5 independent reviews for Cooking and walking vacation, Spanish Pyrenees

Reviews for Cooking and walking vacation, Spanish Pyrenees

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review 30 Oct 2017

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

Meeting a great bunch of like minded people on our trip including our hosts. The mix of activities we did worked really well, not just the cooking and walking but also everything else we managed to do including wine tasting, visiting the olive oil co-operative, evening visits to local historical town, and more. The walking for me was a bit special as we had a very high return for our efforts with respect to views, and great info from our enthusiastic guides and great company in amazing weather!

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

If you go at this time of year, be adaptable with respect to temperature as you will need sun cream and shorts in the sun, but layers in the evening and shade. In the bottom of steep valleys such as Odessa, you will be in the shade for some of the time and it will be chilly when you are. Speak to Simon and Lucy with any requests or concerns- they are very adaptable and accommodating to each persons needs as well as the groups.

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

Absolutely. Several different guides were used, and local produce. Part of the cooking included selecting product from the garden. One of the walks we did was focused on seeing the Bearded and Griffin Vultures and how the community including our hosts are supporting the reintroduction of the bearded vultures (which we got great views of).

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

Not just an excellent vacation but also a great experience.

review 7 May 2017

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

The beauty of the landscape, the freshness of the air, delicious food and invigorating walks. I could go on.....

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

Very important to come prepared for changes in weather, although we had been told that anyway. But it may mean being flexible with regard to the itinerary. Warning - the food is so good you could put on weight!

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

Very much so. Lucy and Simon have employed local people to help renovate the house and as drivers, guides and teachers. This is ongoing. They are passionate about wildlife and the environment and get involved with local projects so are well known in the area as people who care. They are also very knowledgeable about the area, its history, geography, geology, etc, which made it all the more interesting.

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

It was wonderful. I feel very much refreshed after it and it is heartening to know such places exist. Lucy and Simon have just the right balance of friendliness and professionalism and seem to have thought of everything in terms of what guests might need. Can I just say, I would certainly give this a 5 but I think your choice of comment could be better. There are many different types of vacation so, for example, it would be hard to compare it with a trip to the Antarctic or the jungle. So 'best vacation ever' is not really appropriate in my view!

review 7 Nov 2017

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

The hikes were enjoyable with beautiful scenery all along

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

Expect not to have free time

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

This was an environment friendly vacation for sure, our hosts are in a small community which means relying on local people most of the time.

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

Very well planned and organized vacation and a feeling of living with a family, truly a memorable vacation.

review 16 Oct 2016

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.

review 12 Oct 2016

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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