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
All up this was a great experience - one to be thoroughly recommended to traveller friends in NZ.
We took the coastal route on all days and found it to be just challenging enough for us, past 60 but in good health and reasonable fitness. On the hot days (most of them) we needed two to three liters of water each - there is little shelter or shade on the paths. A good hat and footwear is essential. Navigating is easy using the walk narrative and topo maps supplied by Purely Pyrenees. We found a couple of baguettes, cheese, pate and fruit for lunch was ideal and easily purchased in the villages and towns in the mornings before starting off.
Food and wine were consistently very good indeed everywhere, as was the accommodation.
Wonderful scenery and views, as well as frequent opportunities to swim in the Mediterranean. A good story to be told is how you get to walk into Spain from France rather than arrive by train, car or plane, or perhaps ship .
We were able to resolve a couple of administrative bumps easily and in a timely manner. Purely Pyrenees back up was immediately responsive and efficient.
A European experience with a difference. Well recommended.