Way back in 1984, I was inspired by my love of walking in the Pyrenees to start a company sharing my knowledge and enjoyment with others.
I named the company after the warm breeze that blows up from the south – from the Sahara in fact – that gives us such a unique climate making the Pyrenees both warm and green.
And now we help over 13,000 people every year to enjoy walking and cycling holidays in the Pyrenees, and in other equally beautiful and unspoilt parts of the world.
While I am French and a Pyrenean through and through, I have always had, as you say, a soft spot for Britain, and worked there while learning English.
So I am delighted that we are now launching a proper English language holiday programme with itineraries, accommodation, transfers and packages designed exclusively for the worldwide English speaking market.
One of the major differences is this: many English speakers may visit the Pyrenees only once, so we have packed as many highlights into each itinerary as we can. You visit iconic places every day, and stay in truly authentic hotels enjoying some of the best cuisine in France.
So if you ask who we are, we are Pyreneans – and you can be sure we will do everything in our powers to give you the best possible experience of our homeland.
As people say these days, ENJOY !
Founder, La Balaguere & Purely Pyrenees
What made me choose this particular trip ? I subscribe to British travel mag Wanderlust , and they had a short article on this particular trip as a short break (from the UK !). I was thinking of retracing part of The Camino del Norte and this was a perfect addition to get me to Bilbao, while seeing more of the coastline !
Highlights… arriving in some of the small towns, ie Getaria, and enjoying the ambience. The wonderful views from clifftops... the solitude of gazing out to sea with a constant breeze in your face... the Flysch formations... arriving and staying at the Castillo de Artiega.
The museo de La Paz was interesting, I was not aware of the tragic history of Guernica. The outside of the Guggenheim (designed by Gehry, a Canadian !) was spectacular… unfortunately I am not a fan of many forms of the modern art inside... The Balenciaga museum and the replicas of cave drawings held little interest for me.
The whole experience was great. The organization by Purely Pyrenees was first rate… even the one time I had to call for help (taxi connection), everything was handled well. This was my first self guided walking holiday outside The Camino Frances… most enjoyable, will do it again, and recommend to others !
See the trip taken by John « Culture and "Camino" : Guernica, Guggenheim & much more » FP2PUBI
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