Who are we ?

Way back in 1984, I was inspired by my love of walking in the Pyrenees to start a company sharing my knowledge and pleasures with others.

I named the company after the warm breeze that blows up from the south – from the Sahara in fact – and gives us such a unique climate for the outdoor life making the Pyrenees both warm and green.

And we obviously struck a chord with many people as we now 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 have finally got round to launching a proper English language holiday programme - not just French holidays translated, but itineraries, accommodation, transfers and packages taken apart and reconstructed for the worldwide English speaking market.

One of the major differences is this: French people are more likely to visit the Pyrenees several – or many - times in a lifetime. English speakers not so. That’s why we have packed as many highlights into each itinerary as we can. That’s why you visit iconic places, and stay in truly authentic hotels enjoying some of the best cuisine on the planet.

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 ! 

Vincent Fonvieille

Founder, La Balaguere & Purely Pyrenees

We Are The Pyrenees

We are Pyreneans. Many of us were born in the Pyrenees, and brought up in these mountains.

So we know the Pyrenees, and we love the Pyrenees.

We are passionate about what the Pyrenees offer – and why it is such a wonderful and unique region.

We love walking in the Pyrenees – and some of us love cycling here too. We have walked the itineraries and footpaths ourselves in spring, summer and autumn. We know the best routes for particular people and for particular seasons.

We know the hoteliers, the taxi drivers, the guides, the crafts people, even the bus drivers and butchers, so we know the local prices, and can make sure you get best value for money.

We know the best places to stay – and stay in them ourselves. We know the people who own and run them. We know what they are good at, and what sort of person enjoys staying there the most.

We have tasted the transformation of Pyrenean cuisine. We know the best chefs – traditional and innovative. We know their best menus and signature dishes. We want you to be as enthusiastic as we are about the pleasures of eating in the Pyrenees!

Above all, we want you to understand for yourself why we are so passionate about living, working and walking in the Pyrenees.

Purely Pyrenees is dedicated to not only making sure you have the best possible experience of the Pyrenees, but you also have one of the most memorable and enjoyable holidays of your life.

And we’re pretty confident that’s what we will deliver.