Learn Spanish and walk the Camino de Santiago, Spain
OTHER ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE and maybe cheaper. Available upgrades: #Santander & Bilbao ferry/airport pick up Course prices DO NOT VARY throughout the year.
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. 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 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.
- 5-night single en-suite hotel accommodation with breakfast. Please note that OTHER ACCOMMODATION options and available and maybe cheaper. Also, ANY OFFERS ARE APPLICABLE TO COURSE PRICES ONLY UNLESS STATED OTHERWISE.
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, Gijón and Bilbao are ferry destinations too.
|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 Peñamellera.|
|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.|
34 Reviews of Learn Spanish and walk the Camino de Santiago, Spain
Reviewed on 19 Aug 2023 by Anahit KhatchikianActive and unusual holiday! Be ready for an active holiday, mentally and physically stimulating. The most exciting part were the afternoon walks on the Camino De Santiago taster. Read full review
Reviewed on 07 May 2022 by Annette WessmannIt was amazing. I definitely recommend the school and this holiday Read full review
Reviewed on 01 Oct 2021 by Stanley MuthBy the end of my course of three weeks, I felt more able to speak with others in Spanish and to understand more of what was being said. Lessons included both formal and informal expressions and the appropriate use of each Read full review
Reviewed on 05 Jun 2021 by Lydia LeongIt surpassed our expectations for this kind of learning. Read full review
Reviewed on 16 Sep 2019 by Lesley HolinsheadLoved it, and would like to return next year. I feel that I only saw the tip of the iceberg in relation to the area. Read full review
Reviewed on 19 Aug 2019 by Mandy KeePatient and attentive teachers made lessons interesting and fun. It was really great to be in such a small group to be able to ask questions and get the opportunity to practise. Read full review
Reviewed on 31 Oct 2018 by Mark HindinGreat. Class time just flew by and the study was actually fun. I was a novice hiker and found the hikes to be challenging, but worth the effort. I really value the friendships I made with others participating in the program. Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Aug 2018 by Diane NormanGreat. We loved it and rated our time in Panes the best part of our month in Spain and Portugal. We even looked at the price of houses in the region! Read full review
Reviewed on 13 Aug 2018 by Chandra KanthaIt's difficult to choose a favourite (part) as all aspects were brilliant. The course was just right with the right amount of challenge, and Ana organised the transfers, accommodation and treks efficiently. Read full review
Reviewed on 04 May 2018 by Margaret BarrettoThe scenery was so stunning but Jesus had selected an easy path so we could spend our time staring at the scenery as we walked. We then stopped for a beer at a very picturesque village. A great day! Read full review
Reviewed on 24 Jul 2018 by Sue Hitchner BorlandVery good. The hiking side of it was a terrific complement to the classes. Read full review
Reviewed on 21 Oct 2017 by Ann AlmeidaSpanish Lessons and some wonderful walks in the Picos de Europa was very memorable. Read full review
Reviewed on 18 Sep 2017 by Anne KavanaghLearning and practising speaking spanish in the village was the highlight. Read full review
Reviewed on 11 Sep 2017 by Jayne QuinnThe 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 Sue WickendenThe 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 Lorna RouseBeautiful hikes on the Asturias coastline and meeting great people was the highlight. Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Jun 2017 by Bill MerryExcellent...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 David WilliamsThe 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 David SawyerExcellent; a lovely place, useful lessons and lovely walks. Read full review
Reviewed on 27 Aug 2017 by Zelinda BafileGreat 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 Tina CookThe 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 Carolyn ShawEverything 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 Lynn MolloyExcellent .. I didn't want to leave Panes. Read full review
Reviewed on 14 Nov 2016 by Rosie PennieThe 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 Rafe SuvarnaThe 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 Paula RutherfordThe 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 Christine RileyI 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 Cynthia KromThis was fantastic, and I would do it again tomorrow if I could! Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Jun 2015 by Maudie Vanden BergheGlorious 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 Ethel KojmanJust 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 Barbara AingerExcellent opportunity to learn Spanish while having very enjoyable holiday. Would thoroughly recommend it. Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Aug 2014 by Elizabeth WeightmanGood...The walks and the Spanish learning were the best parts. Read full review
Reviewed on 30 Apr 2014 by Helen KearneyI 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 Margaret JohnsonWe 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
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, we recommend 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 encouraging 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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