Curso de español y Senderismo

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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.

Hiking in Andalucia Route around Prado del Rey with students of spanish

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.
  • Torreón
    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.
  • Simancón
    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.
  • Pinsapar
    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.

Prices

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
10 March
24 March
07 April
29 September
12 October
20 October

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