Learn Spanish and walking holiday for partially sighted people
OTHER ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE and maybe cheaper.
Available upgrades: #Santander airport pick up #Bilbao airport pick up #Saturday all-day mountain hike
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.
|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).|
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 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.
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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