Program Highlights: Granada

Study abroad in Spain with Arcos Learning Abroad

Program Highlights: Santiago de Compostela

Why Spain?

Spain is a country of intriguing diversity, which is visible in its people, its geography, and its profound history. The variety of cultures that have influenced Spain include the Romans, Jews, Moors, and Gypsies. Spain is the largest country in Western Europe and unique in its proximity to North Africa, many consider it a gateway to Europe. It is a fascinating country to live in and explore, especially in the context of history, economics, and government.

Why Granada?

Ernest Hemingway is famously quoted as saying, "If you were to visit only one city in Spain, this should be Granada." We certainly agree with him! Granada is one of the most ancient and diverse cities in Spain. While in Granada, explore the narrow, cobblestone streets of the former Muslim quarter, the Albaicin, full of Moroccan tea houses and shops. Wander the passageways of the Alhambra Palace and enter the white-washed caves of the Gypsies to experience the passion of a Flamenco performance. Granada's historic streets are lined with Europe's top fashion stores. In addition to the mysteries and intrigue of the city, the Sierra Nevada Mountains provide an impressive backdrop to all that Granada has to offer. Come, experience the fascination of Southern Spain!

Why Santiago de Compostela?

The capital of Galicia, Santiago de Compostela, is the final destination on the renowned Way of St. James (Camino de Santiago). As one of the three important pilgrimage cities of Christianity, alongside Jerusalem and Rome, it continues to attract pilgrims and students from all over the world. It is also home to one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Europe, the University of Santiago de Compostela, the source of the city’s vibrant student life. The city is easy to explore on foot, allowing you to enjoy its charming streets, live music, festivals, ornate cathedrals, and stunning rooftop views. The city has a magical, bohemian feel and has been the inspiration of poets and writers. Located in Galicia, the city offers easy access to Atlantic beaches including those at Finisterre, once believed to be the “end of the world”. Come discover the delights and lore of northern Spain!

The Camino de Santiago, the Way of St. James, is an ancient pilgrimage path dating back more than a thousand years with its destination as the shrine of the Apostle St. James. This route stretches across the north of Spain and has regained popularity in recent years for many reasons. More than 300,000 pilgrims complete it each year and the U.S. stands proudly as its fourth most numerous pilgrim nation. Come walk your “Camino” with us while enjoying the beautiful scenery and getting the most out of the visits along the way. Focus on your walk, your thoughts, and leave the rest to Arcos Learning Abroad!