The Peñon de Ifach is a calcareous mountain in the north coast of Alicante which is only connected with the mainland by a narrow isthmus. Its magnitude of 332 meters has become a symbol of the Costa Blanca. The Peñon de Ifach has an unique flora and fauna. With more than 100.000 visitors every year it is the most visited national park in the Valencian Community; its famous precipices are known by climbers from all over the world.
After one and a half hour of climbing the trail the students reached the top of the Peñon de Ifach. The trail became more and more difficult with every step and the growing heat did not make the task any easier. But in the end almost everybody reached the top of the mountain and enjoyed the fascinating view. The students hoisted the Spanish flag and made some impressive fotos with the cost and the ocean in the background.
On the top of the mountain they only encountered some cats and a lot of seagulls which accompanied the students during their lunch break and their recovery, before they made their way back to the village Calpe. After the descent everybody recovered in its own way: enjoying the beach, taking a bath in the ocean, having some ice cream or a beer or a walk through the port…
“Activities like this, carried out in pure nature, or the tipical celebrations in the Valencian villages help a lot to learn the Spanish language”, commented Andreas Tessmer, head of the Spanish language school Costa de Valencia. “They encourage the students to practice their new aquired language skills and to carry on studying Spanish.”
When everybody was recovered and ready to go the Spanish language students went to Jávea to see the top of San Antonio and its lighthouse. There they made some beautiful pictures of the wonderfull view. After that the group of Spanish language students returned to Valencia, where the Spanish classes of Monday awaited them.
All in all it was a weekend full of new and unforgettable experiences for the Spanish language students.