Pyrenees family activity holiday

“Our only Pyrennean family adventure holiday, with a range of activities depending on age ranges. Based at activity centre in village of Bareges.”

Highlights

Family run chalet centre in heart of Pyrennees | Canyoning | White water rafting | Paragliding | Climbing | Abseiing | Hiking | Cirque de Gavarnie | Horseriding | Via Ferrata

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01273 823 700

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Our top tip:
Bring hiking boots for all the family. These are not walks in the park.
Trip type:
Small group.
Activity level:
Flexible according to age range.
Accomm:
Chalet style activity centre, with ensuite family rooms at a reduced price. And oh yes, a sauna.
Included:
Activities, qualified guides, equipment, local transport, food and accommodation.
Vouchers
Accepted
Holiday type

Family activity centre holiday

For many families, flexibility is the key on a holiday and we have used our operational experience to offer just that. Activity centres have one base from which we offer a range of exciting, fun and educational activities that may appeal to all the family or just some. You can choose how many you do and who in the family does them. You will not be forced into a group (although there are normally other families around) and if you want free time to explore as a family our staff are there to advise what there is to see. Each activity has a stated minimum age and children must be accompanied by at least 1 parent while undertaking an activity.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Pyrenees family activity holiday

Environment

We are a small business based in the high mountain village of Bareges in the Haute Pyrenees. Bareges is a traditional thermal spa village, nestling just on the edge of the Neouvielle Nature Reserve and the Pyrenees National Park. The Pyrenees are a great place for a family holiday with a difference – experience all the thrills and spills of white water rafting, canyoning, climbing, pony-trekking, caving, mountain biking, hiking and more… whilst also discovering the secrets of the mountains. Our aim is to provide active holidays and promote awareness of the mountain environment (geology and geography, flora and fauna), to support the local people and community (history, culture, language and traditional way of life) and allow you to discover the beauty of the Pyrenees without upsetting their delicate natural balance.

We practice a “tread lightly” policy in the mountains. Our activities rely on natural energy sources - leg-power for cycling, hiking, caving and climbing; the rushing energy of an upland river for canyoning and rafting; or the soaring thermals rising up the mountainside for paragliding. We visit some wild and beautiful places, but try to leave no trace of our passing. Group sizes are small – between two and eight people – to minimise our impact on the fragile mountain environment, and maximise the enjoyment for our clients.

Although most of our day trips require a short journey by road, we have a single company minibus and offer transfers to reduce the need for guests to hire multiple vehicles at the airport. We promote travel to the Pyrenees by public transport (Eurostar to Paris, TGV train to Lourdes, local bus service to Bareges). Alternatively, families can bring their own car on the ferry to Spain, thus avoiding short haul flights. Virtually all of our business is conducted over the internet, and we cut down on paper-consumption and airmail miles by posting all of our information on our website and communicating with our customers by email.

Our activity holidays are based from a traditional house in a high mountain village. We spent two years restoring the house to its former glory, maintaining the original features and using local craftsmen whilst taking steps to improve the energy-efficiency of the house. Our work has encouraged a general "facelift" of the village. The house is now gas centrally-heated, by a very efficient, modern, on-demand boiler. Heating is supplemented with a wood-stove burning wood from managed, sustainable forest (with zero carbon debt). We encourage our guests to close their shutters at night to conserve heating energy. The roof and all exterior walls are fully-insulated. Washrooms are fitted with showers rather than baths, and the toilets have an eco-flush option to reduce water consumption. We use eco-friendly A-rated appliances, wash our own bedding and line-dry our linen outside in the mountain air whenever possible. Around half of our household waste is recycled, including glass bottles, tins and cans, paper/cardboard and plastic bottles.

Community

We live and work in the Pyrenees year round, using local activity guides, instructors, craftsmen and tradesmen. In opening up the English-speaking market, and promoting this beautiful area through the internet, we hope to bring much-needed custom to the people of the valley and to strengthen the village community. The foreign market is becoming increasingly important now, as the number of French tourists travelling within their own country is generally on the decline.

We encourage our guests to shop in the village and support the small traders. All of our food is home-cooked with a French theme, and includes seasonal vegetables and locally-produced meats purchased from the village butcher – Monsieur Sabathie. Specialities include the Bareges-Gavarnie AOC lamb which never leaves our valley, delicious dry-cured mountain sausages, hams and pates. We introduce our guests to local honey, mountain sheep’s' cheeses, confit duck and Tarbais beans produced in the SW of France. Locally-produced goods can be purchased at the village market on Wednesdays, or direct from the producers on open farm visits. The house bar is stocked with local wines and spirits, and guests are encouraged to try local dishes at a mountain restaurant on our night off.

Reviews of Pyrenees family activity holiday

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday 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 25 Aug 2015 by

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


It's hard to choose: every activity was great - extremely challenging but with great guides who helped us all to succeed. Abseiling 300 feet into the caves was fantastic and finishing the Via Ferrara was an incredible relief.......

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Go for it! It is physically challenging but geared for beginners so possible even for those of us who are not teenagers or very fit (or even brave.....). Also take at least two pairs of boots/trainers with good grips!

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


Yes. the chalet was managed well having regard to environmental impact and the guides were all local.

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


Excellent!

Reviewed on 25 Aug 2008 by

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


The activities were all superbly planned, organised and great fun. White water rafting was enjoyed by all of the family, the scenic mountain walk was enhanced by local species being pointed out for us and information on how the various rock formations occurred.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take a good pair of walking boots, nowhere is flat! Don't park in the main part of the car park on market days.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


All trips occurred within the close vicinity of the accommodation, using local guides. The food was locally sourced (the butcher is next door), there was no evidence left anywhere of the fact that we had visited.

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


We all had a thoroughly enjoyable holiday, with superb scenery, exciting activities and good company.

Reviewed on 18 Aug 2008 by

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


Our nine year old daughter tackling some rock-climbing, despite her legs trembling with fear! My partner overcoming his abseiling fears. I particularly loved our mountain walk, with spectacular views and carpets of Pyrenean irises, and I think one of the highlights for all of us was swimming in a beautiful mountain lake. I think the main advantage of a holiday like this is to be able to try out all sorts of different activities, with expert help and support, and to take you to places that it would be hard to access or discover on your own.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Go ahead and book it!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Emma and Rob from the tour operator work closely with local guides and businesses, to lead and/or support the activities they offer. Also, I noticed that many (if not all) of the light bulbs in their chalet are low-energy ones, and much of the delicious food they offer is sourced locally (eg Pyrenean lamb, local river trout). They also recommended us to buy some locally-made cheese, direct from a local shepherd up in the mountains, which was delicious.

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


Very good.

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