Cooking and walking vacation, Spanish Pyrenees

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29 Apr 2017
€ 1295
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09 Sep 2017
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22 Oct 2017
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Responsible tourism: Cooking and walking vacation, Spanish Pyrenees

Environment

We are passionate about the environment and the wildlife where we live. The Ordesa National Park is a World Biosphere Reserve and a ‘Special Protection Area for Birds’ with over 171 species, including the rare Lammergeier or Bearded Vulture (Gypaetus Barbatus). We support the Lammergeier Conservation Foundation by using guides from the Foundation, visiting the raptor feeding stations with guests and selling the Foundation T-shirts. This helps fund a breeding program in our area which has had great success.

There are also well over 100 species of butterflies and moths in our area, including the rare and beautiful Isabelina Moth (Actias Isabellae) and the Giant Peacock Moth (Saturnia Pyri). We have been successful in hatching the eggs and releasing the caterpillars for these moths.

At the farmhouse we have geothermal heating and hot water with minimal environmental impact. We also harvest rainwater for both the irrigation of our vegetable patch and garden, and for the washing machine.

We recycle all we can, including building materials and furniture. For example all the vanity units in the luxury bathrooms are unique secondhand pieces of furniture, adapted with a granite top and basin. All the furniture in the house is antique or secondhand and has been or is in the process of being restored by Simon, your host. Many of the external doors are secondhand and have been adapted.

The beams and stone from the four year renovation of the property have been reused throughout the building process. We continue to reuse this material now as we landscape the garden.

Community

We support the local economy wherever possible by employing guides, experts and teachers from our area. We offer english lessons to our guides, providing them with a greater opportunity for work.

We involve our neighbours with our vacations, offering the possibility to visit their houses which have changed little through the centuries. This gives a unique insight into the culture and traditions of the high Pyrenees. In return we make donations to the village fund, for amongst other things the maintenance of our historic chapel of San Urbez (hermitage).
We also offer a guided visit to the chapel of San Urbez, explaining the stories about our saint, his miracles and the architectural features. For this, we ask our guests for a donation in the chapel collection box.

We are involved in trying to preserve and restore the local pathways, acting as volunteers as the need arises.

Reviews of Cooking and walking vacation, Spanish Pyrenees

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 16 Oct 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The location of this stunning and natural area in the Aragon Pyrenees with very contrasted hiking trails . The national parks had such a diverse range of
shorter trails with historic routes chapels, bridges and hermitages.
Superb hosts Simon & Lucy and accommodation and amenities that exceeded my expectations can not be faulted .
Food for all meals was outstanding.
The combination of walking and cooking was a perfect blend . I learnt so much about this area and gained an appreciation of geology .
I now have a great spanish cooking repertoire and learnt lots of handy hints

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Highly recommended. Great for solo travelers.
Be prepared to be active . This location is also great if you feel like a non active day-off .

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Certainly as local guides used in addition to Lucy & Simon ,
We visited local businesses and cafes, artisan food product makers and places you would never discover if doing your own itinerary and travel plans.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


EXCEPTIONAL. Exceeded my expectations on so many levels. From the quality of accommodation and attention to detail with all aspects of the week . From
being picked up at train station and being greeted by Simon with cooler in van with water & refreshments on hand to every day being a great adventure and
exploration of the Aragon region.

Reviewed on 12 Oct 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Breathtaking canyon walks far exceeding my imagination. Not forgetting having the experience of a lifetime as two Lamagayers (bearded cultures
with 3metre wingspan) glided past me just a couple of metres away. Amazing.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Just book it. Simon and Lucy are such great hosts that they will adapt the vacation so you make the most of it.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes all of the above.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Brilliant. I couldn't fault it. Cooking and walking both superb.

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