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1. Posted by Desiree (Inactive 157 posts) 10y

Hi everyone

I want to improve my spansish and not spend to much money. Ow and I don't want to faint of the temperature..

any places you can recommend? so no costa del sol or something like that, I want to speak spanish, not dutch, german or english ;-)

And i'm travelling from holland.. in the summermonths, so july and august and my idea was to go in the last weeks of my holiday, so middle to end august

thx!

2. Posted by none (Full Member 70 posts) 10y

Hi Desiree. You should avoid touristic places. Go to small towns. Take Castellon, in the north of Valencia and where I live, for example. It is a small city, and boring (it must be said: no museums, monuments, etc). But it is a cheap city and you can make local life: go to bars, talk with people, etc. And as Castellon, you can find many other cities in Spain.

I am afraid that the temperature thing has little to be done. Maybe the north or small towns in the mountains...

3. Posted by frettor (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

Hi Desiree,

My recomendation is Salamanca. ou can find lots of Spanish courses in summer and you have parties and culture for sure. In addition, you will get "tapas" with your beer
It's a nice city (small but nice).

Regards

Frettor.

4. Posted by Desiree (Inactive 157 posts) 10y

Hi,

Thank you both for your reactions! My teacher already mentioned salamanca for a spanish course, but I've decided to work hard for 6 weeks in the holiday for spanish and than go to spain to practise. And I don't want a course there, (yes indeed I am a bit stubborn).
The whole idea of visiting really small villages sounds very nice, but my next questions is, where do I sleep? large cities have hostels, what about small places? Or is it wise to take my tent with me?

5. Posted by frettor (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

Hi Desiree,

In case of Salamanca, you have lots of hotels. It's a 180,000 people city. It's small but not so much.

Regards.

6. Posted by amanecer (Respected Member 203 posts) 10y

2 years ago, in August, I visited the north of Spain , from Bilbao to Santiago de Compostella/finisterrae.
Temperatures are not so hot like they're in the south: 25 degrees max, and in the evening you've to use a jacket or a jumper (burgos is the coldest city of the spain, I suppose: we found bad weather and 12 degrees , on the 18th of august...)
Pais Vascos has their own language, but their spanish is easy to understand. no problem in cantabria and asturias, galicia region has instead a strong dialect, a little bit hard to understand, if you are not used to.
landscapes and cities are amazing: is the green area of Spain, rich of mountains, rivers and a lot of little villages. Santiago path (ruta de santiago) that runs through all the north of Spain, crossing Burgos and Leon, could also be a good idea..but you're going to meet a lot of people from everywhere.
the weather is similar to England: very variable. The sea (in my opinion!) it's a little bit cold to have a bath, but you can find a lot of little hidden beaches, not crowded, where you can relax and have a sun bath..:)I don't remember many Dutches as tourists there..you should be quite sure to avoid speak dutch!:)
if you go there, try the "cuajada", a tipical cake made by cheese....

7. Posted by Desiree (Inactive 157 posts) 10y

wow really? A friend mine (also dutch) was there two years ago, in the same region and he said that is was very hot and dry.

But you all convince me that it's possible to go in the summer to spain and not seeing dutch around, so now the only question is where I go to, because I really want to go now

8. Posted by Desiree (Inactive 157 posts) 10y

Okay..
here i am again..

booked a flight to barcelona.. and wanted to go south from there..

anyone a good idea for a hostel in barca? also because i arrive at 21.20 at the airport..

9. Posted by mangotus (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

Hi Desiree,
I could highly recommend you a hostel called Gaudi. I´ve been to 4 hostels in barcelona, and i think that was absolutely the best one, if you compare prices, facilities and staff.

The price was about 20e per day and the guest kitchen was well equipped. The athmosphere was very nice, and we got a good sleep even if there was no curfew. So nice people and especially the staff, they vere great!

10. Posted by Desiree (Inactive 157 posts) 10y

thank you! i'll look it up..

and any tips for sevilla?