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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.
El Cuélebre. Cursos de español en la naturaleza reviews
The fact that we have already re-booked for next year is testimonial to our satisfaction with our 10 day sojourn at El Cuelebre. Our first booking was foiled by the lock-down in Spain in March, but..... more »
Most people know that the best way to learn a language is through immersion. But the idea of immersion can be intimidating – or it certainly was to me. Well, how about immersion tailored to your... more »
Jimena and Alfredo provided a superb immersion opportunity! The natural area served as a springboard for my Spanish learning. During my time with these wonderful teachers, my life indeed was in... more »
What a delightful couple ! Jimena and Alfredo are two well-experienced Spanish teachers, sensitive and attentive to your particular needs in learning their language - with least effort. They welcome you into their home into a spacious room with en-suite shower room with magnificent views over the mountains. Spanish is taught through formal lessons and entertaining conversations at meal times and during the daily outings. The meals are delicious and typically Spanish. They live in a beautiful, unspoilt part of Asturias, in the Somiedo Nature Reserve, and are extremely generous with their time and availability in sharing their knowledge of the flora, fauna and traditional way of life. They went out of their way so we were lucky enough to see two bears and they ensured we saw chamois before we left. Everything is made-to-measure so we were delighted with our stay and thoroughly enjoyed their easy-going company. We highly recommend this Spanish school.
Yo disfruté el curso muchisimo!!!! Alfredo and Jimena are great hosts and go to a lot of effort to tailor the course to your particular situation. OF course the walks in Somiedo are fantastic, seeing the footprints of a brown bear in the snow incredible! If you don't live in Spain, this is a great way to see a part of Spain that is not well known and if like me you are lucky enough to live in Asturias "El Paraíso Natural", it is a great way to take the next step up in becoming fluent in Spanish and to learn more about Asturias and Spanish culture. It was great that you get recommendations on which online tools to use. Even if you are just coming for a holiday, especially if you are a solitary traveler who doesn't speak Spanish but wants to get to know "Green Spain" I would recommend it.
I took the courses for 2 weeks, and every single day was fantastic! Alfredo and Jimena were very attentive and passionate, they explained thoroughly the tons of questions that I asked about Spanish and the Hispanic culture, and it was a pleasure sharing my Taiwanese culture with them too. We went trekking at different places everyday, which weren’t touristic and the sceneries were impressive. We also had some cooking classes and nearby city tours one in a while, and I loved all of it. Anyway, El Cuélebre is definitely 100% recommendable!!
If you’re reading this review, you’re probably reading the others here, too. From our personal experiences, every glowing comment about El Cuélebre is absolutely true! We are a retired couple from Arizona, USA, and have just ended 2 incredible weeks studying Spanish, and at the same time experiencing Asturias, with Alfredo and Jimena — El Cuélebre’s owners, teachers, hiking guides, and so much more — at their quaint little pueblo of La Peral in the Somiedo Natural Park. It was an astounding time, one of the best of our lives. First, the teaching and language immersion. We had Spanish classes with Alfredo twice a day. These were entertaining and culturally informative lessons tailored to our individual needs. Learning continued outside of class during hikes, trips, and meals, with both Alfredo and Jimena gently correcting our mistakes and elaborating on grammatical points when we didn’t fully understand. There were lively discussions about Spanish history and culture, current events in Spain, and the natural and human history of Asturias. Alfredo and Jimena are both exceptional Spanish teachers, not only because they know so well how to teach it, but also because they have worked hard themselves to learn English (and other languages). They understand what students struggle with, and why, and how problems are best addressed. They know what’s needed to continue progressing toward fluency in a new language. They advised us on the best ways we can be permanent students at home (websites, periodicals, music, radio, TV, etc.). After two intense weeks, we thought that our Spanish had improved significantly, especially listening comprehension and speaking. It’s important to say, though, that they are flexible teachers, and they can/will tailor the intensity to the interests and desires of their students. The main “extracurricular” activity was hiking. We’ve hiked in many stunning parts of the U.S. and Mexico. Honestly, though, the most breathtakingly beautiful spot we’ve experienced is Asturias! Jimena and/or Alfredo took us hiking everyday, except for two one-day driving excursions (see below). Each hike was unique, and special in some way. Several passed through traditional, centuries-old brañas, still worked today and populated by congenial Asturian cattle. (The hills are, indeed, alive with the sound of music from the multi-toned bells the cows wear.) Because Jimena has worked for an NGO that is dedicated to the conservation of the Asturian brown bear, she really knows both the trails in the Somiedo Natural Park and the natural history of the park. On the two days we didn’t hike, Jimena and Alfredo took us on car excursions. The first included a visit to a cave with prehistoric paintings, a “comida” at a traditional Asturian restaurant in a small town, a walk down to a beautiful beach on the coast, and a stroll into a charming fishing village. The second excursion was to the impressive city of Oviedo and environs, and then to some spectacular sites in an adjacent natural park and in a remote part of Castile y León. The food! Jimena is a fantastic cook (Alfredo cooks a pretty mean Spanish tortilla, himself). Each mid-afternoon “comida” was different and delicious, with Spanish wine and great conversation, often in their pergola outdoors, surrounded by the mountains. Finally, the accommodations are perfect. Alfredo and Jimena added a suite to their house, with its own entrance, just for their students. It’s private, comfortable, plenty spacious, and cozy, with everything you need to feel at home. Best of all, though, are the views from every window — even the one in the shower. Footnote: This is our third trip to Spain, starting in 2014, with stays ranging from 1 month to 11 weeks. We’ve been in most all the regions. Asturias is our favorite, by far! Yet, although it’s so beautiful and interesting, it’s uncrowded and relatively untouched by foreign tourism. Come here to experience a part of Spain still very much as it was in the past.
My short review is: I went to El Cuelebre. I loved it. I want to go back. My longer review is: The mountain setting is beautiful. The walks are exhilarating and will give you an even better idea of the beauty of this part of Asturias. The food is sublime. The Spanish lessons/classes were exactly what I wanted - they were stimulating, challenging, motivating, pitched at the right level for me and, importantly, they were fun. I also enjoyed and learned a lot from the conversations on history, sport, literature, films, wildlife, politics and many other topics. The accommodation was very comfortable. All of this, of course, is thanks to Jimena and Alfredo who did everything possible to ensure my stay was enjoyable and worthwhile. That, in slightly more detail, is why I want to go back.
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