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
Wehave been on a lot of walks where the baggage is transported for you, mainly in Italy. This was something different, a much more more challenging climbing/walk with spectacular views and good accommodation. What we would advise anybody who is contemplating this walk early in the season is to pre- check the snow conditions right at the top of the pass where you move from France into Spain. We encountered what is best described as an ice field sloping steeply away which could hve been disastrous if one had slipped. Had we checked beforehand we would probably have brought simple crampons. There was no way to go round the snow/ice field. The other thing we learned is that you rarely can get a signal for your mobile phone anywhere on the walks which makes the emergency phone numbers and taxi driver numbers rather redundant. It might be advisable to also have an emergency email address because that message would be picked up if there is a small window of signal somewhere along the walk. It's a fantastic journey.
Purely Pyrenees :
Thank you very much for taking the time to review your latest trip.
It’s true that this is a magnificent circuit, which passes through two sites reputed to be among the most exceptional in Europe !
Normally at this time of year the crossing of the Port de Boucharo does not cause any problems as the snow has already melted, however this year there was a lot of snow late in the season.
It was because of this that we proposed the option of transferring you to Spain by vehicle.
This route is passable when there is still snow present, but as you mentioned, it is more suitable for walkers who are accustomed to these conditions.
We always remain very vigilant to ensure that we give our walkers the information they need, and please do not hesitate during any future trip you take with us to ask for fuller details of the latest conditions on the ground, and the level of aptitude required to complete the route without any concerns.