7 Days Spanish Course and Cooking Holidays in Spain

  • San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain

Overview

Wine Tasting and Cooking Vacations in Spain

During this cooking holiday, you will have the chance to combine language training with a taste of the unique Basque cuisine. By mixing an intensive Spanish course, cooking classes, a wine tasting, and a tapas tour, you will get a full immersion into the local lifestyle. Come to San Sebastián and see how, beyond the concept of sun and sand, the city offers a varied program of exhibitions, concerts, popular fiestas, sports, and international events.

Highlights

  • 1 Basque cooking class
  • Practice your Spanish with 20 lessons
  • Wine tasting seminar of Txakoli and Rioja wines
  • Dinner after the cooking class at a Basque restaurant in Donibane-San Juan
  • Guided visit of San Sebastián with a pintxo tour
  • 6 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • Intermediate

  • Advanced

Group sizes

The maximum participants in the group is 10.

  • 5 days with instruction
  • Spanish, English
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Apartment with Spanish people and kitchen facilities

You will live in an apartment with one or two Spanish people, who are studying or working. You will have your own bedroom and use of the kitchen, bathroom, and living room. This option allows you contact with Spanish people while maintaining certain independence. Bed sheets and towels are provided.

Family with half board

You will be made to feel perfectly at home living with a family. This makes for a wonderful experience. Half board includes breakfast and dinner. The accommodations are located in different areas of San Sebastián and in general, you do not need more than 15 minutes by bus to the center or the school.

Mixed apartments with Spanish people and Tandem students

These apartments are only available in the summer season. You share an apartment with students from other countries and Spanish people. Flats provide an average of three to five students with single or double bedrooms and shared use of the kitchen and bathroom. This is a good opportunity to live with a variety of people and share different cultures. Bed sheets and towels are provided.

For a successful stay, you need friendly and comfortable accommodation. Tandem San Sebastian carefully selects and regularly visits each apartment. All rooms are single unless otherwise requested. You can also reserve double rooms if you come with a friend. Rooms are reserved from Sunday afternoon to Saturday morning.

With this gastronomic experience pack, you can combine language training and the opportunity to get to know and taste the unique Basque cuisine and the world famous pintxos, also known as Basque tapas. The pack consists of three top-experience activities for foodies.

On Tuesday, you will enjoy a guided visit of San Sebastián with a pintxo tour from 18:00 to 21:00. The next day, from 18:00 to 21:00, you will have a wine tasting of Txakoli and Rioja wines. Finally, on Thursday, starting at 18:00, you will have a Basque cooking class followed by dinner. The activity ends around 22:30.

Spanish intensive courses 20

This package includes 20 45-minute lessons per week. This is the best way to combine language studies and activities. You will have four lessons per day from Monday to Friday. Lessons for all levels are offered, from A1 to C2.

All classes are held in small groups with a maximum of eight students per level and a maximum of 10 students in the summer. If you have previous Spanish knowledge, you can start every Monday. From January to May and from September to December, beginners can also start every Monday.

During the summer, you can start an absolute beginner course on August 21 and combine with the gastronomic experience. You can combine this activity pack with any of the Spanish courses, group courses, individual courses, or special programs.

During this week, you will enjoy a guided visit of San Sebastián with a pintxo tour. You will visit the best bars in town, where you can taste and enjoy this miniature form of cuisine. There is also an excursion to the coastal village of Donibane-San Juan included.

San Sebastián is a city that creates an impact on account of its beauty and lifestyle. It offers extraordinary landscapes in the city center itself, with three beaches and three mountains, as well as the contrast between the Atlantic Sea and the Pyrenees. The bay of La Concha, which lies in the heart of the city, is a magnet for sun-seekers, while surfers show off their skills on Zurriola Beach.

Capital of the province of Gipuzkoa and the European capital of cultural and tourist center of the Basque Country in 2016, this city of 185,000 inhabitants seduces everyone because of its own atmosphere, its architecture, the university, and the lively streets. It is a combination of modernity and tradition.

Beyond the concept of sun and sand, through the year, the city offers a varied program of exhibitions, concerts, popular fiestas, sports, and international events. San Sebastián's day in January, a dance in May, the Jazz Festival in July, the Big Week Festival in August, and the International Film Festival in September.

San Sebastián is the Spanish gastronomic Mecca with 16 stars in the Michelin guide. But the restaurants are not the only thing to be enjoyed here, the bars are renowned for their pintxos, an original form of tapas, accompanied by Txakoli, a local white wine, or the famous red Rioja wines.

Nearby places

  • Barcelona - 6 hours
  • Biarritz Airport (BIQ), 45 kilometers
  • Bilbao Airport (BIO) - 1 hour
  • French border, 20 kilometers
  • Madrid - 5 hours
  • Old Town, 15 minutes
  • San Sebastián Airport (EAS), 25 kilometers - 30 minutes

You gastronomic experience pack includes a tapas tour, a wine tasting, and a Basque cooking class with dinner. If you choose to stay with a family, you will also have breakfast and dinner included.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
(If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)
  • Adventure sports
  • Attend concerts
  • Attend shows
  • Beach volley at Zurriola Beach
  • Excursion to Bilbao and guided visit to the Guggenheim Museum
  • Excursions to fishing villages like Zumaia, Pasajes de San Juan, or Hondarribia
  • Hiking in the Pyrenees
  • Horse riding
  • One-day surf course
  • Mountain biking excursions
  • Projection of films on current affairs
  • Salsa and merengue dancing lessons
  • Surf at Zurriola Beach
  • Surf in Biarritz and Mundaka
  • Tennis
  • Trekking along the coast with beautiful views to the Atlantic Ocean
  • Visit the Pilgrim's Route to Santiago
  • Visit the wine cellars of La Rioja
  • Weekend breaks to Pamplona, La Rioja, the Pyrenees, Madrid, Barcelona, and Paris
  • Workshops about Basque language and culture
  • 1 Basque cooking class
  • 1 Basque dinner
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 20 45-minute Spanish lessons
  • Administration fee
  • Certificate of attendance
  • Class material
  • Course fees
  • Dinner and breakfast (if staying with a family)
  • First-course book
  • Guided visit to San Sebastián with pintxo tour
  • Information folder
  • Level testing
  • Organization of some cultural and leisure activities
  • Reservation of accommodation
  • Transport cost during the activities
  • Tuition
  • Use of books and DVDs from school's library
  • Use of the school's self-study-room in the afternoon
  • Wi-Fi connection at school
  • Wine tasting seminar of Txakoli and Rioja wines
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Guided visits besides the ones mentioned above
  • Entrance tickets on touristic sites
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned above
  • Most activities of the cultural program
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Bilbao Airport (BIO), San Sebastián Airport (EAS), or Biarritz Airport (BIQ). Transfer from and to these airports is available upon request.

Arrival by bus

There is an hourly service bus from Bilbao Airport (BIO) to the central bus station in San Sebastián. Bus service from San Sebastián Airport (EAS) is also available to the city every 20 minutes. Another option is taking a bus from Madrid or Barcelona. All main European cities have trains to San Sebastián.

Arrival by train

You can travel to San Sebastián from any point in Spain with RENFE. You can also take the high-speed train, or TGV, from Paris to Hendaye. Tandem San Sebastián can pick you up from the Hendaye train station at an additional cost. You can also take a travel on a train by Euskotren from Hendaye to San Sebastián.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 21 days before the arrival date.

Testimonials

  • Review by Cara Mills

    "Tandem is the best Spanish school ever! I have just finished five weeks. Every teacher is so great and passionate about teaching Spanish. I had a really wonderful time. The classes are diverse, fun, and encouraging. Not to mention how incredible it was to live in San Sebastián. I have had the best five weeks. Thanks, Tandem, see you next summer!"

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  • Review by Jonathan Mark Aaron

    "Just had three weeks at Tandem and it has been an amazing experience. It was everything that I wanted from my summer: a fun and productive environment for learning Spanish, well organized and varied planned activities, and a great bunch of course mates, as well as people running the school. I went for the surfing add-on, which worked really well. The instructors were amazing despite taking some hits from waves! Overall, an amazing experience and I would definitely recommend and seriously consider doing it again. Thanks, Tandem."

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  • Review by Laurie James from Harlow, UK

    "I have lived here since November 2015. A relatively short time ago and I am far from fluent, but I can absolutely say with confidence that I speak Spanish. The two-week intensive course I took here a month into my residence was instrumental in getting me to this level. Excellent, patient teachers with an attitude towards fluency and casualness rather than exams, gave me a perfect grammatical launchpad for all my independent study that followed. Now, I have friends with whom I speak exclusively in Spanish and others with whom I can change language without warning. I can confidently exist here without restraints and teach English to my own students with the confidence I can translate anything, as well as inspiration in the correct way to teach a language, because I received that here first."

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  • Review by Alix L.J. Lebiew

    "Excellent school, very friendly and professional, always attentive to your needs. The accommodation where I stayed was walking distance from the school in the beautiful old town, with friendly and adorable Spanish persons. Also, the new town and beach are not far away from the school. The lessons are made by competent and nice teachers, with whom you learn and process a lot. Free Wi-Fi is available at the school, it is really appreciable."

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  • Review by Catrien van Assendelft

    "We (my husband, nine-year-old son, and I) had a wonderful experience at Tandem. I learned an amazing amount of Spanish in three weeks and wish we could have stayed longer. The teachers are very adept at meeting each student at his or her level and pushing to get each student conversing in real situations as quickly as possible. I loved our teachers; they were very professional but also very approachable, friendly, funny, and helpful with whatever questions we had. The office staff was also very helpful and responsive by e-mail in our time leading up to the course."

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  • Review by Michele from USA

    "It just felt right after talking to Idoia at the front desk to choose Tandem. I was extremely happy with the teachers. The leisure and cultural program is very diverse, something for everyone. It is a very welcoming, friendly environment that helps make school less stressful. The teachers are great and seem to enjoy their work."

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  • Review by Nora from Germany

    "I liked their website and I had some questions before I signed up, so I called Tandem. Ederne was very nice, her answers were very helpful and I felt very welcome. During my stay, I learned a lot. Everybody is really nice and I had a great time at Tandem and in beautiful San Sebastián."

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  • Review by Linda from USA

    "For me, it was a wonderful introduction to the Spanish language and culture. It has made me want to know more. Next year, hopefully, I will be more advanced and come back."

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  • Review by Katha Hu

    "Ich kann die Tandem Sprachschule nur weiterempfehlen! Ich verbrachte 4 sehr schöne Wochen in San Sebastian und besuchte in dieser Zeit die Sprachschule. Der Unterricht war organisiert und immer entspannt. Alle Lehrer haben mit einer sympatischen Art unterrichtet und ich habe mich immer wohl gefühlt. Meine KLasse war super :) ich nutzte den Aufenthalt um meine Grammatikenntnisse und den Wortschatz zu verbessern. Auch mit dem Freizeitangebot und der Organisation in der Schule war ich sehr zufrieden! Die Kombination mit dem Surfkurs hat ebenfalls gut geklappt und dank der super Lehrer konnte ich in der 1. Woche schon einige Male aufstehen :-) "

    "Einfach eine tolle Zeit und gute Vorbereitung für meine Prüfung, danke Tandem! ich würde nochmal vorbeischauen."

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  • Review by Nathalie

    "Quelques bouchons à la frontière, mais ça vaut le coup quand on découvre cette jolie ville espagnole."

    "Plage agréable, ruelles typiques, bars à tapas, boutiques."

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San Sebastián, Spain

Tandem San Sebastian offers Spanish courses adapted to the needs and levels of each student. Their activity pack allows you to combine Spanish with surfing, cooking, or cultural experiences.

Speaks English

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7 days / 6 nights

Low season
  • January 1 - July 1
  • August 27 - December 31
High season
  • July 2 - August 26

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