Spanish snack in one of the most emblematic cafés in Malaga. Hot chocolate is delicious on its own, but add to it the magnificent churros and it becomes a delicacy.
- CULTURAL TALK: Malaga, history in its streets
Cultural and illustrated talk, with many images of the different civilizations that have passed through the city of Malaga, from the Phoenicians to the present day. You will discover many interesting facts about the capital of the Costa del Sol.
ARAB CULTURE WORKSHOP: henna tattoo
Fun workshop focused on the culture that most influenced Spanish civilization. We will look at typical Muslim costumes, take photos of ourselves trying them on, make a temporary henna tattoo and learn how to prepare and enjoy mint tea.
Spanish Cooking Class
Spanish style fiesta, with Spanish music, sangria tasting and preparation of some of the typical Spanish dishes: paella, Andalusian gazpacho, Spanish omelette, Malaga white garlic soup, fruit salad or Malaga salad, etc.
FILM CLUB: Alejandro Amenabar
Welcome to our own movie house, with popcorn and soda, where we spend a wonderful evening watching a Spanish movie with Spanish subtitles, by this great Spanish film director, honoured at the Oscars Ceremony in Hollywood. The film will be followed by a discussion.
FILM CLUB: Pedro Almodovar
Welcome to our own movie house, with popcorn and soda, where we spend a wonderful evening watching a Spanish movie with Spanish subtitles, by this famous director from the Mancha who has won many prestigious awards such as the Oscars. The film will be followed by a discussion.
A day with a difference, a day to enjoy in the company of other students. Guided tour of Spanish and Andalusian cuisine. We visit the oldest bodega in Malaga to learn about the famous Malaga sweet wine, which we will taste as an aperitif before moving onto a tapas bar in the historic centre of Malaga where we will sample typical Spanish tapas, which cater for every taste - vegetables, meat and fish, drinks included. After the tapas, the most adventurous will round up the night in a nightclub for a dance and a drink.
FLAMENCO DANCE CLASS: Sevillanas
The Sevillana, the popular Andalusian dance, is performed at special events such as fairs, pilgrimages, etc.These are practical classes where you will learn, step-by-step, this traditional flamenco-style Andalusian dance. Very entertaining.
LATIN DANCE CLASSES: Salsa
Practical and fun classes to learn the dances that come from across the Atlantic. Salsa, merengue, bachata, rueda cubana... Dance away!
- TETERIA: Belly Dancing
On Monday night, under the moonlight which filters through the tea room Andalusian-style courtyard, the music and languid movements of the dancer’s veils will transport you to the distantshores of the East.
- COCKTAIL WORKSHOP
As if we were Tom Cruise in his famous movie, we learn how to mix unusual cocktails and drinks. With or without alcohol, it’s up to you.
Join us for a karaoke at our private function andsing Spanish and English songs from different eras and styles.
- FLAMENCO SHOW
Flamenco show at a typical venue in Malaga, with tapas tasting, and one drink included.
Each week we organize a cultural visit to a monument or museum in the city of Malaga. Here are some examples of the cultural visits on offer:
MUSLIM MALAGA: the Alcazaba
People in Malaga call it “the little Alhambra” because of the great similarity of its small yards with the courtyards of the Alhambra. Guided tour through the interior of the castle with explanations of the most scenic locations, and photos of typical costumes from the Arab culture.
- Museum of Arts and Popular Traditions
Guided tour of this wonderful museum dedicated to the old days with a collection of tools used by farmers, fishermen, noblemen, bandits and some of the 19th century trades in Malaga.
Museum of contemporary Art
Guided tour of the contemporary art exhibition in Malaga, which attracts some of the world’s leading contemporary artists in conceptual art. Artists with a different vision of Art in the 21st century.
- Museo-Casa Natal de Picasso
Guided tour of the Picasso family house in Malaga located Plaza de la Merced, where we see objects belonging to the family and his father, José Ruiz Blasco, who had a great influence on the Malaga painter’s early years, as well as some minor works by the artist such as lithographs and ceramics.
Educational visit of the museum dedicated to the great Malaga painter, where we can enjoy a total of 150 works from different periods exhibited in two large rooms. There is a video in English, with Spanish subtitles, of the life and work of the painter. The museum also hosts an exhibition of archaeological remains discovered during the excavations of the XVI century palace where it is located.
- Visit of the Central Market
Markets are the heart of any city in the world. Guided tour of the main city market, where we can admire, as if it were a museum, fruits, vegetables, fish, etc. Very different and striking.
During the weekend day trips, we will visit Andalucian cities of great cultural importance, such as Granada, Seville, Cordoba and Ronda and also places like the British colony of Gibraltar, the snowy peaks of "Sierra Nevada" and the exotic country of Morocco. All these excursions are possible, in part, thanks to Malaga’s central geographical location in Andalusia, and its excellent communications.
Some weekends trips are also organized to the prehistoric caves of Nerja and the picturesque towns around Malaga like Nerja, Frigiliana, Competa, Marbella, Mijas, Fuengirola, Torremolinos, Antequera or Benalmádena.
Description of the Excursions
CULTURAL VISIT TO GRENADA
The Alhambra (“Red Castle "): fortified city palace built by the Arab kings from the eleventh to the fourteenth century. It is the most visited monument in Spain (more than 2 million people per year)...
CULTURAL VISIT TO SEVILLE
La Giralda (1184-1198): The minaret of the old mosque. Between 1558 and 1568, the Christians added the bell tower to the minaret, which reaches 95 meters in height. The Giraldillo, which crowns the tower, represents the victorious faith...
CULTURAL VISIT TO CORDOBA
Mosque - Cathedral: It is built on a former Visigoth Christian church. Roman and Visigothic materials were used for its construction. It covers an area of about 22,000 m2. It is the only major mosque preserved in Spain. Its interior contains 856 columns...
CULTURAL VISIT TO Antequera and El Torcal
Torcal Natural Park: It was granted natural park status on 18 July 1989, thus giving this area of outstanding natural beauty special protection for its flora, fauna and landscapes, etc...
- EXCURSION TO Marbella and Puerto Banus
Marbella: World famous city for tourism, it combines natural and traditional attractions - the sun, the beach, an exceptional climate and golf courses -, with a great historical legacy that remains alive in the heart of the city...
- EXCURSION TO Nerja and Frigiliana
Nerja caves: discovered by chance in 1959, they rank amongst the mostbeautiful caves in Europe. Each year, millions of visitors travel through the halls and galleries adorned with stunning stalactites and stalagmites formations. Among these, note the impressive central column in the Cataclysm room, which stands 32 meters high...
The bullring in Ronda. It opened in 1785. It was originally the headquarters of the Royal Cavalry, an order for the military education of the nobility. It can accommodate over 5000 people. Every September, the famous "Corrida Goyesca" is celebrated in memory of the legendary Pedro Romero. The bullfighter, born in Ronda, killed more than 600 bulls during his bullfighting career and he was one of the founders of modern bullfighting. Nowadays, the matadorswho take part in the Corrida Goyesca dress up in nineteenth century costumes...
- CULTURAL VISIT TO the village of Mijas
The great variety of shops makes Mijas the ideal place to buy all kinds of souvenirs and memorabilia from the Costa del Sol...
If you would like to see the calendar for our excursions, please, click here