Course Overview

Using the small fishing village of La Herradura as their base, students gain firsthand experience of the influence of the Moors, Gypsies, Sefardi, and Christians on Spanish language, food, architecture, and cultural traditions by exploring the nearby cities of Granada (where they enjoy a fabulous guided tour of Alhambra), Almu├▒├ęcar, Frigiliana, and Pampaneira. While focusing on the themes of cultural and ecological sustainability, students also have the opportunity to conduct environmental research for a local archaeologist; explore the local ecosystem by kayaking around the coves of Cerro Gordo, where Phoenician merchants, pirates, and smugglers used to thrive; embark on day and night hikes; enjoy a sunset boat trip; and try their skills in a flamenco guitar workshop. Students also practice their Spanish by spending time with local students, exploring local markets, and engaging in community service on a local farm in the small town of Marro. The trip culminates with a final farewell celebration in a local castle.