Autumn in Baztan Valley, 20-27 Sept 2019

This holiday with painting tuitions will take place in a pretty little village of Erratzu, in Navarre. It is one of those idyllic locations where the nature and humans seem to have found a perfect balance. Beautiful, really beautiful.

The village is situated in Baztán Valley, known for the surrounding hills, vast pastures and forests. It is especially amazing in autumn, with plenty of contrasting colours. There are around 600 habitants living there, two bars and a small shop. The rural hotel owners where we will stay, keep hens, sheep and rabbits. Fresh eggs and a delicious cheese right on the spot!

Our tutor for this holiday, Maria Goñi, is an experienced painting teacher. Apart from giving classes, she also paints in her studio in Pamplona. She will be there to guide you and help with your artwork. Working in small groups allows her to spend time with every student. If you are a total beginner, contact us prior to arrival to advise you on techniques you might want to try out and the necessary materials. There is a possibility to order painting materials prior to arrival.

What we offer:

-accommodation in private rooms with en-suite bathrooms for 7 nights in Casa Juanillo

-breakfasts and lunches (7 breakfasts at accommodation, 5 lunches-mixture of restaurant meals, catering at accommodation and catered picnics including selected wine; no lunch included on a free day)

-transfer from Pamplona airport/bus station in the evening of Day 1 or in the morning of Day 2 (choose one), return transfer to Pamplona in the morning of day 8

-local cheese and wine tasting


-fully equipped professional kitchen

Cost: 600 euros

-min. 25 hours of tuition

-24h access to a studio

-some painting material (studio and portable easels, turpentine, drawing boards and seats, clips, shade umbrellas)

-transport to painting venues

-entrance fee to Zugarramurdi Cave (witches’ cave)

-a chance to meet local people, artists or art lovers (check ‘Inspire’ section for details). There is a possibility to exhibit the work you make during your holiday (shipping costs have to be covered separately, please ask for details if interested).

Cost: 350 euros

If you are a painting participant, sum up both columns (950€). Non-painting partners pay only 600€. Artist sharing a room -10% each (855€).

If you have never painted before and need some help with your shopping for painting materials, contact us prior to arrival. We can also order painting materials locally if you prefer to travel light.

Not included in the price:


travel insurance, dinners, transfer from anywhere apart from Pamplona (unless it is located on the way between Pamplona and Erratzu), materials apart from the ones mentioned above, free day activities and lunch

Detailed description of the holiday:


In the evening of Day 1, you will be given a printed copy of a detailed plan for this holiday. Your tutor will accompany you to all painting venues and will be there to help and give advice. We will paint in Erratzu, Elizondo, Amaiur (old windmill) and surrounding hills. There will be five days with five hours of tuition and one free day which you can spend as you wish (in the surrounding mountains, on the beach-50 min. drive to Hendaye in France or painting the hens in the garden). Day 2 will start with breakfast and painting session from 10 to 1. After a lunch break, back to painting from 4 to 6. We will spend Day 3 in Amaiur, painting there and having lunch in XVIII century windmill (speciality of the village, organic ‘talos’). On Day 4 we visit Zugarramurdi cave and nearby villages. We will have a picnic lunch that day and will go back to the accommodation after the evening painting session. Day 5 is a free day. Days 6 and 7 with morning and evening painting sessions (10-1 and 4-6) in surrounding hills and by Xoroxin Waterfall. On Day 8, after breakfast, we will take you back to Pamplona or to San Sebastian (with additional payment). We reserve the right to change the order of the programme to make the best out of the weather.

Autumn in Baztan Valley 20-27 Sept 2019