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Pili Pala Press was founded in 1993 to publish walking guides to Spain and Portugal. Pili Pala, for the uninitiated, is Welsh for butterfly (the clue's in the logo). We could say that we chose the name to reflect our love of nature and our restless desire for travel, but really we just like the way it sounds.
Pili Pala Press cares passionately about the environment. And we put our money where our environmental mouth is. We donate 4% of the cover price of each book sold to environmental organizations working in Portugal and Spain.
Each year, Pili Pala Press donates money to organizations working in Spain and Portugal. The money represents 4% of the cover price of every Pili Pala Press we sell. A big thank you to all our customers for making this happen! Since 2006, Pili Pala Press has donated an average of $2000 a year to the World Wildlife Fund's Cork Oak Forest Programme. Sales in earlier years have supported the Confraternity of St James' new albergue in Miraz on the Camino del Norte, to help clean up after the notorious Prestige oil spill and to support habitat for the rare Iberian Lynx.
Bethan Davies has been thinking up ways to travel for free since she's been responsible for buying her own plane tickets. She's been dreaming of Spain every since her first glass of Rioja, and is now marked out as a lunatic supporter of the Spanish national football team (especially Puyol) in bars along the camino. A package holiday to the Algarve left few scars, and she decided to see what the rest of Portugal had to offer in 1993. This time, she loved what she found, and the food, mountains, and the people she met drew her back to research the second edition of Walking in Portugal. A librarian and former editor, Bethan lives in Vancouver, Canada, where she eats well at the city's Portuguese bakeries and Spanish restaurants.
Ben Cole has worked in travel bookshops for longer than he cares to remember, after gaining a degree in archaeology and ancient history. Ben was first introduced to corn bread and pasteis de nata by Portuguese friends in his native Toronto. He fell in love with Iberia in 1993 while exploring the mountains of Portugal, and a chance encounter with the camino a few years later led to a fascination with the camino francés. He lives in Vancouver, and finds it hard to start the day without a café solo, grande.