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Spanish International Schools


The isbi Schools Directory Guide To The Top International Schools And Private Schools in Spain

For anyone planning a move to or within Spain in south west Europe, we have collated information below about different places to live, schools, estate agents and other information we think useful for relocating within fantastic Spain.

Offering some of the best living anywhere in Spain’s famous cities and towns include Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Seville, Bilbao, Granada and Alicante.

Spain has a great choice of high quality private schools, beautiful countryside, lots of activities and excellent housing - with a fantastic range of different property to call home, from mansions and estates, villas and bungalows to new build executive housing, family townhouses and apartments.

"The diverse heritage of Spain resonates from prehistoric caves to modern monuments. See architecture from Roman and Moorish monuments such as the Segovia Aqueduct and the Alhambra in Granada, or the modern marvels such as La Sagrada Família in Barcelona. Stand before famous art at the Prado Museum in Madrid and the Guggenheim in Bilbao. Taste tapas, paella, and another traditional Spanish cuisine. From streets carpeted in flowers to the essence of flamenco, get caught up in the local traditions and culture of Spain." Visit Europe

Spain is one of the most westerly countries in Europe, enjoying endless coastlines and dense countryside. Spain borders France to the north east and Portugal hugs the majority of its western side. To the north, Spain shares the Bay of Biscay with France. To the east is the Balearic Sea, which is where the islands of Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca are located. Down south is the Alboran Sea, which separates Spain and Morocco.

You cannot escape beautiful, intricate and strikingly original architecture whilst in Spain, perhaps that is why the country proudly boasts the world’s third largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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Looking for a prestigious International (private) school in Spain?

If you are thinking of moving to live in Spain (or you already live in Spain but are considering relocating) and you and your family are researching some of the best International schools and private schools in Spain there is a big choice of high quality Spain schools, with a number of the Spain highest ranking International schools considered to be some of the best in Spain.

The private education sector in and around Spain features day and residential boarding schools, single sex and co-educational (mixed) schools, including leading private nurseries, primary schools, secondary schools and high schools.

Find Private International Schools In Spain (Or "International Schools And Private Schools Near Me")

Developed over the last 36+ years, the isbi School Search Directory is one of the largest and most comprehensive private schools directories available, helping thousands of families to find, compare and select good schools since the 1980s.

>  You can search for International schools and private schools with a reputation for excellence in Spain and the cities of Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Marbella by using our International Schools Directory and International Schools Finder (powered by School Search Directory) or by clicking on the names of the International schools, private schools and colleges and High schools listed below to see detailed profiles with photos, videos, maps etc.

>  With our expanded school search technology you can filter your search by the type of school you are looking for such as International school and private school, day and boarding, gender, age range, academic study, religious affiliation, school fees, scholarships and bursaries, open days etc.

>  You can also focus your search on just private junior schools or senior high schools or on all-through International schools, or view search results for all of them together.

Please explore for detailed information and guides about good schools of all types and for open days, school and college and news, articles and blogs with details of school associations, glossaries and explanations about examinations and qualifications and expert advice about independent education at International schools and private schools around Spain and worldwide.





Please see below for a full list of private schools and colleges in Spain, one of the best being:


Barcelona High School

Barcelona High School, Carrer de Sant Agustí 3, 08012 Barcelona, Spain 08012
Tel: +34 618 270 232

Barcelona High School is a non-traditional, innovative, and truly one-of-a-kind international American School located in the centre of Barcelona city.

Private School (Fee Paying) Co-Educational 11 - 18 Years Day & Boarding (Full)

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Other Top International Schools And Private Schools & Colleges In Spain

Some of the best International schools and private schools and colleges in Spain providing a top-tier, world-class day and boarding single-sex and mixed education for boys and girls include:




Where To Live In Spain

The most popular cities and towns in the Spain area include, with approximate population numbers:

>  La Coruña

Santiago de Compostela (96,400), Viveiro (15,500)

>  Lugo

Lugo (98,000), Monforte de Lemos (18,600), Sarria (13,300)

>  Pontevedra

Vigo (293,600), Pontevedra (83,000), Ribeira (27,000)

>  Orense

Ourense (105,500), O Carballiño (13,900), Allariz (6,100)

>  Asturias

Gijón (270,800), Oviedo (220,000), Avilés (78,700)

>  Leòn

Ponferrada (65,200), Astorga (11,000), La Bañeza (10,300)

>  Zamora

Zamora (61,800), Verín (13,800), Benavente (18,000), Puebla de Sanabria (1,400)

>  Salamanca

Salamanca (143,900), Alba de Tormes (5,100), Ledesma (1,600),

>  Ávila

Ávila (57,600), Arévalo (8,000)

>  Segovia

Segovia (51,600), Aguilafuente (500), Adanero (200), Navalmanzano (1,600)

>  Soria

Soria (39,100), Vinuesa (800), Garray (700), Almazán (5,500), Gómara (300)

>  Valladolid

Valladolid (298,900), Laguna de Duero (22,600), Cuéllar (9,500), Tordesilias (8,800)

>  Palencia

Palencia (78,600), Venta de Baños (6,300), Torquemada (900)

>  Burgos

Burgos (175,900), Villagonzalo Pedernales (1,700)

>  Cantabria

Santander (172,000), Torrelavega (51,600), San Vicente de la Barquera (4,100), Potes (1,300), Reinosa (9,000), Noja (2,500)

>  Vizcaya

Bilbao (245,800), Getxo (78,200), Guernica (16,900), Lekeitio (7,200)

>  Guipúzcoa

Donostia-San Sebastian (186,600), Irun (61,900), Zarautz (23,200), Arrasate (21,900), Tolosa (19,500), Bergara (14,500)

>  Álava

Vitoria-Gasteiz (249, 170), Etxabarri-Ibiña (11,300), Laguardia (1,500), Elziego (1,000)

>  La Rioja

Logroño (151,100), Calahorra (23,900), Arnedo (14,800), Ezcaray (2,000)

>  Navarra

Pamplona (199,000), Estella (13,600), Tafalla (10,600), Tudela (35,500), Noáin (8,200)

>  Zaragoza

Zaragoza (666,800), Cuarte de Huerva (13,000) Zuera (8,300)

>  Teruel

Teruel (35,600), Claudé (1,100)

>  Huesca

Huesca (52,400), Nueno (500), Almundévar (26,300) Tardienta (900)

>  Lérida

Lérida (137,800), Els Magraners (24,185), La Mariola (7,500) Albatárrec (2,300)

>  Tarragona

Tarragona (132,300), Reus (103,400), Cambrils (33,300), Valls (24,100), Constantí (6,500)

>  Barcelona

Barcelona (1.62m), Terrassa (218,500), Mataró (126,900), Castelldefels (66,400) Granollers (60,900)

>  Gerona

Gerona (100,200), Celrà (5,000), Banyoles (19,600)

>  Madrid

Madrid (3,223m), Getafe (180,700), Móstoles (207,000), Alcala de Henares (193,700), Leganés (188,400), Tres Cantos (46,700)

>  Cáceres

Cáceres (96,000), Arroyo de la Luz (5,800), Garrovillas de Alconétar (2,500)

>  Badajoz

Badajoz (150,500), Elvas (23,000), Campo Maior (8,000), Olivenza (11,900)

>  Toledo

Toledo (84,200), Argés (6,300), Torrijos (13,200), Gálvez (3,000)

>  Guadalajara

Guadalajara (84,900), Alovera (12,500), Horche (2,500), Yunquera de Henares (3,900)

>  Cuenca

Cuenca (54,800), Nohales (600), Palomera (150)

>  Albacete

Albacete (173,000), Aguas Nuevas (3,900), Los Prados (250)

>  Castellón

Castellón de la Plana (170,200), Teruel (35,600), Villarreal (50,500), Peniscola (7,400)

>  Valencia

Valencia (791,400), Sagunto (65,600), Villarreal (50,600), Torrent (81,200), Alzira (44,300)

>  Alicante (Costa Blanca)

Alicante (331,500), Elche (230,600), Santa Pola (31,700), El Campello (27,900), Novelda (25,700)

>  Murcia (Costa Cálida)

Murica (400,100), Cartagena (213,900), Molina de Segura (70,900), Santomera (16,100)

>  Huelva

Huelva (140,200), Aljaraque (21,000), Cartaya (19,400), Punta Umbría (15,100)

>  Seville (Costa de Luz)

Seville (685,000), Jerez de la Frontera (212,900), Dos Hermanas (133,100), El Viso del Alcor (19,191), Utrera (52,600), Carmona (28,600)

>  Córdoba

Córdoba (325,700), Montoro (9,400), Palma del Rio (21,100), Montilla (23,000)

>  Jaén

Jaén (113,400), Martos (24,200), Pegalajar (2,900), Torredonjimeno (13,700)

>  Cádiz

Cádiz (116,900), Jarez de la Frontera (212,800), Rota (28,800), San Fernando (95,100)

>  Málaga (Costa del Sol)

Málaga (569,000), Benalmádena (67,700), Fuengirola (75,300), Nerja (21,000), Antequera (41,100)

>  Granada (Costa Tropical)

Granada (232,200), Jaén (113,400), Motril (60,500), Guadix (18,700), Nerja (21,000)

>  Almeria (Costa Almeria)

Almería (196,800), El Ejido (84,700), Roquetas de Mar (94,900), San José (850)

>  Ibiza

Ibiza town / Eivissa (49,700), Santa Eluària des Riu (36,400), Sant Antoni de Portmany (25,700)

>  Mallorca

Palma (409,600), Manacor (42,600), Inca (32,100)

>  Menorca

Mahon (28,500), Ciutadella de Menorca (29,200)




Spain is a very popular place to live and many people move to each year, or to near and the surrounding area, from around Europe and the rest of the world.

Many of those moving to Spain are seeking a more urban lifestyle, deciding to relocate to the Spain to enjoy a different pace of life and the historic and elegant surroundings of a prosperous Spain with great facilities and leisure amenities, high quality housing and schools, fantastic bars, restaurants, sports and popular cultural events involving art and music.

Ten Things To Know About Spain

> FACT 1:  Spain has the european record for most bars per inhabitant! In fact, head to Andalucía to have a choice of over 300,000! That’s more than Ireland, Denmark, Norway and Finland combined! Sangria is a go-to, with the fresh fruit and cinnamon comfort making it a spanish staple.

> FACT 2:  Spain has one of the highest life expectancies, and is predicted to take over Japan by 2040! Maybe it’s all the sun and sangria… btu whatever it is - it’s working!

> FACT 3:  Spain is renowned for its incredible architecture, landmarks such as the Basilica La Sagrada Famila, Alhambra, Alcázar Fortress are just a handful of places that are well worth a visit and certainly contribute to Spain having the 3rd largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world!

> FACT 4:  Spain is the second most visited country in the World! Its glorious beaches, delicate countryside and stunning mountains certainly contribute to its appeal. However the chilled out culture and warmth of the Spanish people make this fact unsurprising.

> FACT 5: Spain in August is wonderful for many reasons, however the La Tomatina festival is certainly a highlight. In the small town of Buñol, near Valencia, around 40,000 people gather and throw tomatoes at each other! The first tomato fight was in 1945 and began as a street fight between a couple of local residents, however many others joined in and it continued for years to come.

> FACT 6: Spain is a foodie’s heaven. Any location in Spain will bless you with famous tapas and traditional paella, However be sure to head further north for some of the best seafood in the world and the chance to eat at one of the 33 Michelin star restaurants in San Sebastián.

> FACT 7: Celebrating New Year in Spain comes with a few very special traditions, for example at midnight the clock strikes four times, then a further 12 times. The tradition is that you eat a grape for every chime, so better get practicing!

> FACT 8:  Spain is the second most hilly country in Europe! Yes, sitting just below Switzerland, Spain offers breathtaking mountains as well as stunning coastline. The highest point is El Teide, which sits at 3,718 metres!

> FACT 9: Instead of the tooth fairy, Spain has a mouse! Ratoncito Pérez became part of Spanish folklore in 1894 when King Alfonso XIII (Aged 8) had to be calmed down after losing his first tooth…

> FACT 10:  The first novel came from Spain! Lady Muraski’s ‘The Tale of Genji’, was published in the 11th century and is widely recognised as the first written novel in the world.

Where To Live In Spain

Spain and the surrounding area offers a huge choice of high quality, premium and luxury property to meet the needs of any family, whether wanting a townhouse, large apartment, villa, mansion or Spain estate, with or without granny annex, garden or swimming pool. There are also property development and investment opportunities too, with land available to purchase and properties in need of renovation.

From central Spain living to rural, Spain or coastal lifestyles, Spain and the areas near Spain are full of bustling districts and leafy suburbs, lush green areas, charming crescents and estates, breathtaking landscapes, vibrant high streets, busy neighbourhoods and friendly residential communities.

Some of the popular residential areas include:

Madrid Spain, Barcelona Spain, Seville Spain, Malaga Spain, San Sebastián Spain, Marbella Spain, Toledo Spain, Alicante Spain, Valencia Spain, Sotogrande Spain, Estepona Spain, La Coruña Spain, Santander Spain, Cádiz Spain, Palma de Mallorca Spain, Mahon Spain, Zaragoza, Spain

Travelling Around Spain By Rail Or Road

Spain has many diverse pockets and places to explore. Luckily the country is extremely well connected and so it is easy to make the most of the different regions through a visit by train, car or plane.

Travel times to key destinations by road and rail include:

> Madrid To Barcelona: Madrid is about 626 km by road from Barcelona via the AP-2 and A-2 and driving to the centre of Barcelona from Madrid normally takes under 6 and a half hours. There is a very regular train service to Barcelona from Madrid, with trains taking from 2 hours 20 minutes.

> Barcelona To San Sebastian: San Sebastian is about 560 kilometres by road from Barcelona via the AP-2 and driving to the centre of SanS ebastian from Barcelona normally takes under 6 hours. There is a very regular train service to San Sebastian from Barcelona, with trains taking around 5 and a half hours.

> Madrid to San Sebastián: San Sebastian is about 500 kilometres by road from San Sebastian via the A-1 and AP-1 and driving to the centre of San Sebastain from Madrid normally takes under 5 hours. There is a very regular train service to San Sebastain from Madrid, with trains taking from 5 hours 45 minutes.

> Madrid To La Coruña : La Coruña is about 600 kilometres by road from Madrid via the A-6 and driving to the centre of La Coruña from Madrid normally takes under 6 hours. There is a very regular train service to La Coruña from Spain, with trains taking around 4 hours.

> Barcelona To Marbella: Marbella is about 1,200 kilometres by road from Madrid via the AP-7 and driving to the centre of Marbella from Barcelona normally takes under 10 hours. There is a very regular train service to Marbella from Spain, with trains taking around 7 hours.

> Madrid To Marbella: Marbella is about 580 kilometres by road from Madrid via the A-4 and driving to the centre of Marbella from Madrid normally takes under 6 hours. There is a very regular train service to Marbella from Madrid, with trains taking around 4 horus 10 minutes.



Major Airports in Spain

The most busy and well connected airports in Spain include Madrid (MAD), Malaga-Costa del Sol Airport (AGP), Seville Airport (SVQ), Almería Airport (LEI) and Bilbao Airport (BIO))




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