2 independent reviews for Cooking and cultural vacation in the Spanish Pyrenees

Reviews for Cooking and cultural vacation in the Spanish Pyrenees

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review 5 Jun 2018

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

We enjoyed the uniqueness of the accommodations staying in a remodeled 13 century farm house in a small Pyrenees village. We enjoyed the way our hosts Simon and Lucy worked with our group of eight on accommodating our requests around cooking, walking, and cultural experiences. This was one of the best small group experiences we've had, and we've been traveling the world for at least twelve years.

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

Be ready to fall in love with the people, countryside, and food from this part of the Pyrenees....oh and your hosts Simon and Lucy. Those people coming from the U.S. just beware if you are hiking plan of very rocky trails. Bring your high top boots as suggested in their packing list.

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

Oh yes!!! Everything we ate and guides hired were locally sourced,

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

This was one of the best small group travel experiences I've ever had. I was able to organize a group of four couples and Simon and Lucy worked with us before and during our stay on accommodating our requests. On a scale of one to five , five being outstanding, I'd give them a ten!!

review 15 Apr 2017

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

Hiking in the fresh air of Spanish Pyrenees and being up close to many of the endangered lammergeier, or bearded vultures, soaring near the cliffs. There were a couple of times when we watched groups of three or four of these birds riding the thermals.

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

Bring a pair of good, newish boots! One of my boot's sole separated on the first day of walking. Simon, one of he hosts, and I glued and taped it up for the next outing, however the sole from the second boot began breaking away. Simon was kind enough to loan me his old pair. A day later, my wife's boot started to fall apart. Thankfully, Simon brought us to a sporting goods store before our last day of walking in order for us to buy new boots.

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

This part of Spain is very rural. By visiting and shopping at small local businesses, we felt it added a little to the local economy. The hosts, Simon & Lucy, recycle and repurpose materials in their establishment to great effect. (We suggested that our old boots be used as planters in the garden like we have done at our home.)

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

My wife and I had a lovely week. The mix of hiking, local cultural visits, tastings and home-cooked meals made a splendid vacation. Simon and Lucy were wonderful hosts during our stay.

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