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
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...
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 new places and new cultures as well as enjoying favourite activities – like walking – in favourite countries - like France. They like off the beaten track places, and coastlines as well as mountains.
They enjoy being active, and may well be fitter now than a few years ago, but most are not “fitness fanatics”. They can walk 10 miles (or more) in a day, but don’t want to be so challenged that it becomes unpleasant.
They expect a good quality, small, authentic hotel at the end of the day with good views and a well equipped en suite bathroom. They look forward to enjoying a good meal – preferably a memorable meal - and a few glasses of interesting local wine to reward all their daytime efforts.
They want all the hassle taken out of transfers from the airport to the first hotel, and don’t want to trudge the last 4 miles to the hotel along a not very interesting valley road. They want private transfers organised, so they can walk the best bits – and, of course, they want their luggage transferred, and waiting for them in their hotel room.
They want to know that if anything were to go wrong, or there to be a query they really needed answering, then there was a 24/7 English speaker based in the Pyrenees just a phone call away (and not some call centre in who knows where).
They expect good value for money, but are also willing (and able) to pay for good quality and the best possible experience – within reason.
They may speak a lot, or a bit, of French – or none at all – but recognise the French speak French (although many today also speak some English), and regard “struggling through” as part of the adventure, although English speaking help is always just a phone call away, if ever needed.
If this sounds like you, then that’s another reason to believe these holidays have actually been designed for you.
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