5 independent reviews for Winter hiking vacation in Spain, Spanish Pyrenees

Reviews for Winter hiking vacation in Spain, Spanish Pyrenees

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review 15 Mar 2022

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

There were many memorable aspects of this vacation! The scenery was spectacular & the geology very unique to this area, we were finding fossils of sea creatures and shells that were millions of years old! Also very exciting & memorable to have the near sighting of so many Vultures (Bearded and Griffon) Golden Eagles and other rare small birds ! The hikes (often with crampons) and snowshoeing through this fantastic scenery and incredible environment was just wonderful - great memories !

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

The weather in the Spanish Pyrenees can be variable - we enjoyed plenty of winter sunshine and blue skies each day, but the weather can be very cold (especially in the mornings) and windy at times. We found the best solution was to take layers of clothes. A light 'down' jacket and a water/wind proof jacket with thermal layers etc rather than bulky jumpers and coats, so that they can be peeled off and packed away easily and carried in your rucksack. Walking poles are also essential as the terrain can be rocky and steep.

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

Yes this vacation certainly benefitted the local economy and helps these small rural villages to remain alive and thriving! Our food and wine were all sourced locally where possible, and quite often from Lucy & Simon's own vegetable plots! The local Guides also benefitted from our visit which was really great! The Vulture conservation programme in the Pyrenees is particularly important as it is part of the National Action plan to restore and conserve the species helping to educate the public in the importance of the role they play in our environment -fascinating!

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

It was a wonderful experience! The vacation was very well organised and the transport provided, on the days when we visited areas further afield, was modern and very comfortable and this enabled us to easily access very different areas in the Aragon province. Our hosts Lucy and Simon were always thinking about our enjoyment and welfare and were keen to make our stay with them as memorable as possible. The food was beautifully prepared and together with the fantastic wine our evening meals were always anticipated with great relish! Our guides were great fun to be with and also very knowledgeable and we learnt so much about the geology, wildlife and history of the area which was amazing!

review 20 Feb 2022

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

The vacation was in a fantastic location in a completely unspoilt part of the Pyrenees. The view from my bedroom window, in Simon and Lucy's lovely farmhouse, was unforgettable. The walks were varied and beautiful and our guides gave us huge quantities of information on everything from geology, to wildlife, to history and more. Simon and Lucy were such hospitable hosts, and great cooks too! I can't recommend it highly enough

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

Do take binoculars - there's so much to see on the walks. Do bring warm slippers if you go in winter. The floors are made of old flagstones, and can be chilly underfoot.

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

Simon and Lucy are really environmentally conscious. Much appreciated that their farmhouse is heated with a geo-thermal pump system. Everything is recycled that can be, and they grow a lot of their own produce (organically). They provide employment to local guides and their business in that particular location proves that they can be successful in this remote and underpopulated area.

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

Unforgettable, good value, the best kind of tourism - and huge fun

review 16 Feb 2020

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

Snowshoeing up to a high Pyreneean ridge with spectacular views on all sides.

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

Make sure you pack/wear plenty of layers to put on/take off as one walk can vary greatly in temperature.

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

Yes, all three.

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

One of our best ever walking vacations.

review 19 Feb 2019

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

I love having that "on top of the world" feeling at the top of a walk and there was plenty of that on this vacation.

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

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

Yes very much so, all the food was locally produced, the guide was local and we had plenty of opportunity to spend money on local produce in local shops.

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

From the wall to wall sunshine to the wonderful walking and views, we had a relaxing but invigorating week. Lucy and Simon were knowledgeable and enthusiastic hosts, everything from wildlife and history to culture and the geological features of the region. They provided delicious food for lunch and in the evening and were most welcoming of us into their home and way of life. Exactly what I was looking for in a small group, away from the crowds, mountain vacation.

review 7 Mar 2017

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

Our vacation was very special but if we had to pick out one particular aspect then it would be the snowshoeing because we had not done it before. Having said that the scenery was stunning and so varied that every excursion offered something different meaning the whole vacation was special.

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

Just do it - Casa Allue benefits from superb hosts, accommodation, food, location and excursions. You cannot go wrong.

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

Yes, Locally sourced food and drink, local mountain guide - Even the house was heated geothermally.

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

Excellent

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