Taking the CELTA in Valencia, Spain has many perks; the beautiful weather, architecture, beaches and being the home of paella! For those who are travelling from abroad to take the CELTA in Valencia, you will want to get as much out of your CELTA experience as you can.
That’s why we have compiled a list of tips to get you prepared for your CELTA course in Valencia. This includes what to think about beforehand but also our own recommendations on what to enjoy in your downtime or after you have completed the course.
Tips for taking the CELTA in Valencia
1. Brush up on your grammar. For some people, it’s been years since they have had to think about grammar. One of the top tips before you take any CELTA course is to make sure you are confident in your English language knowledge, as this will make things easier while you are on the course. We have a list of TEFL book recommendations, but if you want something a little more interactive, see our friends at ELTCampus who offer a great grammar refresher course.
2. If you are travelling to the CELTA centre from abroad, organise your travel and accommodation only when you have been offered a place on the course—and make sure you have insurance! Sometimes things happen, so it’s always best to protect yourself.
3. When it comes to booking your accommodation, make sure you book somewhere close to the school. You will be thankful for this when on the course as it means you can get to the school easily and have more free time. The centre is able to help with student accommodation or will be able to offer suitable recommendations.
CELTA in Valencia: What to do in the city
Tuck into the local cuisine!
As you may know Valencia is the birthplace of paella, so when you get a spare hour in the evening, sample some of the local cuisine in a restaurants or—even better—on the street. Honestly, you cannot go to far without sampling this tasty local dish!
For street food enthusiasts, visit the Central Food Market where you can devour local Valencian delicacies; expect a range of cheeses, cured meats, nuts, fresh fruit and vegetables, fish, spices…the list is endless! Here, you will have the opportunity to taste foods from Valencia, such as Horchata y fartons (translated into Tiger nut milk); a non-dairy milk that is served with a farton – a traditional Valencian pastry dusted in powdered sugar. Delicious!
One of the trendy neighbourhoods in Valencia, Russafa is in the city centre and offers some of the best food, drinks and activities to do in your downtime—it’s especially fun if you enjoy going out in the evenings. Expect cool coffee shops, artisan bakeries, craft beer from local breweries, late night cocktail bars and food/flea markets.
Valencia has a range of beaches for you to chill out and enjoy the sand and sea. A beach day in Valencia is perfect for when you have finished your CELTA course, or if you just need a walk to clear your mind from a busy CELTA day.
Las Arenas Beach: Close to the city centre, Las Arenas (Spanish for “the sands”) is a beach with lots of space and is surprisingly underdeveloped for a city beach. With it only being 2 kilometres from the city centre, this is the perfect escape if you get a couple of hours from working.
Marina Beach Club: A fashionable hotspot next to the Las Arenas Beach, the Marina Beach Club is great if you want something more “upbeat” than a regular beach day. Overlooking the marina, the venue offers a cocktail bar, two restaurants, a pool (alongside the sea), live music and you can reserve your own hammock for the day.
El Saler Beach: Blue flag award winning, El Saler beach is perfect for a day out (advisable once you have finished your course and have your free time back!). Head south for this beach and also expect it to be slightly windier – which is ideal if you are interested in water sports.
Visit the City of Arts and Sciences
Designed by the Spanish (and Valencian) architect, Santiago Calatrava, the arts and science centre is an icon of Valencia and a must-see while in the city.
Museo de las Ciencias Principe Felipe – unleash your inner-child with this interactive science museum with lots of exhibitions you can get stuck into; it's great fun! Visit the Oceanogràfic -- Europe’s biggest Aquarium, which is home to over 500 different specimens such as sharks, sea lions, dolphins, seals and penguins – just to name a few! The Umbracle is not to be missed! It's a huge garden filled with typical Mediterranean plants and modern sculptures. Perfect in the summer months when you can have a drink under the moonlight.
Of course, these are just few of the favourites. See the list of museums in the arts and science centre here.
The centre in Valencia offers full time CELTA courses and also an online blended option (ideal for those who are local). To find more information on taking the CELTA in Valencia, see the page for more details. It’s completely free to apply and will only take up to 15 minutes to complete the first step of the application process!
If you have any questions, get in touch with a member of the team.