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Marbella Design Academy - Students Leisure
Marbella Design Academy - Students Leisure
Marbella Design Academy - Students Leisure

Student Leisure

With possibly the best climate in Europe and on average more than 330 sunny days per year, the outdoor leisure possibilities in Southern Spain are endless.

The stunning countryside surrounding Monda and our Academy offer plenty of choices for rural activities such as hiking, running and horse riding, whilst in Monda town itself you can participate in football, basketball and many other outdoor activities. Additionally there are a number sports clubs and fitness centres in Coín, the next town only 10 minutes away.

The list is almost endless, but we will try to mention a good selection here as possible, to give an idea of the options available. You should search for yourself via Google find your favourite activity or try something completely new.

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Danish Pia Bruun is a qualified Nature Guide. Her passion is to take people on all kinds of fantastic adventures. Almost every week-end Pia has something super interesting going on. Pia says: ” Enjoy the beautiful scenery of sunny Andalucia. We offer great adventures like walking and trekking into the mountains, horse riding, bicycling, padel surf and kayaking, climbing cliffs and descending canyons discovering the Earth´s impressive nature. An adventure tour is a wonderful way to get to know Andalucia while you have fun and gain new skills. We inform you about upcoming activities and new experiences while staying and studying at Marbella Design Academy in Monda – Spain. We hope to see you soon. Pia Bruun.” You can email Pia for upcoming programmes. Email: pia.bruun@gmail.com

With so much to see and so much to do within a short distance from the Academy this is truly a great place to be a student!

Do you have a driving license then it could be a good idea purchase an old car for you to benefit the most of fantastic Andalucia. With the excellent climate and very little rain cars tend not to rust in southern Spain. You can therefore buy a 10-year-old car that’s inexpensive and in very good shape. Many of our students choose to buy one and sell it again after their 3 years with us.

Barranco Blanco waterfalls, 10 minutes from Monda. Barranco Blanco is an area of outstanding natural beauty between Alhaurín el Grande and Coín. This is a valley with woodland, a river, waterfalls and much wildlife, including wild boar, many birds of prey and other beautiful birds and wild flowers. It is directly in the foothills of the protected sierras which are part of Coín and is at the extreme end of the area controlled by Alhaurín town hall. Barranca Blanco waterfalls cannot be seen from the surrounding roads. The area is used by local people and tourists for horse riding, mountain biking, walking, hunting, swimming in the river and for picnics at the weekend.

We love Spain, Andalucia and the Spanish lifestyle!

Water Sports & Golf

Are you into snow boarding, skiing, hiking? No, we’re not joking. Surprisingly not many people know about Sierra Nevada, the great ski resort in Granada only a 2 hour drive away from Monda.

Sierra Nevada, in Spain, is Europe’s most southerly mountain range, where it is possible to go skiing in the morning and still have time to make it down to the beach for a swim in the late afternoon! http://www.sierranevada.es

The highest peak in the Sierra Nevada mountain range is named Mulhacen measuring in at 3,482 metres from sea level.

There are 16 Green, 40 Blue, 50 Red and 9 Black slopes, providing the perfect skiing and snowboarding conditions, whether you are a professional or a beginner. Incredibly, Sierra Nevada skiing provides night-time skiing on Saturdays from 19:00 to 21:30 hrs., but this of course for safety reasons is subject to weather and snow conditions.

If free-styling is your sort of thing, then you will be pleased to know that Sierra Nevada has 1 half-pipe, full range of rails and jumps, 1 mini-park containing a selection of ramps and rails and a small lift.

Skiing and snowboarding equipment may be rented there and typically costs approximately 30 to 50 euros. The ski pass onto the slopes can cost up to 40 euros, but can be cheaper depending if you ski during peak or low season.

Don´t forget that Sierra Nevada is not only a winter place, there are also some interesting summer activities going on such as hill walking, mountain biking, hiking, climbing and water sports.

If you are into big challenges when it comes to hiking, then it is a fantastic hike to reach Mulhacin. It takes 3 days and is pretty hard. You stay over night halfway in a refugio/hostel. You sleep in big dormitories together with 20 others. You can eat at the refugio. The meals are filling, tasty and full of calories to give you a kick start for the next days hike. Our Founder and Chairman Helle Byrn did this tour in 2003. We only recommend our strongest students to try this out and only during July, August and to mid September or else you can be surprised by heavy snowstorms.

Sierra Nevada is only 207 kilometres (roughly a 2.5 hour drive) from the Academy, making it an ideal weekend break after some hard studying.

EL ROCIO, every year on 26TH of JUNE: The “Saca de las yeguas” is a century old tradition celebrated in Almonte every July 26, coinciding with the Fair of San Pedro, the patron celebration and old cattle fair. In the days leading up to this celebration, the people of Almonte go off into the marshes to collect the mares and foals that graze throughout the year in different areas of Doñana National Park and herd them together. On the morning of the 26th, the group runs through the streets of the village of El Rocío, up to the chapel, where they are blessed by the priest. At this time, the Association of Marsh Cattle gives a foal to the Virgen del Rocio and continues on its way out of the village, heading towards Almonte. Once they have arrived there, the animals are locked up for cleaning (known as tuza) and foals are fitted for future sale. Animals that are not sold but already prepared are returned to the marsh.

This is quite a spectacle and something not to be missed. The town of El Rocio it self itself is uniquely different with its very wide sandy roads and pretty Andalusian houses. Seeing all the mares and the foals running through the town followed by the Yeguarizos/Cowboys is a sight as from another century. Marbella Design Academy has been there. See our video on this link: El Rocio – Marbella Design Academy was there!

As a student at Marbella Design Academy you will have the opportunity to enjoy Spain and study at the same time.

Marbella Design Academy, your place in the Sun where new experiences are on the doorstep. 

El Chorro - Caminito del Rey

The Gorge Desfiladero de los Gaitanes is a natural beauty spot, located at the heart of the province, between the towns of Alora, Antequera and Ardales. This is one of the most beautiful spots of the Malaga Mountains.

The Gaitanes Gorge is a canyon, carved by the river Guadalhorce in the territory of Álora, which at some points is only 10 meters wide and 700 meters deep. The nothern access to it is via Guadalhorce reservoirs and the southern is via El Chorro.

El Caminito del Rey Path. The construction of a water channel from the reservoirs in the north to El Chorro, to feed the hydroelectric power station, including the building of a high level walkway for maintaining the channel. This one is known as El Caminito del Rey Path (The Kings’s Little Pathway) because it was first opened by King Alfonso XIII. This path, about 3 kilometers long, clings to vertical walls and crosses a narrow footbridge high above gorge. It has recently been refurbished and opened to the public. Bookings must be made in advance online.

The surrounding area is also renowned as a popular rock climbing area in Europe, and is further very popular for mountain biking, hiking, and camping. There are places where you can canoe, swim and enjoy the water on a hot summer day. Every year in September Marbella Design Academy make a day trip together to the Lakes above El Chorro to enjoy the swimming, watersports and a picnic. 

Málaga

Málaga – wonderful Malaga. You can reach Malaga from the Academy by car in less than 30 minutes. Malaga is not only the perfect place to explore the many historical monuments, atmospheric little streets and squares with delightful café culture, but it is also an excellent place to go shopping. The main street, Calle Marqués de Larios, was pedestrianised in 2002 as part of improvements to Málaga city centre. The result is a bustling, chic area with many boutiques, designer shops and classy cafes, all surrounded by beautifully restored buildings.

There is plenty to see to suit all interests; The Cathedral, Pompidou Museum, Picasso Foundation, Thiessen Museum and not to forget the absolutely stunning new harbour front only a short walk from the old town… Everything is conveniently close together for easy exploration.

It is worth the climb up to the hill immediately adjacent to Malaga old town to the 14th century castle of Gibralfaro with its picturesque viewpoint, from which you can enjoy the most beautiful views of the city. You can walk along the walls that connect the castle with the gardens, fountains and beautiful courtyards of the Alcazaba.

Just below and in the pedestrianised area of Calle Alcazabilla and plaza is the Roman Amphitheatre, built by Emperor Augustus and rediscovered in 1951. Nowadays it hosts open-air performances in the summer and which are often free. Just in front of the Amphitheatre you find El Pimpi a famous Tapas restaurant and definitely on the to-do list.

Between Calle Larios and the recently redeveloped modern harbour front is the green and pleasant botanical garden avenue, the Alameda, where green parrots in big numbers nest in the tall palm-trees. The Harbour Front itself is now a sophisticated, modern, happening location a buzz with restaurants and recreative areas.

What is so lovely and special with Malaga is that you have all the above mentioned things to see within a 1km circle. We love Malaga and so will you!

Gibraltar

Gibraltar town center is typical of a British market town with the majority of the shops in the Main Street being well known UK high street names.

You pay with Gibraltar Pounds. Change only what you need as no Spanish bank will accept Gibraltar Sterling in exchange.

There is a cable car from Main Street or, if you prefer, a road going all the way to the top where you can enjoy the most stunning panoramic views and you’ll also see a large number of Gibraltar’s famous Barbary macaques (apes) playing around wild and free.

Gibraltar makes for an interesting and worthwhile visit.  It is advised that you leave your car in mainland Spain and cross the border as a pedestrian owing to strict border controls and the ensuing traffic queues.

Gibraltar also has an international airport. In fact, you actually cross the runway to enter the town from the border. Just after you cross the border you can take a Taxi for around 6 GBP to the main street.

You will need to bring your passport to enter Gibraltar.

Sierra Nevada Skiing

Are you into snow boarding, skiing, hiking? No, we’re not joking. Surprisingly not many people know about Sierra Nevada, the great ski resort in Granada only a 2 hour drive away from Monda.

Sierra Nevada, in Spain, is Europe’s most southerly mountain range, where it is possible to go skiing in the morning and still have time to make it down to the beach for a swimming in the late afternoon! http://www.sierranevada.es

There are 16 Green, 40 Blue, 50 Red and 9 Black slopes, providing the perfect skiing and snowboarding conditions, whether you are a professional or a beginner. Incredibly, Sierra Nevada skiing provides night-time skiing on Saturdays from 19:00 to 21:30 hrs., but this of course for safety reasons is subject to weather and snow conditions.

If free-styling is your sort of thing, then you will be pleased to know that Sierra Nevada has 1 half-pipe, full range of rails and jumps, 1 mini-park containing a selection of ramps and rails and a small lift.

Skiing and snowboarding equipment may be rented there and typically costs approximately 30 to 50 euros. The ski pass onto the slopes can cost up to 40 euros, but can be cheaper depending if you ski during peak or low season.

Don´t forget that Sierra Nevada is not only a winter place, there are also some interesting summer activities going on such as hill walking, mountain biking, hiking, climbing and water sports.

The highest peak in the Sierra Nevada mountain range is named Mulhacen measuring in at 3,482 metres from sea level.

If you are into big challenges when it comes to hiking, then it is a fantastic hike to reach Mulhacin. It takes 3 days and is pretty hard. You stay over night halfway in a refugio/hostel. You sleep in big dormitories together with 20 others. You can eat at the refugio. The meals are heavy, tasty and full of calories to give you a kick start for tomorrows hike. Our Founder and Chairman Helle Byrn did this tour in 2003. We only recommend our strongest students to try this out and only during July, August and to mid September or else you can be surprised by heavy snowstorms.

Sierra Nevada is only 207 kilometres (roughly a 2.5 hour drive) from the Academy, making it an ideal week-end break after some hard studying.

EL ROCIO, every year on 26TH of JUNE: The “Saca de las yeguas” is a century old tradition celebrated in Almonte every July 26, coinciding with the Fair of San Pedro, the patron celebration and old cattle fair. In the days leading up to this celebration, the people of Almonte go off into the marshes to collect the mares and foals that graze throughout the year in different areas of Doñana and herd them together. On the morning of the 26th, the group runs through the streets of the village of El Rocío, up to the chapel, where they are blessed by the priest. At this time, the Association of Marsh Cattle gives a foal to the Virgen del Rocio and continues on its way out of the village, heading towards Almonte. This is an amazing spectacle really a must see. El Rocio, the town it self is so special with its very wide sandy roads and pretty Andalusian houses. Seeing all the mares and the foals running through the town followed by the Yeguarizos/Cowboys is a sight as from another century. Marbella Design Academy has been there. See our video on this link: El Rocio – Marbella Design Academy was there!

Once they have arrived there, the animals are locked up for cleaning (known as tuza) and foals are fitted for future sale. Animals that are not sold but already prepared are returned to the marsh.

You will have time to enjoy Spain and study at the same time; your time with us will become a lifestyle that you can enjoy life and study all at the same time.

Marbella Design Academy, your place in the Sun where you begin your new life.