Our Walking Holidays in the Pyrenees
Western Europe’s last great mountain wilderness?
- Enjoy organised or self guided walking – or a mix of both
- High Level Walking & Moderate Walking
- Walking on both the Spanish and the French sides
- Arrive and depart on the days of your choice – stay for as long as you wish
- A delightful three star hotel and a choice of catering apartments
A mountain holiday with flexibility throughout
On a Collett’s summer walking holiday in the Pyrenees, you arrive on the day you choose and stay for as long as you wish in the stunningly located mountain village of Panticosa at our delightful three star hotel or in one of our self catering apartments. Every day – except Wednesdays – you can join one of two breathtaking walks, both free and optional. One is a high level harder hike, the other a moderate walk, rich in flora, fauna and beautiful scenery.
You can also do self-guided walks of any grade – or we can propose other days out and places of interest in this beautiful mountain location just over Spain’s border with France. Simply choose day to day the option that takes your fancy. Plan your days at Office Hour over maps and a relaxed pre-dinner drink with our own walkers and hosts, whose extensive local knowledge will ensure you get just what you want from your time here.
A Collett’s Walking Holiday in the Pyrenees
23 May to 3 October 2015.
Arrive & Depart Any Day
Arrive and depart on the days of your choice – stay with us for as long as you wish.
We offer the following options free of charge every day except Wednesdays:
High Level or Harder Walk
Easier / Moderate Walk
Walks of all grades.
Places of Interest, Activities & Days Out
There are many opportunities for some memorable ‘non walking’ days out.
Accommodation in Panticosa
3* Hotel Sabocos.
Self Catering Apartments.
Halfboard, B&B & Self Catering.
Packed lunches available.
Travel & Transport
Fly-drive: Zaragoza, Pau, Lourdes, Biarritz, Toulouse & Barcelona.
Why not consider a stop-over in Barcelona, it is then only 90 minutes to Zaragoza by AVE High Speed Train, from there you can hire a car or take a Collett’s transfer
Self-drive: With Brittany Ferries from Bilbao or Santander (10% discount), Calais (12 hours), Cherbourg (10 hours), St Malo (8 hours).
Train: Eurostar & TGV to Lourdes or Pau – then either hire a car or take a Collett’s transfer.
Transfers: to and from Pau, Lourdes & Zaragoza (on request – not Weds.).
Local Transport: Car essential if self guiding, otherwise generally recommended.
Twin Centre Option
Collett’s in the Picos de Europa, Spain – 4hrs.
In pictures – A Collett’s Pyrenees Holiday
We arrived just after office hour had started. We were met by a staff member, shown to our room, left our cases and immediately proceeded to join office hour. Well under way by then. Routes for next day explained etc. However we did not receive an actual briefing re the hotel amenities and Collett's initial intro. We did ask lots of subsequent questions and did eventually have all the info we needed. This is not a reflection on Collett's staff but more to do with our late arrival. Definitely looking forward to our first walk.
All in all accommodation and meals were first class. However the hotel website indicated there was a minibar. There was none in our room. The fridge element would have been an asset in the extreme heat. That and a room safe would have been helpful. Didn't ruin our holiday in any way though. When booking, albeit a bit late in the season we asked for a room with a balcony. Advised in advance that this may not be possible. Imagine our surprise to have a room with a terrace. Well done Hotel Sabocos and Collett's! Only problem was it was so hot we couldn't make full use of it. Some folk are never satisfied.
No pressure for anyone to go on the organised routes of the day. Alternatives readily suggested. We were looking for a walking holiday in the Pyrenees esp one that covered the Ordesa Valley and the surrounding area. My wife and I Were last in the area 36 years ago. The Ordesa valley did not disappoint!
All in all we had a very enjoyable week both walking and socially. I must congratulate Collett's' staff for the interaction they had with the guests. It must be hard to always be chatting to different people each week, not knowing how they would be accepted or what was expected of them over and above the walking side of things. Our thanks to Will, Remy, Claire and Kiwi Clare for a very enjoyable week and wish them all well wherever they decide to go in the future.