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Exclusive Spanish language immersion holidays combine with gentle walks from the farmhouse door

Cultural Events

Relaxed dinner parties in Spanish with private cook. Spanish culture and gastronomy events

Live with the Locals

Meet mountain shepherds, villagers and friends as we walk and talk in Spanish

Professional Tuition

Professional Spanish lessons and round-the-clock informal Spanish tuition

Friendly, genuine conversations

Relaxed and uninhibited conversations among Spanish friends

Spanish Language Immersion & Walking Holidays

Speaking Spanish in the Pyrenees

Totally Different Spanish Language Immersion Courses in Spain

Our aim is to offer relaxed, dynamic Spanish immersion courses with genuine conversation and local Spanish people.

We believe a language is to be spoken and never to be severed from a people, a culture or a setting.

Spanish Language Immersion Courses with Over Twenty Years of International Reviews

These Spanish immersion 'house-parties' are ideal for adult learners of the Spanish language who want to avoid anonymous city-based language schools. 

They unfold at a Basque mountain farmhouse in the Spanish Pyrenees where you are welcomed by a team of experienced teachers, hosts, writers and guides.  But we are more than this. We are a group of passionate individuals who love our work and embrace the dimensions our guests - so far some 1500 people from around the world - bring to our lives.

We welcome discerning adults who enjoy the countryside, learning languages and share a genuine interest in other people. For surely, this is what learning languages is all about?

 

Cider and talos at the watermill in Amaiur
Edward and Eddy in Ameztia at Pyrenean Experience
Spanish language, food and wine - Donamaria
Ian and Crissy in the Baztan
Spanish tortilla with friends in Elgorriaga
Picking mushrooms in the Baztan Valley

Gentle Country Walks with Neighbours, Villagers & Friends

A Family Affair

We are not a large course centre but a family farmhouse and our house has a limited number of bedrooms which means that we can only accommodate a handful of guests at one time. All the better!

Each week knits together a programme of formal Spanish tuition with an eclectic mix of gentle country walks, lunches and cultural and social events where we embroil family, farmers, villagers and friends. Spanish cooks, musicians and historians also enter the plot.

Every path we walk, every ‘tortilla’ we share, every village bar and fiesta offers our guests genuine opportunities to converse with native Spanish speakers and integrate into the local community.

Pyrenees Walks above the mists
Georgina guiding her private walking holidays in the Pyrenees

A Fascinating Multilingual, Multicultural Meeting of Minds

Each evening our Spanish language immersion holidays wind down with a series of relaxed dinner parties around the farmhouse table, facilitated by our great friend and cook, who always has an interesting story to tell!

Friends, historians, neighbours, musicians, shepherds and farmers and all sorts of other characters enter the plot!

dinner paarty in Ziga Baztan Valley
Lunch on the terrace at our guest house
learning spanish in the Baztan Valley

Spanish Language Immersion Weeks for Different Language Levels

Our Total Immersion Spanish Courses in Spain are run at Three Different Levels

Upper-Intermediate / Advanced

Intermediate

Elementary

Intermediate & Upper Intermediate Spanish Immersion Courses

Our Spanish Immersion Courses are not your average classroom experience. We offer 2 hrs a day of formal Spanish classes (totaling 10 hrs a week), where the teacher focuses on the structures and grammatical ‘nuts and bolts’ of the Spanish language.
However, the programme of daily activities also offers round-the-clock informal Spanish immersion, conversation and vocabulary-building exercises too. While students have 2 hrs a day of formal classes, the rest of the day is spent practising your Spanish skills with locals, whether that is on a gentle guided walk to see the magnificent landscapes of the Basque Pyrenees, visiting friends and local experts in the villages or stopping by our neighbours' farms to listen to their stories of life in the Pyrenees.
A cold beer in a village bar or a stop to sample the local Basque cuisine is always on the agenda. Your exposure to the Spanish language is not limited to a classroom context at all and our 'razon de ser' is to offer you innumerable opportunities to speak Spanish and immerse yourself in the local village life.

Separate weeks are run for Intermediate and for Upper Intermediate level Students.

Elementary Spanish Courses

Elementary Spanish courses offer the same activities as above as well as an intense Spanish-speaking experience, however we do use some translation in order to help our guests get the most from some of our cultural activities and appreciate the fascinating history of the Basque Pyrenees.

Total Beginners Courses

Spanish students can also combine a module of Spanish lessons with one of our Total Pyrenean Experience Self-guided Walking Weeks. This makes an ideal holiday for guests who want to study Spanish but are travelling with partners or friends who do not share the same zeal for language learning! Here days can be enjoyed together with a programme of guided or self-guided walks before relaxing in the evening with our bi-lingual dinner parties, gastronomy and music events.

Spanish language immersion holidays at our Basque farmhouse

Relaxed Learning Environment

A Typical Day on a Spanish Language & Walking House Party Week

Relaxed, unhurried, country walks in our Pyrenean paradise

After breakfast on the terrace, we head into the hills – usually straight from the farmhouse door. As we tie up our walking boots we adopt our ‘Spanish-speaking' personas and all the activities from then on (until dinner) are run in Spanish. The hill walks are taken at a gentle pace, lasting 2 - 3 hours, and are perfect for normally healthy people of all ages used to regular exercise. We stop off at farms and villages, explore the local architecture, watermills and fiestas, and are infamous for kidnapping the unsuspecting friends and farmers we meet en route. Talks are organised with local experts and rarely a bar is passed without stopping for a cool beer.

smuggling tours on the border between France and Spain
An infamous meeting with Koikili on a Spanish & Walking week
Basque music and tapas on the terrace
Spanish language immersion lessons outdoors pyrenean experience on our terrace
Free from the shackles of 'para' and 'por'

Lunch may be tapas at the village inn, lunch at a family restaurant or a picnic in the hills. After an afternoon siesta, (and you are expected to dream in Spanish!), we offer a formal 2 hr Spanish language lesson with a professional Spanish teacher who develops a structured platform of grammar, vocabulary, idioms and expressions. The immersion methods only slide to a halt at dinner time which is a time to relax in whatever language one chooses (free from the shackles of ‘para’ and ‘por’) These evenings on the terrace offer a relaxed and inspiring meeting of minds and a fun exchange of languages, cultural anecdotes, ideas and experiences.

In the middle of our Spanish language immersion weeks, our guests enjoy a free day when they can explore further afield. Many choose to take a local bus to sample the pintxos (Basque tapas) in the coastal towns of San Sebastian or Hondarribia, or head south to explore the mediaeval city of Pamplona. (Others decide to stay in the hills and go off on one of many self-guided walks leading straight from the farmhouse door).

 

Price 2021 & 2022: 1500 €

* Round-the-clock Spanish conversation facilited by teachers and hosts * Authentic meetings and conversations with local people * Ten hours professional Spanish classes * Full board accommodation * Guided walks with social, cultural and gastronomy programme * En-suite rooms with no single supplement * Personalised language help * Very small groups

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