"As part of this programme, some of our group will be visiting Toledo shortly. This lecture series was invaluable in preparing us for the visual feast of this former capital of the Spanish Empire.

Karla captured the essence and soul of Toledo with its rich abundance of architecture ranging from Romanesque and Mudejar to Gothic and Renaissance. This rich tapestry that has created Toledo over the centuries as described by Karla kept us mesmerised throughout."

*Sue Martin, Pedreguer


"Karla's lectures about art, architecture and the history of Toledo was a game changer for me.

I did NOT know one could literally SEE the rich history of the Visigoth, Arabs, Jews and Romans to THIS DAY, hidden in plain sight, IF ONLY one knows what to look for.

Karla made history come to life!!

I now find myself looking MUCH closer at building, churches or even, as here in Calpe, excavation sites. For example, the ruins in Calpe I believed for years to be of Roman origin, I now know they must have been dwellings and "bath" of the Moorish origin,just by the type of building materials they used.

Thank you Karla for enriching my historical understanding of this beautiful country, one lecture at a time! Highly recommended and deeply appreciated!!

Karla's teaching style is informative, interesting, well planned and presented and I heartily recommend her!"

*Christa Terry, Calpe


"We learnt about Diego Velazquez and how his work progressed and developed during his lifetime.

We also learnt how his work was influenced by the politics, religion and culture of the time.

In addition, Karla incorporated a complete history of the reign of Philip IV, the rise and fall of the Hapsburgs in Spain.

We both like Karla's teaching style of delivery. She is very matter-of-fact and tells it like it is with a bit of humour thrown in.

We would definitely encourage others to attend her presentations and other events."

Gladys and Ian Cummings. Javea and UK


"I saw an article in the freebie newspaper, the Weekender, called "The artist and the royal" so I attended the presentation which was on Diego Velazquez and the Habsburgs.

Having followed adult education in History of Art, civil and religious architecture, history of Brittany (France) from the settlement of the Welsh and Irish, through the middle ages.... in France, I am an enthusiast of learning culture.

Now that I am in Spain, I have found a person, Karla Darocas, who is also enthusiastic, and knows how to transmit her knowledge of Spanish culture.

I learned a lot about Velazquez and how Monet and other impressionists were influenced by Velazquez (Le joueur de flute).

Karla Darocas has a very natural teaching style, ease, language, comments and I would recommend her to others."

* Jo Jouas, Denia


"I found an advert through Facebook's Javea Connect for a lecture on Toledo and its architecture, art and history. Karla's lecture was not only interesting but highly informative and entertaining due to her immense knowledge of the subject.

She was very relaxed and the depth of her knowledge brought the lecture to life!!

I would absolutely recommend Karla to other!!"

Diana Santiago, Javea


"So many techniques including learning how to compose the perfect picture, positioning and taking the picture at the right angle. Karla was very knowledgeable and she made it a nice informative way to spend a morning.

Karla's teaching style is easy going and she VERY patient. I would definitely recommend her to other."

Vivienne Olver, Javea