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Learn Spanish & Walking Holiday

from £1139 pp

Spain, Spanish Pyrenees , Pyrenees

8 days

Max 8 people

Learn Spanish & Walking Holiday

What You'll Do

Combine learning Spanish with idyllic walks through natural beauty and history on this unique 7 night trip in the Spanish Aragon Pyrenees; visit historic villages & sights, sample local wines & olive oil, see fantastic wildlife and interact with Spanish locals.

2022 Dates:

31 March
26 June
2 October

The unspoilt region of Aragon in the Spanish Pyrenees, known for its gorgeous landscapes and rich history, will be the setting of this 7 night / 8 day Spanish language and walking holiday. Nestled in the valley of the river Ara, you will find the beautifully restored 17th-century farmhouse which will act as your starting point for all cultural excursions as well as your beautiful classroom for some of your Spanish lessons.

This tranquil location sets the scene for several incredible cultural walks through the region to the nearby National Park and various medieval and charming villages in the area. Then, you’ll be able to take a break from walking in the on-site, modern classroom for Spanish lessons aimed at improving elementary and intermediate level Spanish.

With 5 Spanish lessons throughout the course of your stay, you will have the opportunity to improve your skills and test them on excursions to nearby villages, markets, and restaurants. Explain the subtleties of wine using vocabulary from your lessons and haggle prices at a local market while getting to know locals and conversing in their native language. Some classes take place at the farmhouse while others happen out in nature and in the villages for a fun, refreshing setting for your learning.

No visit to the region would be complete without picturesque views and the chance to fully appreciate the natural beauty of the area. Picnic in a valley full of diverse fauna next to the medieval bridge of San Nicolas, and stop at the gateway to the National Park of Ordesa. Dramatic views and a 4×4 excursion to the five viewpoints above the gorgeous Canyon of Ordesa await you, with a Spanish speaking local guide there to explain the unique history of the geological landforms of the area for you.

On top of all of that, you will get the chance to tour a local’s personal home and traditional Aragonese kitchen, enjoy a wine tasting in a medieval village, and potentially catch a glimpse of the region’s famous Bearded Vulture. Close encounters with the locals allow you to understand what life in this quiet region is truly like.

During your course, stay in a gorgeously renovated 17th-century farmhouse in any of its 7 guest rooms, complete with a wonderful view of the surrounding grounds or mountains. Each room has a private en-suite bathroom and various other modern amenities. The grounds include a vegetable patch used to cook your meals, beautiful gardens, and a courtyard with a library and small gym, the ideal place to unwind and immerse yourself in the local culture.

Experience
Highlights

Learn Spanish with a local both inside a classroom and in real-life situations.

Walk through incredible landscapes alongside knowledgeable hosts.

Stay in a 17th century farmhouse complete with library & gym.

Your Local Host:

Simon and Lucy

English-born hosts, Simon and Lucy, moved to Spain 7 years ago and fell in love with the unspoilt corner of the Spanish Pyrenees where they found their farmhouse. They refurbished the farmhouse in 2011, and now use it as a base for a wide range of small-group activity holidays. Both Lucy and Simon are passionate about nature and the outdoors, such as hiking, mountain biking, watching wildlife, and try to pass on these passions along with their expertise in each of their holidays. Lucy is a scientist and linguist who can give nutritional advice for sport or relaxation, as well as information on geology and the local language. Simon is a creative designer by trade and takes care of all things art, photography and cookery.

Experience Itinerary

Arrival

– Arrive in Albella
– Check into your room anytime after 5pm and settle in
– Enjoy a refreshing welcome drink along with the chance to meet Simon and Lucy, your hosts for the week
– Have your first evening meal at the farmhouse along with a brief presentation on the area in English

Accommodation

Where will I be staying?
– Your accommodation in the heart of the rural hamlet of Albella surrounded by the magnificence of the Spanish Pyrenees in the unspoilt valley of the Ara river
– You’ll stay in a renovated 17th-century farmhouse lovingly restored by your hosts, Simon and Lucy
– There are a total of 7 twin/double guest rooms, decorated with antiques and traditional decor
– If you are travelling solo, stay in a twin/double room for sole occupancy with no single supplement
– Most rooms have private bathrooms with rain showers and heated towel rails
– Extensive grounds with open views
– Free WiFi in common areas
– Free car parking if you choose to drive
– Small, on-site gym
– Courtyard
– Library and sitting room for guest use
– An on-site restaurant caters all of your meals throughout your stay
– Accommodation is included for 7 nights / 8 days
– Check in anytime after 5pm on day 1 and check out by 11am on day 8
– Please note this accommodation does not have disabled access and is not suitable for those with restricted mobility

house exterior in the spanish pyrenees

First Spanish lessons and tour of local villages

– After a leisurely breakfast, start the day with your first Spanish lesson with Roberto
– Enjoy lunch followed by a walk down to the river where you can have a refreshing swim
– Continue your walk into the local villages and meet some of the neighbours for an insight into village life
– After dinner, take an evening stroll down to the beautiful local chapel of San Urbez

 

Accommodation

The Farmhouse

double bedroom accommodation

Walk through Ordesa National Park and second Spanish lesson

– Start today with a visit to the Ordesa National Park after breakfast
– Walk along the Rio Arazas climbing to reach three stunning waterfalls with towering limestones cliffs on either side
– Enjoy a picnic lunch in this serene setting before heading back to the farmhouse
– Join Roberto for today’s afternoon Spanish lessons
– Eat a late dinner tonight in the lovely farmhouse dining room

 

Accommodation

The Farmhouse

double bedroom accommodation

Spanish class with tapas, wine tasting and tour in Ainsa

– Breakfast at your leisure, then head to the medieval town of Ainsa for today’s Spanish class
– Tuesday is market day in the village, so you will have the perfect opportunity to try out your Spanish at the local stalls, plus to treat yourself to a pastry and coffee at a ‘pasteleria’
– Head back to your classroom in the old town for your Spanish lesson
– Dine in Ainsa for lunch today followed by a stroll through the town
– Later, enjoy wine tasting and tapas! You will get the chance to participate and describe the flavours and aromas of various wines in Spanish, putting your vocabulary lessons to use!
– Return to the farmhouse for a light supper

Accommodation

The Farmhouse

bathroom interior

Morning Spanish lesson, nature walk with geological lesson

– This morning after breakfast, sit with Roberto for your morning Spanish lesson in Albella
– Once your lesson finishes, enjoy lunch at the farmhouse
– This afternoon, head to Nerin and begin and easy but dramatic walk above the Anisclo Canon, with some of the most impressive viewpoints in the entire National Park
– With geology in action all around you, Lucy will give a little geological history about the formation of the Marbore massif, with a small detour to look at the amazing formations of the rock faces
– Return to Albella and the farmhouse for refreshments and relaxation before a light dinner this evening

Accommodation

house in the spanish pyrenees

Spanish lesson in Roberto’s village

– Enjoy an early breakfast before departing for Chistau, Roberto’s home village, where he will host your Spanish lesson
– Meet some of the local characters and see traditional craftwork in action
– Your lesson today will involve interviewing the locals
– Eat lunch in a top restaurant renowned for its excellent cuisine
– In the evening, take refreshments and time to relax before dinner at the farmhouse

Accommodation

The Farmhouse

4x4 excursion and visit to village of Torla

– This morning, enjoy an early breakfast before the highlight of the week – a 4×4 excursion to the five viewpoints over the dramatic Canyon of Ordesa!
– Soak in incredible panoramic views and learn a bit of the history of the valley
– Be on the lookout for raptors, Chamois, and Marmots
– Today, you will eat lunch on the grassy riverbanks
– After lunch, explore the small medieval village and browse for souvenirs in the local shops
– Return to Albella for free time and refreshments before a light dinner

Accommodation

The Farmhouse

Departure

– Eat a leisurely breakfast and enjoy a flexible departure time depending on your flight schedule and timing

Location Information

Stay in a beautifully restored 17th century farmhouse, and wake up to stunning views of the Spanish Pyrenees and surrounding valleys, just a few hours from Barcelona or Zaragoza airports.

Nearest airports:
Zaragoza (2 hours, 15 minutes away) or Barcelona (3 hours, 3 minutes away)

 

  • 7 nights accommodation at the 17th century farmhouse in a twin/double room
  • Prices are per person and there are NO single supplements for solo travellers
  • You can check in any time after 5pm on Day 1 and check out by 11am on Day 8
  • Spanish lessons lasting 3 to 4 hours on days 2-6
  • Breakfast buffet, picnic lunches, and homemade dinners
  • All wine with meals
  • Coffee or tea after meals
  • All extra tea, coffee, or infusion, plus fresh mountain spring water
  • 6 days of guided excursions
  • Guided visit of Albella village
  • Visit to Roberto’s village for a Spanish lesson
  • Several nature walks throughout the week
  • Visit to Ainsa, the medieval town
  • Visits to local village and historical centres
  • Stop at National Park of Ordesa
  • 4x4 excursion to the five viewpoints over the Canyon of Ordesa
  • Please note these are sample itinerary activities and can be subject to change but will be replaced with an alternative activity

FAQs

- Spanish and walking holidays are aimed at intermediate (B1/B2) level Spanish learners who are able to hold a conversation
- Please note that if you are a beginner or elementary Spanish learner, this course will not be suitable for you
- Your hosts are English but speak Spanish fluently and all guided cultural excursions and activities will be in Spanish

- This holiday is available on specific limited start dates
- Spanish and walking holidays are for 7 nights / 8 days
- If dates appear ‘on request’, please email us at hello@nitgb.com and we’ll check availability for your preferred day of arrival as quickly as possible

- This Spanish and walking holiday is packed with useful Spanish lessons and historic and spectacular walks to immerse you in the natural beauty of the local area
- In the evenings, you can choose to explore and of the nearby villages or wander the stunning countryside surrounding the farmhouse property
- Your hosts can give you lots of information on what activities are on offer in the local area as well
- It is recommended to have a car to fully explore the area and you may find you wish to stay on for a few nights to get the most out of your trip!

- Located in the heart of the Spanish Pyrenees in the rural hamlet of Albella
- Traditional 17th century farmhouse has been restored to a high standard
- Surrounded by extensive gardens and stunning mountain views
- Sitting room and library across the spacious courtyard from the main house
- Airy dining room with views of the valley for all breakfast and evening meals
- English, Spanish, French and Portuguese speaking hosts with a wealth of knowledge about the area
- Delicious local food and wine

We recommend taking the return transfer offered by your holiday hosts. This can be booked as an optional extra for €70 per person return to/from Zaragoza airport or train station to the accommodation.

If you fly into Barcelona or Madrid, you can take a high speed train to Zaragoza, where your host will collect you for your transfer to the school (approximately 2 hours).