Are you looking for a unique language adventure? Come learn Spanish while hiking through the beautiful natural parks of Andalusia. Sierra de Grazalema has been a Unesco Biosphere reserve since 1977, making it the perfect holiday for nature lovers that want to work their bodies and minds, while also finding an escape to disconnect and relax in the charming town of Prado del Rey and the surrounding region. These natural parks are characterized by the diversity in flora and fauna, making it a one-of-a-kind experience. From getting your feet wet to watching the vultures circle overhead, this language holiday will take your Spanish from the classroom to the trail. You will be taught by our highly qualified and experienced native Spanish teachers in class, and on the hikes, you will practice your newly gained skills with the Spanish trail guides as they share with you the history behind the land. Here, you will see and learn about the endemic plants and species that are indigenous to the region. English translations will be provided for beginners. Other language students might join you on the trail giving an opportunity for practicing Spanish conversation.
The one week Spanish and Hiking package includes an intensive Spanish course with 20 lessons, the accommodation of your choice and 3 hikes in the afternoons after the Spanish course, one of them around Prado del Rey where we get to the limits of the Natural Park and the two others in the Grazalema Natural Park.
The two week Spanish and Hiking package includes includes an intensive Spanish course with 40 lessons, the accommodation of your choice and 5 hikes, 2 of them around Prado del Rey and 3 in the Natural Park Sierra de Grazalema. 4 hikes are organized in the afternoon after the Spanish class and one on the weekend.
These are some of the routes in the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park that we picked for you because they are exceptionally beautiful. Among the group members you can choose the ones that suit you best, and we are open to your proposals as well.
- Río Majaceite (Río El Bosque)
Short route along the river Río Majaceite starting in the neighbouring village El Bosque to Benamahoma, a tiny village of Moorish origin (3 h, easy). This trail makes for a great summer route because of the cool shade, abundant riverside vegetation, and you can even go for a refreshing dip.
Hike to the summit of the Torreón, the highest mountain in the Cadiz province (1654 m). (5 km, 3 h, medium-high difficulty). We will ascend, first on a small path, then over rugged rocks to the peak where we can enjoy a breathtaking view over of the Cadiz and Malaga province and if the weather is nice, we can see the coast of Gibraltar as well as the Rif Mountains of Morocco. As this hike is in the reserve area of the Natural Park Sierra de Grazalema, we need a special permit.
Hike to the peak of the Simancón. (6 h, medium difficulty). We cross a mediterranean forest passing by a natural pond where newts live and then we ascend over rocks to the peak of the Simancón, the highest point of the Sierra del Endrinal opposite Grazalema. On a nice day, you can see the Sierra Nevada, the coastline of Gibraltar and the Moroccan Rif mountains.
Route through the Pinsapar, the famous Spanish Fir Forest of Grazalema which is a relict of the last Ice Ages and unique in the world (8 km, 4 h, medium difficulty). In the Tertiary period the whole Mediterranean area was covered by these forests, but in the Ice Ages they retreated, only remaining 3 woods in the mountains of Grazalema and Ronda. On the northern slopes of the Sierra del Pinar, a small wood of Spanish firs covers some 400 hectares, stays cool and slightly humid. It is protected against forest fire in the reserve area of the natural park. On the hike, for which we need a special permit, you can explore this fascinating wood and enjoy the dazzling views from 1200 metres high.
- Garganta Verde
The Garganta Verde (Green Gorge) in the reserve area of the Grazalema Natural Park is an impressive canyon, over 400 meters deep, carved by an underground river near the gorgeous village of Zahara de la Sierra. Due to the humidity and shade of the high walls, the canyon has lush vegetation and wildlife, including one of the biggest colony of griffon vultures that have their nests in the rugged walls. The Garganta Verde hike has spectacular views of the narrow canyon and the vultures circling over your heads. With a special permit, we will hike to the stalactite cave, Ermita de la Garganta. If you are feeling more adventurous, you can embark on a complete canyoning tour with several exciting abseils and refreshing dips, for a small upgrade fee. The Garganta Verde hiking activity is 5 km long and lasts 3 hours. The canyoning activity lasts 5 hours. Both variants have a medium difficulty, whereas the hiking is the easier option.
- Llanos del Republicano
- The hike to the Republican Plains starts in Villaluenga del Rosario, the highest village of the Cadiz province. The walk leads to an enormous green plain with lots of little streams and a spectacular cavern, the Sima del Republicano, which is one of the deepest caves in Andalusia. We will not be able to enter, unless with special equipment and a special guide, but we can see its dimensions from the entrance. The plains are the home to many goats, cows and iberian black pigs. The route has an easy level, is 4 km long and lasts 2 hours.
- Llanos del Rabel
The Rabel Plains trail leaves from the Puerto de Los Acebuches between Zahara de la Sierra and Grazalema and leads us into the Reserve Area of the Grazalema Natural Park along a gentle and firm track, making it very suitable for everybody, even children, elderly people and groups (10 km, 4 h, easy). After every bend we are rewarded with more and more spectacular views of the Pinsapar and the Sierra del Pinar. The trail leads us to a green plain that makes for the perfect picnic location. From here it is worthhwhile to walk a small circular route that goes right into the thick of the forest where we can see and touch the giant Spanish Firs.
Be prepared for an unforgettable language holiday combining hiking in the wonderful nature of Andalusia and learning Spanish in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
The prices include:
- Spanish course with 20 weekly lessons
- Hiking programme
- Accommodation of your choice
- Entry level test on the first day
- Certificate of attendance
- Selection of Spanish films and books
- Free WiFi in the school building and the café on the ground floor
- Welcome tour through Prado del Rey
|Arrival dates 2019|
Prices of the 1 week Spanish & Hiking Programme
|Prices per person|
|Shared apartment double room 'happy to share'||€ 355|
|Shared apartment single room||€ 400|
|Host family single room half board||€ 510|
|Host family single room full board||€ 560|
|Private apartment||€ 495|
|Hotel Del Carmen single room||€ 465|
|Hotel Del Carmen double room||€ 405|
|Hotel Caico's single room||€ 465|
|Hotel Caico's double room||€ 405|
|Hotel Dorotea cabin for 2 people||€ 455|
|Hotel Dorotea cabin for 4 people||€ 421|
Prices of the 2 week Spanish & Hiking Programme
|Prices per person|
|Shared apartment double room 'happy to share'||€ 565|
|Shared apartment single room||€ 655|
|Host family single room half board||€ 875|
|Host family single room full board||€ 975|
|Private apartment||€ 870|
|Hotel Caico's single room||€ 885|
|Hotel Caico's double room||€ 755|
|Hotel Dorotea cabin for 2 people (per person)||€ 705|
|Hotel Dorotea cabin for 4 people (per person)||€ 653|