Learn Spanish and walk the Camino de Santiago, Spain

“This holiday teams Spanish for all levels with coastal village walks and visits to historical towns where you can test out you new conversational skills: it's fun, not full-on.”

Highlights

Spanish course for all levels | Camino de Santiago | Picos de Europa | Panes | Mier | Pico Penamellera | Comillas | Basilica of Santa Maria | Los Lagos | Llanes

Description of Learn Spanish and walk the Camino de Santiago, Spain

You will learn Spanish and walk sections of the Camino de Santiago in the Picos de Europa. Our Spanish course is fun and practical focusing on Spanish language for walkers and travellers. Groups have a maximum size of 6 to ensure you have an unique experience and comprises of 4 x 50 minute Spanish classes and 3-5 hr walk per day.

Our language school is located rurally at the gateway to the Picos de Europa national park on the northern route of the Camino de Santiago.

The Camino de Santiago (Way of Saint James) pilgrimage route dates back to the 8th century. The traditional pilgrimage was supposed to start from your home, however now there are several main routes that cross France and Spain converging on the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela in the North West. When you walk with us you will see the beauty and experience the culture of the Picos de Europa, whilst also seeing the hidden treats that are often missed if you are not on foot. To walk the whole route takes about 3 months, we offer you the opportunity to learn about the Camino experience and enough Spanish to enable you to enjoy the whole route if you decide to do the whole walk.

Our Camino de Santiago Taster week is a perfect way to see some of the classic sections of the route, whilst learning practical Spanish to travel and get into local cultures and communities when abroad. The walking is easy going with several stopping off points for light refreshment. During the week we visit sites that show the old ways of life still being lived today, and look at the rich wildlife that this wild area of Europe has to offer.

The intensive Spanish course caters for all levels, from absolute beginners, to advanced learners (just not at the same time!).

The area is famous for its food, and its traditional drink of cider. During the week we go to some great places to eat and look at the history of its cuisine. The food can be summed up as simple ingredients, locally produced to a very high quality and then cooked with generations of know how.

The price of the course includes:

- Spanish intensive course with a maximum of six people, with enrolment, materials designed around the Camino Pilgrimage route, notebook and pen. During the class hours, there is access to the school kitchen, with complimentary coffee, tea and biscuits!
- Guided walks on Camino routes (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.

Note: Our closest international airport is Santander. We also provide a transfer service from Bilbao and Asturias airports, and there's public transport to Panes too. Santander, Gij๓n and Bilbao are ferry destinations too.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 0:This is an example of a typical week (contents refer to a beginners course).
Day 1:Introductions and greetings, basic shopping and prices. Walk a beautiful coastal section of the Camino with spectacular views of the North coast, having some food on route.
Day 2:Daily activities, talking about yourself, food and drink. Walk the Camino from the village of Panes to Mier, passing the famous Pico Pe๑amellera.
Day 3:City places, asking for directions, booking into a hotel. Visit and walk in the historical town of Comillas, a great small town with a rich history with a Gaudi building, the Pontifical University and great places to eat.
Day 4:Getting help, preferences and travel. Walk the Ruta de las Ermitas in the Camino Lebaniego, one of three special spots in Christendom.
Day 5:Culture, The Way, work revision and any questions. Time to plan activities for the weekend and free afternoon to take it all in!
Day 6:Free day for you to get about on your own, we are always available to help out and give advice on what to do. The length of your stay is flexible, as accommodation is paid on a daily basis.
Day 7:Return.

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

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Our top tip:
Trekking poles can be useful if you feel you’d like to climb higher mountain passes.
Trip type:
Small group holiday. Max. 6 people.
Activity level:
Leisurely. More coastal walks than mountains.
Accomm:
Local hotels selected to your taste and budget.
Solos:
Solo travellers welcome. Single rooms available.
Meals:
Not included. Lots of local cafes, restaurants and shops nearby.
Included:
Spanish course, guided walks, transport and map.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Learn Spanish and walk the Camino de Santiago, Spain

Environment

Sustainability: We recycle, take energy use seriously and take steps to ensure we keep the environmental impact of our activity to a minimum.

We are lucky that there is great food grown here, we source locally.

We like to pick up and drop off our visitors as a group to minimise travel.

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 minimise 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.

The national park is our greatest resource and we respect it, its traditions and its people

Community

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 are active in our local community, for example we organise cinema nights in the school and 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 businesses 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

23 Reviews of Learn Spanish and walk the Camino de Santiago, Spain

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Reviewed on 21 Oct 2017 by

Spanish Lessons and some wonderful walks in the Picos de Europa was very memorable. Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Sep 2017 by

Learning and practising speaking spanish in the village was the highlight. Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Sep 2017 by

The walk and talk team, the other students as well as the beauty of the area and the good. Our accommodation was great. Read full review

Reviewed on 29 Aug 2017 by

The lessons were excellent, clear and very absorbing. The time flew by! The walking was varied and the countryside and mountains are beautiful. Panes is a lovely little town with some good restaurants and bars. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Aug 2017 by

Beautiful hikes on the Asturias coastline and meeting great people was the highlight. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Jun 2017 by

Excellent...most memorable was the afternoon post lesson walks led by a teacher helping us to converse in Spanish throughout. Also the excellent teaching in a very pleasant atmosphere. Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Jun 2017 by

The friendliness of and welcome from the course organisers/teachers and the guided walks in the Picos National Park was the most memorable. Read full review

Reviewed on 22 May 2017 by

Excellent; a lovely place, useful lessons and lovely walks. Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Aug 2017 by

Great Spanish classes & lots of good walks & meeting wonderful people in a lovely part of Spain. Great. Suggest a quick reception on the Sunday night to meet other guests before classes start. Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Apr 2017 by

The whole holiday was absolutely spot on. The teaching at the school was excellent. We had one main teacher (although he was not the only one) and he really cued in not only to our level of Spanish (nil in my case) but what we needed and the way we learned best. Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Apr 2017 by

Everything was very enjoyable and I could not single out one thing. The Spanish lessons were very successful and so was the walking. We all very much liked the three teachers at the school. I felt that I learned a great deal of Spanish and had plenty of opportunity to practise. Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Jun 2016 by

Excellent .. I didn't want to leave Panes. Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Nov 2016 by

The most memorable parts were the stunning views and unspoilt peace of the Picos de Europa. It was an amazing experience. I went with my 15 year old son in order to practise Spanish for his GCSE exam. Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Aug 2016 by

The combination of language learning and outdoor activities was just what I was looking for. I would say that this holiday completely lived up to expectation. Read full review

Reviewed on 29 Mar 2016 by

The entire week was good fun and well organised. I was a complete beginner in Spanish and was surprised at how much ground we managed to cover. The teachers and walking guide were all very friendly and accommodating. Read full review

Reviewed on 24 Aug 2015 by

I had a great time in ways I didn't expect. The area is stunning and I loved the local food. Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Aug 2015 by

This was fantastic, and I would do it again tomorrow if I could! Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Jun 2015 by

Glorious mountain scenery and wonderful walks, combined with well-constructed and fun language course run by patient and interesting tutors. Enjoyed the company of great co-students/travellers. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Sep 2014 by

Just to say how much I enjoyed this trip. Amazing how much you can learn in 15hours beginners course. Caring, responsible and responsive team of teachers and walking guides. Great mountain views, coastal paths... unforgetable visit to the caves to see prehistoric painting - sophisticated. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Aug 2014 by

Excellent opportunity to learn Spanish while having very enjoyable holiday. Would thoroughly recommend it. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Aug 2014 by

Good...The walks and the Spanish learning were the best parts. Read full review

Reviewed on 30 Apr 2014 by

I loved everything about this trip. Excellent teacher, varied and interesting lessons, lovely peaceful rural village, stunning scenery, great excursions, good fun, good introduction to culture and gastronomy of Spain. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Sep 2013 by

We greatly enjoyed this unique adventure in learning the language and experiencing a culture and having an action-oriented vacation. And we are in our 60's. Read full review

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