This past weekend a group of CEA Barcelona students and staff travelled to Madrid, a city equally famous for both its exceptional museums and vidilla (liveliness). On the first day of the visit we took part in a tour of Spain’s capital provided by official city guides, during which we saw some of Madrid’s most emblematic sites, such as the Parque del Buen Retiro, the Prado, the Cibeles fountain and the Gran Vía. We went on to see Plaza de España, where students were shown the monument to Miguel de Cervantes…

         The streets of Granada are full of things you would never encounter in the United States. Each step down the streets provides a new experience to all those who dare to wander the narrow alleyways. Walking down the streets of Granada, my sneakers hit the hard tile that lines the streets in perfect squares. Little shops line the streets on each side of the street, and the shopkeepers are hard at work cleaning their windows before the rush of the day hits. The towering…

La Alhambra, one of Spain’s most visited tourist attractions, as seen from  afar from the Mirador de San Nicolás in the Albaycin. One of the most beautiful aspects of La Alhambra, in my opinion, would be the flowing fountains. From within, including a garden with a lovely fountain, detailed artwork, and a stained glass ceiling. La Alhambra reflected in the water. The view of Granada from here is magnificent. A bit of the grounds and the city.  Another view of the city. From the inside, looking out. The details…

                 The word housing comes with a million questions: what roommate am I going to pick to clean up my trash? How many times a month are we going to have to autograph the bottom of a check? Where’s the nearest late-night fast food spot? The crucial questions are hard to answer back at my university, but here, luckily, CEA did an amazing job of helping me along every step of the way.                         It was easy. We chose either to request…

 Here in Granada, there are endless possibilities on where to go when it comes down to desserts. Walking down any given street, it is common to come across a small bakery, a pastry shop, a gelato place, or a hole-in-the-wall restaurant with the best sweets Granada has to offer. For starters, there’s Café Fútbol, right at the end of Plaza de Mariana Pineda, which is a simple five to ten minute trek from the residence hall. It is there that one can come across some of the best churros con…

On the surface, Barcelona is in many ways a model of the 21st-century city with a multicultural population and streets filled with innovation, arts and modernity. However, lying below ground in different parts of the city are refugis aeris, public air raid shelters, constructed during the Spanish Civil War. They bear testament to the years between 1937 and 1939, when Barcelona became the first cities in the world whose civilian population was targeted for attacks from the air, despite the fact that the fighting of the war was…

The highlight of many CEA study abroad programs for students are our excursions and cultural activities. One of the CEA’s cultural activities in Granada is a tour ofthe Islamic Granada with Dr. Aurelio Ríos, Professor of Islamic Culture at the Centro de Lenguas Modernas University of Granada. Dr. Rios explained that the Romans gave to the city the name of Illiberris, transformed into Elvira, and finally into Granada. We stopped by the Corral del Carbón, built in the 14th century as warehouse and merchants’ accommodations. It is the…

There’s something to see and do for everybody in Spain! Whether you prefer Barcelona’s bustle or Granada’s architectural grandeur, you’ll have no trouble immersing – in fact, throwing – yourself into the Spanish culture. As you settle back into campus life, take a moment to check out what’s new with CEA in Spain. BarcelonaWe’ve introduced a new Pre-Law Honors Program in Barcelona for students considering a career in law. Here student will be exposed to basic skills and methods of reasoning used in law, and gain the experience…

Hi, future CEA students! We’re studying abroad in Alicante this semester and we wanted to share with you all how much fun we had on our excursion to Granada recently! Even though 5 hours on a bus sounds daunting, fun people from around the United States, comfortable seats, and beautiful scenery make the time fly by. Once we arrived in Granada and put on our coats (it was a lot colder there), we hopped on another bus to head to our first-ever authentic Flamenco show. It was held…