5 independent reviews for Wildlife and walking holiday in the Spanish Pyrenees

Reviews for Wildlife and walking holiday in the Spanish Pyrenees

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review 22 Jul 2019

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

We were blown away by the scenery of the Spanish Pyrenees. One highlight was a private vulture viewing: 80 Griffin vultures, 2 Egyptian Vultures and 9 Lammergeiers. They circled high up above the mountains, scanning the ground below with their keen eyes for the next meal. It was a remarkable sight to behold. Seriously there were highlights every day! Another treat was spending time with local entomologist, Enrique. We saw a range of butterflies by day and set up a moth net at night, by the morning we had collected an amazing number which we examined. It was pure joy!

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

Bring your binoculars because it is wildlife heaven! As well as the vultures we saw Wryneck, Woodchat Shrike and Rock Thrushes and heard Nightingales singing everywhere. The trekking was all manageable and Lucy and Simon take very good care of everyone, providing excellent breakfasts, packed lunches, snacks to take with us and wonderful evening meals.

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

Our experience was superb. Lucy and Simon our hosts were passionate about their adopted home and eager to share the secrets of its wildlife and history with us. All the food was sourced locally. The plant expert who showed us the wild orchids and Enrique the entomologist were local, as was the mountain guide, Alberto. They were all hugely knowledgeable and keen conservationists. We visited the Lammergeier Conservation Centre at Ainsa and handed over a cheque to the director for monies the operator had raised from the sale of aprons and t-shirts to support their work.

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

Our holiday was brilliant! The wild and rugged beauty of the Aragon landscape took our breath away. We saw snow capped mountains, U-shaped valleys, waterfalls, tree-lined gorges, marmots and chamois grazing. It was magical! The accommodation was excellent and the freshly cooked food superb. The all-inclusive package means you don't have to worry about anything, and the small group sizes are perfect for this type of holiday.

review 25 Jun 2019

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

There were so many wonderful moments it is difficult to decide - beautiful Lady's Slipper orchids, vultures, marmots (the new meercats in my opinion), the Graellsia moth, the wonderful scenery of the Ordesa National Park. The peace and quiet of Casa Allue.

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

Go! You won't be disappointed. Take warm clothes for days in the mountains.

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

Casa Allue has been beautifully restored to high environmental standards. Simon and Lucy source food for the excellent meals locally, from their own garden and land where possible, using seasonal produce. They and the wonderful local guides they employ are passionate about the area and its environment and are keen to promote conservation.

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

Excellent

review 25 Jun 2019

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

* The beautiful mountains with so many spring flowers, as well as birds, animals, butterflies and insects; * Enthusiastic specialist local Spanish guides (botanist, ornithologist and entomologist) as well as Simon and Lucy's knowledge (birds and geology respectively) * Lovely host family (Simon, Lucy and daughter Sophie) who were so adaptable, hospitable and knowledgeable; * Excellent en-suite accommodation (bedrooms, common rooms etc) - clean, comfortable and lovely views (a local woman cleaned every day) * All-inclusive as you've never before experienced - we really didn't need any cash as all occasional stops for coffee, drinks and meals were paid for, plus individually prepared picnic lunches, tea and local pastries, wine with all evening meals etc. All food is locally sourced or even grown by Simon & Lucy who prepared all the meals themselves, giving us local Spanish cuisine. (Heavy drinkers or those who like pre-dinner aperitifs and cocktails would not be catered for!) * The 8 people in the group (we were all couples aged about 60-75) were transported everywhere in their own, comfortable 4WD minibus which coped well with steep mountain tracks. Safe drivers. * Well planned trips with variety and plenty of explanations, including local history, culture, geology etc.

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

1. Go prepared for all weathers and follow the advice Simon and Lucy give about clothes and shoes etc, including several layers of clothing to cater for hot sun in the valleys and chilly mountain air. We experienced sleet, rain and hot sun up to about 30C! 2. Rooms: They have at least one room with a bath and shower, which you could ask for if it is available. You should also ask if you can have one of the rooms in the barn conversion which has full-length glass windows/doors opening on to little balconies with wonderful views.

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

Yes - on all three counts. * Our guides were all local specialists involved in research, conservation and education. * Although English, Simon and Lucy and their two young girls are fluent Spanish speakers, fully integrated into and involved in the local community and its activities and conservation concerns. * Waste of all sorts was kept to a minimum and recycled. * They renovated the old semi-derelict farmhouse and barns sensitively, re-using local materials, and local labourers and professionals, incorporating eco features such as geo-thermal heating.

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

Excellent - one of the best holidays we've had, with a well-balanced programme of nature, wildlife and walking which was adaptable to all needs.

review 9 Jun 2019

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

The day when we went high in the mountains and saw some wild animals. Also the night when we watched butterflies with our guide. It was amazing.

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

It is a good holiday for elderly people to enjoy the nature. You will be very comfortable with Simon and Lucy.

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

Yes.

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

Excellent.

review 29 May 2018

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

The beautiful scenery on the walks plus the stunning variety of flowers, the birds and their songs and the insect activity generally. Enjoyed the actual walking too! Also the real quiet in the area we were in allowed me to be able to hear the birds rather than the traffic. Our hosts Lucy and Simon plus our guides were also an essential and wonderful part of the trip.

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

Be prepared for all weathers and all in one day! The mountains are very changeable.

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

Yes, our hosts really made sure the food we ate and even the wine was all either homegrown or locally sourced. They used local people as needed for building and repair work and employed local people as mountain and wildlife guides. As much as possible was recycled.

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

I totally loved it and would also love to go back another year to do the walking for Wildlife trip.

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