Learn more about what to expect on this self guided family adventure holiday in the Pyrenees including when to go and how comfortable you can expect to be.
When should I go?
The Pyrenees are high mountains. In spring expect some snow on the high ground as well as full and fast flowing rivers. The vegetation is at its prettiest at this time of year.
Summer days are long and generally weather is warm/hot and sunny.
Autumn weather is the most stable with pleasantly warm days, cool evenings and little precipitation.
Entirely up to you. Since you have the freedom of your own car, you can take the holiday at your own pace. The activities listed are included but these can be changed or removed to suit you.
For water based activities, no experience is necessary.
For mountain biking, you should have some experience of riding a bike preferably off road.
We provide you with walking notes and maps.
Comfortable, friendly rural hotels chosen for their quality, location and atmosphere. Rooms are en suite.
With your own car, you’re completely independent and flexible but with support available if you need it. We provide you with all the maps, walking notes and local information you will need.
Pura Aventura is passionate about the places it visits. To help preserve the integrity of these destinations we:
• Keep groups small to minimise environmental impact.
• Work directly with local businesses and organisations to directly benefit local economies. We use small, locally owned hotels and restaurants.
• Work with local guides so that our holidays are more interesting for clients and more beneficial locally.
Pura Handmade Holiday
The beauty of a family self-drive holiday with Pura Aventura is your independence to choose what you do every day.
What makes our Spain different?
The Pyrenees make a wonderful setting for an active and comfortable family holiday with plenty of variety to offer something for almost everybody.
There’s lots of variety packed into a small area…
• High mountains for walking, exploring and sightseeing.
• Valleys, gorges and rivers for cycling, and water-based activities from gentle canoeing to canyoning.
• Charming towns and villages rich in history, culture and cuisine.
• Easy to extend to include time on a beach – crossing to Mallorca is even a possibility.
Before you leave, we tailor your holiday to your needs and once you’re on holiday you have lots of flexibility to adapt what you do every day.
Xabi Etxarri, one of our founders, lives and guides in the Pyrenees. This product is the result of his personal selection of hotels, walks, activities and restaurants.
Enjoy the flexibility and independence of a fly-drive with none of the guesswork.
In creating this holiday we have been very careful to give you a proper insight into the landscapes and culture in the context of an active holiday which should be fun for the whole family.
What is a Pura Self Drive Holiday?
At the heart of the concept is an independent holiday with the guesswork taken out.
What is included?
What Pura do is book your cars and hotels so that you have the basic structure of your holiday set out. We then give you the information to fill the days in a way that suits you best. That means that you travel with detailed information about the areas you are visiting. This ranges from advice on the best beaches, market days, our favourite restaurants, what to do on a rainy day, etc.
You also have a series of walking scale maps with our own walking notes. You will invariably have more walking notes than days to walk so you can choose which ones to do and which ones to save for a return visit.
To help you make the best choices, at the start of your trip you spend a full day with a Pura guide.
How tailored is it?
Here in the UK we tailor the itinerary to your needs as closely as possible. Of course, once you are actually on holiday you can choose to stick to the letter of the itinerary or change it as you go along.
Your Pura guide also helps you map out the best possible holiday according to weather forecasts, local festivals, your energy levels, etc. They can also help you make any calls you need to book optional activities. Think of it as a bit of fine-tuning. Freedom and flexibility without the guesswork.
What about the cars?
The cars we book for you are good sized cars. Because you are generally going into mountain environments, we make sure that the cars are suitably powerful.
The hotels we use are generally small and family run. The standard varies from luxurious, boutique style to simple, comfortable rustic type places. Rooms are en suite.
We always believe that when you wake up you should know where in the world you are so we place character, location and comfort at the top of the list. If you want uniformed staff, look elsewhere!
As you already know, Pura Aventura is dedicated to safe and responsible travel. The links below provide useful content and more information about Spain. Please call us of any special requirements on 01273 676 712.
The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office provides useful travel advices on Spain.
BBC News provides useful information about Spain. Read more about it.
Official Government website
Find out more about Spain, by visiting its official government website.
Prepare your holiday
Before you go on your holiday to Spain, please ensure you have the correct vaccinations. Check out the NHS website for advice, visit your GP or a travel clinic.
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