Learn Spanish & hike the Camino de Santiago, Spain

“This vacation teams Spanish for all levels with coastal village walks and visits to historical towns where you can test out you new conversational skills: it's fun, not full-on.”


Spanish course for all levels | Camino de Santiago | Picos de Europa | Panes | Mier | Pico Penamellera | Comillas | Basilica of Santa Maria | Los Lagos | Llanes

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2019: 4 Mar, 11 Mar, 18 Mar, 25 Mar, 1 Apr, 8 Apr, 15 Apr, 22 Apr, 29 Apr, 6 May, 13 May, 20 May, 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
Our top tip:
Trekking poles can be useful if you feel youd like to climb higher mountain passes.
Trip type:
Small group vacation. Max. 6 people.
Activity level:
Leisurely. More coastal walks than mountains.
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.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Learn Spanish & hike the Camino de Santiago, Spain


Sustainability: We recycle, take energy use seriously and take steps to ensure we keep the environmental impact of our activity to a minimum.

We are lucky that there is great food grown here, we source locally.

We like to pick up and drop off our visitors as a group to minimise travel.

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 its ours or not).

We walk responsibly minimising soil erosion and disruption to animals. We use lesser known routes to minimise over exploitation and damage.

We are knowledgeable about the environment we live in and it's 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.

The national park is our greatest resource and we respect it, its traditions and its people


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 are active in our local community, for example we organise cinema nights in the school and 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 businesses 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

28 Reviews of Learn Spanish & hike the Camino de Santiago, Spain

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 31 Oct 2018 by

Great. 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

Great. 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

It'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

The 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

Very good. The hiking side of it was a terrific complement to the classes. Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Oct 2017 by

Spanish Lessons and some wonderful walks in the Picos de Europa was very memorable. Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Sep 2017 by

Learning and practising speaking spanish in the village was the highlight. Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Sep 2017 by

The 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

The 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

Beautiful hikes on the Asturias coastline and meeting great people was the highlight. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Jun 2017 by

Excellent...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

The 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

Excellent; a lovely place, useful lessons and lovely walks. Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Aug 2017 by

Great 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

The whole vacation 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

Everything 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

Excellent .. I didn't want to leave Panes. Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Nov 2016 by

The 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

The combination of language learning and outdoor activities was just what I was looking for. I would say that this vacation completely lived up to expectation. Read full review

Reviewed on 29 Mar 2016 by

The 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

I 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

This was fantastic, and I would do it again tomorrow if I could! Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Jun 2015 by

Glorious 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/travelers. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Sep 2014 by

Just 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

Excellent opportunity to learn Spanish while having very enjoyable vacation. Would thoroughly recommend it. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Aug 2014 by

Good...The walks and the Spanish learning were the best parts. Read full review

Reviewed on 30 Apr 2014 by

I 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

We 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

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