LEARN SPANISH…AND IN THE AFTERNOON: TARDEO
Although Albacete and Murcia fight for the paternity of the invention, it’s actually in Alicante where a new social phenomenon has obtained the citizenship papers. This phenomenon is the “tardeo alicantino”. It consists on moving the time for “tapas” and “cañas” from the evening to the afternoon; so that, during the weekends, it’s becoming trendy to leave the party ambience of the night in favour of the luminous afternoons of Alicante.
“El tardeo” has become a real change of social habits which it has been highlighted by newspapers of international recognition such as The Guardian. The journalist Trevor Baker underlines that fact, emphasising that “el tardeo” means an approach to the traditions of central Europe. That way, the gap traditionally filled by the siesta is now filled by the fiesta.
Beautiful areas of the city, as the majestic Castaños Street, the square “de las flores” part of the Central Market, and lately San Juan Beach, have become the epicentre of the ludic activity during the afternoons of the weekends. They are now centres of boiling social life in Alicante and privileged spots to meet and practice the real language.
For the students of Proyecto Español, this new tradition is an excellent chance to widen the ludic and linguistic offer of our city. It is the perfect complement for our language courses. The touristic authorities, aware of the importance, start to support “el tardeo” as part of the cultural and leisure offer of the city.
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