Walk & Talk with accommodation and transfers
Our most popular Spanish course!
You will have four 50-minute Spanish lessons each morning at our small and friendly school. We cater for all levels of ability and can focus on the Spanish subjects you prefer. In the afternoons we go off to the Picos de Europa National Park and its surroundings, or to the stunning Costa Verde. Here you will use your Spanish and see the amazing landscapes and wildlife. The walks vary from week to week and throughout the year. We usually see vultures, kites and eagles and possibly some of the more rare birds and flora. We know the area and so we will take you off the beaten track. Some of the routes can be steep (it is the Picos de Europa!). However if you are happy walking about 10km in the hills you will have a great time. Please note that this itinerary can be flipped so you can be walking in the morning and in class in the afternoons.
This course runs every week from Monday to Friday. Weekends are free for you to explore the area on your own, or we can help you with booking activities. The price includes:
Spanish intensive course with a maximum of 4 people, with enrolment, materials, level test if appropriate, notebook and pen.
Complimentary coffee, tea and biscuits during the lessons’ breaks.
Transport from your accommodation in Panes to the school in Abándames and back (1.4k, can also be walked, although it is steep getting here!).
Guided walks, Monday to Thursday.
Light lunch on Monday
Guided ecotourism day out with picnic on Friday.
Transport in the area to and from walk destinations to Panes or Abándames.
Map of the area.
Advice on extra activities, travel, things to do over the weekend, etc. You can see the available activities here.
7 nights’ accommodation in single use rural apartment with all mod-cons (daily cleaning is available for an extra €80) or in a family stay.
Santander return transfers from/to ferry port, train station or airport, Torrelavega train station, Llanes or Unquera, to your accommodation. We can also pick you up and drop you off at Bilbao ferry port or airport and other locations (at an extra cost). If you prefer to use public transport, we are happy to find the best way to get here, just let us know where you’re departing from!
For Saturday arrivals – pick up (from Santander ferry port, train station or airport, Torrelavega train station, Llanes or Unquera, to your accommodation).
For Sunday arrivals – pick up (Saturday arrivals have a free day to settle in and explore the village, go for a walk… Check out this for other ideas).
Monday: 4 lessons (50 min. each) + visit to local cider-producing farm, light lunch + local walk.
Tuesday: 4 lessons + walk in Picos de Europa National Park and surrounding area.
Wednesday: 4 lessons + walk in Picos de Europa National Park and surrounding area.
Thursday: 4 lessons + walk in Picos de Europa National Park and surrounding area.
Friday: Walk & spot – an all-day, top quality ecotourism experience. Start up or expand your nature vocabulary while you walk with our expert guides and spot bear footprints, wild orchids, bearded vultures and butterflies. Includes picnic lunch with local produce (honey, cheese and tortos – you will get to know all about tortos when you get here!).
Friday evening: Farewell drink.
Saturday – drop off (for Saturday arrivals) or free day.
Sunday – drop off (for Sunday arrivals).
If you were to be on your own on any given week, you would have 2 individual lessons per day and the Friday day out would consist of a visit to the Foundation for the Conservation of the Bearded Vulture (FCQ), a birdwatching gentle walk, a visit to Vega de Ario Cheesemakers (with cheese and cider tasting) a picnic lunch and a visit to the lively village of Cangas de Onís.
You can find more information about the school, the area and the level of difficulty of the walks in our FAQs.
Choosing this course you will enjoy preferential rates on our partner accommodation or family stay, as well as transfers. Please note that many accommodations are not available to book via online travel agents, that there is no Uber service or similar in the area and that navigating the local transport system is tricky!
Special rates apply to two or more people travelling together or if you’re planning to study for more than 1 week. Please get in touch for details.