• ⎟ Urban Retreat ⎟

    27 April 2017 - 2 May 2017

    Burgos (Spain)


  • Immerse yourself in the city

    History, Gastronomy & Human Evolution

    Learning a language is so much more than learning the vocabulary and grammar. It is about understanding and interiorising its mindset. How the natives are thinking is dependent on their shared history and common culture.


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    You need to immerse in that culture to fully understand.

    You need not only to know their history but to walk around those historical places to let its history seep in.


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    Spanish culture is wide and varied and is deeply connected with its history.

    A history that is present and visible in the historical centres of every city.


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    Some corners were scenario of major historical events.


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    Burgos is crowded with Gothic churches and abbeys, where many weddings of European royal family members took place.


    History seeps through every pore but that is not all that this city has to offer.

    Tradition, gastronomy and language.


    Burgos is considered the crib of the Castilian language. Here, one monastery keeps the first document containing the first words in Castilian language.


    Suckling lamp (cordero) and (black pudding) morcilla are the dishes par excellence. All washed down with the incredible Ribera del Duero wine.


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    Are you willing to soak up the urban Spanish experience?

  • What the city has to offer...

    ... and you will enjoy.

    Historical city

    Gothic, royal families, Camino de Santiago...

    Burgos a has place in history.


    This majestic, hometown of ‘El Cid’, is considered the Gothic capital of Spain.


    It has castles, Gothic monasteries and stone paved streets peppered with many traditional restaurants and bars.

    Food and Wine

    Mouth watering

    Cordero (suckling lamb) and morcilla (black pudding) are their star dishes, washed down with Ribera del Duero wine.


    Visit of a bodega (warehouse), including wine and food tasting.

    Human Evolution

    Crib of our last ancestor

    Visit Atapuerca village and its archeological site where the oldest human remains (Homo Antecessor) where found.


    And then we'll visit of the Human Evolution Museum to make sense of it all.

  • The Itinerary

    What we will do...

    Day 1 (27th April)


    13h - Settle + practicalities

    14h - Lunch

    15:30h - Guided Historic Walk

    19:00h - Workshop 1

    21h - Dinner

    Day 2 (28th April)

    9h - Breakfast

    10h - Workshop 2

    14h - Guided visit to a warehouse, includes explanations on the process of production of the wine and the different varieties + lunch

    18h - Walk around the city

    21h - Dinner

    Day 3 (29th April)

    9:30h - Breakfast

    10h - Guided Historic Walk

    14h - Lunch

    15:30 - Workshop 3

    20h - Theatre night

    Day 4 (30th April)

    9:30h - Breakfast

    10h - Workshop 4

    11:30h - Museo Evolución Humana + Visit to archeological site in Atapuerca.

    18h - Free time

    20h - Dinner

    Day 5 (1st May)

    9h - Breakfast

    10h - Workshop 5

    14h- Lunch

    17h - Gastro tour around the city. Including the visit of the centenary tavern "El Patillas".

    20h - Dinner.

    Day 6 (2nd May)

    Departure at 11am.


    Times and itinerary are subject to modifications.

  • Investment


    750€ private room package

    Come with a friend and share the room (20% discounted price) :
    600€ shared package per person


    What the package includes:


    ❍ Five nights accommodation (5 full days and nights).

    ❍ Daily Spanish themed workshops (between 2 to 3 hours per day).

    ❍ Homemade traditional Spanish food (full board - 15 meals in total).

    ❍ An intimate group of 4 - 8 diverse people from all over the world.

    ❍ One theatre night (including tickets)

    ❍ Two themed tours inside the city (2 guided visits to major monumental sites)

    ❍ Guided tour to a bodega (warehouse) - 1 trip outside the city

    ❍ Visit to Atapuerca (archeological site) - 1 trip outside the city

    ❍ Full immersion in Spanish for 5 days


    Note: There will of course be free time to wander around, enjoy the tapas and wine...

  • Interested?

    Leave me your details and a brief message, and I'll get back to you shortly with more info.


    - Payment -

    Payments accepted by Paypal and wire transfer. Details on the registration form.


    Deposit of € 200 to secure your spot.


    Payment plans possible, inquire for options.


    - How to get there -

    We are staying in Burgos city.

    The most convenient airports are Madrid or Bilbao.


    The best way to get here is by bus. There is a direct bus from Madrid Airport to Burgos. You will be collected in the bus station right in the city centre.



    María Ortega García

    Certified teacher

      • Teacher of Spanish as a Foreign Language, by Instituto Cervantes, Dublin (Ireland). 2011.
      • DELE Examiner, Instituto Cervantes, Dublin.

      Academic Career

      • Degree in Arts (Languages) by University of Burgos (Spain).
      • Masters in Scenery Arts by University of Burgos


      • Founder and Spanish teacher at Online Spanish Tutor.
      • Hosts retreats and workshops on creative writing and Spanish culture & language.



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