El Cuélebre. Cursos de español en la naturaleza, Pola de Somiedo

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Learn Spanish at El Cuélebre. Cursos de español en la naturaleza, offering immersion courses. There, you'll have a chance to live and breathe Spanish, while becoming good friends with your teachers. In addition to regular intensive courses, the school offers super-intense lessons, which work well for anyone wishing to learn quickly and effectively. Perhaps you're interested in improving your Spanish skills for business, or looking to add another language to your repertoire. Check the website for details. Use our Pola de Somiedo travel itinerary planner to visit El Cuélebre. Cursos de español en la naturaleza on your trip to Pola de Somiedo, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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El Cuélebre. Cursos de español en la naturaleza reviews

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  • For my husband and I, this was an amazing experience. The spectacular setting, the effective teaching, the comfortable lodging, all would have been enough to merit 5 stars, but what truly set this as....  more
    For my husband and I, this was an amazing experience. The spectacular setting, the effective teaching, the comfortable lodging, all would have been enough to merit 5 stars, but what truly set this as....  more »
  • Do you wish that you had cool Spanish friends (who just so happen to be dedicated language teaching professionals), who would help you learn Spanish? And put you up in a cozy, fully equipped... 
    Do you wish that you had cool Spanish friends (who just so happen to be dedicated language teaching professionals), who would help you learn Spanish? And put you up in a cozy, fully equipped...  more »
  • With my partner being in his mid-80s, we were a bit nervous whether this would be too strenuous. Nada de esto. Our individual schedule was completely flexible and adapted to all needs. The food is of....  more
    With my partner being in his mid-80s, we were a bit nervous whether this would be too strenuous. Nada de esto. Our individual schedule was completely flexible and adapted to all needs. The food is of....  more »
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  • Do you wish that you had cool Spanish friends (who just so happen to be dedicated language teaching professionals), who would help you learn Spanish? And put you up in a cozy, fully equipped apartment in the beautiful mountains? And cook delicious food for you? And take you on breathtaking hikes, while telling you all about the local nature and history? Well, it's your lucky day. Far more than a Spanish school, El Cuélebre blends full language immersion with day-to-day culture and scenic mountain life, treating clients to a kind of experience one could normally only have through personal connections. It's a very special concept and place. Do yourself a favor, and go.
  • I spent a week at El Cuelebre in early April - an excellent course in stunning surroundings. Alfredo and Jimena’s house is in a lovely location and the annex, where I stayed, is cosy and comfortable with beautiful views. I spent each day, apart from a 3 hour break in the late afternoon, with them - eating meals together, going on walks in the lovely countryside plus two classroom based lessons. We chatted in Spanish all the time. It is a much more ‘natural’ and ‘comfortable’ way of learning and improving Spanish than spending hours sitting in a classroom going over grammar exercises. We talked about an enormous variety of topics as Jimena and Alfredo have a wide variety of knowledge and interests ranging from the natural world to current politics. I felt that I was with two friends rather than two teachers. The walks were varied and ‘tailored’ to my level of fitness. Really good. We also had some ‘cultural’ visits, including to Avilés and an Ecomuseum. The food was very tasty and healthy. The water, straight from the mountains, tastes divine! As teachers, Jimena and Alfredo are very supportive, sympathetic and professional. They have sent me links and advice for my future learning in Spanish and I left their house feeling inspired and keen to progress.
  • Even though this school looked great online when I booked a two-week visit, I wasn't entirely sure what to expect since I did not know anyone who had spent time there, and websites and reviews can be somewhat more rosy than the reality. Well, El Cuélebre far surpassed all of my expectations! It was a really stunning experience for me in so many ways. The hikes were so fun, and these would simply not have been possible if I had been on my own. Jimena and Alfredo know the unmarked routes after spending years in these mountains. And when a foot of snow dumped on us halfway through my stay, we strapped on snowshoes and took walks anyway! Their house is very cozy. I felt comfortable throughout my stay in my clean, separate living space with a private bathroom. As others have said in their reviews, the food that Jimena prepares is remarkable. Meal times were enjoyable and relaxed, and gave us plenty of chances to connect, and for me to practice my conversation skills. My goals at the school were to improve my conversational fluency, and this school is an ideal place to do that. I was able to spend something like 10-12 hours a day speaking Spanish. Jimena and Alfredo were good about giving me corrections, especially when they could point out patterns in my errors, but they were not stopping me every other word to suggest alternatives. This gave my brain the chance to keep forming phrases and whole sentences, but also to improve and commit fewer errors over time. I appreciated that they also wanted me to have the chance to see something beyond the mountains, and so Alfredo took me one day to visit some towns and spots along the coast. Avilés was so lovely. Jimena and Alfredo are just really nice people. They are interested and interesting at the same time. They are looking to connect and know about you and your culture, and to also share what they can about theirs. I am so grateful to them for their kind and generous spirits. If you enjoy the outdoors and want to immerse yourself not only in Spanish language but to learn a great deal about Spanish culture, I cannot recommend a place more highly than El Cuélebre. My time with Jimena and Alfredo will be one of the most wonderful memories of my life.
  • For both my husband and me this was an amazing experience. The spectacular setting, the effective teaching, the comfortable lodging, all would have been enough to merit 5 stars, but what truly set this as special was the opportunity to delve into Spanish culture, politics, food, etc., through the lives of two warm and engaging people, Jimena and Alfredo. First, the setting. The house of Jimena and Alfredo is in a rustic village high in the mountains of Somiedo. From the windows of our comfortable room we woke every morning to the spectacular site of the craggy mountains. Over the course of 10 days we took daily hikes that wandered throughout the area, after each hike we thought the next day couldn’t possibly be more special, but it was. On one day we expressed interest in seeing the coast, so Jimena and Alfredo drove us on a tour of parks and towns along the ocean: we hiked on beaches, along rugged, rocky trails, had great food in a small town. Speaking of food, the fare that Jimena prepared every day was delicious and -- like everything in their course -- personalized to our preferences. Second, the teaching. Alfredo and Jimena have perfected an effective method of teaching that takes advantage of the immersive environment. While hiking during the day, Alfredo would keep note of topics we’d discussed, words/expressions/concepts we used and misused, and in the class at day’s end would incorporate all of this in his lessons. Also worth noting that we are both at vastly different levels of fluency, yet we both learned so much: Alfredo is one of the best Spanish teachers I’ve had, the first, for example, to explain certain arcane aspects of Spanish grammar that I’ve struggled years to understand. Finally, the experience itself of living for 10 days with two warm, engaging, smart Spaniards. We’re frequent travelers, but it’s rare to be able to interact with the “locals” beyond daily pleasantries and commercial transactions. El Cuélebre is special because it gave us a window into Spanish life and perspective. Our daily conversations ranged from recipes to family life to politics and history, while hiking in gorgeous mountain settings or sitting at the table eating Jimena’s delicious meals (and perhaps the best bread in Spain). We highly, highly recommend El Cuélebre not only to improve your Spanish, but also to enrich your experience as a traveler.
  • I recently spent a week with Alfredo and Jimena at El Cuelebre. It was a wonderful time of immersion in a beautiful, peaceful mountain world and a lovely household where I was surrounded by Spanish from morning until night. I enjoyed the company of Alfredo and Jimena very much; there were always plenty of stimulating conversation, which was very motivating for improving my Spanish, as I was desperate to join in but didn't always have adequate vocabulary or fluency; I certainly improved both of them a great deal during the week. Our daily hikes were fabulous and included a large variety of different landscapes, as well as a fascinating traditional village and interesting agricultural buildings and structures. My room, which was huge, was comfortable and attractive, with superb, mountain views from the windows, and well-equipped. The home-cooked food was excellent. Alfredo and Jimena are clearly experienced at tailoring any aspect of what they offer to the individual needs of their students. So I can summarise by saying that this was not only a great way to improve my Spanish but also a memorable, highly enjoyable experience in its own right.

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