About Cadiz

Located directly on the Atlantic coast of Andalusia in Spain, Cadiz is a real alternative to other city-based TEFL courses. With an approximate population of 130,000, it is large enough to have plenty going on but retains the intimate feel of a small and friendly town on the beach. Often referred to as “Little Havana”, it’s people are proud of their openness, warmth and love of life. For more information and the history of Cadiz, click on the following link: Cadiz on Wikipedia.

The City

Cadiz city boasts 10 kilometres of fine sandy beaches (La Caleta, Santa Maria, Victoria and Cortadura) and an abundance of low-cost water sports for the more active trainee (sailing and surfing, and wind and kite surfing are particularly popular). However, its attractions are not limited to the sun-lover: for the cultural buffs Cadiz is the real Spain. Founded by the Phoenicians in 1100 BC, Cadiz is the oldest city in Europe, and its rich history is deeply ingrained in the city. The old city (“El Casco Antiguo”) is an amazing place to discover with its cobbled streets, landscaped plazas, amazing architecture, ruins and monuments.

The new area known as “Puerta de Tierra” was built on land reclaimed from the sea and links Cadiz with the mainland. It is an area of avenues, pretty squares and parks, kilometres of beach and a vibrant summer entertainment program including open-air films shown on the beach, volleyball and football tournaments and numerous high-quality beach restaurants and bars.

Cadiz has a long and illustrious tradition of flamenco; among the many flamenco stars from Cadiz was the legendary “El Camarón” renowned for his overwhelming, haunting passion and great range. Today’s stars include Sara Baras, the guitarist Manolo Sanlúcar and Niña Pastori whose jazz- and Latin-influenced flamenco is a real force in flamenco fusion.

Flamenco is not the only music to be found in Cadiz; live music of all genres can be found on a weekly basis in many of the bars, and the week-long February carnival is world renowned for its music competitions matching Rio in its vibrancy – for the locals there is no rival! Theatre is also very important in Cadiz and the Latin American Festival of Theatre is celebrated here in October each year.

Cadiz is also ideally situated for visits inland to the Sherry Triangle, Jerez de la Frontera (which has an international airport), the clifftop town of Arcos de la Frontera and the beautiful moorish town of Vejer de la Frontera. Seville is only a short train journey away and well worth a visit for a trip to the Alcazar, Cathedral or just a spot of shopping and people watching. Along the coast are unspoiled and often wild beaches of fine-white sand and towns such as the nearby Tarifa which is quickly becoming a favourite for board, wind and kite surfers. And if that is not enough to keep you occupied in any spare time, both Portugal and Morocco are virtually on your doorstep!

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The Weather

Andalusia enjoys one of the mildest climates in Europe with a year-round average temperature of 18ºC – 20ºC on the coast and an average of over 300 days of sunshine throughout the year. While temperatures soar inland, Cadiz remains temperate during the summer with maximum temperatures in July and August of 30ºC compared to Seville’s maximum 40ºC.

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The Food

Gastronomically, Andalusia is well known for its fantastic tapas tradition and Cadiz boasts one of the top restaurants in the south of Spain. The “Ruta del Tapeo” is an excellent way to sample the best that Cadiz has to offer. This is a local competition whereby a number of restaurants and bars compete for the title of “Best Tapas”, “Most Original Dish” “Top restaurant” etc to be voted for by customers. In addition to the typical jamon and manchego cheese Cadiz offers an enormous array of excellent seafood in its many beachfront restaurants and city bars. Local specialities to try include cazon en adobo (marinated dogfish), gambas al ajillo (fried prawns with garlic) and tortillitas de camarones (shrimp fritters).

North of Cadiz is the sherry triangle comprising the towns of Jerez de la Frontera, Sanlucar de Barrameda and the neighbouring Puerto de Santa Maria. These towns house some of the most important sherry and brandy producers in the World, and many have cellars (bodegas) which can be visited. Alternatively, a glass of the acclaimed manzanilla, a dry sherry, while watching the world go by in Plaza Flores, a stones’ throw from the school, is a wonderful way to relax.

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The School

The school is situated in the heart of the old town, in the beautiful, buzzing square of Plaza de Mina; one of the most vibrant parts of the city. It has excellent classrooms all of which are spacious and well lit, a social area and a study area which is well stocked with EFL course books, resource material and magazines for creating your own materials. In addition, the school has a photocopier, TV, video and DVD, an OHP, projectors in every classroom and laptop computers, all at your disposal in your lesson planning.

With a dedicated team of helpful, experienced and dynamic staff you will be provided with all the help and support you need both during the course and after, in your search for employment. Andalusia has a thriving TEFL network and we have strong links with numerous employers throughout the South of Spain and Portugal. Should you wish to go further afield the school has its own Careers Officer who will be able to provide you with individual and personalised advice. In addition, as part of the OxfordTEFL network we have direct links with schools in Barcelona, Madrid and Prague.

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