Spanish in the Mountains – A truly immersive experience
Learning a new language takes time and commitment, however, it is one of the most rewarding and enjoyable experiences of your life. By learning a new language, you not only open yourself up to a whole new community of people, but you also develop a much greater understanding of other cultures and the world around you. One of the most enjoyable ways of improving your language skills is by truly immersing yourself in the culture and by using your language in a range of settings. For example, how about practising your Spanish in the mountains of Andalusia with expert guides?
Learning outside the classroom
With the rise of mobile apps and podcasts, there are many ways to work on your Spanish outside of class. However, there is no substitute for full cultural immersion and exposure to the true culture, language, and accents. You will be amazed at just how much your language skills can improve in a short time abroad immersed in all things Spanish – the language, people, culture, natural heritage, and landscape. Learning a language is about more than just conjugation and learning phrases, what is a language without culture and relationships with local people? Culture arises through social connections between humans and we connect via language and therefore the two are intrinsically intertwined. Therefore, intensive Spanish immersion programmes in Spain are perfect as you are exposed to grammar, vocabulary, and accent alongside experiencing the culture and local life.
Spanish and Andalusia
Do you want to learn Spanish in a place where cobbled streets, snowy mountain peaks, golden beaches and vast plains are just a stone’s throw away from each other? If so, Andalusia is perfect for you! Andalusia boasts one of the most varied and beautiful landscapes in the whole of Spain. From stunning views over the Strait of Gibraltar in the Cadiz province to the breath-taking Baetic mountain ranges such us Sierra Morena, Sierra de Cazorla, Sierra Nevada, Sierra de las Nieves or Sierra de Grazalema. The Granada province alone is home to five Natural Parks, one National Park, and one Geopark. The mountain range of the Sierra Nevada has 27 different habitat types and is considered one of the most biodiverse areas in the Mediterranean region. It is fair to say that here, you are truly spoilt for choice here and there is always more to see and discover. Not only is Andalusia renowned for its beauty, biodiversity and heritage, but also its rich and traditional culture. The area’s history has greatly impacted its culture of past and present. Granada itself is a city filled with hidden gems and cultural hotspots, such as the renowned Alhambra – something you cannot miss when visiting. When it comes to learning Spanish in Andalusia, there is no better place! It is no secret that the Andalusian accent is tricky, however, it is also believed that once you can understand this accent, you can conquer all! This is why there is no better place than Andalusia to take part in intensive Spanish immersion programmes in Spain.
Here at Sierra&Sol we fuse together classroom lessons and natural practice in order to provide a truly immersive experience in which your language and understanding of the natural heritage and culture can flourish. Our lessons provide you with the foundations and grammatical understanding of which you can practice with locals and your teachers on hikes around the beautiful surrounding areas. By testing out your new knowledge in an organic and relaxed setting, you will reinforce what you have learnt in lessons without even knowing it! What’s not to like? Breath-taking views, exercise and effortless Spanish practice all merged into one. In addition to this, our programmes offer extra cultural events such as “tapas times”, Spanish film evenings and parties. Don’t forget that our company works alongside local culture and landscapes, not against it. We are ecotourism based and this philosophy shapes all our activities. Ecotourism goes hand in hand with authenticity and immersion, so with us you will truly experience the beauty of Granada and Andalusia in a sustainable manner.
So, don’t be afraid to take the first step. And remember that the first step is always the hardest, from then on, it gets much easier. The decision to learn Spanish will not be one that you will regret. It will be a great experience and there is no better time to learn than now. Don’t get cold feet, just jump right in and start to learn to speak Spanish today! If you want to learn Spanish in the most effective and enjoyable way, then try one of our intensive “Spanish and hiking” immersion programmes in Spain.