Modern and Magnifico!
You’ll be staying in the heart of Barcelona, in the midst of all the excitement that makes this city one of Europe’s favorites! From the inescapable artistic energy to the delicious variety of its international cuisine, everything about Barcelona is unforgettable. Check out the breathtaking view at the top of the world-famous Montjuïc. Stroll Barcelona’s famed streets and wind your way through a panorama of historic gothic buildings contrasted by arresting contemporary architecture and the unique works of Gaudí. Shop it up at great European department stores and quaint local boutiques. You’re sure to fall in love with the stunning setting and the stylish, sophisticated culture. Summer in Barcelona? ¡Es magnifico!
Siesta in Four-Star Style
You can count on outstanding accommodations – this is ACA! Your Spanish home, the four-star Catalonia Barcelona Plaza Hotel, is a modernist landmark located in the heart of Barcelona’s cosmopolitan town center. It’s an ideal location for exploring this incredible city, and it’s also a great place to relax after you’ve had a day in the Spanish sun. The pool area is a true urban oasis, with a tranquil garden terrace, snack bar, solarium and spa nearby! Of course, the building is secure and supervised at all times, and the clean, comfortable rooms have televisions, daily housekeeping service, and air conditioning. You get all the comforts of home you’ve come to expect from ACA!
Take a flavor-filled walk through the Old Town markets. Browse chic boutiques and traditional tiendas. Discover quaint plazas, stunning galleries and magnificent museums. Sign up for a soccer tournament to try serious Spanish fútbol! Take in the combination of Gothic and ultramodern architecture, and don’t miss the beauty of the marina! Of course, a stroll down Las Ramblas, one of the most famous bustling boulevards in all of Europe, is a must!
Staying in Shape Spanish Style
Worried your new-found taste for tapas might pack on some extra pounds? No sweat! ACA makes it easy to maintain your fitness routine, or even kick-start a new exercise habit! During your stay in Barcelona, you’ll have access to a swimming pool, weight room, treadmills, Stairmasters and other popular exercise machines and equipment at our local gym. If you need some competition to fuel your fitness efforts, team up with new friends for a game of soccer, tennis, or basketball. If you would rather get out on the town, you can always join ACA staff for a sight-seeing run through the streets of Barcelona, a great way to burn calories and get a closer look at Spanish culture. And if you’re really feeling game, our annual Spaniards vs. Americans fútbol tournament
is a must!
Playing It Safe
At ACA, we believe safety comes first. That’s why we maintain an eight-to-one student-to-staff ratio – one of the lowest in the industry! This lets us offer unmatched attention and unique personalized programs.
As part of our commitment to student safety, ACA staff members live on every student-occupied floor and accompany students on all activities and excursions. ACA also uses chartered coach and taxi services to get around town, never public transportation. All ACA staff members are always equipped with cellphones.
For additional safety, ACA provides all students with local cellphones, allowing them to maintain easy contact with directors and staff!
The Catalonia Barcelona Plaza Hotel adds an additional element of security, as well. The front desk is staffed 24 hours a day with trained personnel for your comfort and convenience.
Parents will be reassured to know that Barcelona is a friendly city with all the modern medical and safety resources one would expect of a popular European tourist destination.