Spanish school in Playa Jacó: Academia Tica

From 310.- USD
approx 274.- EUR
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Key points

  • Seaside resort with a lively and festive atmosphere
  • Mini-group classes
  • Friendly language school

The school

Levels
Beginner to Advanced
School size
S
Accommodations
Host family, Shared apartment
Disabled access
Disabled access at school
Wifi
WiFi is free

The students

Minimum age
16 years
Average age
24 years
Nationality mix
United States, Germany, Switzerland, etc..
ratings
37 authentic opinions

Our partner school is situated in a very quiet area on the Calle Naciones Unidas, also known as the “calle ricos y famosos” (the street of the rich and famous) by the locals. The school is conveniently located with shops, restaurants, medical centres, pharmacies and internet cafés all nearby. The beautiful beach, Playa Jacó, is only around 10 minutes away on foot! The language school building contains 4 classrooms, a kitchen, a large covered terrace and a small swimming pool. Outside, there is a large garden that extends over 1000m2, where students can go to relax and chat with their new friends during breaks and after class. During the high season and depending on the number of participants, the school offers extra classrooms close to the main course centre.

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Included in the price

  • Level and needs assessment
  • Welcome activity
  • Use of study centre
  • End-of-course report and certificate
  • Activity programme

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Standard course

Beginner to Advanced, 1 - 48 week(s)
1 week(s) - From USD 310.-
(about EUR 273.-)
Lessons
20 of 50 minutes
Course duration
1 - 48 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to Advanced
Students/class
max. 6
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
08:00-11:40 (possibly afternoon during high season)

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
Shared apartment, single room, no meals
1
310
500
480
2
620
1000
960
3
930
1500
1440
4
1240
2000
1920
6
1780
2920
2800
8
2320
3840
3680
12
3280
5560
5320
16
4240
7280
6960
24
6160
10720
10240
Extra week (24+)
240
430
410
All prices are in USD.   USD 1 ≈ EUR 0.93   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
11.04 / 18.04 / 19.04 / 01.05 / 25.07 / 02.08 / 15.08.2019
Holidays
22.12.2018 - 06.01.2019
22.12.2019 - 04.01.2020

Arrival: Sunday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday following course end

Combined course 20+5

Beginner to Advanced, 1 - 48 week(s)
1 week(s) - From USD 420.-
(about EUR 370.-)
Lessons
25* of 50 minutes
(20 general + 5 one-to-one)
Course duration
1 - 48 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to Advanced
Students/class
max. 6
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
08:00-13:10 (possibly afternoon during high season)
*one-to-one lessons to be specified with the teacher

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
Shared apartment, single room, no meals
1
420
610
590
2
840
1220
1180
3
1260
1830
1770
4
1680
2440
2360
6
2440
3580
3460
8
3200
4720
4560
12
4600
6880
6640
16
6000
9040
8720
24
8800
13360
12880
Extra week (24+)
350
540
520
All prices are in USD.   USD 1 ≈ EUR 0.93   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
11.04 / 18.04 / 19.04 / 01.05 / 25.07 / 02.08 / 15.08.2019
Holidays
22.12.2018 - 06.01.2019
22.12.2019 - 04.01.2020

Arrival: Sunday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday following course end

Spanish + Surf

Beginner to Advanced, 1 - 8 week(s)
1 week(s) - From USD 445.-
(about EUR 392.-)
Lessons
23 of 50 minutes
(20 general + 3 Surf)
Course duration
1 - 8 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to Advanced
Students/class
max. 6
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
08:00-11:40 + surf lessons to be specified

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
Shared apartment, single room, no meals
1
445
635
615
2
890
1270
1230
3
1335
1905
1845
4
1780
2540
2460
6
2590
3730
3610
8
3400
4920
4760
All prices are in USD.   USD 1 ≈ EUR 0.93   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
11.04 / 18.04 / 19.04 / 01.05 / 25.07 / 02.08 / 15.08.2019
Holidays
22.12.2018 - 06.01.2019
22.12.2019 - 04.01.2020

Arrival: Sunday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday following course end

Spanish + Stand up paddle

Beginner to Advanced, 1 - 8 week(s)
1 week(s) - From USD 495.-
(about EUR 436.-)
Lessons
23 of 50 minutes
(20 general + 3 Stand up paddle)
Course duration
1 - 8 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to Advanced
Students/class
max. 6
Minimum age
16 years
Schedule
08:00-11:40 + Stand up paddle lessons to be specified

Schedule may vary depending on student’s level and time of year.
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, half board
Shared apartment, single room, no meals
1
495
685
665
2
990
1370
1330
3
1485
2055
1995
4
1980
2740
2660
6
2890
4030
3910
8
3800
5320
5160
All prices are in USD.   USD 1 ≈ EUR 0.93   (Not-binding exchange rate)
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
11.04 / 18.04 / 19.04 / 01.05 / 25.07 / 02.08 / 15.08.2019
Holidays
22.12.2018 - 06.01.2019
22.12.2019 - 04.01.2020

Arrival: Sunday prior to course start
Departure: Saturday following course end

Options/Extras

Course material (to be paid on site) (optional) 32 USD
One-to-one course (min. 10 lessons/week) (per lesson) 25 USD
Voluntary work in a National Park (2 to 24 weeks) 150 USD
Volunteer Internship Program (8 to 24 weeks) 350 USD
Accommodation deposit (to be paid on site) (Refundable) 100 USD
Extra night with host family 30 USD
Extra night in a shared apartment 30 USD
Airport transfer (on arrival) (6a.m-7:30p.m) 125 USD
Airport transfer (on arrival) (from 7:30p.m)
Package: Transfer to a nearby hotel, night, breakfast and transfer to the school or the selected accommodation the day after.
200 USD

Other accommodation options

Host family, double room, half board
Shared apartment, double room, no meals

Course info

100% authentic opinions

These students attended a course in this school through ESL – Language studies abroad and their evaluation has been checked. Students' opinions don't necessarily correspond to those of ESL – Language studies abroad, but reflect the individual experience of those participants. This is meant to provide you with further information about this school.

4.2/5
Overall rating

100% of students recommending this school

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37 students gave their opinion about this school

17 years old - Netherlands
/ 5
6 weeks, January – February 2019
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (4.3 / 5)
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School (4.5 / 5)
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Teaching (4.7 / 5)
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Accommodation (3.8 / 5) (Host family)
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Leisure (4.3 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
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« De les methodes waren super goed en de manier van elke week een nieuw onderdeel volledig behandelen. Ook het contact met de docenten was goed en je kunt altijd snel terecht met vragen ook over zaken buiten de les om. »
61 years old - Netherlands
/ 5
3 weeks, November – December 2018
Value for money (5 / 5)
Destination (4 / 5)
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School (4.8 / 5)
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« Vriendelijke mensen en geen gebruik andere talen dan Spaans »
27 years old - Germany
/ 5
1 week, October – November 2018
Value for money (3 / 5)
Destination (4 / 5)
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School (3.5 / 5)
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Teaching (5 / 5)
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26 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
Zum Teil hatte es viele Deutsche in der Schule, was etwas schade war, da sie dann hauptsächlich deutsch gesprochen haben in der Freizeit. Ich habe extra ein Westschweizer-Unternehmen gewählt, damit ich mit möglichst vielen anderssprachigen Leuten in Kontakt komme und viel Spanisch (und Englisch) sprechen kann. Der Fortschritt in der Schule war sehr gross, was ich gehofft, aber so nicht erwartet hatte. Ich bin wirklich sehr zufrieden mit der Schule, der ganzen Organisation, der Einteilung in die Stufe/Klasse, mit den Mitstudierenden in der Gruppe bzw. der Schule, den Exkursionen/sonstigen Angeboten etc. Ich habe sehr viel gelernt und mitgenommen und bin allen Lehrerinnen und Lehrern unheimlich dankbar für die tolle Zeit.
7 weeks, July – September 2018
Value for money (5 / 5)
Destination (4.7 / 5)
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School (4.8 / 5)
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Teaching (5 / 5)
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Accommodation (4.5 / 5) (Host family)
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Leisure (4.7 / 5)
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Do you think you've made progress?
« Ja, ich habe sehr viel gelernt.In der Schule habe ich die gesamte Grammatik gelernt, viel gesprochen und auch viel über die Kultur von Costa Rica und allgemein Lateinamerika gelernt (Legenden, Geschichte/Politik & Lieder). »
School highlights
« Die Lehrer, die Unterrichtsmethoden (Buch, Spiele, Übungsblätter). Die Unterrichtszeit, die Vertrautheit und Lockerheit. »
Top tips
« Surfing in der Surfer's Factory »
19 years old - France
/ 5
2 weeks, June 2018
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (4 / 5)
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School (4.3 / 5)
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Teaching (4.3 / 5)
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Leisure (4.3 / 5)
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Do you think you've made progress?
« J'ai étudié l'espagnol pendant 5 ans mais je n'ai jamais réellement acquis un niveau élevé. Avec Academia Tica, j'ai pu m'améliorer en apprenant du vocabulaire et en comprenant davantage le fonctionnement de la langue. Le fait qu'on ne soit que 3 dans les classes nous aide beaucoup car les professeurs ciblent nos difficultés et nous aident à les surmonter. Cela nous fait très vite progresser. »
School highlights
« L'accessibilité des professeurs et leur organisation, leur disponibilité, les activités. Tout était très bien, les étudiants, le personnel administratif sont très accueillants et nous mettent à l'aise dès le premier jour. On passe de très beaux moments durant les activités et le temps libre. L'emplacement de Jaco est idéal puisqu'il est près de l'océan et la ville est très riche en terme d'activités aux alentours et des restaurants, etc. »
Top tips
« L'idéal est de louer une voiture pour aller explorer le Costa Rica, cependant il faut avoir 21 ans minimum. Il y a beaucoup de choses à voir et à faire : Puerto Viejo est du côté des Caraïbes et offre un beau contraste avec Jaco (bien que ce soit une ville aussi touristique, il y a des différences), nous sommes aller au Jaguar Rescue Park, qui était très intéressant et que je recommande. Il y a bien évidemment la Fortuna, Monteverde et MonteZuma qui sont également à faire, aller voir les volcans, les cascades, les parcs nationaux, etc. Il y en a pour tous les goûts, c'est certain que vous ne vous n'ennuierez pas ! »
18 years old - Germany
/ 5
Hatte eine wunderschöne Zeit in der Schule, die Lehrer sind sehr freundlich und die Gastfamilie war sehr nett!
10 weeks, February – April 2018
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (4.7 / 5)
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School (4.8 / 5)
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Teaching (4.7 / 5)
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Accommodation (4.8 / 5) (Host family)
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Leisure (4.7 / 5)
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Do you think you've made progress?
« Ich habe mit 0 gestartet und jetzt kann ich so ziemlich alles verstehen und mich ohne Probleme auf Spanisch unterhalten. »
24 years old - Germany
/ 5
Dadurch dass unsere Gruppe nur aus vier Studierenden bestand, hatte jeder die Möglichkeit viel zu Sprechen. In der Klasse wurden sehr interessanten Themen behandelt wie Kultur und Politik im Land. Außerdem fand der interkulturelle Austausch statt, der Lehrer hat Interesse zu unserer Kultur und Mentalität gezeigt. Die Gastfamilie war sehr freundlich. Am ersten Tag hat der Vater der Familie mir die Stadt gezeigt, den Weg zur Schule, zum Strand, zur Hauptstraße usw. Ich hatte eigenes Zimmer mit einem großen Bett, einem Kleiderschrank mit Spiegel, einem Sessel und einem Tisch. Die Mutter hat sehr lecker gekocht, jeden Tag gab es verschiedene Gerichte zum Frühstück und Abendessen. So konnte ich das typische essen von Costa Rica kennen lernen. Während des Essens hat immer ein kleines nettes Gespräch stattgefunden. Die Verwandte von der Mutter haben mich sogar an einem Tag zum Canopy mitgenommen. Das einzige, was für mich nicht so gut war, war dass es in der Dusche nur kühles Wasser gab. Es war natürlich den ganzen Tag über sehr heiß, aber gerade beim Haarewaschen hätte ich mir wärmeres Wasser gewünscht. Später habe ich festgestellt, dass es in Costa Rica normal ist, da auch manche Hostels nur das kalte Wasser hatten.
1 week, March 2018
Value for money (5 / 5)
Destination (4.7 / 5)
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School (4.5 / 5)
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Teaching (5 / 5)
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Accommodation (4.8 / 5) (Host family)
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« Es war sehr gut, die ganze nur spanisch zu sprechen. Ich merke, dass ich jetzt beim Reden spontaner und freier spreche. »
18 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
Professeurs très sympathiques, très bon enseignement. Si personne n'a le même niveau, on se retrouve avec moins d'heures de cours, mais en classe privée avec le professeur. Je recommande les cours privés qui font progresser beaucoup plus vite que les cours de groupe.
8 weeks, February – April 2018
Value for money (3 / 5)
Destination (4.3 / 5)
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School (4.8 / 5)
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Teaching (4.3 / 5)
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Accommodation (4 / 5) (Shared apartment)
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Leisure (4 / 5)
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« Oui je pense avoir fait de gros progrès. J'étais incapable de faire une phrase correcte avant mon voyage et au bout de deux semaines je pouvais avoir des conversations en espagnol avec les locaux. Au final, je me suis fait plus d'amis locaux que d'amis de l'école et je ne parlais plus qu'en espagnol. »
School highlights
« Les professeurs sont très à l'écoute. On a parfois des cours dans le jardin, on a de l'eau, du café et du thé à disposition. La qualité de l'enseignement est très très bonne, il y a un tournus des enseignants chaque semaine ce qui permet de voir différentes méthodes. Il y a une piscine. Les cours de cuisine et de danse offerts par l'école sont excellents. »
23 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
Ich habe mir Jaco weniger touristisch vorgestellt und habe mir gewünscht, dass vor Ort weniger English gesprochen wird. Ansonsten war der Ort wunderschön und alles andere als langweillig. Die Klassenräume waren teilweise draussen im Grünen, was eine angenehme Lernatmosphäre geschaffen hat. Leider gab es viele Schweizer. Die Stimmung und die Lernfortschritte waren stark von der Lernperson abhängig. Es gab dabei grosse Unterschiede.
3 weeks, January – February 2018
Value for money (5 / 5)
Destination (4.7 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
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School (4.3 / 5)
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Teaching (4 / 5)
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Accommodation (3.8 / 5) (Host family)
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Leisure (4.7 / 5)
Leisure activities offered by the school
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Do you think you've made progress?
« Ich habe vorallem mündlich Fortschritte in Spanisch gemacht, da viel Wert aufs Sprechen gelegt wurde. Auch die Grammatik, welche ich bereits in der Schule hatte, konnte ich festigen. »
School highlights
« Sehr hilfsbereite, lustige und nette Mitarbeiter in der Schule. Die Schule war gut gelegen und war gut ausgerüstet. »
31 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
2 weeks, November 2017
Value for money (5 / 5)
Destination (4.7 / 5)
Overall impression of the city
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School (4.3 / 5)
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Teaching (5 / 5)
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Accommodation (4.3 / 5) (Shared apartment)
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Testimonials

Matthias Kappler
Matthias Kappler

This was a very positive experience. I had heard a lot of positive and negative comments about the place before I arrived, but I must say I was positively surprised. Yes, it is a major tourist attraction and the beach is not the most beautiful you could ever imagine, but I realised there was much more on offer than I expected.

Although the place is not too big, there is a huge range of good restaurants, and if you want to learn how to surf, you can find a good teacher on the spot. For experienced surfers, there are great beaches just a few kilometres away. The school is also beautiful, with a pleasant garden and a swimming pool where you can refresh when it’s really hot.

The teaching was a great quality and if you get the right teacher, you can even have lessons in the garden of the school sometimes. For me, the only negative thing was that teachers were very indulgent with students who preferred to spend the afternoon on the beach rather than at the school. But all in all, I really enjoyed my stay abroad.

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Host family
By staying with a host family, you'll live with a Costa Rican family and practise Spanish all the time, while discovering the local culture! You'll stay in a double or single room, with half-board provided and your laundry washed once per week. The families are located near the school, which you can easily reach on foot. Please note that double rooms are only available for students travelling together.

Shared apartments
If you would like to have more independence, opt for a shared apartment! The apartments are well equipped with a bathroom, kitchen, washing machine, TV and a weekly cleaning service. You can stay in a double (for students travelling together) or single room with free bed linen and share your apartment with 1-2 other students.

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Garabito Apartments

General information

The student apartments are located a short walk from the language school campus and the beach in a very convenient location. Students can stroll 10 minutes to the main street where they'll find many options for restaurants, supermarkets, shops, etc. From there, it's just one more block to the sandy beach of Jacó to enjoy the sun, waves and nature. The building is located in a private complex, right across from Soda Garabito, a cheap dining option for good Costa Rican buffet-style food.

School distance

Door-to-door travel time:
5 minutes
Means of transportation:
Walking
Walking distance to public transport:
10 minutes

Walking Distance

Supermarket:
5 minutes
Coffee shops:
10 minutes
Restaurants:
10 minutes
Shops:
5 minutes
Pharmacy:
10 minutes
Beach:
12 minutes

Availability

All year round
Minimum age : 18+

Arrival and departure

Check-in / Check-out
Sunday from 2:00 pm
Saturday until 10:00 am
Entry card (building) No
Key (building) Yes
Code (building) No
Staff on-site 24h Yes
Deposit
Cash or credit card
Yes

Meals

Use of kitchen Yes
Meal-plan No

Facilities

Reception desk No
Smoking area No
Cafeteria No
Shared kitchen Yes
Oven Yes
Microwave No
Cutlery available Yes
Vending machine No
Laundry
1 washing machine
Yes
Common area/lounge Yes
Wi-Fi internet access Yes
Cable internet access No
TV in common room Yes
DVD-player in common room No
Balcony/terrace Yes
Garden No
BBQ area No
Wheelchair accessible No
Parking (cars) No
Parking (bicycles) No
Swimming pool No
Gym No

Room types and facilities

Single
5 rooms
~10 m2
Yes
Twin
5 rooms
~12 m2
Yes
Air conditioning
Fans available in every room
No
Heating No
Smoking No
Duvet and pillow provided Yes
Bed sheets provided Yes
Towels provided Yes
Toilet paper No
Ensuite toilet No
Ensuite shower No
Wash basin No
Shared toilets
2/3 students per toilet
Yes
Shared showers
2/3 students per shower
Yes
Cleaning
Weekly
Yes
Desk Yes
Wardrobe Yes
Cooking facilities Yes
Microwave No
TV No
Wi-Fi internet access
Free of charge
Yes
Cable internet access No
Floor
Ceramic
Yes
Balcony No
Safe deposit box Yes
Room key provided Yes

The school organises different activities to make your time in Costa Rica more enjoyable. On your arrival, a staff member will show you around the town. Following this, every second Tuesday you can participate in a Latin American dance class or, on Thursday afternoons, go on a half-day excursion to the national parks Carara and Manuel Antonio. In Playa Jaco, you can also play a multitude of sports, rent bikes or surf boards and discover the “canopy tours”. 12 km from Playa Jaco, the Villas Caletas hotel organises concerts and other shows regularly in its amphitheatre.

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