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E-book: Guide to your school start at The Marbella Design Academy Costa del Sol s.l. Welcome to new students It is normal to feel home sick the first days-weeks. Spain is different Marbella, The City Maps of: Andalucia Marbella and surroundings Down-Town Marbella What to do Where to stay What to see Transportation Need to know: How to get a student VISA How to get a NIE number Health insurance Useful phone numbers and addresses Students council and network Info about courses: www.designschool.com Phone to the Director Helle Byrn: 609 59 48 85 Text and Design by: Gualberto Cerron Copyright: Marbella Design Academy Costa del Sol sl. Founded in 1995

Welcome to new Students: 

Welcome to new Students By Director Helle Byrn Dear new Students Your teachers, old students and I are welcoming you to our Marbella Design Academy-Costa del Sol. We are looking forward to working together with you to make you to an excellent designer. We have a really good program for your education and ask you to check your agenda regularly to keep your self up to date with projects, subjects, presentations and other advents. Our school is special in that manner that we are not bigger than we can give each student a necessary teacher attention in a 1 to 1 tuition. Here you are not just a number. Here you exist as a person in your own rights. It is really important for us to develop each of you students to an independent and professional designer still keeping your own personality intact. We have students from all over the world which is fantastic and which we can all benefit and learn from. We have Students from many different cultural, religious and ethnic back grounds. Our goal is to make you a good and professional designer and to give you this education in an open-minded, tolerant and peace loving environment . Yours Helle Byrn. Director

It is normal to feel homesick the first days-weeks: 

It is normal to feel homesick the first days-weeks Do not become scared of your reaction if you feel a bit depressed or homesick for the first days. You have come from far away. Away from your home and friends to a different country, city and culture. It is normal to feel homesick the first days-weeks. We have all been there and we know that it is difficult to settle down until you have got accustomed to your new environment and friends. Do not worry. Very soon you will feel better and be happy again. Important is it that you stay positive and open minded. To help you, the Academy have an school council, Gualberto Cerron and a Student Club. Gualberto will help you with any questions or help you might need with your school start. If it is something that needs to be solved at a higher level Gualberto will consult the staff and administration at the monthly Staff meeting. As a social net work all the students at the Marbella Design Academy have a Student Club. The Club arranges excursions and get-together in week-ends and evenings. Every week can you read at the schools notice board what is up for the coming week. Have you some good ideas are they always welcome. Beach Volley-Ball Club: It is recommended to join the schools beach Volley-Ball Club , 'The Sand Breakers'. It is fun and give a good exercise. Big contest between the teams at the beach in May. The school donate a reward to the winning team. Have you a major personal problem that you need help to solve, please consult the administration in the opening hours and if it is urgent the Director Helle Byrn at mobile 609 59 48 85.

Spain is different: 

Spain is different Welcome to Spain, the country known for the sun, its amazing beaches, flamenco, paella, sangria and bullfighting. All this is part of the most common topics you hear about Spain all the time. And it is true, they belong to the culture of the country, a culture which is one of the oldest and strongest in Europe, a culture which will now be a part of you and your life. The Spanish way of life is somewhat slower than in the rest of Europe, especially so in the Andalucia. This may be seen as lazy, but when the Spanish work, they work hard. They have adapted to the weather and play hard too. It is quite common for life to begin when the sun goes down, especially in the summer. They are a very happy people who enjoy life to the full. They love music, dance and food. We can all learn a lot of the way Spanish people live there lives, especially Spanish people from Andalucia. Spanish people have first priority in having a good time together with their families and friends. In general do they work to live and not live to work. Spanish people and their life style has been announced to be the happiest in Europe. We who have been here for a long time for sure believe in this. Siestas and Fiestas are of great importance. As a foreigner do you feel there are Fiestas all the times. If there are no Fiesta in one Town or village there are in another. Most Spanish people take holidays during the Fiesta in their home town. Then they all party, dance and sing in the streets. Old people, young people and kids in a wonderful unity. From the early morning during the entire night for a whole week.The food also has an important role in the Spanish life style.


Before going to work at 10.00 they start their day with toasted bread with olive oil, smashed tomatoes and salt, combined with a glass of orange juice of fresh squeezed oranges that have matured on the trees and in the sun. The coffee you can get in different variations. Café Solo-Café Americano-Café con leche-Café Sombra or Café Nube. Stronger down to coffee almost white. For lunch around 14.00 most Spanish people are eating their main meal. Normally they are going home and are eating lunch together with their families in the Siesta time between 14.00 and 17.00. This time is a sacred time. Try to avoid calling people in those hours it is considered bad taste. Before going to work again at 17.00 they are taking a nap. This is especially a good idea in the summer time where temperature during those hours can climb to more than 40º Celsius. From 17.00 to 20.00 the Spanish people are at work again. No stress here. What they do not manage today they will manage tomorrow or next week. This can sometimes be difficult to deal with if you are brought up in a culture where the working hours are the most important. In reality can we learn something here. Why be so stressed? Does it matter really that things takes longer time? Is it not more important to enjoy life? Spanish life has changed dramatically over recent years and many of the strict religious customs are giving way to more modern ways. However, many old customs and traditions have not faded. Handshaking is the customary form of greeting and kisses on both cheeks is normal. If invited to a private home, a small gift is appreciated. Away from the holiday resorts beachwear should be confined to beach or poolside and shirts should always be worn in public places and on public transport. Smoking is accepted, but not in public places.


Tapas are small dishes that you eat before or after your main dish. Tapas means lid because the Tapas is served on a small plate normally put on top of the glass with your drink. No restaurant without Tapas, which you can find in many different variations. In the evenings you can see the Spanish families strolling at Paseo Maritimo with their entire family. Especially in the summer time the Spanish people are coming out of their houses to enjoy the nice and cooler temperature. The night is long in Spain. You will find people out and around during the entire night. Discothèques opens normally around 12.00 1.00 in the night and are open until the next morning. Take care of with whom you deal and do not go out without company of friends. Spanish men like to flirt, although this does not mean anything. Please also give yourself the self discipline to only go out in week-ends. You can impossible concentrate at school, if you come directly from Disco. Else, enjoy your life and the Spanish life style.

Marbella, The City: 

Marbella, The City Marbella is the choice of the rich and famous. The resort is large and stylish, with around 28km of beaches. Set against the stunning backdrop of the 'La Concha' mountain Marbella is a mixture of old and new, with stylish apartments lining the seafront while typical Andalusian houses are to be found along the picturesque alleys of Marbella's Old Town, the 'Casco Antiguo'. A favourite area to visit is the beautiful Plaza de los Naranjos in the Old Quarter, meaning 'Orange Square' it is aptly named and especially beautiful when the orange trees are blooming. The Plaza is also surrounded by restaurants and cafés making it a perfect place to unwind and watch the world go by. Marbella's main boulevard is home to many stylish boutiques and shops, while the gardens at 'Parque de la Alameda' make a nice place to sit and relax. The connecting plaza is dedicated to the artist Salvador Dali, whose sculptures stand all along it's length, leading down to the beach promenade. The 'Parque de la Constitución's' has a little ampitheatre and is the venue for outdoor cultural events during the summer months. Marbella's marina is neither as famous nor as glamorous as it's better known sister, Puerto Banus, but the Marina Marbella area is the place to find fresh fish, with it's fish market providing many of the restaurants in the area. You have the Paseo Maritimo stretching all along the sandy beach from Marbella right to the Puerto Banus. As one leaves the center of Marbella heading west one travels along the famous 'Golden Mile', so called for the beach front palace style villas that makes the area one of the most expensive in Europe.


The 'Golden Mile' is also home to the Marbella Club Hotel, founded in the 1950's. The five star luxury hotel gave Marbella's its reputation as a playground for the rich and famous. Now a day's celebrities and dignitaries including the likes of the King of Saudi Arabia, who has a summer palace and mosque on the Golden Mile. Marbella county covers a total area of 114.3 sq km and stretches 26 km along the coast. It comprises several important urban sites: Marbella, San Pedro de Alcántara, Puerto Banús, Nueva Andalucia and Las Chapas, as well as several suburbs. According to 1998 data, the population amounted to 98,377 voting people, although it is estimated to have grown to over 105,000. Marbella is surrounded by Estepona, Benahavís, Istán, Ojén y Mijas. Marbella's citizens enjoy a unique micro-climate, which gives an average temperature of 18ºC throughout the year. It only rains occasionally in November and March (the rain being insignificant the rest of the year), the wind blows frequently from the East and the weather is sunny more than 320 days a year. Marbella is close to major cities and legendary cultural centres: Malaga, Cádiz, Granada, Seville and Cordoba. From the ports of Algeciras, Gibraltar and Tarifa, you are only half an hour away from Tangier in Marocco-Afrika. The town of Marbella enjoys a comprehensive communication net work. By road, CN 340, Mediterranean highway and Costa del Sol A-7 motorway (Granada, Cordoba, Cadiz and Seville are all within a distance of 2 –3 hours using the highway). The International Airport Pablo Ruiz Picasso, is only 45 km away from Marbella.


Maps Map of Marbella and Surroundings



Map of Andalucia


Down-Town Marbella

What to do: 

What to do If your are planning to learn Spanish while you live in Spain, there are plenty of languages schools around. Most of them are private and fees are very different from one place to another, so contact the school or the students council to help you finding the right place and price.     INSTITUTO INTERNACIONAL DE IDIOMAS C/ Los Almendros, s/n 29600 Marbella Tel.: +34 - 952 82 21 91 E-mail: [email protected]   INSTITUTO DE IDIOMAS GEOS, S.A. Valentuñana, 4 - Edificio AMI, Gal. Comercial 29600 Marbella Tel.: +34 - 952 86 76 01 - Fax: +34 - 952 82 42 94 SPANISH LANGUAGE CENTER Avda. Ricardo Soriano, 36 Ed.Maria III. 3ª Planta 29600 Marbella Tel.: +34 - 952 90 15 76 - Fax: +34 - 952 86 56 20   Language schools


MARBELLA LANGUAGE ACADEMY Avda. Ramon y Cajal, s/n OF- 1 29600 Marbella Tel.: +34 - 952 82 31 22   IDIOMARBELLA Vazquez Clavel, 25 29600 Marbella Tel.: +34 - 952 82 11 41   INLINGUA IDIOMAS Avda. Ricardo Soriano, 4 - 2º 29600 Marbella Tel.: +34 - 952 21 57 52   LINGUAFON Avda. Ricardo Soriano, 21 29600 Marbella Tel.: +34 - 952 82 82 96  


You can also apply for the public Official School of Languages, which is free of charge:   Escuela Oficial de Idiomas Huerta de los Cristales, 7 29600 Marbella Tel: (95)2777739 [email protected] http://www.eoimarbella.tk/  Find a job? It is easy to find a job in Marbella, but take care of that you do not commit yourself to more work than you can handle beside your study. A part time job 20 hours weekly is paid 500€ per month approximately, which is ok compared to a normal salary in Spain. Some local newspapers have plenty of job offers, here are the web sites of some of them:   http://www.surinenglish.com/index.php http://www.friday-ad.es/Welcome.htm http://www.untrabajo.com/buscador.php


Fitness If what you want to keep yourself in shape, Marbella has quite a few activities to offer.   ATENAS Barquilla, 1 29600 Marbella Tel.: +34 - 952 77 62 40   CEDEMAR, S.A. Pintor Pacheco 29600 Marbella Tel.: +34 - 952 77 43 94   CENTRO DEPORTIVO EL FUERTE Avda. El Fuerte 29600 Marbella Tel.: +34 - 952 86 16 24 - Fax: +34 - 952 82 44 11 E-mail: [email protected]   GIMNASIO ESTADIO Trav. Huerta de los Cristales 29600 Marbella Tel.: +34 - 952 82 82 17  


GIMNASIO FENIX Torre 9, Loc.2 (Frente al Juzgado) 29600 Marbella Tel.: +34 - 952 82 38 97   GIMNASIO MODY SPORT Avda. del Trapiche, 28 29600 Marbella Tel.: +34 - 952 82 76 56   MEDITERA, PILATES STUDIO Jacinto Benavente, 17 - 3º A 29600 Marbella Tel.: +34 - 952 76 50 04   OXIGENO Fitness La Cañada, Autovía Salida Ojén, Marbella 29600, 952 903 864 [email protected]     


Horse riding CLUB HIPICO ELVIRIA Urb. El Platero. Elviria 29600 Marbella Tel.: +34 - 952 83-52-72   MASCOTA andamp; HIPICA.S.L. CN-340, Km. 179 La Carolina Park Comerciales 29600 Marbella Tel.: +34 - 952 77 32 34   LOS MONTEROS RIDING SCHOOL Urb. Golf Rio Real 29600 Marbella Tel.: +34 - 952 77 06 75   SUSANA PLATZ Finca de la Dehesilla 29110 Monda Tel.: +34 - 952 11 23 63 EQUITACION EL JINETE Carretera La Cala Golf, Venta El Jinete, km 4,5 29670 Mijas-Costa Tel.: +34 - 629 84 88 76 - Fax: +34 - 952 11 94 52 E-mail: [email protected]  


MANOLO SANTANA RACQUETS CLUB Ctra. de Istan, Km.2 29600 Marbella Tel.: +34 - 952 77 85 80 - Fax: +34 - 952 86 54 87 E-mail: [email protected] Tennis PUENTE ROMANO Hotel Puente Romano. Ctra.N-340, Km.177,5 29600 Marbella Tel.: +34 - 952 82 09 00 - Fax: +34 - 952 77 57 66 E-mail: [email protected] CLUB NUEVA ALCANTARA Ctra.N-340, Km.171,5 29670 San Pedro de Alcantara Tel.: +34 - 952 78 83 15 - Fax: +34 - 952 78 77 86 E-mail: [email protected]  


CABLESKI AQUAESKI, S.L. Urb. Las Medranas 29670 San Pedro de Alcantara Tel.: +34 - 952 78 82 37 CLUB MARITIMO MARBELLA Paseo Maritimo 29600 Marbella Tel.: +34 - 952 77 25 04   FUNNY BEACH Ctra.N-340, Km.184 29600 Marbella East Tel.: +34 952-82-33-59 E-mail: [email protected]   LET´S FETZ SAILING, S.L. Avda. Marques del Duero, 76 29670 San Pedro de Alcantara Tel.: +34 - 670 64 24 62 - Fax: +34 - 952 83 94 14 E-mail: [email protected]   Other Activities


Be aware of most cinemas show films in Spanish. Some of them have one or two days a week where films are shown in the original version.   Cinemas GRANDES REPOSICIONES (V.O.) Instituto 'Río Verde' Calle Notario Luis Oliver 29600 Marbella MULTICINES LA CAÑADA Centro Comercial La Cañada 29600 Marbella Información y venta telefónica: 902 33 32 31 SALA MARBELLA Notario Luis Oliver, s/n 29600 Marbella CINE CLUB BUÑUEL Instituto 'Río Verde' Calle Notario Luis Oliver 29600 Marbella MARBELLA


PUERTO BANÚS   COMPLEJO CINEMATOGRÁFICO GRAN MARBELLA Paseo Rivera, S/N Puerto Banús 29660 Marbella Tel.: +34 - 952 81 00 77 / 952 81 88 11 Teléfono de reservas de entradas: 952 816 421   SAN PEDRO DE ALCÁNTARA   CINE CLUB BUÑUEL Casa de la Juventud Pasaje de la Libertad 29670 San Pedro de Alcántara GRANDES REPOSICIONES (V.O.) Casa de la Juventud Pasaje de la Libertad 29670 San Pedro de Alcántara  


Finding an apartment in Marbella it is not difficult from September, when the summer season is over. When you rent long term, apartments must decrease their prices. The Academy recommend you to wait renting an apartment until your arrival. It is much cheaper and better that you actually see what you are renting and where. You will have plenty of apartments to choose among and they are all furnished. When you rent them, agree only to pay 1 month deposit in advance. Anyway, the average price for a room will be somewhere between 300€ and 400€. An studio about 500€ to 600€ and a 3 room apt. about 600€. To help you looking for a place to stay, check this sites:   http://inmobiliaria.segundamano.es/seccion.cfm?categoria_id=69 http://www.surinenglish.com/index.php http://www.friday-ad.es/Welcome.htm http://www.infomarbella.com/en/ Where to stay


ALBERGUE JUVENIL MARBELLA Trapiche, 2 952771491 Reservations: 902510000 Fax: 952863227 www.reaj.com While you find the right apartment, you can stay in some of the many hostels around the city. You have already recived the list on the academy´s web site. The price range is very similar in all these cases. A single bedroom will cost around 30€ per night. Led them know you are a student and that you may be staying for a while, it is the end of the season anyway and it will help getting a better price. Albergue Juvenil hostels are set up by the government in Spain. There are several alone in the Andulucia and you can have a wonderful weekend for and small amount.   PENSION ENRRIQUETA Dirección Los Caballeros, 18 Código postal 29600 Teléfono 952827552  


PENSION LA ESTRELLA  Dirección San Cristóbal, 36 Código postal 29600 Teléfono 952779472 PENSION BÉRLIN  Dirección San Ramón, 21 Código postal 29600 Teléfono 952821310 Fax 952826677 PENSION SÁN RAMON  Dirección San Ramón, 25 Código postal 29600 Teléfono 952773582 Fax 952777742 PENSION EL CASTILLO Dirección Plaza de San Bernabé, 2 Código postal 29600 Teléfono 952771739


What to See Malaga From Nerja to Manilva, this Spanish province on the Mediterranean is distinguished by its wonderful climate and first class facilities, making it an attraction for tourists from all over the world. Thanks to its gentle climate, with 320 days of sun a year, this stretch of Mediterranean coast in southern Andalusia has for years been an ideal holiday spot. Apart from its broad beaches, there are magnificent tourist facilities, and the hotels and restaurants - as well as sporting installations and entertainment spots - are continually being improved. The capital, Málaga, was first a Phoenician colony and later came under the control of the Greeks, Carthaginians, Visigoths, Arabs and Christians. Today it is a maritime city rich in culture, some of whose remains are on view at the Archeological Museum. The friendly people and wonderful climate also encourage a stroll through the old walls and the remains of the Muslim palaces of the Alcazaba fortress; through its gardens next to the sea - they are adorned with palm and orange trees and jacaranda - and on to discover the house where Picasso was born, there on the wide, lively Plaza de la Merced. Or take in the view of the city from the top of the Gibralfaro Castle.  


The Alcazaba - The kings' palace, Alcazaba, which was built starting in 11th century, is Málaga's most important building of the Moorish epoch. In its interior you may visit the very interesting Archaeological Museum. The Cathedral - After conquering Málaga from the Moors, the Catholic Kings ordered in 1528 to build a cathedral over the original mosque. Construction was not finished until 1728, and the façade is mainly of this later period. Among the highlights are the chapels, Capilla Mayor and Capilla del Sagrado Corazón, and the beautiful choir-stalls. Picasso Museum - Palacio de Buena Vista, Calle San Agustín. New museum with works from all periods in its permanent collection. This museum is very close to the house were Picasso was born, in Plaza de la Merced. For more information on the museum visit www.museopicassomalaga.org Castillo de Gibralfaro - Originally it was palace built probably by Phoenicians, but in 14th century Moorish Caliph Yasuf I had built over it the fortress which is conserved until today. Two of its towers are connected by ducts with the Alcazaba.      


Located between the mountains and the sea, Estepona is another of the Costa del Sol's great bastions. Its beaches and marina offer the visitor the chance to enjoy nautical pursuits. The mountains, famed for the presence of forests of Spanish pine trees, have been declared a Nature Reserve. The town itself boasts monuments of great significance, such as the Virgen de los Remedios Parish Church, the Clock Tower and the ruined walls of the 15th-century castle. Selwo Theme Park is a must for safari lovers and is recommended for all ages. The school of Equestrian Arts is another example of the interesting recreational opportunities Estepona has to offer. With an overall population of 37,000, the 'old town', as it's known, is quite a hive of activity. Estepona is one of the few coastal towns, that, whilst providing tourist facilities, maintains it's original charm and character. The numerous street cafés and tapas bars still serve authentic Spanish delicacies. The hilly, cobbled, very narrow streets are more used by horses than cars. You'll find unusual shops and bodegas where you'd least expect them, very inviting ,very friendly and very cheap!. Its essential economic sources were for years, the fishing, agriculture and cattle, and even today, remain some of those economic factors, though tourism has become the main one, due to its wonderful climate, well kept beaches, such as La Rada and Cristo Beach, and an extraordinary tourist offer, which comprise from golf courses and pleasure crafts harbour to its fantastic hotels and restaurants, as well as urbanizations, houses and villas complexes, making Estepona the chosen city of thousands of tourists every year, and the elected place of fixed residence for many of them.     Estepona


Hanging like a balcony from the mountain range of the same names, is one of the best examples of this tourist development. Just a few years ago it was a farming village, but today it is one of Spain's richest towns, with nearly 75,000 residents. It's old town has become a showcase, one of the most popular visiting spots with tourists along this part of the Costa del Sol. Mijas knows how to be picturesque - and also how to conserve and increase that charm. When burros were no longer needed to bring marble and lime from the quarries down to the coast, they were not put out to pasture but converted into 'taxis' for the tourist. When, a few years ago, a bullring was built, it was much more original than any circular one: it was square. Also located in Mijas is Byblos Andaluz, hotel-spa notable for its architecture and decor and a welcome resting place where one can enjoy the bounties of therapeutic sea bathing and some excellent sporting facilities, including an 18 hole golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones.   Mijas


Totally devoted to the tourist world, Benalmádena has developed a magnificent structure to that purpose; its good hotels and urbanisation, golf courses and the well known amusement parks, its pleasure crafts harbour and other installations of high level, make this town one of the main attraction in the Costa del Sol for the international tourism. The beaches, as all the others in the Costa del Sol, are clean and nice and the mildness of the climate conduce to a complete enjoyment. Something important to visit is the Archaeological Municipal Museum where a very interesting collection of Neolithic and pre-Columbian pieces are exhibited. Among its traditional dishes are the roasted baby pork, fried fish, grilled sardines, shell fish, gazpacho, etc. This town in the province of Málga is situated between Torremolinos and Fuengirola. Phoenician, Carthaginian, Roman, Visigoth and Arab influences have all shaped Benalmádena, which consists of three areas: Benalmádena-Pueblo, in the mountains, Arroyo de la Miel and Benalmádena-Costa, a first-class tourist resort. Tapas bars, a wide range of cuisine and the open character of the people make this town a funplace to be with a nightlife which is second to none. The beaches, Bil-Bil Castle and the delightful marina, declared one of the world's finest for its housing complex, make Benalmádena a charming place to spend a holiday. Benalmádena was the name given by the Arabs shortly after they defeated the Visigoth king, Don Rodrigo, in the battle of Guadalete in 711 a.d. It has become one of the many popular holiday destinations on the Costa del Sol and consists of three towns.   Benalmadena


Benalmádena Pueblo - The original settlement on the mountainside, which still maintains typical Andalusian style alleyways and whitewashed houses. Arroyo de la Miel (stream of honey) - A more populated, residential and business area resting midway between the pueblo and the coastline. Tivoli World - A great amusement park for the whole family. It has a cable car which takes you high up into the Sierra de Mijas. Benalmádena Costa - This part is on the coast line and it caters for a great number of visitors. It has become one of the most popular, touristy areas on the Costa del Sol for recreation and entertainment. The Puerto Deportivo (sports harbour), which won the 1995 award for the best international marine port. Sealife Centre - A deep sea aquarium, where you are able to feed manta rays. The Arab style Bil Bil Castle. La Paloma Park, consisting of over 200,000 square meters of gardens overlooking the sea.  


Casares is between the Ronda highland, the Costa del Sol, and the Campo de Gibraltar. A landscape of red rocks split by deep gorges in the Sierra Bermeja; of forests and circles of pines which have survived the fires, and in the shadows climb to the peak to join in Los Reales (1.440 m.) to the advance of the firs of the higland. Further west, the sierra is converted into an observation point of limestone in Crestellina to watch the entrance to the Ronda valley of Genal from its peak. There, amid gorges and ridges, lives a colony of tawny vultures of the peninsular. These birds with almost two metre wingspans, cross the Casares' skies daily, from Crestellina to Utrera, adding another attractiveness to the area with their majestic flight. La Utrera is a small sierra crowned by the karstic forms, typical of the Torcal of Antequera, although in smaller dimensions, situated to the south of the municipality; at the foot of the deep fissure which divides it in two (Canuto de la Utrera) there is an almost unknown spot which history refers to the Roman baths of La Hedionda.   Casares


Ronda is located 50 km – 1 hour's drive - from San Pedro de Alcantara on the Coast. The road winds up through the mountains of the Sierra Bermeja, and then descends into the Serrania de Ronda and the town itself. One of the most charming and fascinating towns in Andalucia, it is very popular with day-trippers from the Costa del Sol, and has a wide range of cafés and restaurants. However, it retains all of its traditional charm and languid atmosphere. Ronda is one of Andalucia's loveliest towns, steeped in history. It stands on a towering plateau in the mountains of Malaga Province, and is famous through Spain for the plunging river gorge which divides the medieval from the 18th century parts of the town. This gorge is known as 'El Tajo' - The Cliff and is spanned by a stone bridge, which once housed a prison. Visitors love to peer down into the gorge, to see the waters of the River Guadalevín. Ronda is also famous for its bullring, the oldest, and the most beautiful one in Spain; the arena itself is also the country's largest. When there are no fights, the bullring is open to visitors, and has a fascinating museum with many mementos of Spain's most renowned bullfighters    Ronda


In 45BC, the Roman civil war, which had been raging between the forces of Pompei and those of Julius Caesar, was brought to an end in Caesar's favour at the Battle of Munda. The site of the Roman Spanish town of Munda is open to some doubt, but there are those, not least the inhabitants of Monda itself, who look at the similarity of names and declare that Munda and Monda are one and the same. It is possible and Monda likes the story and clings tenaciously to it. It is a tiny town with a population of less than two thousand, beyond Ojén along the C-337 road, crouching in a mountain valley at a height of 400m. A few years ago it was a much-favored drop-out spot for hippies whithout the inclination or energy to reach Marrakech. These have now largely disappeared and left Monda to its own devices, perhaps because the recently built road linking it to Marbella, and the rapidly developing suburbs have made it too accessible and bourgeois. Its dominant feature, which the approaching visitor can hardly miss, is the castle which stands above it. Architecturally the castle – actually an hotel - is an acquired taste which many may not wish to acquire, but inside it is sumptuously decorated in Moorish style and offers superb accommodation and cuisine. It has a long history. The site was originally occupied by an Ibero-Roman fortified enclosure established in the 3rd-1st Centuries BC by the Romans for use by the indigenous Iberian population and to protect the road to the more important town of Coín. When the Romans left it fell into decline and remained neglected until the Moors came along and used the spot to build a fortress. Monda


Monda fell to the Christian reconquerors in 1485, but the fortress remained more or less intact until 1570 when, after an abortive Arab uprising, it was demolished. The Christians did not consider Monda important enough to warrant a new castle of their own, and the ruins were left to rot. They were ignored for over 400 years until, in the mid-1970s, a German aristocrat bought what little was left and began an ambitious re-building project. Eventually he tired of what he considered endless Spanish bureaucracy and sold out to a group of determined English entrepreneurs who completed the work and opened the place as a luxury hotel. When you visit Monda, you are in real Spain and Monda is only 20 min away from the busy coast. Monda is a village with many new important building projects, including the new school building for The Marbella Design Academy Costa del Sol. The new school building will be only 100m away from the highway down to Marbella and only 200m away from Monda. We hope that our students in the future will choose to stay in Monda. Monda has many things to offer our students. A healthy spare-time with many activities to do in the stunning surrounding nature. Many restaurants, discotecs and a personal village life.


Transportation Getting around in Marbella is very easy, basicly you can walk everywhere. Despite, many buses cross the city constantly from one end to the other on their way to different destinations. Be very patience with timetable, no bus comes on time!!! If you are thinking about getting to see more of Andalucia, and you should, then there are two transportation companies that can take anywhere you want, Autobuses Portillo y Autobuses Urbanos del Ayuntamiento de Marbella. The busses are good, have air-condition and it is very cheap to go by bus. Price example: You can go to Tarifa, by bus for 7€ 1 hour drive away. (Tarifa is situated at the atlantic cost and is a worldwide known paradise for surfers). http://www.ctsa-portillo.com/ http://www.marbella.es/marbella/opencms/site/ web/marbella/transportes/busurbanos Bus Station Marbella's Bus Station, a modern and ample functional building located in the northern part of town (Avenida del Trapiche, s/n), has 14 platforms, shopping area, restaurant, a large waiting hall, coffee shop, souvenirs counter and leisure room. Beside the station you will also find a petrol station with a supermarket, a taxi rank and a parking for private vehicles. The coaches link the station with the city centre, as well as with Málaga, Torremolinos, Benalmádena Costa, Fuengirola, Coín, Monda, Guaro, Ojén, San Pedro de Alcántara, Ronda, Estepona, Sabinillas, Guadiaro, San Roque, La Línea, Algeciras, Cádiz, Jerez, Sevilla, Gibraltar, Almería, Granada, Córdoba, Madrid, Valencia, France, Belgium, Holland, Lisbon, Nice and Morocco.


Marbella Bus Station Av. del Trapiche, s/n / Tel.: 952.764.400 / 401 / 402 San Pedro Alcántara Bus Station Av. Luis Braille, s/n / Tel.: 952.781.396 Raylways Services RENFE Information andamp; Reservations / Tel.: 902.240.202 Málaga Train Station: Tel.: 952.360.202 Fuengirola Train Station: Tel.: 952.478.540 Aerial Services Aeropuerto de Malaga Switchboard / Tel.: 952.048.484 / 404 Arrivals / Tel.: 952.048.838 / 844 Departures / Tel.: 952.048.804 / 842 / 848 Aeropuerto de Gibraltar Information / Tel.: 956.773.026 British Airways / Tel.: 956.744.737 Monarch / Tel.: 956.747.477


Need to know There are some paper work to get done and a few practical things to take care of when moving to Spain. How to get a student VISA When you arrive with your student Visa with a D written in your passport, you have 3 months to go to the Police station in Marbella to obtain your student visa for the entire academic year. ( Next Academic year, as a 2nd year student, it is easier for you to renew your student visa). You will need your existing visa, your passport, 2 photos, a copy of your rental recite from the hostel or where ever you stay, the confirming letter from the Academy and a copy from a bank in Marbella, which shows that you have a bank account here. You will also need a copy of your medical insurance. If you do not have any the Academy can recommend the insurance company, SANITAS, they have a special offer for students coming from The Marbella Design Academy.    


NIE Numbers are needed to Applying for a business permit Applying for a driving license in Spain or for an international license Applying for a mortgage or any other type of loan. Buying or selling property in Spain Buying a vehicle Employment Inherit assets in Spain Insuring Property Opening a bank account Signing onto the national Social Security Health plan   Are you a European citizen, then you do not need a student visa, but we recommend that you apply for a NIE number (personal identity number) SANITAS Avda. Ramón y Cajal 'Complejo Sacio', Local 3-4 4-6 29600 marbella Tel.: +34 952 901 208 - Fax: +34 952 901 132 http://www.sanitas.com/websanitas/ing/index.html


The application process is quite easy. Go to your local National Police Station, to the Departmento de Extranjeros (Foreigners Department) and ask for the NIE application form. The following documents must be submitted to the police station to obtain a NIE number: •  Completed and signed original application and a photocopy copy (Original returned) •  Passport and photocopy •  Address in Spain (you can use a friend's until you have found a place of your own) •  Additionally they will ask you why you want the NIE number, possible answers are: 'to open a bank account' or to 'to buy a property.' You are not contacted when the NIE is ready, so it is up to you to periodically check if it is ready. Start asking a month after you have dropped off the application. The process takes four to six weeks, then you will be issued a NIE number, which you collect from the police station. The NIE document is received is an officially stamped, A4 size document, with your name, date of birth and your NIE number. Keep track of this NIE registration, as different bureaucratic processes require the original document. Always turn in photocopies - Keep the original in a safe place.   How to get your NIE  


To answer the main question: No, officially you can not drive a foreign plated car in Spain forever. The maximum time of use per year is 6 months and the other 6 months you need to park the car in a garage. When you are from the EU you can drive in Spain on your foreign driving license without an international driving license. Non-EU members are the only ones who have real advantageous points when they purchase a car on tourist plates and stay as a non-resident. You do not have to pay the 16% IVA (VAT) and neither do you have to pay the Spanish special vehicle registration tax of 12 %. Nice saving of 28%. Europeans can avoid paying the 12% special vehicle registration tax as Spain is the only country in Europe that has this tax. When buying your car all you have to do is request this and the car will be fitted with a tourist plate, rather then a full Spanish plate. You will have to renew this plate every year, which will cost you approximately 150€. You can repeat this as many years as you want. Buying a car on Spanish plates can save a lot of complications and has certain advantages, such as easy to resell and payment in Spanish currency. The rules are that you have to have a residency or own a property or be able to present a certificado de empadronamiento (certificate to show that you are a registered inhabitant of the community). If all you want is to rent a car, be aware you have to be at least 21 year old, otherwise you can’t get an insurance.   Car Matters


As a citizen of the European Union you are entitled to free medical and hospital care for the first month, please check with your embassy of your home country. You will need your European Health Card (EHC): We recommend you to have a privat health insurance. The school can help you find a doctor if you need one. Please note that private Doctors and hospitals in Spain do not accept the European Health Card. If you require private healthcare you must ensure that you have an adequate insurance policy or pay your own bills at the time. In Spain, medication and prescriptions are obtained at pharmacies which can be distinguished by the green cross. The phone number to ring in case of emergencies is 112 and is free to call in the whole of Spain.   Health care and safety


There is much more to Spain than paella, the flamenco, and bullfights. Spain enjoys a vastly diffuse and dramatic gastronomic heritage. Traditional Spanish cooking draws on European impressions from the north, Moorish influences from the south and and also from the Americas and the Far East thanks to early explorer’s ingredients. Spain is said to be the new source of Europe’s most exciting wine and food. It is not known for it's elegance nor for its bakery/pastry goods but rather for its rustic approach to the Spanish passion of food. Eating in Spain is not only addictive; it represents a way of life.   Spanish food The busy commercial centers such as La Cañada and El Corte Ingles, both of them placed in Marbella, will not be so different to shopping at home with large, busy department stores offering all manner of goods. The shops in these places will also be well used to tourists and many will be able to speak English, French, German and a few other languages. If you decide to go shopping in areas a bit more off the beaten track don’t expect many to speak your native language and expect big variations in prices. Shopping in Costa del Sol can be quite a pleasurable pursuit if you have plenty of time and don’t mind mixing it up with a bit of meandering in the coffee shops or bars for drinks and tapas.   Shopping in spain


Shops generally open at 10am and close at 2pm for siesta, reopening between 5pm to 8pm (in many cases till 9). A lot of the big stores including the hypermarkets and department stores will stay open all day until 22h P.M. Most stores are closed on Sunday and on fiesta days (which there are a lot of)   Opening Hours January 1. New Year. January 6. Epiphany. March 25, Good Friday. August 15. Assumption of the Virgin. October 12. El Pilar. November 1. All Saint's Day. December 6. Spanish Constitution Day. December 8. Immaculate Conception.   National Holidays  Open air markets are usually open in the mornings from 0900 until 1400 and sell a wide variety of products including: vegetables, flowers, clothes, shoes, linen, pottery, arts and crafts from local artists, domestic goods, carpets and jewellery. Every Saturday: At Centro Plaza in Puerto Banus near the Bullring.   Markets


Be awere of often you have to pay quite a higth commission when you take out money from a cash machine. It is better to collect the money at the bank. Credit cards are widely accepted in Spain. Cheques are not. The currency is the euro/€ although everywhere you go you will find people still talking in pesetas and then trying to convert to euros. When you withdraw money from the bank try not to let them give you 500 euro notes as most shops refuse to accept them. Visitors can claim back the IVA (VAT) added to all purchases except food, drink, motor vehicles, and medicines.   Making payments


Useful phone numbers and addresses Local Police: Emergency: Tel. 1092 or 112 Marbella: Juan de la Cierva, s/n / Tel.: 952.899.900 San Pedro: Marqués de Estella, s/n / Tel.: 952.783.099 / 316 Benahavís: Av. Andalucía, 2 / Tel.: 952.855.544 / 609.520.404 National Police: Emergency: Tel.: 1091 Av. Arias de Velasco, 25 / Tel.: 952.762.600 Fire Brigade: Emergency: Tel.: 952.774.349 Centralita: Tel.: 952.772.112 Red Cross: Servicio Terrestre: Tel.: 952.774.534 Servicio Marítimo: Tel.: 952.859.034 Medical Emergency: Emergency: Tel.: 1061 Helicopteros Sanitarios: (Servicio Médico 24 h) Tel.: 952.811.818