Intensive Spanish Courses

Intensive Spanish Courses or Conversation courses. Our courses are held in small groups. All our teachers are qualified language teachers. More…

The best way to learn Spanish in Spain is to do an intensive course somewhere like Bilbao. To learn Spanish in Bilbao means to learn Spanish in a place where good Spanish is spoken and where there is no massive presence of international students.

The goal of our courses is to teach people to communicate in Spanish in real world situations. With this goal in mind, our classes focus on the basic linguistic skills: speaking and spoken interaction, listening comprehension, reading and writing.

Our concept of teaching is based on communicative methods where the new technologies play an important role. Our teachers are all native speakers, they have a university degree in languages and are very experienced in teaching Spanish as a foreign language.

Spanish Courses are held in small groups where all our students receive personal attention. Courses are held all the year round. Students can join the course any Monday. They have to do a previous placement test to enter the correct course level.

Our 6 levels follow the Common European Framework of Reference:

  • Basic User: A1 and A2
  • Independent User: B1 and B2
  • Proficient User: C1 and C2

Intensive Spanish Courses +5, +10, +15

These courses are ideal for students who need to do a superintensive course and/or who have very short time and want to make the most out of it.

The course consists one:

  • 20 group 45-minute lessons per week
  • 5, 10 or 20 private 45-minute lessons per week

Private Spanish Lessons

Private Spanish lessons are perfect for those who are looking for a taylor made course:

  • Sudents who want to do a course for specific purposes.
  • Students 55+ who would rather be alone or with their wife, husband or friend in class.
  • Students with a very specific Spanish level that does not match the intensive courses.

The maximum number of students admitted in a private course is 3.

The following prices are total prices. If there it is 2 students who want to share the course, each one should have to pay half of the price. If there are 3 students who want to share the coures, each one should have to pay one third of the price.

Conversation Courses

These are courses for students who want to improve only their speaking skills in Spanish. The teacher prepares a topic  everyday and students discuss  the topic. The students gain vocabulary and correct their mistakes.

This course is held September to May, Monday to Friday. Students can register for 1 to 9 months.

It is a good option for students living or working in the area, with not much time, or for those who just need to improve their conversation in Spanish.

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To learn Spanish in Bilbao also means to learn Spanish in the land of one of the most prestigious cuisines and in one of the best areas for surfing.  It’s natural environment and closeness to La Rioja also give students many opportunities for both sport and cultural activities. We offer the following combined short courses (minimum 1 week):

Combined medium and long courses:

  • Intensive Spanish Course & Hospitality Management Diploma
  • Intensive Spanish Course & Hospitality Managemetn Course with internships
  • Intensive Spanish Course & Internships

Cooking Course

Students studying a Spanish Course at EIDE have the opportunity to attend a cooking course at EIDE Cooking School, where professional cooks have received their training since 1989. Students will learn to prepare the most typical dishes, tapas and pintxos (Basque tapas) of the both worldwide famous Spanish and Basque Cuisine.

The course takes place at the professional kitchen at EIDE  and it is held by our own cooking teachers, who have 10 to 20 years experience both as cooks and cooking teachers. The philosophy of our cooking courses is the same as that of all our courses: professional teaching and personal attention.

Courses are held in July. Students can register for 1 to 4 weeks. The programme for each week is different from the others.

Cooking Course Programme

  • Day 1 – First & Main Course: Fideua  and Hake in Garlic & Parsley Sauce.
  • Day 2 – Pintxos day:  Potato Omelette, Toast with Mushrooms and Octupus & Black Pudding with Grilled Goat Cheese and Honey Vinagrette
  • Day 3 – First & Main Course: Pisto with Cod (type of Ratatouille) & Chicken Chilindron Style
  • Day 4 – Deserts: Rosquillas (Spanish Donuts) & Buñuelos (Spanish Fried Vol-au-Vent)
  • Day 1 – First & Main Course: Gazpacho & Pork Sirloin with Idiazabal (Basque Smoked Cheese) Sauce
  • Day 2 – Pintxos day:  Spanish Ham Croquettes, Black Puding & Pepper Omelette, Toast with Iberian Ham & Boletus
  • Day 3 – First & Main Course: Marmitako (Potato and Tuna Fish Basque Dish) & Baby Cuttlefish in Black Sace (Typical Basque Dish)
  • Day 4 – Deserts:  Churros & Crema Catalana (Creme Brulee)
  • Day 1 – First & Main Course: Paella & Bacalao al Pil Pil (Typical Basque – Cod in a garlic and olive oil sauce)
  • Day 2 – Pintxos day:  Olives Filled with Anchovies, Red Pepper and Fresh Cheese; Iberian Ham with Red Pepper and Goat Cheese & Mushrooms filled with Cheese, Fried Ham and Ali-Oli Sauce.
  • Day 3 – First & Main Course: Salad Catalana & Lamb Caldereta (type of casserole)
  • Day 4 – Deserts:  Rice Cake & Goxua (Basque Custard)

  • Day 1 – First & Main Course:   Ajo Blanco (Cold Almond & Garlic Soup) & Sea Bass with Crunchy Ham and Prawn
  • Day 2 – Pintxos day:  Sweet Potato Chips with Brava Sauce, Filled Mussels, Pituseta (quail eggs with courgette)
  • Day 3 – First & Main Course: Beans and Clams Casserole & Hake in Mushroom and White Wine Sauce
  • Day 4 – Deserts: Rice Milk & Torrijas (Fried Bread Pudding) ,

Intensive Spanish & Surfing Course

This course is ideal to do an immersion into the Spanish language and enjoy surfing in one of the best areas in the world to surf.

The Basque country has a lot of ideal beaches with perfect waves not only to learn to surf but also for professional people in this sport. Thanks to that, it is known that the Basque coast is one of the most desired places by surfers from all over the world.

The programme includes  Intensive Spanish Courses with native teachers at EIDE in the mornings and surfing courses in the afternoons or weekends.

There are 2 types of surfing programmes:

  • Surfing course in La Arena Beach for Beginners. This course is perfect for beginners, but it is also suitable for those with previous experience in surfing. It includes one-week surfing course, 2 hours per day. The beach is reachable by bus. Bus stops next to the school.
  • Surfing course in Sopealana or Plencia Beach for Beginners and Experienced People. Perfect course both for beginners and people with previous experience in surfing. We propose 3, 4 or 5 lessons per week, but students can choose different combination. Students have a 20-minute walk or 5-minutes bus drive to Portugalete, where they cross the bridge to Las Arenas. The surfing school drives the students

Intensive Spanish & Internships: it is a chance for those who want to learn Spanish in Bilbao and acquire working experience. Tourism or hospitality students can do an internship in Spanish hotels. We can also arrange internships for students of other specialities. The minimum Spanish level is a B2.

Spanish & horse riding course

This course is ideal to do an immersion into the Spanish language and start learning how to ride a horse, or in the case that the student already has experience, improving their present skills.

The student takes an Intensive Spanish Course at EIDE in the morning, and a horse-riding course in the afternoons or at weekends in La Arboleda, a mountainous area only 10 minutes from EIDE.

The course consists of 10 lessons, held in the afternoons or during the weekend. There are 2 types of courses:

  • Beginners Course
  • Breaking in and Jumping

There is a direct bus from the school to the horse-riding school, which is 10 minutes walking distance from the bus stop.  If desired, host families can take and pick the student up from the horse-riding course, for an extra price.

All students should have the relevant insurance. If they do not have it, EIDE can manage a one-month insurance.

Intensive Spanish & Culture, Gastronomy and Wine

With this course you will enjoy the Basque Country in all it’s glory. You will learn not only Spanish language but also the culture and gastronomy of the Basque Country. We have several programmes to choose from depending on your likes and necessities.

Individuals or groups up to 10 people

  • 1-week or 2-week Spanish course
  • Accomodation at host families or 3-star hotel
  • Breakfast and lunch everyday
  • Lunch Monday to Friday at EIDE’s restaurant
  • Activity programme: 4 half day trips
  • One full day trip to La Rioja.
  • Reservation and tickets for all the activirties.
  • 15€-ticket for metro, bus and train.

Groups From 5 to 19 people

1-week or 2-week Spanish course

  • Accomodation at host families or 3-star hotel
  • Breakfast and lunch everyday
  • Lunch Monday to Friday at EIDE’s restaurant
  • Activity programme: 4 half day trips
  • One full day trip to La Rioja.
  • Reservation and tickets for all the activirties.
  • 15€-ticket for metro, bus and train.
  • A local guide for every activity
  • 30€ pintxos dinner (Basque tapas)

Groups of 10 or more people

  • 1-week or 2-week Spanish course
  • Accomodation at host families or 3-star hotel
  • Breakfast and lunch everyday
  • Lunch Monday to Friday at EIDE’s restaurant
  • Activity programme: 4 half day trips
  • One full day trip to La Rioja.
  • Reservation and tickets for all the activirties.
  • 15€-ticket for metro, bus and train.
  • A local guide for every activity.
  • 30€ pintxos dinner (Basque tapas).
  • 4 hour Cooking course.
  • 2 hour Wine tasting course

Spanish & Hospitality Management Diploma: preparation Spanish Course & 2-academic-year diploma in Hospitality Management, including 3-month internship in hotels. A very complete course with an official Diploma at a very good price.

Spanish & Hospitalty Management Course: Spanish Course combined with a short course in Hospitality Management and a 1 to 3-month internship in a hotel afterwards.

DELE Examinations

4-week DELE Preparation Course. Examinations at EIDE. More…


DELE (Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera) are official Diplomas in Spanish Languages that certify the level of Spanish of the student. They are held by the Instituto Cervantes, in the name of the Spanish Ministry of Education.

EIDE, accredited by the Instituto Cervantes and member of Fedele, prepares the students and holds the exams in the school.

DELE Courses are designed to give students an idea of the kind of structure, exercises and questions they will come up against in the DELE exams. In order for the student to become familiar with these exams, most of the exercises and activities will be based on real exam papers.

The goal of our courses is to help students develop the necessary skills to perform successfully in every exam section: listening and speaking, grammar and vocabulary, reading and writing.

As these courses are designed specifically to prepare for the exam, the student should have completed the required level before entering this course. In case a student wants to take, for example,  the DELE Intermedio (B2 exam), he or she should have the complete the B2 level before taking the DELE Coures.

DELE Courses are usually held before the exam takes place and last 4 weeks, but it is possible to arrange courses on different dates and of different durations. If some students want to do this course and the dates do not fit them, we can arrange a course for them with a minimum of 3 students. If there is only one student,  he or she can have individual lessons.

The price of the course is 545 € + 60 € Registragion Fee. Next course

The DELE are internationally recognised, official qualifications with permanent validity. Examinations are held in May, August and November.

The DELE Diplomas are internationally recognised, and enjoy great prestige not only among public and private educational institutions and authorities, but also in the business world and chambers of commerce.

Both in Spain and other countries,  the DELE have been adopted by departments of education and official institutions of learning to complement their own  assessment programmes. In fact, in Spain, many Universities requiere the DELE to register in a degree.

Levels and Prices:

A1 A2 B1* B2* C1* C2
Formerly Beginner Formerly Intermediate Formerly Proficiency
Breakthrough Waystage Threshold*(Formerly Beginner) Vantage*(Formerly Intermediate) Effective Opperational Proficiency Mastery(Formerly Proficiency)
152 € 175 € 184 € 191 €
*This examinations are held at EIDE


  • May: Friday, May 24th 2013 – Registration from Ferbruary till April 19th.
  • November: Friday, November 22nd 20013 – Registration from September 16th to October 18th.

Learn Sanish Spain Learn Spanish Bilbao EIDE

Bilbao is a cosmopolitan and modern city, which is the result of a transformation that has taken place over the last two decades. The Guggenheim museum, by Frank Ghery, is an important ingredient of this development, but certainly not the only one. Other good examples are the Underground, designed by Norman Foster, or the Zubi Zuri Bridge and the Airport, by Fernando Calatrava.

Although these projects have increased the popularity of Bilbao, the heart of the city is still the “Casco Viejo”. This charming old town is a pedestrianised area with a combination of traditional and modern shops, bars and restaurants. Visitors will enjoy Basque gastronomy, considered highly prestigious both nationally and internationally, as well as sampling the city’s fun night life.

Bilbao is not a big city, the best way to get to know it is by walking. We recommend 3 walks:

  • From Bilbao Sagrado Corazón  to Bilbao Arriaga , through Gran Vía (main street).
  • Walking through the streets of “El Casco Viejo” (old town).
  • From Arriaga to the Guggenheim Museum.

All 3 can be done in a day, or 2 of them in an afternoon. Other ways of visiting Bilbao are the double decker touristic Bus (Bus Turistikoa) and the Boat (Bilboats). The second options is a nice  and relaxing one, but they give no tourist explanation.

What to see

Casco Viejo de Bilbao

Bilbao’s charming old town is a pedestrianised area full of life. There are shops of all kinds, including both well known brands and also original and different shops of all kinds. It is also known as “Las 7 Calles” (7 streets) because of the 7 streets that, since the 15th century, have been part of the Old Town:  Somera, Artecalle, Tendería, Belosticalle, Carnicería Vieja, Barrencalle, Barrencalle Barrena.

The “Casco Viejo” is a perfect area to try Pintxos (Basque Tapas) at lunch time or in the evening, and to soak up the night life atmosphere.

What to see: Plaza Nueva, Santiago Cathedral, Riverside Market, San Anton Bridge and Church, Migue Unamuno’s Birthplace, Basque Museum, Arriaga Theater, Arenal Square Gardens…

Ensanche de Bilbao and Gran Vía

The word in English for “Ensanche” would be “widening”. It refers to the expansion of the old city. This area of Bilbao was built between the 19th and 20th centuries. The “Gran Vía Don Diego López de Haro” (Main street) belongs to this part of Bilbao. Part of this Gran Vía is now a semi-pedestrianised area, only available for buses and taxis. It is a good area for shopping, where famous shops such as Zara, Mango or El Corte Inglés, have settled. A very elegant area, with mythical bars such as the “Iruña”, ideal for a wine and a “pintxo Moruno”. There are also many bars for pintxos on both sides of the Gran Vía.

What to see: Arenal Bridge, Abando Railway Station, Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, Carlton Hotel, Doña Casilda Park…

The Right Side of the Estuary

A beautiful walk with really nice views. It is also the best place to see the Guggenheim Museum building and other new buildings in Bilbao.

What to see: The Arenal Walk, City Hall and City Hall Bridge, The ZubiZuri Bridge (Calatrava), University of Deusto…


This area is representative of the new Bilbao. It used to be a very grey and industrial area, with ship-building factories. Now it is one of the most beautiful parts of the city, full of new buildings. The Guggenheim museum was built here, but it was just the first step.

What to see: the Guggenheim Museum, Euskalduna Palace and Bridge, Pedro Arrupe Bridge, Memory Lane, Maritime Museum, Zubiarte Shopping Center…

Around Sagrado Corazón

For football lovers, the San Mamés Football Stadium, Home of the Bilbao Athletic Club,  is near Sagrado Corazón Area. There is also a museum there.

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Bilbao is part of Greater Bilbao, a conurbanation of 8 municipalities on both sides of the Estuary of the river Nervion, of which Bilbao is the Capital city.  Even though there are 8 municipalities, the visitor has the feeling that they are, in fact, all parts of the same city, as they form an unbroken urban zone in a very small area (14 km from one side to the other).

Santurtzi, where EIDE is located, Portugalete and Getxo are the most attractive areas of the Greater Bilbao: Santurtzi and Getxo are at the edge of the stuary and by the sea; Porgutalete is the town where the famous suspension bridge is locates (the world-heritage “Puente Colgante”).

Santurtzi or Santurce used to be a fishing town, and famous in Spanish speaking countries for the song “Desde Santurce a Bilbao” about a “Sardinera” (a lady selling sardines) that walks to Bilbao everyday along the riverbank, selling sardines. Nowadays there are not that many fishermen, but Santurtzi still has its beautiful fishing port. Just by this fishing port, there is a brand new Marina. The most attractive part of Santurce is the walk from the fishing port to Portugalete, with beautiful views of the sea, the estuary, Getxo and the “Puente Colgante”.

Portugalete’s old town is a medieval town, where the Basilica of Santamaria can be found. It is worth visiting this, as well as the famous Biscay Transporter Bridge (Puente Colgante). The bridge is worth visiting, not only for the construction itself, but also for the views from the top of it: at a 62-metres high, it gives the most astonishing views in the area.
Getxo is a residential area on the other side of the river. The promenade from the Transporter Bridge to the Old Port of Algorta is another must-see area to visit. This promenade passes by the Getxo Marina, the Ereaga Beach and leads to the old port, the perfect place for a wine, beer or a pintxo. The beach of Arrigunaga is also an attractive spot in Getxo.

This area is connected by metro, train or bus: moving around.

Learn Spanish in Spain Learn Spanish in Bilbao La Rioja

La Rioja is an autonomous community in the North of Spain, known for its famous Rioja Wine. The region borders with Álava, one of the 3 regions of the Basque Country.

La Rioja Alavesa is located in the Basque Country, in the south of Álava between the Ebro River and the Cantabria Mountains.

Its geographic location and climatology make La Rioja and Rioja Alavesa ideal place for wine cultivation. The wine brand for wines both in Rioja and Rioja Alavesa is Origen Calificada Rioja .

But wine and wineries, some of the designed by famous architects such as such as Frank O. Gehry or Santiago Calatrava, are not the only attractions of this area. Medieval villages, museums and the place where the first words written in Spanish were found and some of the other reasons for visiting La Rioja.


A visit to Laguardia is like stepping back in time. This perfectly preserved medieval village in Spain, retains intact its historic walls from the 13th century and has a delightful network of cobblestoned streets full of “Tabernas”, wine shops, palaces, and cafes.

What to see

  • Plaza Mayor Square: The main square of this village has a pretty arcaded Town Hall and a very interesting clock with dancing hands called the “Reloj de Carillon”.
  • Panoramic views of the Sierra de Cantabria from “El Collado”
  • The church of Santamaria (special tour can be hired in the Tourism Office).


  • El Fabulista winery: “The Fabulist” winery  stands out among the underground cellars. It is situated under the house where the writer Samaniego was born. In your visit you will have the opportunity to taste the wine that is still produced in the traditional way.
  • Ysios winery: The spectacular Ysios winery by architect Santiago Calatrava was inaugurated in 2001. The Ysios winery is part of the Domecq group, one of the biggest producers and exporters of wines in Spain.
Special Events
  • Bagpiper’s Day: This festivity, attended by bagpipe players from around the world, is held on May 19th.
  • Festivities in honour of San Pedro and San Pedro: Daily routine is left aside in Laguardia from the 23rd to the 29th of June. Bars, cellars, streets, everywhere is crowded with hundreds of visitor.
 Labastida is located in the south-east of the Basque Country and Alava, in the Rioja Alavesa region.
What to see
  • The Old Quarter: Church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción, the Town Hall, Toloño and Larrazuria Arches, and Calle Mayor (Older street).
  • Cellars: If you are looking for an unmatchable experience don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Marqués de Riscal wine cellar. A mix of innovation and tradition, the oldest winery in La Rioja was redesigned by Frank Gehry, the architect of the Guggenheim in Bilbao.
La Rioja
This area of Spain has over 500 wineries and is internationally famous for the quality of its wines. Culture, wine, amazing natural attractions, and high mountain areas together make an extraordinary combination.

Towns and Villages

Haro is considered the Rioja Wine Capital. The most important wineries in La Rioja are located there. It is worth a visit, not only for its wineries, but also because of its medieval town, its bars and restaurants and the wonderful views of the vines and the “Sierra the Cantabria”.
What to see
  • The Old Town
  • El Torreon Museum
  • The Church Square

Wineries and Wine Culture

  • The Rioja Wine Interpretation Center,  located in the century-old Haro Oenological Station, which since 1892 has been satisfying the region’s viticultural research and training needs, always taking care to ensure the quality of Rioja wine and the opening of new horizons.
  • Wineries: Alberto Gutiérrez Andrés Winery, Bilbainas Winery, Berceo Winery, C.V.N.E. Compañia Vinícola del Norte de España Winery, Carlos Serres Winery, César Óscar Muga Foncea Winery, Cooperativa , Virgen de la Vega Winery, Federico Paternina Winery, Florentino de Lecanda Winery, Gómez Cruzado Winery, Ibaiondo Winery, Juan José Peñagaricano Akutain Winery, La Rioja Alta Winery, López de Heredia Winery, Martínez Lacuesta Winery, Muga Winery, Ramón Bilbao Winery, Rioja Santiago Winery, Roda Winery, Viña Olabarri Winery
Special Events
  • St. John, St. Felices and St. Peter Fiestas in June. The most famous attraction of these Fiestas is the Wine Battle (la Batalla del Vino) on June 29th (Saint Peter). This celebration has been classified as a tourit attraction of special interest. It is celebrated on the hilltop of Riscos de Biblio. It is a battle where people dressed in white clothes throw wine one to another. It is advisable to dress in old clothes.
Logroño is the capital of La Rioja, a charming region famous for being a stopover on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. Perfectly situated between cities like Bilbao Pamplona, San Sebastián, Burgos and Zaragoza, Logroño is well worth a stop on any trip around northern Spain.

What to see

  • Palace of the Chapiteles (the old Town Hall)
  • Plaza de Abastos (Food market)
  • Laurel Street. Without a doubt, it’s the most popular street in Logroño. There are over 40 bars and restaurants waiting for you with their specialties in this bustling street.
  • The Parliament of La Rioja and the Library (the old Mercedario convent).
  • Defensive wall and Ravelin, the museum of the city of Logroño.
  • Co-cathedral of Santa María de La Redonda.
  • Church of Santa María de Palacio
  • The Way of St James: this famous tour that passes through La Rioja, is considered as the leading European Cultural Route and a Heritage of Humanity.
Special Events
  • The festival of San Bernabé (the patron saint of the city): It is celebrated on June 11th. A great number of activities take place throughout the week: fairs, circuses, street markets, historical representations of the siege, expositions, street exhibitions of all kinds, fireworks…
  • The festival of San Mateo (the grape harvest festival): A week of non- stop festivities: bulls, floats, markets, the international fireworks contest, the traditional hand-ball game championships…Most of all, this festival is a gastronomic delight with rioja wines and regional cuisine.

One of the Rioja towns most deeply linked to the Pilgrim’s Route to Santiago de Compostela, is Santo Domingo de la Calzada. Its medieval streets, declared a National Historic Interest Site, store a valuable heritage, particularly its walls, the Cathedral and the old Pilgrims’ Hospital.

Special Events

  • The theatrical representation of ” The Miracles of the Saint”: It takes place in August.
  • Constitution holiday week: The Medieval Market is held during the week.
The village famous for its twin site monasteries of Suso and Yuso, was declared World Heritage Sites by the UNESCO. It’s known for being the birthplace of the first written words in the Spanish language.

What to see

  • Marqués de San Nicolás Palace.
  • Dinastia Vivanco Museum & Winery: Is an impressive wine museum created by the winemaking family Vivanco.
How to get there to the Rioja Alavesa
Best way to arrive there and visit the most interesting spots is by car. But there are also many buses that allow visitors without a car to have a very good idea of this area:
  • Enobus: Every weekend April to October, there is a bus that leaves from Bilbao and visits 2 or 3 towns of La Rioja Alavesa, including wineries. The bus leaves from Plaza Moyua (Bilbao).
  • Autobuses La Unión. This company connects Bilbao with Haro, Logroño, Labastida, La Guardia, Santo Domingo de la Calzada and most important places of La Rioja and La Rioja Alavesa.

  • Get to know Bilbao, Biscay and the Basque Country

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We offer different types of accommodation for students doing a Spanish course at EIDE:

  • Host families. We consider it is the best choice for short term students and for the first weeks in the case of students who come to do a long course.
  • Room in a shared appartment. We offer rooms at our own appartment next to the school but also help the student find room in other shared appartments.
  • Youth hostels. New and very good quality hostels at a reasonable price.
  • Students’ residence or dorm. 20 minutes from the school.

Room in a Shared Appartment

Students can choose to hire a room in EIDE’s shared apartment. The apartment is 50 metres from the school. The building is modern, and the apartment is made of quality materials and very well preserved. There is a patio, sitting room and a shared kitchen, where students can socialise. There is the possibility of individual bedrooms and shared bedrooms with twin beds.

Once the long-stay students are here, EIDE can also help them find their own apartments or rooms in apartments shared with Spanish students. An average apartment usually has three bedrooms, a living-room, a kitchen and a bathroom. The rent of an apartment is usually between 700€ or 900€ per month. If three students share it, the price per person would be 250 € -300 € per month. Electricity, water supply, cleaning, etc. are not included in the price.

Host Families

Host families are the best choice, no matter the age of the student. It is the best way to learn Spanish in Spain, as the students can practice their Spanish each and every day. At the same time, they learn the culture and the way of living. Students living with host families are also the ones who get to know the area better, as the families are usually the best guides.

We take great pride on our host families. They have been been carefully selected and we have visited them all. They will make students feel like a member of the family and help them make the most of their stay here.

We try to find the most suitable family for each student, in terms of age, hobbies, tastes, location and several other criteria.

Youth Hostel

There are several youth hostels in Bilbao, all of them new:

  • Bilbao Akelarre Hostel: in the suburb of Deusto, in Bilbao. Quite near the school, 20 minutes by metro from Deusto Metro Station.
  • BBK Bilbao Good Hostel: in the suburb of Bolueta, Bilbao. To arrive at EIDE, students have to take the metro from Bolueta Station. It takes about 30 minutes.
  • Gambara Hostel: near Bilbao Old Town. cerca del casco viejo de Bilbao.To arrive at EIDE, students have to take the metro from Bolueta Station or the train from Abando Station (25 minutes to EIDE).

They are a very good option for young people and groups. The BBK Bilbao Good Hostel is also available for children.

Students who wish to stay at a hostel in July, have to book in time, as while the Bilbao BBKLilve Festival takes place this hostels are usually fully booked.


The Dorm  is located in Bilbao, less than 200 metres from the train station to EIDE. It takes 15 to 20 minutes to arrive at EIDE. It was opened in September 2004.

Students can stay from one week to a whole year, for individuals but also for groups in summer.

The residence has 196 single rooms and 10 double rooms with a kitchen. All the rooms have their own bathroom, telephone, heating, computer connection with Internet access, television aerial and a satellite receiver. The residence hall also has special rooms, adapted for disabled people. It also has an apartment with a capacity of 4 people.

Bilbao is the capital of Biscay, one of the 3 provinces of the Basque Country.  Bilbao is part of Greater Bilbao, a conurbanation of 8 municipalities on both sides of the river Nervion, of which Bilbao is the Capital city. Santurtzi, where EIDE is located, is 14 km downriver, in the Bilbao Abra Bay.

Moving Around

Bilbao and Greater Bilbao are very well connected by frequent metros, buses and trains, everything is reacheable in less than 30 minutes.

The airport of Bilbao, only 10 minutes by car from the city centre, is the most important in the north of Spain: there are frequent flights to most important cities in Spain and many throughout Europe.

Most places in Bilbao are within a maximum of 20 minutes walking distance. In Santurtzi, everything is in walking distance and even places such as the famous Transporter Bridge in Portugalete or the nearest Beach in Las Arenas, are at a 20-minutes and 30-minutes walk from Santurtzi respectively.

In addition, both Bilbao and Greater Bilbao are very well connected by train, metro or Bus.

The website advises about the best way to get anywhere by public transport.

Metro connects Bilbao with both sides of the river Nervion. It is the most frequent option and all stations are very well located. The metro station in Santurtzi is only 3 minutes from EIDE.

Map and Distances


  • Bilbao Casco Viejo (Old Town)-Bilbao San Mamés (Bus Station): 5 minutes
  • Bilbao San Mamés (Train Station) – Santurtzi: 22 minutes
  • Bilbao San Mamés (Train Station) – Larrabasterra (Sopelana Beach): 29 minutes
  • Santurtzi – Larrabasterra (Sopelana Beach): 44 minutes


  • List Item Text Single tickets: 1 zone: €1,45 – 2 zones:€1,60 – 3 zones: €1,70
  • Day tickets: €4,60
  • Creditrans: 1 zone: €0,78 – 2 zones:€0,94 – 3 zones: €1,05. This is a card that can be recharged. The cost is €3
  • Other Options: monthly ticket, youth ticket, 50 trips-per-month tickets. This options are good for students staying long periods and making a minimum of 2 trips per day

Train (Renfe Cercanías) connects towns on the left side of the river Nervion with Bilbao San Mamés (Bus Station), Abando (Train Station) and other areas that do not have metro stations. It is less frequent that the metro, but a very good option to travel from Santurtzi to Bilbao, as the trip is quite pleasant and it is very fast.

Map and Distances

Mapa Cercanía Renfe Bilbao

  • Bilbao  San Mamés (Bus Station) – Santurtzi: 16 minutes
  • Bilbao Abando (Train Station) – Santurtzi: 22 minutes


  • Single ticket: 1,81 €
  • Creditrans: 1,41 €
  • Other options: mothly tickets

Buses connect Greater Bilbao with beaches and other towns of Biscay. Journey time to some beaches or towns:

  • Santurtzi – La Arena Beach: 19 minutes
  • Santurtzi – Balmaseda (medieval town): 50 min
  • Bilbao – Gernika-Lumo: 43 min
  • Bilbao-Laga and Laida Beaches: 1 hour

Tram drives from Bilbao Old Town Autonomía, connecting all the places that are not connected by train or metro.

Spanish is the common language in Spain but there are other languages spoken in some regional areas. In regions such as Cataluña, Galicia or the Basque Country, both Spanish and the regional language are official languages. Even though the number of bilingual speakers in Bilbao is growing, Spanish is still the most widespread, it is know by everyone and used by the vast majority of the population in everyday life.

As for the variant of Spanish spoken in Bilbao, it is notable that people neatly articulate each vowel of every word, with the only exception of participles ending in – “ado”, which never fail to lose their “d” and lose one syllable: “comprao” instead of “comprado”(bought); “Olvidao” instead of olvidado (forgotten). At grammatical level, the language in Bilbao meets morpho-syntactic standards and it is free of examples of “laismo” and “loismo”, so prevalent in Castilla and La Mancha. There is only a noticeable misuse of tenses in conditional sentences involving the “pretérito imparefecto del subjutivo” which is replaced with a conditional:

  • Si sabría la respuesta te la diría” (If I would know the answer I would tell you) instead of “Si supiera la respuesta te la diría” (If I knew the answer I would tell you)

This also refers to the “pretérito perfecto”:

  • Si habrían sabido la verdad te lo habrían dicho” (If they would have known the answer they would have told you) instead of “Si hubieran sabido la verdad te lo habrían dicho” (‘If they had known the answer they would have told you…’)

But the highlight of Spanish spoken in Bilbao is the very intonation and rhythm of all oral exchanges, the clarity of diction and superb correction.

At a socio-linguistic level, there are also peculiarities of the speech in Bilbao. The most important (shared by all the Basque Country) is the restricted use of formal ways of addressing involving ‘usted’ (only used in the Tourism and Hospitality industry). The use of ‘tu’ is widespread in the whole Basque Country, which makes daily communication easier for foreigners.

Bilbao is the most well connected city in the north of Spain. Bilbao Airport is the most important airport in the area, and there are direct flights to main cities in Spain and also many in Europe. Important companies such as Iberia, Lufthansa, Air France or British Airways run frequent flights to and from Bilbao, any part of the world is reachable by plane from Bilbao. There are also some low cost airlines, such as Easy Jet or Ryan Air.

The airport is only 15 Km from Bilbao city centre or 25 km from EIDE. It takes only 10 minutes by car to Bilbao or 20 to EIDE by car. There is a bus that goes every 30 minutes from Bilbao city centre, and taxis that cost between €20 and €40.

Another good option is Santander airport, about 90 km away and very well connected by bus with Bilbao. Ryan Air operates from this airport.

Companies Operating From Bilbao: Aer Lingus, Air Berlin, Air Europa, Air France, Air Nostrum, Brussels Airlines, Easyjet, Easyjet Switzerland, Germanwings, Iberia, Lufthansa, Orbest, Ryanair, Smartwings, Swiftair, TAP Portugal, Tunisair, Turkish Airlines, Volotea, Vueling Airlines.

European cities connected by direct flights with Bilbao: Brussels, Dusseldorf, Istambul, Frankfurt, Geneva, Lisbon, London, Manchester, Munich, Paris, Stuttgart.

Spanish cities connected by direct flights with Bilbao: Alicante, Barcelona, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Málaga, Santiago, Sevilla, Tenerife, Valencia, Vigo.

From the airport to Bilbao city centre:

  • Taxi costs €20-€25 and takes about 10 minutes. There are plenty of taxis and hardly any queues.
  • Buses leave every 30 minutes from the airport to Bilbao.  Tickets costs €1,35.

From the airport to EIDE (Santurtzi):

  • Taxis cost €30-€35 and take about 20 minutes. There are plenty of taxis and hardly any queues.
  • Buses leave every 30 minutes from the airport to Bilbao Temibus (Bus station).  Tickets cost €1,35.  From Termibus, there is train or metro to Santurce. Train tickets cost less than €2 and the journey takes 15 minutes. Metro is more frequent, trip last 25 minutes and ticket costs €1,60.

Companies opperating from Santander: Iberia and Ryan Air.

Cities connected by direct flights with Santander: Alicante, Bruselas, Dublín, Frankfurt, Gran Canaria, Londres, Madrid, Málaga, Milán, París, Pisa, Reus, Roma, Sevilla, Tenerife.

From Santander Airport to Bilbao:

From Santander Airport to EIDE:

  • There is a direct bus every day from Santander airport to Santurtzi, where EIDE is located.
  • Another option is to take the bus from Santander airport to Bilbao Termibus (Bus Station) and take the metro or train from Bilbao Termibus to Santurtzi. Train tickets cost less than €2 and the trip lasts 15 minutes. Metro is more frequent, though the trip lasts 25 minutes. Tickets are priced at €1,60.

Language, Tourism & Hospitality and Cooking School

EIDE is a well-known private institution in the area of Bilbao. The Language School was founded in 1976 and in 1989 the Tourism, Hospitality and Cooking Schools followed.  The number of students (more than 15.000), that have attended the school are proof of EIDE’s quality and professionalism. As well as that, EIDE is accredited by many institutions.

More information about EIDE Tourism, Hospitality and Cooking Schools at:

The bases of our teaching are Innovation, Personal Attention and  Professionalism:

  • Quality and Professionalism.

    • All our teachers are native, they have a degree and broad experience in language teaching.
    • Most of the staff have been part of EIDE team for 5 to 30 years.
    • Courses are developed following serious programmes.
    • We are accredited by Institutions such as The Instituto Cervantes, The University of Cambridge, the Education and Employment Department of the Basque Government…
    • Classrooms are equipped with high quality sound and video systems.
  • Personal Attention.

    • Classes are held in small groups, where teachers pay personal attention to all the students.
    • All the staff at EIDE try to attend to each student’s needs.
    • Regarding accommodation and host families, we try to place students at the accommodation that suits them best and with host families with similar hobbies or tastes.
    • Host families also try to help the students with anything and everything that they can.
  • Innovation and New Technology

    • We try to include new communicative methods and learning through experience in our classes.
    • We have 10 active boards which are used daily during the lessons.
    • We use moodle and other tools as a support for our lessons
    • We have free Wi-Fi for the students
    • There is a computer room for all the students.