An incredible treat not to have to think about anything and get the best of everything. The transfers, accommodation, and welcome were seamless and very professional. The guides were fantastic and the skiing really blew me away – up there with some of the best I’ve experienced anywhere. To then be picked up and taken to the best bars and restaurants the valley has to offer was such a treat. If only every holiday could be like this! Can’t wait for my next visit.Thanks again for everything. Best,
The holiday kicked off the moment we arrived and within the hour we were on the slopes – just what you want for a long weekend skiing. The guides were superb, the skiing phenomenal and the lack of people a brilliant surprise! We were booked into restaurants it would have taken years to find, shown routes and introduced to locals enabling us to feel so comfortable and at home. The Spanish (or Aranese people, as Keith explained in his synopsis of local history of the Val d’Aran) have a very competitive way of making Gin and Tonics and the tapas and pintxos go as well with the snow as they do in the sun. Sophia maximised every minute of our time but was also flexible if plans needed to change, boundless energy – nothing was too much trouble. All good and well, a true testament is surely when things do not go according to plan… We had an unfortunate incident and one of our team had an accident on the slopes. Pyrenees Experience dealt with the situation impeccably. Assisting, translating, helping with insurance and ensuring the best help was to hand, it was a real comfort to know we were in good hands. It was a wonderful few days in a refreshingly special place – I am coming back next year!
This was the best ski trip ever. I didn’t lift a finger and everything was perfect!! The holiday was organized brilliantly. Our breakfasts, lunches and dinners were delicious and the skiing was amazing. We hired two instructors for the mornings and both were fantastic with the children and very knowledgable. The skiing of both children improved in just a few days. It could not have been a more relaxing, interesting, fun, adventurous trip. We can’t wait to come back to see more of the beautiful countryside, the local villages and to find out more of what PYRENEES EXPERIENCE has to offer.
Elegimos el mejor día de la temporada para la excursión: solazo, nieve recién caída de la noche anterior y Nacho, el mejor guía del mundo, que con toda su paciencia logró hacernos a niños y mayores reír y disfrutar de la montaña. Las palas por las que nos llevó eran únicas y para nosotros solos. Y para terminar, comimos en un refugio increíble. Un día 10!!!
Thanks to you I discovered a new Baqueira! Amazing organisation !!! every little detail was planned with great care and professionalism !! All our gratitude for this unique days and looking forward to repeat next year
Amazing week!!!! Heli?,off piste ?, lunch?????everything perfect!! Thank you so MUCH!!!
Great pyrenees experience holidays.
Me ha encantado el gran servicio que se presta con la asistencia en el lugar durante las vacaciones de nieve más buenas que he podido disfrutar hasta la fecha ,
Mi más cordial enhorabuena !!!! por ese servicio personalizado, volveremos !!!!
We have just returned from Baqueira Beret having had the most wonderful family holiday.
It was a sporting and gastronomic week all organised beautifully and efficiently by
Sofia and her team. Skiing for all levels. Perfect. We will be back!!
An incredible day… Friends, sun, amazing picnic perfectly prepared at Hotel El Ciervo, going up to the Montarto all alone….and finally a great and joyfull dinner at Arties Parador… Thank you all the great team to make us discover the “secret ” Valle de Aran.
And after 7 hours of beautiful hiking we suddenly appeared on to this striking, impressive and shocking spot, a Mountain Hut surrounded by huge walls of granite ready to be climbed by us. Aiguestortes National Park is a must must visit with Pyrenees Mountain Experience.
The treatment we have received by Sofia and the mountain guides has been superb. Desperate to repeat this fabulous experience again!!!!
Keith I wanted to send a quick message to say thanks for all the help you gave me when planning my skiing holiday this year.
We had a fantastic trip during the UK February school holidays and your advice made us choose Baqueira and Vielha to visit.
Your recommendations regarding accommodation, ski areas and even restaurants was invaluable and helped with making the holiday for our 2 families so enjoyable.
We loved both Vielha and Baqueria Beret and it was great to be able to ski on relatively quiet slopes during what can be a very busy period for skiing in the rest of Europe.
We will definitely be returning next year.
Keith and Rossana – from RSM Realtor – were incredibly helpful when we were buying our new apartment. Nothing was -or still is! – too much trouble for them. They are super efficient and professional and we would not hesitate to recommend them. All good wishes for the future of your venture.
Never have I met someone on my travels around the world like Keith who is so in tune and passionate about the place he lives. If I had what he has, I would think twice about sharing it.
We stayed only over the weekend but we still had a really pleasant stay! A big thanks to you Keith! You lent us your helmet when Lufthansa lost ours and you gave us a restaurant when we were hungry! We had a great time heli-skiing with you. Look forward to the video! Oh, and Val d’Aran…really beautiful place to visit in the heart of Pyrenees! In the photo I am the one smiling 3 seats over from Keith!
We moved to this corner of the Catalan Pyrenees with my family 3 years ago to start a new life and business. It was only last year when I contacted Keith to ask him for advice, as I was ready to explore new opportunities related with nature and foreign languages. Keith and I share the same passions. A few months later on, I got a call and a new part time job.
But that’s not all, thanks to Keith I got in contact with many more people and more opportunities. Keith’s optimism is contagious. I can’t believe it sometimes!
He’s a man of influence in the area and somebody you can trust.
Yo tuve la ocasión y el placer de conocer a Keith durante el encuentro de montaña, Emmeet, en el Valle donde el era el “Master of Ceremonies” y me quedé impresionado y subyugado por su personalidad y como defiende , ama y vende el Valle de Aran. Por culpa de el, tengo que volver con todo mi familia para disfrutar de este ambiente aranés tan especial.
Uno de los aspectos más gratificantes de mi trabajo, es tratar a diario con emprendedores, que son personas positivas, de mentalidad abierta, y llenos de energia. Keith tiene estas cualidades en grado superlativo. Transmite entusiasmo, imaginación, alegria, proximidad y confianza, al mismo tiempo que seriedad profesional y honestidad personal. Su origen norteamericano y su pasión por la Val d’Aran i por Catalunya le dan una posición única para promover las relaciones entre el público de habla inglesa y nuestro país.
I’ve worked in different events with Keith Kirwen and he’s just authentic. For us, it’s a pleasure to receive his positive energy doing what he loves and developing his self continuously.
I would like to tell you about his uniqueness and his personal ambition, always full of innovative ideas for all the projects. You can’t find a better person in the Pyrenees. We love his persuasive skills and his passion. In our company we work with people from around the world and Keith is the perfect host: international, accessible and always collaborative.
I have known Keith for a more than a decade. He is a go-getter entrepreneur with an extremely creative mind and energy to match. He knows the Valley as if he were born there. An all-around good guy. This testimonial comes from the man himself, Ryan Furness. He is responsible for creating the largest set of Aranese words to date in this “once in a lifetime” Aranese / English dictionary. It didn’t quite make it to the New York Times Bestseller list, but is surely was a hit around here!
Keith has been extremely helpful in finding my way around Val d’aran organising Spanish lessons, accommodation and accessing local knowledge and services. He has identified the attractions of the region namely the hiking, skiing and other leisure attractions. He is well connected in the area and can save significant amounts of time for people new to the region.
With Keith’s assistance, my wife and I had an incredible time touring the Val d’Aran by bicycle. His assistance was invaluable!
Recently after doing genetic testing I found that my father’s ancestry is Basque, and I match at a genetic distance of zero to mainly the people of Valle De Aran. I came across Keith’s website and contacted him about the possibility of visting this area. Few times in life have I experienced such genuine hospitality and a desire to help a stranger.
It is my desire to visit this area when time permits, and Keith will be the person that I contact for guidance an advice.
Dr. Michael R. Preston, Assistant Professor of Biology, Ohio
Keith has made the Val d’Aran his home over the past 15 years. He has developed extensive contacts throughout the valley and has a strong understanding of the requirements of international clients that wish to purchase property or services.
We have known Keith for two years and he already feels like family. He handled the purchase of our property from A-Z. We cannot say enough lovely things about Keith. A few facts:
He has a wonderful heart. He is knowledgeable about the region having lived there for so long. Fluent in Spanish. He is like a celebrity in town – everyone knows him! He can handle any request you may have from pickups to/from the airport, catering a dinner in your home, to the local sights. He is reliable, caring and will look out for your best interests financially or otherwise. We cannot say enough good things about him. Don’t forget to ask him his story about how he ended up living there. It is really lovely.
Keith makes it a point in his life to strive for excellence. In any job he does he gives with his whole heart.
Keith helped my wife and I travel around the Val showing us the real local view. He also gave us tips for things to do in Barcelona.
Thanks for all the pristine powder my friend.
I put my full faith in Keith Kirwen.
Keith was a great asset for a journalist trying to parachute into the region and who was looking for contacts and information, and he was very eager to help. I was grateful to find him.
We first met Keith in the summer last year to look for properties in Val d’Aran. It is a beautiful part of Spain set in the Pyrenees. Keith is passionate about Val d’Aran and he and his wife have lived there for the past 20 years. This means that he is an expert in helping to find that dream home and in all things Spanish. He is a super person who understands quickly what your requirements are and is eager to deliver. There is so much to offer in Val d’Aran that all you need is Keith who will advise you on all aspects of living there and enjoying the fantastic activities.I would put my trust in Keith as he is a genuine person and works hard. There is no one better. It is true to say that you meet Keith as a stranger but part as friends.
Wow…what a smashing testimonial! Your are more than welcome. They were my first impressions of you when we met. The estate agents I met here in France and also in the UK were not at all in the same league as you. You brought much more and your knowledge is overwhelming. I want everyone who reads the review to know that you are this great guy.
I’ve been traveling around the world for the last 7 years and during that time I’ve meet many people in many places. Keith’s knowledge of the Val d’Aran has stuck with me since I met him several years ago. So much so that I mentioned my visit to the Val d’Aran when I met the president of Catalonia when I met him in New York City. His knowledge of the region made my visit more than just another stop in the Pyrenees.
Keith knows everything about the area and is so kind and generous with his time. We 100% recommend him.
I have known Keith since 2004, when I was fortunate enough to be hired to work for him as a teacher at his language school in Vielha. During the 2 years I worked for Keith, I got to benefit first hand from his incredible knowledge and huge enthusiasm for the Val d’Aran (not to mention his endless supply of fantastic local contacts!). As a employer, the support and advice that he gave me were over and above anything I could have expected. Despite his hectic schedule (Keith – How do you do it?!), he could always be relied upon to find time to help. Indeed, there never seemed to be a problem too big, or too small, for him to find a solution to. Aside from his professionalism, Keith is also an intelligent, warm and funny guy whose friendship and wisdom I continue to enjoy to this day.
In short, as an advisor on anything to do with the Valley, I couldn’t imagine anyone better qualified, more reliable, or more personable than Keith.
Keith and I attended Christian Brothers High School in Memphis, Tennessee, and even were in sophomore Spanish together. In 2009, I reconnected with him when my wife and I were in Europe on vacation. Keith and his wife asked us to come and visit them while we were in Spain. We spent three days with Keith in the heart of the Pyrenees in Spain. Keith and his wife welcomed us in their home, shared traditional Catalonian meals, and showed us all that Val d’Aran had to offer. What we came away with is Keith, being a resident for the past 20 years, and his wife, a pure Spaniard, were able to convey the richness of the culture, a perspective not found in books or magazines, and a true love of Val d’Aran. They knew the best places to see the sun rise and set, the best areas to ski or single track mountain bike, as well as the best places to eat traditional Spanish fare. If I were to put my trust in someone who would take my needs to heart, understand what I am interested in, and deliver me the absolute best experience Val d’Aran can offer, Keith would be the man. We look forward to returning to Spain and seeing them again soon!
I’ve come to know Keith very well working with him to help expand his internet presence and reach. I can attest to his sincerity, integrity and knowledge of the region because I’ve come to know Keith as a good friend. Keith’s website features some of the finest real estate properties available as well as video coverage of exciting winter events in the area. I have affectionately dubbed Keith the “Go To Guy” for all things Val d’Aran.
We needed some help to find a possible home in the Val D’Aran area and found Keith Kirwen who was a great contact and organised a number of viewings and transported us to and from our prospective houses.
I met Keith in Memphis, Tennessee in 1977, was neighbors with his family, went to school with him and his sister and have been working with him for the past 4 years on an educational project. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with him in Val d’Aran and stay at his beautiful home and taste his wife’s beautiful cooking and enjoy the majesty that is Val d’Aran! He’s super creative, intelligent, dedicated, hard-working, funny, kind and so very passionate about his work and ideas!