The section named Classroom Without Walls - Spanish courses and more… is a program of activities that complements the educational proposals of the center. A wide range of sports and cultural activities are added to the variety of levels of Spanish language classes. These courses combine Spanish language learning with leisure and enjoyment, making the most of the social and cultural immersion that is central to the programming of complementary activities.
The organization of the complementary activities offered by the CLASSROOM WITHOUT WALLS – Spanish and more…adjusts to the schedules, levels and interests of the attendees, for whom we offer the possibility of being accompanied by a translator or monitor that dominates their native tongue.
There are several profiles of interest that adapt the offerings of learning and recreation to a variety of attendees.
Our students have the option to combine their Spanish course with one of the programs offered by the Classroom Without Walls. This program provides special opportunities for academic-cultural enrichment and immersion. The aim is to extend the teaching of the Spanish language and Hispanic culture beyond the classroom walls.
The highest concentration of breakers in Southern Europe, including the first surfing reserves established in Spain, is located on a few dozen kilometers of the “green coast” of Cantabria. Surfing was practiced for the first time in our country’s history on these coasts in the middle of the 20th century. Comillas is located near the Oyambre Natural Park, which contains a natural setting of high environmental value and breakers for all surfing levels. Surfing classes, informative lectures (Ex.: the culture and history of surfing, waves and tides, etc.), sup routes, debuts, visits to the first surfing museum in Spain and other events are combined with learning the language and immersion in the Spanish culture.
The beautiful landscapes of Cantabria are the ideal scenario for numerous golf courses, making it very feasible to combine both activities, as well as trying out different golf courses over the length of the course, if the student wants to. There are two golf courses less than 3 km from the center, and at least six more of various levels of difficulty in a radius of a few dozen kilometers, including the internationally famous Severiano Ballesteros golf course in Pedreña.
A combined program of both activities is compatible, given that the sailing centers in Santander are only a few dozen kilometers away. There is a long tradition of sailing in Cantabria in general and Santander in particular. International sailing figures have been trained at the Santander high performance center, including Olympic medal winners. In addition, it is the only center where the national Olympic sailing team trains. Due to its impressive facilities for practicing the various sailing modalities in its harbor and the nearby coast, Santander has been the host site for The World Sailing Cup in 2014.
The entire southern frontier of the region is occupied by the Cantabria Mountain Range. However, the Picos de Europa high mountain range is the preferred destination for international mountaineers, climbers and nature lovers. Picos de Europa is a symbol of the preservation of nature in Spain. It was Spain's first national park and is the most visited; a symbol of Spanish mountaineering. Spanish mountain hiking and the modern affection for mountains in our country was established on its peaks. Among these numerous, vertical peaks is the famous Naranjo de Bulnes, with a great western wall where one of the world's most difficult high mountain trails was opened in 2010. In addition, the Picos de Europa serves as a Spanish national symbol; it was here that the historical Reconquista started. Needless to say, its beautiful landscapes, people, customs and exceptional population centers are considered among the most attractive by foreign visitors. Moreover, Picos de Europa has some of the deepest abysses and caves in the world and well deserves being considered the “Himalaya” of speleology. The views from our location are witness to the proximity of this most valuable natural setting.
Nature is one of Cantabria’s most wonderful and attractive resources. Both the sea and the mountains can be fully enjoyed, since there are less than 30 kilometers between them as the crow flies. Cantabria has multiple, highly-valued protected natural sites, among which are a national park and numerous natural parks and monuments. The ample diversity of its landscapes favors many different options for the practice of sport and natural adventure activities: Sailing, deep-sea diving, fishing, surfing, sup, kayaking, canyoning, spelunking, coast and mountain rock climbing, hiking/trekking, rail routes, horse routes, bike routes, quad and a long list of activities that will satisfy the needs of the most demanding nature and adventure lovers.
The Camino de Santiago is one of the most significant historical and modern routes available to access Spanish culture. Its extension from the French border to Santiago de Compostela is the pathway chosen by thousands of pilgrims and tourists to get a closer look at our landscapes, society and culture. This historical route has two basic options, the interior and coastal routes. The latter passes through Cantabria, from east to west, and particularly through Comillas and its district. Along its path there are many places and people to discover; a fascinating encounter with nature, history, art and culture. The Santo Toribo de Liñebana Monastery, one of the holy sites of Christianity, along with Jerusalem, Rome, Santiago de Compostela and Caravaca de la Cruz, is located in Cantabria. Located in the heart of the mountains, the Monastery is the home of works by the Beatus of Liébana as well as the Lignum Crucis, which Catholics hold to be the largest known piece of the Cross. Its Door of Forgiveness (Puerta del Perdón) is opened at the beginning of each Liébana Jubilee Year for pilgrims.
The art of capturing the landscape through photography has its own space in our educational offer. Cantabria’s nature and culture are a privileged scenario for photography enthusiasts. There are numerous itineraries designed for a variety of themes, whether it be nature, architectural heritage, people and popular customs, urban settings, etc. The aim is to immerse the individual in Spanish through the language, shapes, textures, light and colors of this beautiful region.
Spanish gastronomy and food products are recognized internationally for their high quality. This offer combines immersion through language and culture with a program full of opportunities to taste the products and dishes that are the hallmarks of Cantabria’s gastronomy. Both land and sea products; an ample variety of meats, fish, fruits and vegetables, desserts, wines and spirits to be enjoyed as prepared traditionally or in haute cuisine. These tasting sessions can be complemented by practical cooking classes.
This proposal is quite popular and requested by many different individuals with a deep appreciation for cultural heritage. Language and culture sessions are combined with a varied program of visits to places of interest: The possibilities are immense – from prehistoric rock art in internationally renowned caves such as Altamira and Pindal, Cantabrian, settlements that participated in the struggle against Rome, castles, numerous samples of Romanesque architecture, such as the Collegiate Church of Santillana de Mar and popular Romanesque to the south of the region, medieval towns, charming rural villages that attest to the traditional lifestyle, popular feasts, customs and celebrations to modernistic buildings in Comillas, the work of Martorell or Gaudí. All this in addition to a long list of museums, cultural centers and activities that can be programmed according to the group's request.
The art of capturing the landscape through painting has its own space in our educational offerings. Cantabria’s nature and culture are a privileged scenario for painting enthusiasts. There are numerous itineraries designed for a variety of themes, whether it be nature, architectural heritage, people and popular customs, urban settings, etc. The aim is to immerse the individual in Spanish through the language, shapes, textures, light and colors of this beautiful region.
Dancing is only one more expression of culture. It is an open window to understanding and living the core of Spanish-speaking countries. This proposal combines language and cultural education with specific sessions that cover a wide range of dances from throughout the Hispanic world. Each dance expresses the personality and idiosyncrasy of a people. Dancing sessions of many different types are organized throughout the courses, depending on the requests of the participants. Cultural immersion through the rhythm of the Hispanic lifestyle.