Learn Spanish and walking holiday for partially sighted people

“A hiking and Spanish language holiday set in the stunning Picos de Europa National Park that’s also ideally suited to travellers with limited vision.”

Highlights

Picos de Europa National Park | Intensive Spanish language lessons | Hiking | Visit a traditional working farm | Cider tasting | Suitable for travellers with limited vision |

Description of Learn Spanish and walking holiday for partially sighted people

Rapidly improve your practical Spanish language abilities, and enjoy some easygoing hiking, with this highly enjoyable small group holiday set within the magnificent Picos de Europa, Spain’s first national park and rich in wildlife from vultures to bears and wolves. Intensive lessons, with class sizes of between two and six people, cater to all levels, with three or four 50-minute blocks per day over five days, interspersed with exploring the stunning surroundings and getting out in the fresh mountain air.

Walking in the Picos de Europa National Park, as well as engaging with local people such as a visit to a traditional working farm, are a surefire way to get the conversation flowing, as is tucking into the regional gastronomy. Whether you only know a few basic words and phrases and would like to quickly gain confidence and ability, or your Spanish skills are a little rusty, this is a language course with a twist.

Guided walking trips are suitable for anyone with reasonable fitness, taking you through forests and hidden villages, along classic canyon routes, and with departures between March and October you’re assured to experience the best of the weather in northern Spain. They’re great for sparking conversations with your guide and people you pass along the way.

This trip is well-suited to travellers with limited vision, whether travelling solo or with a companion. Language lessons are predominantly based around listening and speaking, and learning materials are available in large font. Accommodation is in either a locally run hotel or a family homestay a short distance from the language school, and transfers from the airport or train station can be arranged if required. Hiking guides are trained in working with people with limited vision, and of course operators are happy to discuss your specific requirements to ensure you’re both on the same page as to what to expect.

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2019: 27 May, 3 Jun, 10 Jun, 17 Jun, 24 Jun, 1 Jul, 8 Jul, 15 Jul, 22 Jul, 29 Jul, 5 Aug, 12 Aug, 19 Aug, 26 Aug, 2 Sep, 9 Sep, 16 Sep, 23 Sep, 30 Sep, 7 Oct, 14 Oct, 21 Oct
Accessible tourism overview:
Making our tours as accessible as possible is important to us. We are more than happy to discuss individual requirements before departure.
Wheelchair:
Our school building and rooms are wheelchair-friendly (there's a ramp to go in the building, lift to come up the one floor up and classroom doors are wide enough for a 76cm wide wheelchair to go through.
Blind or limited vision:
Language lessons focus on hearing and speaking, but learning materials are available in large fonts. Hiking guides are trained in working with people with limited visibility. The accommodation is just a short distance from the language school. We're happy to help with transfers.
Free from food:
Some of the accommodations used are able to offer vegetarian meals.
LGBT:
We aim to ensure a safe and welcome environment for all travellers.
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Learn Spanish and walking holiday for partially sighted people

Environment

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 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.

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 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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