Spanish course & walking holiday, Picos de Europa, Spain
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Description of Spanish course & walking holiday, Picos de Europa, Spain
We are a language school...with a twist! We mix learning Spanish with walking in the Picos de Europa National Park in the North of Spain.
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!
- Guided walks, Monday to Thursday
- Transport in the area to and from walk destinations
- Map of the area
- Advice on extra outdoor activities, travel, things to do over the weekend, etc.
- 7-night family stay accommodation with breakfast. Please note that OTHER ACCOMMODATION options and available and may be cheaper. Also, ANY OFFERS ARE APPLICABLE TO COURSE PRICES ONLY UNLESS STATED OTHERWISE.
Our courses start on Mondays, so you can get here any time before then. From Monday to Friday you will have 4 x 50 minute lessons in our friendly school and around 4-hour hikes into the National Park and surrounding area where you can practice your Spanish. Friday afternoons and weekends are free for you to explore the area on your own.
We keep class sizes small, with a maximum of 6 people and cater for all abilities so you are guaranteed to learn lots of practical Spanish.
Please note that if there is only one person on a course, the lessons are reduced to three a day.
The walks are a great way to get conversations going and everybody has a go. Our teachers are native and the excursions give a real world opportunity to practice the language.
During the walks we like to go off the beaten track and to show you the hidden sights and delights the area has to offer, such as the ancient villages tucked away in the valleys of the mountains. Our walks are tailored to the group and a reasonable level of fitness is sufficient.
The Picos de Europa are a wild mountain range rising up off the Atlantic coast to a height of 2650m just 10km inland. It is very different to the Spain most people picture. The area was the first national park to be designated in Spain and it’s easy to see why. The mountains are, to say the least, dramatic. The limestone massif has been eroded into huge canyons with crystal blue rivers flowing at their base and abundant wildlife. Everyday you are likely to see committees of vultures and many other species. There are still bears and wolves roaming wild, although you are less likely to see these!
The gastronomy of the area is superb: simple food made of quality local ingredients cooked to the highest standards with generations of know-how. Good eating is a big part of the culture we want you to experience.
We are a small business run by Ana, who grew up in the area and has a passion for languages and everything the National Park and its surroundings have to offer.
You'll have a great time!
Note: Our closest city is Santander. We provide a transfer service from Bilbao and Asturias airports/ferry terminals too. Public transport links exist.
|Day 1:||All times are flexible, and may change during the week due to weather conditions or group desires. On Monday we meet at the school at 0900, a quick get to know everybody followed by 4 x 50 minute Spanish classes until 1300. Some of the classes might be run outside in the local area. 1600-2000 Off to the hills and walk to Pico Paisano, the local mountain to our school and a superb way to get a feel for the area.|
|Day 2:||0900-1300:- 4 x 50 minute Spanish classes followed by 1600-2000:- Hike to Tresviso, a classic assent in an awesome canyon to a hidden village, where you can taste the local cheese with a well earned "caña".|
|Day 3:||0900-1300:- 4 x 50 minute Spanish classes followed by 1600-2000:- Trip into the heart of the Picos de Europa. This walk is a classic canyon route heading up to a hidden village called Bulnes. Great views, lots of opportunity for photography and loads of history.|
|Day 4:||0900-1300:- 4 x 50 minute Spanish classes followed by 1630-2030:- Local forest hike, visit local working farm and orchard and get a feel of the traditional ways of life. Taste the local home-made cider.|
|Day 5:||0900-1300:- 4 x 50 minute Spanish classes. After the class we meet up to help you organise and give advice of the wide range of outdoor activities available in the area, as well as local visits you can enjoy on your free afternoon and over the weekend.|
|Day 6:||Saturday is free for the group to have fun on their own. We are always available for free advice on what to do. There are many awesome routes which can be self guided.|
|Day 7:||Pack and return to the airport after a fantastic week|
|Day 0:||PLEASE NOTE: this is our normal itinerary, however from November to February we run the walks in the mornings from 09.00 to 13.00 and the Spanish classes from 16.30-20.30. This is due to light conditions. Itinerary might also vary according to level of fitness of the group, as well as weather conditions (safety).|
84 Reviews of Spanish course & walking holiday, Picos de Europa, Spain
Reviewed on 30 Aug 2021 by Alexandra MacMahonBeing part of a small local community and having lots of different opportunities to practice my Spanish on them as part of the lessons! Read full review
Reviewed on 12 Jul 2021 by Janet Heaton5 star Read full review
Reviewed on 15 Jul 2020 by Andrew HawkinsThis was an enjoyable week, with just the right balance between planned activities and time to unwind or explore the village on my own. Read full review
Reviewed on 20 Oct 2019 by Paulina StrzyzIt was great. I came back relaxed and fully recharged. Read full review
Reviewed on 17 Oct 2019 by Ann HackettWe had a fantastic time. The combination of lessons and walking was a great balance. Read full review
Reviewed on 08 Oct 2019 by Anna BondI really enjoyed the first day meeting classmates, and the teachers, and then exploring the local countryside. Read full review
Reviewed on 07 Oct 2019 by Paul KyneThe most memorable part of the holiday was the walks and the quality of teaching. Read full review
Reviewed on 02 Oct 2019 by Julie ThurstonIt was all good. Great group of people, interactive Spanish lessons and beautiful walking in the region. Read full review
Reviewed on 30 Sep 2019 by Michelle HarrisonExcellent! Highly recommend this holiday. Traditional, cultural Spain at its best. Read full review
Reviewed on 29 Sep 2019 by Ursula WallThe walks in the Picos de Europa and along the Atlantic Coast were wonderful. Read full review
Reviewed on 29 Sep 2019 by Janet GallowayWe learned a lot of Spanish in just one week - five mornings of lessons was just the right amount to stretch our brains and give us basic vocabulary for the rest of our trip. Read full review
Reviewed on 23 Sep 2019 by Wendy StewartThe trip offered the unique experience of combining learning a language and hiking in a lovely area. Read full review
Reviewed on 16 Sep 2019 by Lisa FaragI loved my holiday with. I had the right amount of hiking, and other activities, and I felt I got a lot from the Spanish lessons. Read full review
Reviewed on 02 Aug 2019 by Anne YoungThe most memorable parts of the trip were learning Spanish with a great group of profesoras and estudiantes. The friendliness of the local people in Panes., and the lovely walking in the Picos led by an excellent guide. Read full review
Reviewed on 10 Jul 2019 by Mary KitsonIt's a very enjoyable way to spend a week getting to know the area, lovely guided walks with a wonderful and interesting guide. The school is extremely well organised with fun and interesting teachers. Read full review
Reviewed on 11 Jun 2019 by Mark KitchenhamI now feel more confident using the language. Alongside the extremely enjoyable classes I had GREAT fun doing the outdoor activities (canyoning, caving, kayaking etc.). The area is stunning. Read full review
Reviewed on 04 Jun 2019 by Johanna KlunderThe walks in the Picos de Europa were great. There were lots of variation in the scenery and the guide was very good. Read full review
Reviewed on 03 Jun 2019 by Jean-Pierre DarqueMeeting with like-minded people, all very friendly and all willing to learn from each others was memorable. I also certainly loved exploring the region of the Picos de Europa, with green and quite dramatic scenery. Read full review
Reviewed on 30 May 2019 by Sheila NolanThere were many memorable aspects to this holiday. Waking to the sounds of cowbells, the challenge of learning a new language. Walking in the Picos de Europa was amazing, snow capped mountains down to sandy beach coast. Read full review
Reviewed on 17 May 2019 by Hannah BashirThe week was fantastic and well balanced. Both our teachers were fantastic, the classes in the morning were very interactive and I felt I learnt a lot. Then the walks in the afternoon were varied offering beautiful views. Read full review
Reviewed on 15 May 2019 by Jane SmillieThis holiday was amazing! Learning Spanish was fun and informative and the walks were stunning and varied. We have already resolved to do it again. Read full review
Reviewed on 17 Apr 2019 by Shaun OThe location, local food, Spanish lessons, walks, accommodation... All fabulous ! It is the best holiday I have had! Read full review
Reviewed on 15 Apr 2019 by Kat HudspethIt was amazing to walk in the stunning and contrasting Asturias countryside and to see sunny beaches, cliffs, pot holes, farmland and animals, snowy mountains .. all in a week!. Read full review
Reviewed on 30 Mar 2019 by Sarah HealdBoth challenging and enjoyable. Read full review
Reviewed on 26 Aug 2019 by Alice ParkerThe combination of language lessons and walking worked very well. Read full review
Reviewed on 04 Jul 2019 by Jean McMullinI loved the combination of walking and learning Spanish. Read full review
Reviewed on 19 Jun 2019 by Richard BaxellThe walks and the friendly hotel were memorable Read full review
Reviewed on 26 Mar 2019 by Vicki JonesI think it was excellent and exhausting mentally and physically. I definitely think by Spanish improved. Read full review
Reviewed on 02 Sep 2019 by Ruth MckinstryThe classes and walks were fun. Read full review
Reviewed on 12 Nov 2018 by Barbara HarlandWonderful scenery in the Picos de Europa & good local food & cider! ...An excellent combination of mental (Spanish lessons) & physical activity (afternoon walks) in a magnificent area of Spain. Read full review
Reviewed on 23 Oct 2018 by Henry MarksExcellent and the operator and the accommodation they put me in was first class. Read full review
Reviewed on 14 Oct 2018 by Melanie SchusterThe walking was marvellous...stunning scenery and the guide was young but knowledgeable....and caring to me when I encountered precipice angst. Read full review
Reviewed on 02 Oct 2018 by Tessa BrownAn enjoyable, interesting and sociable week. The Spanish classes were stimulating and mentally challenging and Ana and Celina were excellent and highly professional teachers. Read full review
Reviewed on 16 Sep 2018 by Diana PorterThe lessons and the walks were both very enjoyable and professional. Read full review
Reviewed on 21 Aug 2018 by Karen KeyMuy Buen!! Fantastic! Would definitely recommend! Read full review
Reviewed on 27 Jun 2018 by Peter RobertsIt is a great combination which worked really well. Read full review
Reviewed on 17 Jun 2018 by penni tearleExcellent. Well organised and varied. Read full review
Reviewed on 05 Jun 2018 by Judy DaviesExcellent...The friendliness of teachers and superb area of Spain Read full review
Reviewed on 18 Apr 2018 by Amelia SpinneyIt was a great holiday all round. Ana was very friendly, professional and nothing was too much trouble; Celina taught Spanish with lots of enthusiasm and endless knowledge; Carlos led the hikes with huge expertise, and a winning smile. It was memorable all round. Read full review
Reviewed on 09 Apr 2018 by Alice BuxtonThe incredible scenery. The great people that you meet. The walk around the town/village on the first day, it was a great introduction to the week. The chance to practice my Spanish in the afternoons as well as in the lessons but there was no pressure. Read full review
Reviewed on 16 Mar 2018 by John CoxFor me the exciting part for me was visiting a region of Spain I have never been to and seeing how the local population went about their normal life. Very good value. Excellent and welcoming teachers and a guide who was extremely knowledgeable and took a pride in his location and work. Read full review
Reviewed on 08 Oct 2018 by Ruth LadovskyI really enjoyed the week in Picos de Europa, because it probably would not have been an area that I would have thought to go to, without the opportunity that the tour operator provided...I loved the experience Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Jun 2018 by Louise BridleExcellent..The opportunity to learn Spanish in a rural area, combined with walking in the Picos Read full review
Reviewed on 09 Aug 2018 by Christine ActonThe most memorable part was the wonderful scenery. I was very disappointed with the level of Spanish offered. Local family stay accommodation was very enjoyable. Read full review
Reviewed on 13 Nov 2017 by Annie GlasspoolJust book it! Read full review
Reviewed on 30 Oct 2017 by Selina MonnIt was great to combine language learning and outdoor adventures. The language school and the tour operator for the outdoor activities were very professional and dedicated to provide the best experience for their guests. Read full review
Reviewed on 18 Oct 2017 by Laurence ImpeyLots of laughs learning a new language in the morning, stunning scenery for walking, and the challenge of staying upright while canoeing in the afternoon. Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Sep 2017 by Jane BaileyWonderful hikes through stunning scenery in the afternoons - guides were great. Read full review
Reviewed on 21 Sep 2017 by Stephanie HallTravelling alone and being welcomed into a group of like-minded travellers was the highlight. Read full review
Reviewed on 18 Sep 2017 by Moira FlynnThe language course was really excellent, with great teachers who were very well organised and responsive to our different levels. They really made use of the town as a resource and the townspeople really helped us practice as they all knew of our tour operator and why we were there. Read full review
Reviewed on 31 Jul 2017 by Vicki GrovesAll of it was memorable and exciting - we enjoyed learning the languages and the different hikes were spectacular...Had the most incredible time! Read full review
Reviewed on 29 Jul 2017 by Emma SparkesFabulous walks in the mountains and the ability by the end of the week to order lunch in Spanish!...Absolutely excellent. Read full review
Reviewed on 02 Jul 2017 by Emily GoldbergLiving in a small village on the edge of the Picos gave me the opportunity to slow down and enjoy learning the language while hiking in a truly magnificent natural environment. Read full review
Reviewed on 18 Apr 2017 by Fiona WilcockThe best part was the combination of being active with amazing walks plus the chance to learn a language. A brilliant combination of learning, walking and having fun with others. Having never done an 'organised' holiday before I was a bit worried it may not work, but it couldn't have been better. Read full review
Reviewed on 21 May 2017 by Niki MaclennanAn excellent experience, 2 of the teachers prepared lessons well. I would recommend this to anyone wanting to hangout in the hills and have a stimulating time interacting with local people and getting the feel of the area. Read full review
Reviewed on 03 May 2017 by Susan JonesThoroughly enjoyable experience all round. Well taught lessons and lovely walks in stunning scenery. Read full review
Reviewed on 07 Apr 2017 by Pip HayesI had a lovely week at the Peak Me Hola school in Panes. Really professional teaching in the morning, a lovely mountain guide each afternoon and I stayed with a very kind family in the village. I would not hesitate to recommend it. Read full review
Reviewed on 05 Dec 2016 by Fran StirkSuperb. We have been back for two weeks and are still talking to others about how wonderful it was. Read full review
Reviewed on 03 Oct 2016 by Carole RakodiThe combination of the opportunity to practise Spanish, lovely scenery, a typical (not very touristy) Spanish village and a group that got on well made the week both enjoyable and worthwhile. Read full review
Reviewed on 30 Aug 2016 by Alice BusseWe enjoyed the teachers at the Spanish school. They made the lessons fun with a lot of basic, practical and helpful information. They were also very open to assistance to problems or questions regarding outside of class situations. The hiking trips amongst beautiful and breathtaking scenery were also very exciting and enjoyable. Read full review
Reviewed on 17 Jul 2016 by Julie PlaistoweAn interesting experience in a beautiful part of Spain Read full review
Reviewed on 20 Jun 2016 by Mary BuxtonIt provided just what it said on the tin---great language teaching, and good exercise with the guided walks. Read full review
Reviewed on 12 Jun 2016 by Gabriel FullerThis holiday had two parts to it: learning Spanish in the mornings and walking in the afternoons. Both of these were equally excellent. Read full review
Reviewed on 24 Aug 2015 by Kate SharrockThe whole holiday was memorable. Read full review
Reviewed on 17 Aug 2015 by Stephen OrwinA first class combination of fun and informative Spanish lessons, with exploring a beautiful part of Spain. Well organised by the operator. Read full review
Reviewed on 05 Aug 2015 by Sabrina SweeneyVery relaxing for solo travellers - once you are there all you have to do is study, eat and walk! Read full review
Reviewed on 17 Jul 2015 by Graham CareWe had a really great holiday meeting new people and setting off on our journey to learn a new language. In addition the walks we went on were also really enjoyable. A good holiday for people who like to be active on their holidays Read full review
Reviewed on 14 Jul 2015 by Jim ReesThe most memorable part of the holiday? The beautiful challenging walks. The friendliness of everyone. The holiday provider staff, their local associates and the small holiday group I was in. Read full review
Reviewed on 23 Jun 2015 by Martin GrahamOur mornings at the school with Ana and Inigo seemed to fly by. It is very well organised and the facilities are first class. My Spanish has improved noticeably. The choice of afternoon walks was interesting and varied and our professional guide tailored them to suit our ability. We had relaxed and enjoyable conversation along the way. Read full review
Reviewed on 11 Jun 2015 by Sue TilneyExcellent holiday! Picos scenery is really stunning. Panes village is very traditional. The tutors and walking guide all friendly, very competent and helpful. Read full review
Reviewed on 28 Apr 2015 by Rebecca TThe walks were good and varied. Some amazing scenery...This is a good choice if you want to combine some learning and some activity in a lovely part of Spain. Read full review
Reviewed on 08 Apr 2015 by John CassFour hours of Spanish tuition followed by 4-5 hours of walking in the mountains is not exactly restful but it is hugely enjoyable and one of the best holidays I have ever had. Read full review
Reviewed on 10 Jul 2014 by Hazel TyrorFantastic - just what I needed! If you want to learn Spanish, go on some great hikes and be truly immersed in Spanish all week (both in school and in the local community) - then book it without hesitation! Read full review
Reviewed on 27 Oct 2014 by Linda MeadEverything was local. Used small family run hotel, a local taxi service and a local (and very knowledgeable) mountain guide. Recycling and environmental awareness was encouraged. Read full review
Reviewed on 22 Jul 2014 by Cathryn PriestleyA challenging and rewarding week spent learning new skills and meeting warm, friendly people. Read full review
Reviewed on 12 Jul 2014 by Veronica ThompsonMemorable says it all. It's 5 star as a learning experience . A chance to learn more Spanish in a thoroughly enjoyable, varied and relaxed fashion - on subjects which have real relevance and usage in everyday Spanish life Read full review
Reviewed on 29 Jun 2014 by Marianne GormanI had the best time imaginable in Asturias doing Intensive Spanish each day with Ana Rodriguez Garcia and walking in the Picos speaking Spanish each afternoon. Accommodation in the simple hotel was perfect. The town was great and the course superbly well run. It was the best decision ever to take this course. And Ana went far beyond any expectation many times during the week. Read full review
Reviewed on 11 Aug 2014 by GUVEN TALINLICombination of language classes and hiking is a very good idea. This is a good chance for people who like to walk in the nature. Read full review
Reviewed on 10 Oct 2013 by Andrew RobinsonHad a great time. Everyone was very friendly, the teaching by Ana and Celine was brilliant and perfectly judged for my level of ability. The surrounding mountains are lovely and Jamie took us on some great walks in the afternoons. The food and drink in the local bars and restaurants was excellent. I came home with considerably greater confidence in Spanish. Read full review
Reviewed on 05 Oct 2013 by Cecilia JohnsonExcellent. The language school, walks, village and environment were better than I had dared to hope they would be. I hope I have a chance to return for a longer stay. Read full review
Reviewed on 13 Jun 2013 by Carina KaneLoved it! I was made to feel right at home from the minute I met the crew; I made new friends, improved my Spanish and got to walk off the local cheese and cider in the spectacular Picos de Europa. I really didn't want to leave! Read full review
Reviewed on 27 Oct 2013 by Jo PearsonReally great holiday, a good combination of physical and intellectual activity, friendly and relaxed. A good mix of fellow students, diverse but all like minded in their enjoyment of walking in the mountains and a desire to improve their Spanish. Read full review
Reviewed on 22 Oct 2013 by sarah cooteVery worthwhile and enjoyable...walking in the mountains with great landscapes, and interesting fauna, flora and birds were the best parts Read full review
Reviewed on 31 Jul 2013 by Eileen Boyle4 stars plus...the people, the school and scenery - everything ! Read full review
PlanetWe 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, werecommend to use public transport to get here where possible. If not, we prefer to pick up all visitors from the airports, ferries and train stations that service the area.
As a way on enocuraging flight-free travel, we offer a 5% discount on the price of our course to those who use a ferry or train to get here.
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 its 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.
PeopleWe 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.
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