3.3. The school facilities and other details.
3.3.1. The Carmen de Los Gatos in summary
One of the strongest points that makes Castila different is its situation in a carmen* in the Albaicín: the distinction of learning Spanish in one of the most unique neighbourhoods in the world (UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995), in a traditional Granadian house with a garden and views of the Alhambra, makes Castila a particularly special, distinctive choice.
*A Carmen, a typical house of Granada, with garden and views.
The Carmen de los Gatos in summary
500 m². Chill out area under a pergola.
|Location in the city:
Centre. A typical Carmen in the ancient neighbourhood of the Albaicín in a pedestrian street: bird’s eye picture & city map.
Alhambra and Sierra Nevada and the rest of the Albaicín from the second floor. From the other rooms, garden and houses of the Albaicín.
7 equipped with computer, tv, internet .
| Library (See below – 1.3.2.)
900 titles. Agreement with the very local Biblioteca Municipal del Albaicín.
TV (40 channels), Internet and computer room.
On-line resources, books, video and audio from E/LE for all levels of Spanish.
|Other services for students:
WI-FI, Telephone, garden and cafeteria.
250 titles in Spanish and bilingual.
|Garden, social rooms and material available for students:
From 8:00 to 22:00.
|Spanish Music collection:
|Cafetería: full breakfast service from Monday to Friday and Friday “tapas” for friends, students, teachers and staff.
||Swimming pool: Access to public swimming pool during the summer and also private in host families.
3.3.2. Library services
With this service Castila wants to offer to the students the opportunity of approaching Spanish literature. We have selected a wide range of books that we will recommend taking into account your own level.
-Beginners: stories with simple language
-Intermediate: tales of Spanish and Latin American contemporary authors. Novels adapted to foreign students
-Advanced: significant novels of the Spanish literature, both contemporary and classic.
Recommended books are located at the school library or at the municipal Library in the Albaicín. Books can be borrowed with the student card: The timetable of the municipal library is from 14:45 to 20:00 p.m.
According to the school’s library timetable, available days for borrowing and returning books are: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday during the break. Bring books back to reception. Before borrowing books, music of films, it is necessary to give a deposit of € 10.00 that will be returned when the book is returned.
For more information, please ask Natalia.
3.3.3. Other Services
TRANSFER: Castila has a transfer service that can help you to rich your accommodation in Granada. Students can book their one-way or return transfers from Granada (GRX), Málaga (AGP) and Almería (LEI). We also arrange staff to take children to the airport as unaccompanied minors.
INTERNSHIP: Did you want to learn Spanish while having a work experience? We can arrange an Internship programme in one of Granadian companies for you, for 4 to 24 weeks. For conditions and availability, ask Antonio.
Exchange :Once in the school, we can help you find Spanish people according to your preferences to do an intercambio, in order to have more opportunities to practice Spanish language and get another perspective of the Spanish / Granadian culture. You can spend your free time together or invite him/her to join in extracurricular activities organised by the school. You can start thinking about his/her profile right now.
AU PAIR: We offer a selection of families for an Au-pair programme.
STUDENT CARD: students receive a student card on the first day that can be used for obtaining access to and discounts for several services in Granada:
- Internet / Wifi: 24 hours at the school. 3 different routers/areas.
- Payment:students can send money directly to the school
- Arabic Baths: students can choose between two different establishments: BañosArabesand Aljibe both located in the city centre
- Aquaola: a wonderful and funny aquatic park open in summer
- Eupopcar: discounts forrenting a car
- Banco de Andalucía:discount on commission rates for currency exchange
- Shows:discounts on tickets for all the shows that give student rates
- Library: facilities for borrowing books (there is one close to the school in Saint Nicolas square)
RECEPTION & LIBRARY: open from 9:30am – 6:00pm
The head of studies can be reached at the school during the hours 9am – 3pm for any questions/concerns you may have about your course.
Free WIFI is available at all times to our students. We also have computers for students to use during reception hours.
If you require further information, feel free to contact us.