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 will supply you with a comprehensive list of all you need to take – or consider taking well before your departure date, so won’t overload you with lists now.
However, five do’s, and please excuse us if we are teaching grandmothers to suck eggs:
Do pack everything into one suitcase (preferably soft form) and a weatherproof daysack (small rucksack) each. We transport your luggage, and large rucksacks are difficult for flights and cars.
Do invest in “tech” clothing – light, waterproof, breathable, quick drying etc – and good boots.
Do simplify your “tech” equipment if you can: for example, can you get communications, internet access, entertainment, music and books all on your smartphone? There’s plenty of space in your luggage for a Kindle, but do you need to take 3 or 4 books?
Do choose comfortable clothing for evenings too – usually people dress casual, or at most smart casual, but you are staying and dining in quality hotels.
Do remember that while you are enjoying some of the most unspoilt and magnificent scenery and landscapes in the world, and walking for hours without seeing another soul, you will be staying in villages and towns with shops that have most of the things you might need as replacements, or if you’ve forgotten stuff. After all, you are in France and Spain!
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