What an amazing trip. I’d been looking forward to this hike in the Pyrenees for a long time and exceeded my expectations. The unrivalled knowledge and guidance provided by Max, the superb company, delicious local cuisine and the breath taking views made it an unforgettable experience. Highlights included summiting the Canigou at sunrise, taking a dip for some cold water therapy and finishing the trip at the local restaurant in La Bastide. For anyone looking to reconnect with nature and take on a challenge, I highly recommend Max and Connect Retreats.
My sister and I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the retreat, from the hiking itself to the wonderful views, food and company! Max is a super guide who looked after us all very well. My sister is vegan and was well catered for the whole way up and down the mountain!
This retreat is a great way to explore the beautiful Pyrenees, as Max knows the area very well. The retreat is well organised so that aside from the hiking Max also showed us around the farm and took us to his favourite swimming spot and restaurant!
We would highly recommend this retreat for anyone looking to get outdoors and be active while at the same time getting a very relaxing break away!
Max really looked after us, the food and drink were both great. The farm and the family were really welcoming. It all added up to a memorable experience.
The walking was enjoyable, there were a few steep bits but nothing too arduous. The scenery was absolutely stunning and I loved staying in the mountain refuges. Thank you to Max and the whole group for helping me summit Le Canigou - those who were there know 😆.
I arrived stressed and just a little bit tense and left with a renewed outlook having pressed the reset button.
Get some more walking routes Max and I won't hesitate joining you again :)))
The retreat was a fantastic experience! I would recommend this to anyone who loves walking and camping or anyone seeking an escape from office life! Stunning views, wondering company and rather unexpectedly, wonderful food and the chance to try local beer and wine too! Max and his brother Guy were brilliant guides and made the trip so much fun. Thank you Max, I can’t wait to come back and do it again!
OUT OF THIS WORLD RETREAT, UNFORGETTABLE.
Where do I begin? It was an utterly fantastic week, plenty of adventures, challenges and for me a personal feat to climb El Canigó, thrilling.
We were all very welcomed and had wonderful hospitality at the farm of Can Tillet, as soon as we arrived we were treated to a delicious outdoor luncheon. It's a beautiful place, with horses, cows, sheep and very friendly dogs. All the meals were freshly prepared and delicious, Max is a talented chef indoors and outdoors. The whole trip was meticulously and professionally planned. The walk was a pleasure, through the most breathtaking scenery one can imagine, little winding pathways, majestic woods, rocks, rivers and snow at the top. We discovered old mines, ruins, learned about the local history, we made fires and stayed in various local refuges. We met very friendly people along the way and stretched in the most idyllic places, we even saw a lovely sunrise one morning.
The group was great and we laugh a lot, we developed a mutual trust and friendship very quickly, together we dealt with all challenges. We even have a song!
We ended up with some refreshing cold water therapy in another privileged setting, this local river with natural gorges followed by an amazing supper at Can Pere in the local town of La Bastide. What an evening!
It was more than I could have ever thought or expected, I highly recommend it, Max is accomplished, kind and the most thoughtful host, a superb guide, he has great knowledge and shared it with us. Absolutely brilliant!
Thank you Max, specially for the daily freshly made organic coffee 👍🏻😀🙏🏻
Max did a great job of hosting and leading us along with his brother Guy who also joined up on the hike. Max knew the local area really well and the food and drink were always fantastic. Had a great experience hiking Le Canigou, a lot of snow near the top for us so we enjoyed some scrambling to get to the summit.
Would definitely recommend Max and connect retreats to my friends.
I had an amazing time hiking in the Pyrenees. I and three friends from Copenhagen flew to Perpignan where Max picked us up and drove us to the farm where we would spend the first and last night of the trip.
The hike itself was great, and the scenery breathtaking. The highlight was surely experiencing the sunrise at the peak of the Canigou. For any experienced hiker or otherwise physically active person, the hikes are slightly challenging but definitely doable. I always had a pleasant feeling of tiredness at the end of the day.
Max has been a fantastic guide! He has been caring and authentic, preparing tasty food and coffee and providing sleeping bags and backpacks throughout our stay. The whole trip was very well organized.
I can highly recommend Connect Retreats to anyone. I will happily come again for another retreat:)