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A great season so far…

Well, the 2014 hiking season here in the Spanish Pyrenees is well and truly under way, and despite the occasional late afternoon thunderstorm, things have been ticking along nicely.  Our self-guided holidays are proving to be as popular as ever, with about half of the guests hiking the 6 day Village to Village Walk in the Valle de Tena.  Other guests have explored the Ordesa Valley, Camino de Santiago and other spectacular areas of the Valle de Tena.

It’s also been busy on the guided holidays.  We’ve run a few more dual level holidays this season, allowing walkers to choose between gentle and more strenuous walks, both in the Valle de Tena and Ordesa, on each of their 5 days, giving them the opportunity to enjoy a diverse range of environments, from flower filled meadows through to rugged high mountain terrain.  Highlights have included hiking the Faja de Pelay in the Ordesa Canyon, visiting the Ibones de Arriel above the GR11 and popping over the border to walk in the French Pyrenees.

Phil has also run a new walking holiday this season, in the Western PyreneesThis holiday is split between  the two beautiful villages of Ezcaroz in the Valle de Salazar and Erratzu in Baztan, and is aimed at those looking for relaxed days in the mountains.   Many of the guests on this holiday had hiked with us before (mostly on our Lakes & Valleys holiday), and were looking to explore the Pyrenees further.  Phil will be running this trip again in September.

We’re also all looking forward to running our Refugio Week later this month, which tackles the highest peak in the area, Monte Perdido, which at 3355m, looms over the head of the Ordesa Canyon.

Camino de Santiago Northern Route

Week on the Camino de Santiago

Recently I walked a week on the Camino de Santiago northern route from Hondarribia to Guernika. It was a fantastic 6 day hike with great views along the dramatic coastline.

Donibane

Donibane – the first of many estuaries I crossed. Here you cross on a water ferry across.

Lots of variety too as you pass through fishing villages, vineyards, along sandy beaches before heading inland through wood covered (seemingly endless!) hills. Continue reading

Summer 2014 walking holiday brochure

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The Hike Pyrenees summer 2014 brochure is now available – order your copy or read the online version.

Next summer we’ve a new holiday in the Western Pyrenees exploring the Navarran Pyrenees. It’s a two centre guided holiday and we’ll hike in the Valle de Salazar and Baztan. Both are wonderful areas for hiking with fantastic scenery and are full of culture and tradition. Read the full itinerary.

We are also offering the Camino de Santiago coastal route next summer. The coastal route follows the Basque coastline and was the early route used by pilgrims when the now standard French way still passed through Muslim occupied lands. You can follow in the footsteps of pilgrims while staying in some lovely rural hotels and getting your bags moved for you each day.

Of course we’re still offering our guided and self guided holidays in Ordesa and the Valle de Tena.

Order your copy of our brochure or view a copy online.

We hope to see you in the Pyrenees next summer for some great hiking.

Cycling on the Camino de Santiago

Cycling on the Camino de Santiago

Cycling on the Camino de Santiago

Fantastic weather at the weekend so Fabian and I took the oppotunity to cycle a section of the Camino de Santiago from Jaca to a village called Santa Cruz de las Seros. From Jaca to take the Camino de Santiago all the way to Santiago de Compostela is 830km – our day wasn’t quite that ambitious!

Atarés

The village of Atarés with Peña Oroel in the background

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