Location
  • Spain
    • Granada
    • Madrid
    • Santiago
Length
1 - 12 weeks
529 Plan eligibility
Health & Safety

Program Details

Program Type
Provider
Timeframe
Summer
Housing
Host Family Hotel Lodge
Age Min.
14
Age Max
18

Pricing

Starting Price
1995
Price Details
Price varies per program and is all-inclusive. Combine any two programs for a 5% discount.
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Airport Transfers Meals Transportation Wifi
What's Not Included
Airfare SIM cards Travel Insurance
Sep 23, 2023
Jan 08, 2024
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About Program

Choose from a variety of incredible experiences that Spain has to offer through Arcos Journeys Abroad. Hike the Camino de Santiago, the ancient pilgrimage path over a thousand years old, and traverse some of Spain’s most striking landscapes. Study Spanish at the 500 year-old University of Granada. Experience the diversity of outdoor activities in the Granada region such as hiking, mountain biking, and canyoneering. Attend soccer camp and improve your skills. Visit Spain’s tropical coastline and enjoy a traditional paella on the beach. Participate in art workshops in Granada delving into the rich artistic traditions influenced by the Moors, Jews, and Christians. Experience the passion of a flamenco performance in a Gypsy cave. And, of course, tour the world-renowned Alhambra palace!

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Program Highlights

  • Explore the Alhambra, the ancient palace of the Moorish sultans
  • Study Spanish at the 500 year old University of Granada and earn college credit.
  • Hike in the Sierra Nevada, the tallest mountains on the Iberian peninsula
  • Enjoy a traditional paella at Nerja beach on Spain’s tropical coastline
  • Pass through ancient villages while hiking the Camino de Santiago

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Verdant Spanish countryside and a trail marker along the Camino de Santiago

Experience the natural beauty and history of northern Spain while hiking this pilgrim’s path. Visit ancient churches and monasteries and stay in guest houses, typical to the route. Hike village to village across breathtaking landscapes. The walk ends at the impressive cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, the final resting place of St. James the apostle. Fall into sync with mind, body, and spirit on this journey of a lifetime.

Arcos participants hiking in the Sierra Nevada mountains

Participate in pure outdoor adventure in southern Spain! Summit the Mulhacén, Southern Europe’s tallest peak with views of Africa. Sea kayak in the clear waters of the Mediterranean and enjoy a traditional paella lunch on the beach. Go canyoneering in the narrow slot canyons of the spring-fed Rio Verde. Mountain bike through centuries-old olive orchards. Experience the architectural beauty and wonder of the Alhambra, the ancient palace of the Moorish sultans.

Arcos female soccer camp

Improve your soccer skills in Granada, Spain this summer! Home to a first division team, Granada has a wonderful tradition of soccer and sports. Participate in soccer training and scrimmages. Visit the spectacular tropical coastline for sea kayaking and beach soccer. Tour the exotic Moorish and Jewish districts of Granada and explore the passageways of the majestic Alhambra castle. Enjoy afternoon visits to a wellness center with a gym, indoor pool, and sauna.

Arcos participants visiting the Picasso Museum in Malaga, Spain

Participate in art workshops learning techniques typical to Spain's Andalusia region such as marquetry, plaster, arabic calligraphy and stained glass. See real-life examples of what you create while exploring Granada and its hidden secrets. Travel to Malaga, a European art center, and visit the Picasso Museum. Swim in the clear waters of the Mediterranean and taste a traditional paella. Discover the hidden passageways of the Alhambra palace and find inspiration in the artistry of flamenco.

Students on a guided tour in Frigiliana in southern Spain

Study Spanish in Granada, one of Spain’s most beautiful and exotic cities. Take Spanish classes at the 500 year-old University of Granada. Live with a homestay and experience life like a local. Explore the historic neighborhoods such as the Albaicin, the old Moorish district and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Swim in the clear, azure waters of the Mediterranean. Hike in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Relax in the Arabic baths and attend a flamenco performance.

Program Reviews

4.75 Rating
based on 16 reviews
  • 5 rating 87.5%
  • 4 rating 6.25%
  • 3 rating 0%
  • 2 rating 6.25%
  • 1 rating 0%
  • Growth 4.7
  • Support 4.9
  • Fun 4.65
  • Housing 4.45
  • Safety 4.95
Showing 1 - 8 of 16 reviews
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Sheila
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Arcos Parent Review

Our 17 yo son participated in Arcos' program on the Camino de Santiago last summer, and he had a great experience! The Arcos staff are top notch-- from our early Zoom informational meeting, to the post-program follow-up, the staff was knowledgeable and attentive every step of the way. Our son was well-prepared for the program, and was encouraged to challenge himself along the way. The small-group experience was especially meaningful, with lots of time to get to know the other participants and the leaders.
Thank you, Arcos!!!

Pros
  • Knowledgable staff
  • Thoughtful itnerary
  • Amazing location
3 people found this review helpful.
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Teal
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

amazing way to see the world!!

The program is a great way to see the where you travel and learn about its unique history and culture! During my trip to Spain I had a great time learning the language, meeting new people, and visiting and exploring the city with two amazing local guides!! You have plenty of time to explore by yourself and the guides and your host can and usually will give great recommendations!! Incredible experience. I can’t recommend it enough! reasonable curfews, plenty of things to do and I met so many new people who hopefully can turn on the lifelong friends!! also, depending on where you are great places to run (Granada)!! (we only had to be at our host homes 11 or 12 depending on the day and 5 AM)!!

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
one thing, is while you’re traveling in the airports, your layover might not be more than 30 minutes. This can be very problematic as you can get very close to missing your flight, especially if you have to go through security or in my case, or unable to read your gate on your ticket. I ended up at gate four instead of 41 and almost missed my flight in Madrid. It was 2 AM where my parents were and I was unable to call them. Thankfully, after running 5 miles through the Madrid airport, I made it to my flight in tears and drenched in sweat. 😅😅
Pros
  • Good at accommodating for food allergies
  • classes can be as easy or as hard as you make them
  • Plenty of time to explore and hang out
Cons
  • The only real con is the health system. As someone who frequently has allergic reactions to food (nothing severe just a really upset stomach) I was very nervous that I would wake up and get really sick from food and they would force me to go to hospital
  • I say that understanding they have to be cautious, especially having minors overseas, but it’s very difficult
8 people found this review helpful.
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Charlie
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Arcos Granada!

I went to Granada, Spain with Arcos in the summer of 2023. It was a really special experience for me - as a high schooler it was a perfect program in that I could go abroad and feel somewhat on my own and at the same time feel safe and have people to call if I needed help. The trip was a perfect mix of scheduled activities and free time to explore the city! While I was there, I was looking for a place to play soccer, and the program directors gave me directions to a field nearby - it was amazing having someone to point you in the right direction, or give you restaurant recommendations, or anything else you need. Most importantly though, the trip gave me a chance to practice my Spanish, and it greatly improved my confidence and willingness to speak Spanish.

8 people found this review helpful.
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charlie
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Charlie Watt

This program is so fun and 100% worth it. Everything is taken care of by the program and, as a 17 year old traveling transatlantically alone, they made the entire experience of getting there and leaving really easy and not stressful. Everyone (ESPECIALLY Rocio and Marcell) is super nice and eager to help or answer any questions someone has. It’s really nice to have two great, knowledgeable, and unique people to help you get to know a foreign place, and who you can clearly tell want to be there and want to help.

Pros
  • cultural emersion
  • meeting new people
  • practice spanish
26 people found this review helpful.
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Alden
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Arcos was great!

My adventure with Arcos was once in a lifetime! The month was filled with fun excursions, educational information, and friends that I will keep in touch with for a long time! Marcell and Rocio made this trip so welcoming and informational. I will certainly be returning to a Granada in years to come. The nightlife in Granada was wonderful to experience, and there are many places for adventuring throughout the day! We went to the beaches and the mountains and many places in between, and oh boy did I like those places!

Pros
  • Fun food
  • Enticing culture
24 people found this review helpful.
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Alicia
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Arcos Journeys Abroad

Our 15 year old daughter thoroughly enjoyed her three week Spanish immersion program in Granada, Spain. Arcos Journeys was communicative about her arrival, planned fun excursions for the kids, and provided safe home stays. It was the right amount of structure and independence for our daughter. She was able to walk or ride the bus around town and discover new things. She enjoyed going out for dinners and beach days with the group. Overall, we were very happy with the program and highly recommend Arcos!

Pros
  • Walkable City
  • Safe Accommodations
  • Great activities
27 people found this review helpful.
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Christina
2/5
No, I don't recommend this program

Choose a Different Location for Summer

Do not go to southern Spain in the summer in this program. What is not revealed on the website or in any other communications is that neither the school nor the homestay have air conditioning. Since the daily temperatures reach between 95 and 108 degrees and the apartment buildings retain that heat into the night, sleeping is miserable. My daughter was in a tiny room with another girl with no air conditioning or ventilation. The landlady took away the remote control for the one ceiling fan so they couldn't put it above the low setting or use it for too many hours as she was concerned about electricity use. My daughter actually fainted twice in the apartment during the first couple of days. The landlady also limited them to 3 minute showers each day--yes, 3 minutes! She would bang on the bathroom door if she thought they were using too much water. This was clearly just a boarding situation with the landlady's only concern being her profit and not the comfort or cultural experience of the students.

The local directors were kind and tried to make the excursions fun. However, there was a lot of free time and Granada is a small city with not much to do. The kids were not allowed to leave the city, so they did not get to explore any other cities even though they were there for 2 weeks. All of the excursions were day trips in the Granada area and it would have been nice to take some overnight trips to different cities.

Pros
  • Safe
  • Kind local directors
  • Fun excursions
Cons
  • Uncomfortable and unkind homestay
  • Oppressive heat with no air conditioning
  • No excursions to other cities
25 people found this review helpful.
Response from Arcos Journeys Abroad

Thank you for sharing comments about your daughter’s experience. It sounds like Granada was not a good fit for her. Our program is one in which participants will be outside of their comfort zone. Our participants live and experience life just as locals do. This is part of the learning experience. This is not for everyone. In Europe, like most countries outside of the US, it is not common to have AC. We can make mention of this on our website. There is, however, AC at the University of Granada in every classroom. Our host families in Granada do have fans for student use and they are allowed to use them as much as they want. In Granada, there is often a split unit in the main living area - just not in all rooms (central AC is not common). Thank you for the homestay comments although all other participants who stayed with this host mother loved their experience there and these comments do not match our review of the conditions or dedication of this family to the program and our participants. We have discussed the fan usage comment as a team and decided that next summer before students arrive we will have an in-person meeting with the homestays just to remind them that participants are allowed to use fans in their rooms for as long as they wish as part of the homestay contract. Feedback, and the perception of parents, is always welcome, although it does not always match what we see or experience in-country. The description about shower use is uncharacteristic of this homestay, and any of the homestays. Water is a very precious resource in Southern Spain. It is a limited resource and an expensive one. Participants should understand that in arid regions of the world there are real concerns about its availability. It is possible participants could get a reminder after 5 minutes. Also, the bathroom is shared with the housemate(s) so each person must be respectful of their time so others can shower and use the bathroom. We will discuss shower usage at the pre-summer host family meeting to be on the same page.

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Forrest
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Granada Spain trip

My experience was so much fun! I had a school trip to Granada Spain and we had so much fun. My teachers were very good at informing me on interesting facts about the history of Granada. When we had Spanish classes closer to the end of the trip, our teacher was super friendly and I learned a lot from her lessons! Over all I would say this is a very fun trip and I would definitely suggest this to future students! I look forward to having more classes with Arcos in the future and seeing students having fun with it too!

Pros
  • The people were awesome!
  • The scenery was beautiful!
  • The learning experience was educational!
Cons
  • Nothing :)
  • Nada
  • Nunca
41 people found this review helpful.

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