Peak Me School

Learn Spanish in Panes, Spain

The Area & School

The PeakMe School is located in the idyllic village of Panes, in the Asturias region of northern Spain. Panes is a small village at the base of the Picos de Europa mountain range and just a few kilometers south of the beaches on Spain's northern Atlantic Coast. Located on the Cares River, Panes serves as the jumping off point for Picos de Europa National Park.

This small village boasts old world charm, wonderful traditional restaurants and quaint pubs. Panes is the perfect place for a true immersion experience, as Spanish is the only language spoken in town. Our small partner school differs from most schools in larger cities. Class sizes are smaller and more personalized, and afternoon lessons take place out in the beauty of nature! Dogs welcome. Seriously, bring your dog!

All programs include:

  • Hikes/treks
  • Grammar lessons
  • Interactive activities
  • Conversation and writing exercises
  • Daily homework assignments
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Tea, coffee, biscuit breaks
  • Information service
  • Chill-out area
  • Course materials

Spanish Courses

Standard 20 Spanish

20 lessons of immersion Spanish per week totaling 16 hours and 40 minutes (Four 50 minute classes per day). All classes take place in the PeakMe school in Panes. Classes will focus on a combination of conversation, grammar, reading and writing skills. Please note: the class will be reduced to 15 hours of private lessons if only 1 student is enrolled


Starts at €275 for one week

Spanish & Hiking

Program Details In the Spanish and hiking program, students will take classroom Spanish courses each morning, and then continue practicing their language skills while hiking through Picos de Europa National Park each afternoon. The treks take students through some of the most beautiful places on the European continent, including the Picos de Europa Mountain Range. These rocky, glacially-formed peaks sit in stunning contrast to the pastoral valleys and steep coastlines of the surrounding areas...

Starts at €400 for one week

Spanish, Yoga & Pilates

Find peace and tranquility while building strength and flexibility in one of the most beautiful regions of Spain. The Spanish, Yoga & Pilates course consists of the Standard 20 Immersion Spanish program (4 daily hours of intensive Spanish lessons Mon - Fri) plus 5 afternoon sessions of Pilates and yoga with a certified instructor each week. Students will have the opportunity to re-energize both mind and body while practicing yoga and Pilates in a native forest in Socueto, a truly unique setting unlike anywhere else in the world...

Starts at €415 for one week

Accommodation

Host Family

(Private room, breakfast included) Host families are hand selected by the staff at the school and are located around the village, close to the school. Homestay accommodation includes:

  • Private room (unless otherwise requested)
  • Shared bath
  • Daily breakfast
  • Washing machine
  • Extra Spanish practice!


Starts at €220 / week

3 Star Hotel Room

(Private room, half-board) Stay in a charming hotel in Panes, with half-board (breakfast and dinner) included. The hotel features a local restaurant on the main floor that serves traditional Spanish food from the region. Hotel rooms include:

  • En suite bathroom
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Wi-Fi
  • TV and telephone
  • Heating
  • Laundry service and private parking also is available

Please note: if Hotel Covadonga is sold out at the time of booking, the enrollment department will suggest a comparable hotel in the area at a similar price point


Starts at €445 / week

Private Apartment

(No meals) The private apartments in Panes offer students bit of relaxation and their own private space at the end of the day. New, clean and furnished with great views of the mountains, food is not included, however each apartment has its own kitchen, and there are many places to eat in the village. Please note - for this accommodation options, a week consists of 7-nights


Starts at €462 / week

Additional Details

Courses start every Monday throughout the year. On Spanish national holidays, no lessons will take place, but alternative activities will be arranged by the school.

2014 Spanish National Holidays:

  • January 1st (Wednesday)
  • January 6th (Epiphany, Monday)
  • April 18th (Good Friday)
  • May 1st (Labour Day, Thursday)
  • August 15th (Assumption of Mary, Friday)
  • November 1st (All Saints Day, Saturday)
  • December 6th (Constitution Day, Saturday)
  • December 8th (Immaculate Conception, Monday)
  • December 25th (Thursday)

The school is located in the tiny village of Panes, in the Asturias region, between the Pyrenees to the east and Galacia to the west. Relatively undiscovered by tourists, this area is home to some of the most delicious food, friendly people and beautiful scenery in all of Spain.

By Air
Students can fly into on of three airports:

  • Santander (45 minutes from Panes)
  • Via Bilbao (1 hour 45 minutes from Panes)
  • Aeropuerto de Asturias (1 hour 50 minutes from Panes)

Just send the school your arrival information after booking and they will arrange your transport from the airport. Here is a list of all connecting flights and airlines from major European cities.

By Ferry
Students may choose to take a ferry Plymouth or Portsmouth to Santander or Bilbao via Brittany Ferries. Send the school your arrival info and they will arrange your transport to Panes from there.

By Car
Students can also to choose to rent a car elsewhere in Spain and make the scenic drive to Panes.

Max Group Class Size: 6.0 students per class
Max Capacity: 25 students
Adjusted Price of INT 20: €16.50 per class hour

The student experience in Asturias is enhanced by daily activities outside the classroom. The school is located at the gateway to Picos de Europa National Park, and you will find endless outdoor entertainment beyond the classroom. A sampling of affordable activities the school can happily arrange for you include:

  • Trekking and hiking
  • Canoeing
  • Quad biking
  • Mountain biking
  • Horseback riding

The school uses a communicative immersion method for teaching the Spanish language. Students of all abilities, from no-experience, to near fluency, are eligible for the program. Upon arrival, students are given a placement test to determine their correct level. Asturias is a perfect place for a Spanish immersion program because most residents only speak Spanish in the region. All courses are taught completely in Spanish by native speakers. The four, 50 minute Intensive Spanish classes are held Monday to Friday during the mornings.

FAQ

What is the weather like throughout the year in Panes/Asturias?

The Asturias region is fairly mild, with yearly temperatures ranging from 44 F (7 C) to 76 (24 C) F. August is the warmest month with daily average highs around 71 F (22 C). January is the coldest month with daily average lows around 46 F (6 C). The weather will get a bit more unpredictable and colder as one gains elevation in The Picos de Europa mountains, and on the coast.

July is the sunniest month with 14 hours of sun per day. Spring is generally mild. April receives the most rainfall and the region warms up and dries out through June.

Is the school dog friendly?

Woof! (Yes). As long as your dog is well behaved, you can bring her to the school and on the treks.

I'm concerned about fitting in if everyone is a lot younger than me. What is the average age of students at this school?

It varies from week to week, but this school definitely attracts an older demographic than schools in warm beach areas or large cities. Students routinely enroll in their 40s, 50s, 60s, and even 70s. As long as you are fit enough for the hikes (if you choose to participate) and ready to learn and try new things, you won't feel out of place at all.