HSI is based in the small town of Illescas, which is ideally situated halfway between the Spanish capital, Madrid, and the medieval city of Toledo. As it is only 22 miles from either location, students will have easy to access to a wide variety of cultural activities, from Madrid’s world-renowned art museums, to exploring Toledo’s rich history. Being based in a small town, rather than a city, means that our students will have a fully immersive cultural experience in a safe and friendly environment. Illescas itself has a rich cultural history that stretches back to pre-Roman times. Several paintings by the 16th century painter El Greco are displayed in the town church and the town also features in Cervante’s famous novel, Don Quixote. Today, Illescas is a bustling, family-orientated place, with all the facilities that you’d expect to find in any modern town.