Cuenca

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    The beautiful town of Cuenca is an ideal destination for students wishing to immerse themselves in the Spanish language and culture.
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    Cuenca's famous casas colgadas.
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    Dramatic Cuenca by night.
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    Colourful Cuenca is sure to leave a memorable impression on Spanish language students.
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    Cuenca's cathedral, situated in the heart of the city's historic centre.

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Situated in the heart of Castilla-la-Mancha and the home of the legendary Don Quixote, Cuenca is regarded as the cradle of the Castilian language, offering the ‘true Spanish experience’ for students wishing to immerse themselves in the Spanish language and culture.

Situated midway between Madrid and Valencia and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Cuenca is an ideal destination for linguists looking also for a balance of cultural activity in a stunning setting on a steep promontory at the confluence of two deep river gorges.

Based around the concept of ‘Content and Language Integrated Learning’, students will typically enjoy a five-day programme where morning language lessons, comprising both formal classroom learning and immersive external activities such as trips to the market, are complemented by afternoon experiences. These include flamenco lessons, cooking, photography and pottery workshops, volunteering with the Red Cross and art and sports-themed activities. There’s also an excursion to the Spanish capital, Madrid.

What’s more, students will be issued with a ‘Cuenca Citizen’ card, meaning that they’ll be able to access museums, libraries, swimming pools, sports centres, use public transportation and obtain discounts in shops and restaurants and at the theatre. What better way to bring Spanish language and culture to life?

Typical Accommodation

A variety of accommodation options are available from hotels and hostels situated across the city to shared apartments with other students (over 18s only) and, date dependent, stays in the university halls of residence.

A popular choice for many students is to stay with a host family in Cuenca. Families are fully accredited by the Cuenca Municipal Authority and subject to the appropriate checks (comparative with CRB / DBS).

Cuenca School Trip – Subject Suitability

Sample Itinerary – 5 Days by Air

All tours are tailor-made to suit the requirements of each individual group. Here is a suggested itinerary for a trip to Cuenca, however longer itineraries are also possible:

Day 1 – Take a direct flight from a UK airport to Madrid this morning. On arrival, board a private coach transfer to Cuenca, arriving in time for afternoon activities, dinner and four nights’ full-board accommodation, staying either with a host family, in hotel, hostel or halls of residence.

Days 2 – 4 – Your mornings (9.30 – 13.30) will be spent either in class or taking part in external activities designed to put language skills into practice. You’ll also get the opportunity to visit a Spanish secondary school to meet and converse with Spanish students.

After lunch, you’ll enjoy a variety of afternoon experiences. These could include a visit to the city’s Museum of Abstract Art or the cathedral, sporting activities both on and off the water, learning the art of Spanish cuisine or dance or even an excursion to Valencia, one hour by train. Return to Cuenca in time for dinner.

Day 5 – With your luggage, transfer by coach to Madrid where you’ll have an opportunity for sightseeing and shopping before heading to the airport for your return flight home.

Travel Options

  • By air from London or selected regional airports direct to Madrid.

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Popular Visits & Excursions

Casas Colgadas – These medieval ‘hanging houses’ are perhaps Cuenca’s most striking sight. Overhanging the Río Huécar, the houses date back to the 14th century and today play host to the city’s Museum of Abstract Art.
Museo de Arte Abstracto Español – Exhibits a permanent collection of paintings and sculptures by Spanish artists of the Abstract Generation of the 1950s and 60s (including Millares, Tàpies, Sempere, Torner, Rueda, Zóbel and Saura), as well as other artists from the 1980s and 90s.
Cathedral of Nuestra Señora de Gracia – Built on the site of the city’s former mosque, this Gothic cathedral dominates Cuenca’s Plaza Mayor and is the centrepoint of the city’s atmospheric Old Town, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Museo de la Semana Santa – Gain an insight into the history and spectacle of one of Spain’s most important festivals. As well as audiovisual presentations, you’ll also get to see the costumes, crosses and religious iconography related to Spain’s Holy Week.
Torre Mangana – One of Cuenca’s main landmarks, the Mangana Tower lies on the site of an ancient Arabian fortress.

 

Museo de Cuenca – Presenting a journey through the history of Cuenca, artefacts from the region’s different archaeological sites are on display including ceramic pieces, prehistoric utensils, statues, precious metalwork and coins from the Roman towns of Segóbriga, Valeria and Ercávica.
Castile-La Mancha Science Museum – Highlights include the astronomy room, the Planetarium, the Time Machine and Treasures of the Earth, the Life Laboratory and History of the Future.

Elsewhere

Madrid – Less than an hour by train or two hours by coach, the Spanish capital is a must-visit excursion on a language-learning trip to Cuenca.
Valencia – Just over two hours to the east of Cuenca lies this attractive Mediterranean city, Spain’s third largest, renowned as the birthplace of paella.