Discover our Spanish immersion course at Úbeda, Jaén
Ubeda and Baeza are World Heritage sites since 2003 and recently (upon archeological findings in 2009) declared “the oldest, scientifically documented city in continental Europe”.
To visit Ubeda is to travel in time. The city’s historical past has left indelible footprints of its former glory. During the renaissance, they reached its maximum splendor, and its streets and squares are full of palaces, convents, stately houses and city walls. Their urban landscape clearly belongs to Renaissance Spain, though we cannot forget its medieval, baroque and popular aspects.
The hotel is located in the historic center of the town, near the Town Hall and the Vázquez Molina plaza. It’s a charming, quaint hotel, built in renaissance style and has been recently remodeled. All rooms are fully equipped. You will have your own room with en suite bathroom. The hotel services include restaurant where you will enjoy most of your meals and a bar for the social encounters during the program. The hotel facilities include: WIFI, air conditioning, paid parking. In the summer months you can enjoy the tranquil terrace and cool off in the outdoor pool. Not much time is left in the busy program schedule, but there’s also a SPA service which you can enjoy in your own free time. You can check out the rest of the details on Tripadvisor.
In most of your “one to one” sessions you will be able to enjoy walks through the streets of Ubeda and Baeza and the great views of the olive tree and surrounding mountains. The province if Jaen is the largest producer of olive oil in the world. Its’ landscape is called “mar de olivos”, which means an ocean of olive trees.
We will be providing bus/coach transport from Madrid to the venue. The journey time is 3.5 hours (approx. 4 hours on return journey). As soon as you get the bus you will be travelling with the Spanish volunteers whom will be eager to begin talking your ear, in panish of course! The meeting point is located near our main headquarters in Madrid and the bus departs on the first day of the program – Friday. On the last day before sadly leaving the program, the bus will be scheduled to leave around 15:00 hours, so you’ll arrive back to Madrid at about 19:30 h. You would have to book your travel back home no earlier than 20:30h (train) or 21:30h (airplane). (Note: This information is subject to change. You will be given exact details during the application process).