TLCdénia has benn here for more than 30 years and more than 15 receiving foreign tourists who come to Dénia to learn Spanish with our Intensive courses.

When a foreigner decides to come to Spain to do a program of linguistic and cultural immersion, they have at their disposal an innumerable range of destinations throughout the country, with great diversity and attractiveness. The first reason why they come to Spain is their love for the Spanish and Spanish culture. (In addition to other reasons that you can read in our article: Why do you learn Spanish? The 12 most curious answers).

They come to do an immersion course in Spanish, but at the same time, they look for a place to live new experiences and in Dénia, what seduces them enormously is the gastronomy.

Dénia has been, since 2015, Creative City of Gastronomy by UNESCO and this is a deserved recognition thanks to the passion for cooking and the great professionals of the city.

Our students recognize that gastronomy is a great point in Denia’s favor when choosing a destination to learn Spanish, as well as the charm of the city, its temperature, its mountains and its beaches.

Denia’s gastronomy is part of our students’ day

During the Spanish course in Dénia, gastronomy is an important part of the stays of our students. So much so, that at the school, a large part of the activities we organize for them, are gastronomic. Here you can see some examples with photos:

VISITS TO THE MARKET

Interest in the local product and traditional cuisine makes a visit with to the municipal market of Dénia a must. There you can see the richness of our products and the importance of promoting the local product.

Spanish student visiting the Denia market

Spanish students in the main market in Denia

VISITS TO THE LONJA

At the fish market they can enjoy the traditional fishing concept and watch as the boats arrive to the coast, they prepare the fish, they carry out the auction and afterwards, buy fish to cook at home. Most of the students show great curiosity about our fish recipes and the monitor, who accompanies this activity, is in charge of recommending a recipe for them to do at home

Fishing boat in the fish market of Denia

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What do you think of when you hear “Spanish food”? You may think of Paella and Churros, but there are so many dishes that are typical for Spain and especially for Valencia! We have created a list of delicious spanish dishes that are worth a try. Make sure to try them while studying Spanish at our school!

GAZPACHO

Spanish tomato soup

is dish is made by blending together the ripest tomatoes with olive oil, garlic, bread, cucumber and peppers. This is then served in glasses or bowls after being chilled in the fridge. This makes for a very refreshing soup or drink. It is very popular in Andalucia, Southern Spain and most people have it every day during summer and you can always find a jug on the counter in tapas bars. In Cordoba they have a similar but thicker version which you need to try. It is often served with chunks of Iberico ham on top.

 

ALBÓNDIGAS

Spanish meatballs

This is a very typical item on any tapas menu, albondigas, or meatballs in tomato sauce, can be found all over Spain. An alternative, but equally tasty, version consists of serving the meatballs with an almond sauce, without tomatoes.

CHURROS CON CHOCOLATE

Spanish churros with chocolate

If you have a sweet tooth then you will love churros con chocolate! These long, fried, sugary sticks of dough are served with a cup of thick Spanish hot chocolate for dipping the churros.

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Today Denia is, more than ever, the food tourism destination par excellence, thanks to its recent recognition as Creative City of Unesco.
The gastronomy of Denia is part of this club of culinary elite along with other cities from around the world that stand out for their exemplary cuisine. Dénia has managed to preserve its local gastronomic traditions while at the same time introducing new innovative practices into its cooking.Spanish_gastronomy_course

The best ambassadors of Dianense cuisine are its restaurants and top chefs, notably the highly regarded Quique Dacosta (with three Michelin stars), considered the 39th best restaurant in the world or Baret de Miquel Ruiz Laureate, among many other great quality professionals.

Dénia products, have played a key role in receiving this award: the variety of seafood, fruit crops and rice together with their dedication in promoting the Mediterranean diet and of course traditional food.

Study a Spanish language and gastronomy course in Dénia

Gastronomy is a fundamental element of the tourism of Spain. Students who come to Denia to learn Spanish become followers not only of the Spanish language and culture but also the gastronomy.

In Denia, lovers of the Spanish language and mediterranean gastronomy can combine both passions with a course of Spanish and Gastronomy organised by TLCdenia.

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The Spanish and Gastronomy course consists of language classes in the mornings followed by a culinary program in the evenings, with meditarranean cooking workshops, visits to food businesses, vineyards and wine tastings. The course is 1, 2 or 3 weeks and start dates are available betweeen 12 June to 1 July.

To learn Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine in a destination which is both suitable and and has a gastronomic reputation such as the city of Denia is definitively a privilege.

(If you want to attend this program, do it before March 31st and get yourself a discount of 10 %. More information available in Spanish & Gastronomy course )