Who Are We ?
In 1984 a small walking holiday company was created, based in the beautiful Val d’Azun in the heart of the French Pyrenees. This company, named « La Balaguère » after the warm breeze that blows upwards from the Sahara to the Pyrenees, offered guided walking trips led by a small group of friends with a huge passion for the mountains.
Little by little La Balaguère expanded and more than 35 years later we help over 13,000 people every year enjoy walking and cycling holidays in the Pyrenees and further afield, to the most unspoilt areas of the world.
In 2018 we launched a new and exciting project. Purely Pyrenees is the English language branch of our business, offering self-guided and guided trips, walking and cycling from Spring to Autumn and snowshoeing in the Winter. Using our decades of experience we created a new range of holidays designed for English speakers who come, maybe for the first time, to experience the best the Pyrenees has to offer. Our focus is always to provide highlights, iconic places to visit, wonderful itineraries, authentic hotels and, of course, tremendous cuisine.
Purely Pyrenees and La Balaguère are now owned by the UCPA (Union des Centres Sportifs de Plein Air) which is a non-profit organisation in France that specialises in making outdoor sports holidays available for all. We are still based where we have always been, in the Pyrenean village of Arrens-Marsous.
We are very proud of our Pyrenean chain and of the knowledge that we have of it, amassed over years of providing guided and self-guided holidays. You can be sure that if you travel with us we will do everything we can to make sure you have a wonderful trip.
We spent a week in the Pyrénées-Catalanes, walking from and to La Llagonne in a circuit. On the way we took in the impressive fortress of Mont-Louis, the quaint charms of Eyne, the Bains de Dorre and Llo, the hidden delights of Brangoly and the towering Pic Carlit.
Whether sun-kissed or rained-upon, our routes were clear and never less than fascinating, covering hundreds of years and hidden history. Our hotels, chambres d’hôtes and accommodation as a whole were friendly and inviting, and the food always delicious (and plentiful).
This was the perfect way to take in a stunningly beautiful part of France, nothing could have gone better – many thanks to the professional and dedicated team at Purely Pyrenees for helping to make our dream of a walking holiday become reality.