Benalmádena is located at the foot of the Sierra de Mijas, just 20 kilometres away from Malaga. Originally a fishing village, it has become a lively and animated town with a population of 30,000. However, it still retains its quaint charm and character, complete with beautiful and traditional little white-washed houses.

The friendly people, sports activities (water sports, golf, horseback riding), clubs, Flamenco shows, and the natural beauty of the seaside make Benalmádena the perfect place to study, have fun, and relax. The climate is mild, varying between a minimum winter temperature of 5°C and 35°C during the summer, making it a great place to study in all year round.

Its geographical location in the South of Andalusia makes it the ideal starting point to travel to larger cities that are rich in culture and heritage, like the Alhambra in Grenada, the Mezquita in Córdoba, the Giralda, and the historic city of Seville.

The Colegio Maravillas is situated in the residential area of Benalmádena, about ten minutes from the beach. It is officially recognized by the Instituto Cervantes.

This prestigious private school was founded in 1976 and is entirely equipped with modern facilities.

Accredited by: ELITE, FEDELE, the Bildungsurlaub of the German government and recognised by the Swedish government (CSN).

School facilities include:

  • 14 large and well equipped classrooms
  • A large library
  • An IT room with free internet access
  • Multi-function room – film viewing, conference room
  • A large patio
  • A cafeteria
  • Lounge rooms for the students to relax in

Spanish Courses: General Information

  • Duration of a lesson: 55 minutes (private lessons: 60 minutes)
  • Maximum number of students per class: 10
  • Timetable: Courses are generally given in the morning but can also be arranged in the afternoon in high season. Group courses are held from 9.00 am to 1.30 pm, Monday to Friday.
  • Placement test: on the first day of the course
  • Certificate of participation at the end of the stay
  • The teachers are qualified to teach their language to foreigners and are native Spanish speakers.

20 general Spanish lessons per week

With this program, you will have classes from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. You will develop the 4 basic skills of written and oral expression, listening comprehension and reading.

Levels offered: beginner to advanced

20 general Spanish lessons + 5 or 10 private lessons per week

In addition to the standard programme, you will have 1 or 2 private lessons per day from Monday to Friday, in the afternoon. These sessions are an opportunity to deepen and discuss with the teacher subjects that are of particular interest to you or to address specific problems.

Levels offered: beginner to advanced

Flamenco (3 hours per week): the flamenco dance course is an introduction to the basics of this Andalusian dance inherited from the gypsies and typical of southern Spain.

Cooking (3 hours per week): a professional cook will give the course. The Spanish dishes that are prepared during the course are a “tortilla de patatas” (omelette with potatoes), sangria, “gazpacho” (cold soup of tomatoes and vegetables), “ensalada malagueña” (typical Malaga salad), paella, “porra Antequerana” (similar to gazpacho but thicker) and “pescaito frito” (fried fish).

We offer accommodation in a homestay, shared apartment, or residence.


This is undoubtedly one of the most effective ways to practice your language skills outside the boundaries of the classroom. You’ll be fully immersed in Spanish culture as you will live alongside a Spanish family, reinforcing the Spanish lessons at school and enriching your cultural knowledge simultaneously. We take enormous care in selecting the best host family for the student and all of our families are carefully screened, and many frequently host students from abroad.


  • Shared room
  • Shared bathroom
  • Breakfast
  • Distance from school: usually a few minutes walk from school & up to a maximum of 20 minutes by public transport

Optional extras

  • Half board
  • Individual room

Practical information

  • Bedding provided
  • Towels not provided
  • Possibility of using the family’s washing machine once a week

Apartments and residences are located right next to Colegio Maravillas; which own them.

Double rooms are for students travelling together only.

Residence Conor

Small residence with 7 bedrooms (4 double and 3 individual)

  • 5 minutes away from school
  • Individual rooms with TV, desk, electric fan and heating
  • Shared bathroom and toilet
  • Common area with airconditioning and large TV
  • Large fully-equipped kitchen (3 friges and 2 washing machine)
  • Self-catering
  • 15-20 minutes walk from the beach

Residence Parquemiel

Small residence with 4 individual bedrooms

  • Single room with TV and a desk
  • Shared bathroom
  • Common area with a large TV and a computer
  • Kitchen with laundry room and a sunny patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Self catering
  • 5 minutes away from school, 15-20 minutes walk from the beach

Torremiel Apartment

Apartment with 2 double rooms renovated in 2018

  • Double room for one person, with desk and TV
  • Shared bathroom
  • Lounge area with modern American kitchen and TV
  • Air conditioning
  • Self catering
  • 5 minutes away from school, 15-20 walk from the beach

Furnished: bed linen and towels


Day of arrival: Sunday Day of departure: Saturday

Arrival airport (possible airport transfers at extra cost):

  • Malaga (AGP) (about 20 mn by train or taxi)

Important Note: please do not finalize your travel arrangements until we have confirmed your booking (about 4 days after your confirmed payment).

Visa Information

Do you need a Visa for this programme? Please consult our page Visa Information for more information.

Do not hesitate to contact us by telephone or email if you require any further information.

Dates & Prices 2022

Dates 2021

Start of the sessions: Courses start every Monday, throughout the year, unless otherwise stated below. In the event that Monday is a holiday, the session begins on Tuesday.

Start of the sessions for complete beginners: 11/01, 01/02, 02/03 (Tuesday), 05/04, 03/05, 31/05, 28/06, 12/07, 26/07, 09/08, 23/08, 06/09, 04/10, 02/11 (Tuesday), 29/11, 13/12

Public holidays and vacations (no courses will be given on these dates, nor will they be made up later; no compensation will be granted): from 01/01 to 10/01, 01/03, 02/04, 01/05, 16/08, 12/10, 01/11, 06/12, 08/12, 26/12 to 31/12

Prices 2021

All taxes and registration fees included

WPCS 42.0.1
Course (20 lessons) & Accommodation
DurationHomestay, shared room, breakfastRes/Apartment, single room, self catering
1 week 435 385
2 weeks 745 645
3 weeks 1.095 945
4 weeks 1.425 1.225
6 weeks 2.090 1.790
8 weeks 2.705 2.305
12 weeks 4.060 3.460
16 weeks 5.330 4.530
18 weeks 5.980 5.080
20 weeks 6.640 5.640
24 weeks 7.970 6.770
32 weeks 10.625 9.025
36 weeks 11.955 10.155
Additional week 335 285
Course supplements - per week
Combined (20+5) 150
Combined (20+10) 300
Homestay supplements - per week
Half board 30
Single room (january to may october to december) 30
Single room (june to september) 45
Residence supplements - per week
Summer - july to september 65
Parquemiel or Torremiel residence (jan to june & october to december) 30
Parquemiel or Torremiel residence (july to september) 85
Delivery of keys if no transfer is booked 20
Cultural options supplements (to be combined with a standard course)
Flamenco (3h/week) 145
Cooking (3h/week - 1 week) 175
Cooking (6h/week - 2 weeks) 290
Malga airport transfer
One way 45
Round trip 80

Prices include:

  • Chosen course
  • Breakfast for Homestay only
  • Welcome pack with a map of the area and an orientation tour
  • Course materials
  • Language test
  • Certificate of completion
  • All school taxes and enrolment fees

Prices do not include:

  • Transport to and from Benalmádena (Malaga airport)
  • Airport transfers (arrival and departure)
  • All meals in Residence or Apartment accommodation
  • Lunch and evening meal for Homestay only
  • Visa fees (where applicable)
  • Optional insurances