Holidays Ideas
24 April 2018
We have probably all heard of the Cathars, but do you know who they really were or where they came from ? In fact the Cathars were a religious group...
Hiking is an excellent way to keep in shape whilst taking in the beauty of the great outdoors. A powerful cardio workout, hiking can help to lower your risk of heart disease, improve your blood pressure and blood sugar levels and work many of your major muscle groups all at the same time. It can also, however, be exhausting if you are not ready for it.
Bilbao, set deep in the Basque country, is a truly captivating city in Northern Spain that has been regenerated in recent years to become a cultural hub and a gastronomical delight. With a juxtaposition of old and new on every corner, Bilbao offers Gothic architecture and historical bridges that straddle the River Nervión, nestled next to dazzling new buildings made of titanium, glass and limestone. Quintessentially Spanish, but with its own unique identity, the coastal city of Bilbao is a must-see for anyone looking to experience the real Spain.
With views that extend across the entire Pyrenean Mountain range and far beyond, the Pic Du Midi de Bigorre is one of the most majestic summits in the Hautes-Pyrénées. Standing proud at 2,877 metres above sea level, the mountain is renowned for its beautiful landscapes, high octane sporting events, fine cuisine and a world famous observatory and museum.
Having walked most of the mountain ranges around the world, we always come back to our homeland, and ask : is there a better mountain range in the world for walking than the Pyrenees ? Our answer is invariably no ! Here are some reasons why.
Nobody is able to provide as much support, or have as many human and physical resources available to help if needed.
You can enjoy cycling independently in the Pyrenees anytime between April and early November almost anywhere, but to make the cycling even more comfortable and enjoyable – and enable you to travel further and see more - we offer electric bikes as an option.
Back in 2009, La Balaguère was a founding member of the leading French organisation for responsible tourism.
You can enjoy walking independently in the Pyrenees anytime between April and early November – but not everywhere. However, you can enjoy cycling independently in the Pyrenees anytime between April and early November almost anywhere.
Most of our customers are independent minded people who have been travelling around Europe and the world quite a lot – or a lot ! – over the last few decades on business and holiday. They enjoy several breaks and holidays a year, and like discovering…
Our “Pyrenees” has expanded over the last 30 years. The mountains haven’t moved, but we have explored and enjoyed more adjacent regions – so our “Pyrenees” is anywhere you can just about see the Pyrenees on a clear day - with binoculars !
The Pyrenees are significantly warmer and drier than the Alps – especially in these climate changing days when farmers are introducing irrigation schemes that a few decades ago would have been thought jokes.
There is no right or wrong answer to this question. It depends on what you like doing most.
The Pyrenees’ newest tour operator, Purely Pyrenees, is proud to be a part of the Pyrenees’ oldest tour operator, La Balaguere, but there are ten facts we think you might like to know about Purely Pyrenees - and about La Balaguere...
We are Pyreneans. Many of us were born in the Pyrenees, and brought up in these mountains, so we know the Pyrenees, we love the Pyrenees, and we know just how good they are for walking and cycling.
Our parent company, La Balaguere, is the leading tour operator for walking and cycling holidays in the Pyrenees, and sells over 13,000 holidays to French people, so guess how many holidays were sold when the French website was simply translated into English ?