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
If you are travelling to Europe before 31st October 2019 then there is nothing to worry about, all rules and regulations remain as they were.
As it is not clear yet whether the UK are going to leave the European Union with or without a deal we understand that, if you live in the UK, you may be reluctant to book a European holiday that starts after 31st October 2019. From all the research we have done we believe that UK citizens can still book holidays in the Pyrenees with confidence, here's why :
If the goverment agrees a deal to leave Europe everything will stay the same in relation to travel during the transition period
If the UK leaves Europe without a deal, the European Parliament has agreed that UK citizens can travel and stay in Europe without a visa for short periods (up to 90 days in any 180 day period )
The UK government and the EU have ratified that flights between the UK and the EU will remain unaffected in the event of a no deal Brexit
If you are travelling to Europe after 31st October 2019, and there has been no deal, there are some important changes that you need to take note of in regards to your passport, your healthcare, driving and pet travel. The government has issued information and advice for British Nationals travelling to EU / EEA (European Economic Area) countries thereafter in the event of a ‘no deal’ withdrawal.
As it stands at the moment you don’t need an additional licence to drive in the EU, as long as you have a full UK driving licence, This will change in a no-deal scenario for certain countries. After 31st October 2019 in France and Spain, depending on your length of stay, UK licence holders may need to apply for an International Driving Permit.
Full details about International Driving Permits, including what permit you need for each country can be found at gov.uk
If required, International Driving Permits cost £5.50 and are available directly from the Post Office. The Government is also advising that you will need a GB sticker for your car when driving in the EU after Brexit.
After Brexit you will not be able to use the pet passport scheme that currently exists. Instead you’ll need to follow a different process, which takes 4 months.
In the event of a no-deal Brexit the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) which allows any EU citizen to access state medical care when they are travelling in another EU country, will no longer be valid.
When travelling in the Pyrenees ( France and Spain or beyond) it is important you take out travel insurance and check that it covers your current circumstances, including any medical conditions. If you have an annual policy, make sure you check the Terms and Conditions and contact your insurance provider if you’re not sure.
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