Spanish course & hiking vacation, Picos de Europa, Spain
Our most popular language vacation, arranged by our partner who grew up in the area, combines Spanish lessons with immersion in traditional village life – from local homestays to locally-guided nature hikes in the beautiful Picos de Europa National Park.
Daily Spanish classes Picos de Europa Pico Paisano Tresviso Local cheese tasting Bulnes Cider tasting at a traditional local working farm
€750To€1500 excluding flights
Available upgrades: #Santander airport pick up #Bilbao airport pick up #Saturday all-day mountain hike
Description of Spanish course & hiking vacation, Picos de Europa, Spain
Our team in Spain are on break from 6th Nov 2023 - 1st January 2024. All inquiries will be answered on their return from 1st January 2024.
Our top tip:
A great pair of walking boots is essential for keeping you comfortable during this trip.
Small group vacation. Max. 6 people.
Moderate. 4 hours walking daily.
Local hotels selected to your taste and budget.
Solo travelers welcome. Single rooms available.
Not included. Lots of local cafes, restaurants and shops nearby.
Spanish course, guided walks, transport and map.
104 Reviews of Spanish course & hiking vacation, Picos de Europa, Spain
4.5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 05 Nov 2023 by Josh TaylorFantastic. I am so glad I did this trip and would highly recommend it to anyone hoping to learn Spanish in a beautiful, authentic setting with lots of hiking opportunities. Read full review
Reviewed on 12 Oct 2023 by Victoria BushI really enjoyed the vacation. It helped me to improve my Spanish and the walks were amazing. All the people I came in contact with were lovely. It was hard work but very rewarding. Read full review
Reviewed on 12 Sep 2023 by Stephen LedburyExcellently organised, and very enjoyable. Read full review
Reviewed on 10 Jul 2023 by liza pezzanoThe combination of Spanish classes and hiking was perfect. The language teacher and the guide were both great - extremely professional and generous with their knowledge. The best part was learning about the local history, culture and landscapes through excursions and hikes. I loved it! Read full review
Reviewed on 08 Jun 2023 by Marie McGinnExcellent. Read full review
Reviewed on 05 Jun 2023 by Paula FairweatherCouldn’t be better. Very grateful to the tour operator for their generosity, quality of guides and teachers. And brilliant guides for the walks. Read full review
Reviewed on 23 May 2023 by Steve SharkeyJust got back from the Walk and Talk vacation in Panes, Asturias, which was simply brilliant! The course was so well organised as was the content and the quality of the teaching. Read full review
Reviewed on 13 May 2023 by Caroline DaviesThe whole trip was outstanding... I can’ wait to return. Read full review
Reviewed on 27 Mar 2023 by Elizabeth QuartermanThe staff were so patient and friendly. An outstanding experience and I can’t wait to go again. The hotel and school staff were very helpful in arranging transportation on my extra days. Read full review
Reviewed on 11 Sep 2023 by Katie WoodGreat. Double check that you can join a group of people at the same stage of learning as yourself.They are only a small outfit and not set up to manage multiple groups at different levels. Read full review
Reviewed on 31 Oct 2022 by Rachel LambertLovely people and actually really enjoyed the lessons (classroom learning isn't my thing, but they taught so well!)… Brilliant! Loved it, very happy. Read full review
Reviewed on 03 Oct 2022 by Gail OwenVery enjoyable. And something a bit different to our usual vacation. Read full review
Reviewed on 24 Sep 2022 by Nancy MillsNot only did my Spanish improve considerably, my knowledge and appreciation of a heretofore unknown part of Spain was icing on the cake! Read full review
Reviewed on 11 Sep 2022 by Daniel Beere5 ***** Read full review
Reviewed on 21 Jun 2022 by Margaret BariloneA most enjoyable experience - the language course and the walks were well planned and executed. Read full review
Reviewed on 06 Jun 2022 by Jeff HarrisExcellent....We really enjoyed our 2 weeks and recommend it highly. There were two of us, and we are at different levels, so we were in different classes. The Spanish training was great, all in Spanish. The hikes were also great, with the guides speaking in slow, intelligible Spanish. Read full review
Reviewed on 20 May 2022 by Laura KochanskiExcellent - a fabulous experience - great opportunity to practise your Spanish and be taken on interesting walks by a local guide. Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Apr 2022 by Anna SmithI enjoyed the combination of learning Spanish in the morning and then practising the Spanish in the afternoon whilst walking in the area close to and in the Picos de Europa Read full review
Reviewed on 27 Mar 2022 by Emma PadfieldFantastic. One of the best trips I've ever done - I wish I could have stayed longer and I definitely want to go back. Read full review
Reviewed on 19 Mar 2022 by Ben GilbeyI had a brilliant time and as a almost complete beginner when I arrived, I feel like I have much better Spanish vocabulary, understanding of verb conjugation and confidence to speak basic sentences in Spanish. The walking was wonderful, although in the late Spring and Summer I'm sure it's even nicer, as I attended in mid-March. Read full review
Reviewed on 15 Oct 2022 by Madeleine ClarkThe teaching standard was excellent. Read full review
Reviewed on 03 Oct 2022 by Marion RodinGood - enjoyed the course and walks Read full review
Reviewed on 27 Sep 2022 by Tracy FreemanBeautiful location, meeting like-minded people and enjoying practice the language in the local bars, shops and restaurants Read full review
Reviewed on 01 Nov 2021 by Vicky CooperGreat fun. Very rewarding to challenge ourselves to learn Spanish whilst being really active in a stunning location. Read full review
Reviewed on 30 Aug 2021 by Alexandra MacMahonBeing part of a small local community and having lots of different opportunities to practice my Spanish on them as part of the lessons! Read full review
Reviewed on 12 Jul 2021 by Janet Heaton5 star Read full review
Reviewed on 15 Jul 2020 by Andrew HawkinsThis was an enjoyable week, with just the right balance between planned activities and time to unwind or explore the village on my own. Read full review
Reviewed on 20 Oct 2019 by Paulina StrzyzIt was great. I came back relaxed and fully recharged. Read full review
Reviewed on 17 Oct 2019 by Ann HackettWe had a fantastic time. The combination of lessons and walking was a great balance. Read full review
Reviewed on 08 Oct 2019 by Anna BondI really enjoyed the first day meeting classmates, and the teachers, and then exploring the local countryside. Read full review
Reviewed on 07 Oct 2019 by Paul KyneThe most memorable part of the vacation was the walks and the quality of teaching. Read full review
Reviewed on 02 Oct 2019 by Julie ThurstonIt was all good. Great group of people, interactive Spanish lessons and beautiful walking in the region. Read full review
Reviewed on 30 Sep 2019 by Michelle HarrisonExcellent! Highly recommend this vacation. Traditional, cultural Spain at its best. Read full review
Reviewed on 29 Sep 2019 by Ursula WallThe walks in the Picos de Europa and along the Atlantic Coast were wonderful. Read full review
Reviewed on 29 Sep 2019 by Janet GallowayWe learned a lot of Spanish in just one week - five mornings of lessons was just the right amount to stretch our brains and give us basic vocabulary for the rest of our trip. Read full review
Reviewed on 23 Sep 2019 by Wendy StewartThe trip offered the unique experience of combining learning a language and hiking in a lovely area. Read full review
Reviewed on 16 Sep 2019 by Lisa FaragI loved my vacation with. I had the right amount of hiking, and other activities, and I felt I got a lot from the Spanish lessons. Read full review
Reviewed on 02 Aug 2019 by Anne YoungThe most memorable parts of the trip were learning Spanish with a great group of profesoras and estudiantes. The friendliness of the local people in Panes., and the lovely walking in the Picos led by an excellent guide. Read full review
Reviewed on 10 Jul 2019 by Mary KitsonIt's a very enjoyable way to spend a week getting to know the area, lovely guided walks with a wonderful and interesting guide. The school is extremely well organised with fun and interesting teachers. Read full review
Reviewed on 11 Jun 2019 by Mark KitchenhamI now feel more confident using the language. Alongside the extremely enjoyable classes I had GREAT fun doing the outdoor activities (canyoning, caving, kayaking etc.). The area is stunning. Read full review
Reviewed on 04 Jun 2019 by Johanna KlunderThe walks in the Picos de Europa were great. There were lots of variation in the scenery and the guide was very good. Read full review
Reviewed on 03 Jun 2019 by Jean-Pierre DarqueMeeting with like-minded people, all very friendly and all willing to learn from each others was memorable. I also certainly loved exploring the region of the Picos de Europa, with green and quite dramatic scenery. Read full review
Reviewed on 30 May 2019 by Sheila NolanThere were many memorable aspects to this vacation. Waking to the sounds of cowbells, the challenge of learning a new language. Walking in the Picos de Europa was amazing, snow capped mountains down to sandy beach coast. Read full review
Reviewed on 17 May 2019 by Hannah BashirThe week was fantastic and well balanced. Both our teachers were fantastic, the classes in the morning were very interactive and I felt I learnt a lot. Then the walks in the afternoon were varied offering beautiful views. Read full review
Reviewed on 15 May 2019 by Jane SmillieThis vacation was amazing! Learning Spanish was fun and informative and the walks were stunning and varied. We have already resolved to do it again. Read full review
Reviewed on 17 Apr 2019 by Shaun OThe location, local food, Spanish lessons, walks, accommodation... All fabulous ! It is the best vacation I have had! Read full review
Reviewed on 15 Apr 2019 by Kat HudspethIt was amazing to walk in the stunning and contrasting Asturias countryside and to see sunny beaches, cliffs, pot holes, farmland and animals, snowy mountains .. all in a week!. Read full review
Reviewed on 30 Mar 2019 by Sarah HealdBoth challenging and enjoyable. Read full review
Reviewed on 26 Aug 2019 by Alice ParkerThe combination of language lessons and walking worked very well. Read full review
Reviewed on 04 Jul 2019 by Jean McMullinI loved the combination of walking and learning Spanish. Read full review
Reviewed on 19 Jun 2019 by Richard BaxellThe walks and the friendly hotel were memorable Read full review
Reviewed on 26 Mar 2019 by Vicki JonesI think it was excellent and exhausting mentally and physically. I definitely think by Spanish improved. Read full review
Reviewed on 02 Sep 2019 by Ruth MckinstryThe classes and walks were fun. Read full review
Reviewed on 12 Nov 2018 by Barbara HarlandWonderful scenery in the Picos de Europa & good local food & cider! ...An excellent combination of mental (Spanish lessons) & physical activity (afternoon walks) in a magnificent area of Spain. Read full review
Reviewed on 23 Oct 2018 by Henry MarksExcellent and the operator and the accommodation they put me in was first class. Read full review
Reviewed on 14 Oct 2018 by Melanie SchusterThe walking was marvellous...stunning scenery and the guide was young but knowledgeable....and caring to me when I encountered precipice angst. Read full review
Reviewed on 02 Oct 2018 by Tessa BrownAn enjoyable, interesting and sociable week. The Spanish classes were stimulating and mentally challenging and Ana and Celina were excellent and highly professional teachers. Read full review
Reviewed on 16 Sep 2018 by Diana PorterThe lessons and the walks were both very enjoyable and professional. Read full review
Reviewed on 21 Aug 2018 by Karen KeyMuy Buen!! Fantastic! Would definitely recommend! Read full review
Reviewed on 27 Jun 2018 by Peter RobertsIt is a great combination which worked really well. Read full review
Reviewed on 17 Jun 2018 by penni tearleExcellent. Well organised and varied. Read full review
Reviewed on 05 Jun 2018 by Judy DaviesExcellent...The friendliness of teachers and superb area of Spain Read full review
Reviewed on 18 Apr 2018 by Amelia SpinneyIt was a great vacation all round. Ana was very friendly, professional and nothing was too much trouble; Celina taught Spanish with lots of enthusiasm and endless knowledge; Carlos led the hikes with huge expertise, and a winning smile. It was memorable all round. Read full review
Reviewed on 09 Apr 2018 by Alice BuxtonThe incredible scenery. The great people that you meet. The walk around the town/village on the first day, it was a great introduction to the week. The chance to practice my Spanish in the afternoons as well as in the lessons but there was no pressure. Read full review
Reviewed on 16 Mar 2018 by John CoxFor me the exciting part for me was visiting a region of Spain I have never been to and seeing how the local population went about their normal life. Very good value. Excellent and welcoming teachers and a guide who was extremely knowledgeable and took a pride in his location and work. Read full review
Reviewed on 08 Oct 2018 by Ruth LadovskyI really enjoyed the week in Picos de Europa, because it probably would not have been an area that I would have thought to go to, without the opportunity that the tour operator provided...I loved the experience Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Jun 2018 by Louise BridleExcellent..The opportunity to learn Spanish in a rural area, combined with walking in the Picos Read full review
Reviewed on 09 Aug 2018 by Christine ActonThe most memorable part was the wonderful scenery. I was very disappointed with the level of Spanish offered. Local family stay accommodation was very enjoyable. Read full review
Reviewed on 13 Nov 2017 by Annie GlasspoolJust book it! Read full review
Reviewed on 30 Oct 2017 by Selina MonnIt was great to combine language learning and outdoor adventures. The language school and the tour operator for the outdoor activities were very professional and dedicated to provide the best experience for their guests. Read full review
Reviewed on 18 Oct 2017 by Laurence ImpeyLots of laughs learning a new language in the morning, stunning scenery for walking, and the challenge of staying upright while canoeing in the afternoon. Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Sep 2017 by Jane BaileyWonderful hikes through stunning scenery in the afternoons - guides were great. Read full review
Reviewed on 21 Sep 2017 by Stephanie HallTraveling alone and being welcomed into a group of like-minded travelers was the highlight. Read full review
Reviewed on 18 Sep 2017 by Moira FlynnThe language course was really excellent, with great teachers who were very well organised and responsive to our different levels. They really made use of the town as a resource and the townspeople really helped us practice as they all knew of our tour operator and why we were there. Read full review
Reviewed on 31 Jul 2017 by Vicki GrovesAll of it was memorable and exciting - we enjoyed learning the languages and the different hikes were spectacular...Had the most incredible time! Read full review
Reviewed on 29 Jul 2017 by Emma SparkesFabulous walks in the mountains and the ability by the end of the week to order lunch in Spanish!...Absolutely excellent. Read full review
Reviewed on 02 Jul 2017 by Emily GoldbergLiving in a small village on the edge of the Picos gave me the opportunity to slow down and enjoy learning the language while hiking in a truly magnificent natural environment. Read full review
Reviewed on 18 Apr 2017 by Fiona WilcockThe best part was the combination of being active with amazing walks plus the chance to learn a language. A brilliant combination of learning, walking and having fun with others. Having never done an 'organised' vacation before I was a bit worried it may not work, but it couldn't have been better. Read full review
Reviewed on 21 May 2017 by Niki MaclennanAn excellent experience, 2 of the teachers prepared lessons well. I would recommend this to anyone wanting to hangout in the hills and have a stimulating time interacting with local people and getting the feel of the area. Read full review
Reviewed on 03 May 2017 by Susan JonesThoroughly enjoyable experience all round. Well taught lessons and lovely walks in stunning scenery. Read full review
Reviewed on 07 Apr 2017 by Pip HayesI had a lovely week at the Peak Me Hola school in Panes. Really professional teaching in the morning, a lovely mountain guide each afternoon and I stayed with a very kind family in the village. I would not hesitate to recommend it. Read full review
Reviewed on 05 Dec 2016 by Fran StirkSuperb. We have been back for two weeks and are still talking to others about how wonderful it was. Read full review
Reviewed on 03 Oct 2016 by Carole RakodiThe combination of the opportunity to practise Spanish, lovely scenery, a typical (not very touristy) Spanish village and a group that got on well made the week both enjoyable and worthwhile. Read full review
Reviewed on 30 Aug 2016 by Alice BusseWe enjoyed the teachers at the Spanish school. They made the lessons fun with a lot of basic, practical and helpful information. They were also very open to assistance to problems or questions regarding outside of class situations. The hiking trips amongst beautiful and breathtaking scenery were also very exciting and enjoyable. Read full review
Reviewed on 17 Jul 2016 by Julie PlaistoweAn interesting experience in a beautiful part of Spain Read full review
Reviewed on 20 Jun 2016 by Mary BuxtonIt provided just what it said on the tin---great language teaching, and good exercise with the guided walks. Read full review
Reviewed on 12 Jun 2016 by Gabriel FullerThis vacation had two parts to it: learning Spanish in the mornings and walking in the afternoons. Both of these were equally excellent. Read full review
Reviewed on 24 Aug 2015 by Kate SharrockThe whole vacation was memorable. Read full review
Reviewed on 17 Aug 2015 by Stephen OrwinA first class combination of fun and informative Spanish lessons, with exploring a beautiful part of Spain. Well organised by the operator. Read full review
Reviewed on 05 Aug 2015 by Sabrina SweeneyVery relaxing for solo travelers - once you are there all you have to do is study, eat and walk! Read full review
Reviewed on 17 Jul 2015 by Graham CareWe had a really great vacation meeting new people and setting off on our journey to learn a new language. In addition the walks we went on were also really enjoyable. A good vacation for people who like to be active on their vacations Read full review
Reviewed on 14 Jul 2015 by Jim ReesThe most memorable part of the vacation? The beautiful challenging walks. The friendliness of everyone. The vacation provider staff, their local associates and the small vacation group I was in. Read full review
Reviewed on 23 Jun 2015 by Martin GrahamOur mornings at the school with Ana and Inigo seemed to fly by. It is very well organised and the facilities are first class. My Spanish has improved noticeably. The choice of afternoon walks was interesting and varied and our professional guide tailored them to suit our ability. We had relaxed and enjoyable conversation along the way. Read full review
Reviewed on 11 Jun 2015 by Sue TilneyExcellent vacation! Picos scenery is really stunning. Panes village is very traditional. The tutors and walking guide all friendly, very competent and helpful. Read full review
Reviewed on 28 Apr 2015 by Rebecca TThe walks were good and varied. Some amazing scenery...This is a good choice if you want to combine some learning and some activity in a lovely part of Spain. Read full review
Reviewed on 08 Apr 2015 by John CassFour hours of Spanish tuition followed by 4-5 hours of walking in the mountains is not exactly restful but it is hugely enjoyable and one of the best vacations I have ever had. Read full review
Reviewed on 10 Jul 2014 by Hazel TyrorFantastic - just what I needed! If you want to learn Spanish, go on some great hikes and be truly immersed in Spanish all week (both in school and in the local community) - then book it without hesitation! Read full review
Reviewed on 27 Oct 2014 by Linda MeadEverything was local. Used small family run hotel, a local taxi service and a local (and very knowledgeable) mountain guide. Recycling and environmental awareness was encouraged. Read full review
Reviewed on 22 Jul 2014 by Cathryn PriestleyA challenging and rewarding week spent learning new skills and meeting warm, friendly people. Read full review
Reviewed on 12 Jul 2014 by Veronica ThompsonMemorable says it all. It's 5 star as a learning experience . A chance to learn more Spanish in a thoroughly enjoyable, varied and relaxed fashion - on subjects which have real relevance and usage in everyday Spanish life Read full review
Reviewed on 29 Jun 2014 by Marianne GormanI had the best time imaginable in Asturias doing Intensive Spanish each day with Ana Rodriguez Garcia and walking in the Picos speaking Spanish each afternoon. Accommodation in the simple hotel was perfect. The town was great and the course superbly well run. It was the best decision ever to take this course. And Ana went far beyond any expectation many times during the week. Read full review
Reviewed on 11 Aug 2014 by GUVEN TALINLICombination of language classes and hiking is a very good idea. This is a good chance for people who like to walk in the nature. Read full review
Reviewed on 10 Oct 2013 by Andrew RobinsonHad a great time. Everyone was very friendly, the teaching by Ana and Celine was brilliant and perfectly judged for my level of ability. The surrounding mountains are lovely and Jamie took us on some great walks in the afternoons. The food and drink in the local bars and restaurants was excellent. I came home with considerably greater confidence in Spanish. Read full review
Reviewed on 05 Oct 2013 by Cecilia JohnsonExcellent. The language school, walks, village and environment were better than I had dared to hope they would be. I hope I have a chance to return for a longer stay. Read full review
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
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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