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
We are Sheila and Heather from Vancouver Island, Canada.
We became good friends when our daughters were in figure skating together, we share a love of hiking and hike on a regular basis at home.
A couple of years ago we decided we would like to try hiking in Europe. Last year we did the Tour du Mont Blanc and this year the High Pyrenees.
We wanted to hike in an area that would present similar challenges and offer similar scenery to the Tour du Mont Blanc.
Both of us had read about the Pyrenees and had seen many wonderful photos that enticed us to follow up on a walking holiday in the Pyrenees.
The whole trip was full of great memories, we enjoyed every hike we did.
Everyday offered splendid scenery and magnificent views.
One of the best memories would be from our second day of hiking where we started at the Lac d’Estaing, it was a beautiful day and the mountains, meadows and sheep were incredibly clearly reflected in lake and it was so very beautiful.
Another great memory was on our third day of hiking where we started the hike at the Post d’Espagne.
We enjoyed seeing the Post d’Espagne which is a famous stone bridge that once joined Spain and France.
It offers lovely views of waterfalls and spans the Gave de Marcadau where it meets the Gave de Gaube.
From there we hiked up to and alongside the beautiful Gaube lake, then alongside a glacial torrent, through a lovely river valley with alpine meadows and several waterfalls, we eventually climbed the last steep ascent over Col d’Ossoue to arrive at the Baysselance refuge.
It was a day of glorious and stunning views plus a great feeling of accomplishment!
Would you have any advice for other travellers walking in the same area?
I would strongly recommend any of the hikes we took in the high Pyrenees, we enjoyed the less crowded experience that we got by hiking in mid September.
This is the first time you have entrusted Purely Pyrenees with your holiday plans, how was the experience?
We really enjoyed working with Purely Pyrenees, they were very professional, friendly and helpful.
We really could not have asked for a better organized vacation, everything went smoothly and all transfers were punctual.
The GPS maps, paper maps and written descriptions of the hikes were good.
The hotels and accommodations were all comfortable and clean with friendly staff. The food was good in all accommodations and really delicious in some.
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