Learn Spanish & family activity holiday in Spain

“What better way to get your kids interested in learning Spanish than to team a language course with an adrenalin-packed timetable of amazing outdoor sports?”


Spanish course | Picos de Europa National Park | Canoeing the River Cares or Deva | Via Ferrata | Off-the-beaten-track hiking | Canyoning | Horse Riding | Caving

Description of Learn Spanish & family activity holiday in Spain

Learn Spanish in the Picos de Europa and mix it up with a choice of Via Ferrata, Climbing, Canoeing, Caving, Canyoning, Hiking, Horse riding, Quads or Surfing. All equipment is provided.

This trip is for families who like to do something more "sporting" than the norm. We are a small independent language school who want to give you a superb experience of real Spain. We will take you and your family into the heart of the Picos de Europa to experience the wild side few people see. There is a minimum age of 13 due to restrictions and difficulty on some activities.

The Picos de Europa is an adventure sport paradise, our village of Panes is located at the gateway to the Picos de Europa national park. Within 15 minutes of Panes you will experience:
• Canoeing
• Via Ferrata de La Hermida
• Hiking
• Canyoning
• A choice of: Quads, horse riding, surfing, bungee jumping, caving or hiking.

The price includes:
- Spanish intensive course with a maximum of six people, with enrolment, materials, level test if appropriate, notebook and pen. During the class hours, there is access to the school kitchen, with complimentary coffee, tea and biscuits!
- Activities as detailed above.
- Safety equipment and instruction.
- Transport in the area to and from activities.

The Spanish course is fun and useful. We cater for all levels. There is no English spoken here, and so it΄s a great place to learn and get involved with the culture.

Food and drink is an important part of life in the North of Spain. Local dishes are made with local quality ingredients and generations of know-how, and there are many superb places to eat in the area.

Other useful info:
Our closest airport is Santander and we also provide transfers from Bilbao and Asturias airports and ferry ports (see pricing for more details).
You're welcome to stay as long or short as you want. We recommend you arrive here on the Sunday before at the latest. We'll calculate the accommodation price proportionally to the number of nights you stay.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 0Timings and activities may change due to weather conditions (This is Asturias!)
Day 109.00-13.00. Spanish lessons 15.30-18.30 Canoeing the river Cares or Deva
Day 209.00-13.00 Spanish lessons 15.30-17.00 Via Ferrata, Fixed climbing route into the heart of the Picos.
Day 309.00-13.00 Spanish lessons 15.30-18.00 Hiking on the off the beaten track routes, looking at some of the amazing wildlife.
Day 4:09.00-13.00 Spanish lessons 15.30-18.00 Canyoning, one of the best things to do in the area, dramatic and great fun!
Day 5:09.00-12.00 Spanish lessons 15.30-17.00 Group choice, we will arrange what the group wants to do, including quads/horse riding/surf/Caving or a repeat of the week's favourite.

Hello. If you'd like to chat about this holiday or need help finding one we're very happy to help. Rosy & team.

01273 823 700


Check dates

For departure dates contact us on 01273 823 700
Our top tip:
The minimum age on this trip is more to do with size than age and is open for discussion.
Trip type:
Small group holiday. Max. 6 people (min. age 13).
Activity level:
Moderate. The fitter you are the more fun you’ll have.
6 nights 3* local bed and breakfast. Upgrades available.
Solo travellers welcome. Single rooms available.
All breakfasts. Lots of local cafes, restaurants and shops nearby.
Spanish course, accommodation, listed activities and instruction, transport.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Learn Spanish & family activity holiday in Spain


We are serious about maintaining the natural beauty of the region and take steps to ensure that the environmental impacts of our activities are kept to a minimum.

In order to reduce vehicular traffic in the area, we prefer to pick up all visitors from the airports, ferries and train stations that service the area.

We promote local environmental projects and initiatives, and use these as a point of interest in our walks. This improves knowledge, awareness and allows a positive transfer of ideas.

We take litter home with us (whether it’s ours or not).

We walk responsibly, minimising soil erosion and disruption to animals. We use lesser known routes to halt over exploitation and damage.

We are knowledgeable about the environment we live in and it's rich history. One of our passions is supporting people who respect their environment by taking an active interest and helping out with work when things are busy, for example at our friends traditional farm.


We want our business to have a socially positive impact locally and beyond. We visit local businesses and promote traditional practices that do not abuse the environment.

We take an active interest in other local businesses, for example helping out when things are busy at one of our neighbour’s traditional farms. We organize cinema nights at the school for the locals, as well as conversation exchange opportunities (such our "Menage a three" nights where Spanish, English and French are spoken over a glass of wine). We also work with local projects to promote sustainable development.

One of the great things about the area is that everybody helps each other when needed and money is never mentioned. We really like this and support these values. We treat the traditional ways of life and the local people with respect. We make a point of showing these to our groups as a way of promoting the area and creating interesting points of discussion.

We use a local taxi minibus service for our trips to the National Park, allowing us to be dropped off and picked up in different locations. This also minimises pollution and creates employment locally.

The Picos have some very old and traditional villages high in the mountains, these often have combined bar/shops which we use whenever we visit, helping keep them alive for the local people. This is really important as many of these villages are remote and inaccessible during winter.

We use local produce and workforce whenever possible.

Reviews of Learn Spanish & family activity holiday in Spain

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 29 Jul 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The adventure activities - especially the canyoning in Picos de Europe.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

The Via Ferrata is not for the faint hearted. The guide, Jesus, is brilliant but you have to be reasonably fit and be able to pull you body weight up the ladders.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes - benefitted local people.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

The language learning was a bit hard going. The area is very beautiful and great for outdoor types.

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