Lorna Roberts Holidays


Holidays in the 'Hidden Corners' of the Real Spain.

These Holidays are designed to include some of Spain's most beautiful and lesser known landscapes. This is the 'Real Spain' at its best.

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Photographs of our recent tours all over Spain can be seen at the end of this page.

Lorna Roberts Holidays
Lorna Roberts
Barr an Bhaille Barn
Co. Galway
H71 N239

Tel: (00 353) 95 23511
Fax: (00 353) 95 23539 



                    ESCORTED HOLIDAYS PLANNED FOR 2017         





We have now been told that the Parador in Nerja is closing in November and will not re-open until May 2019.

As this is such a popular Parador, many people who go there regularly every year are bitterly disappointed,


We have arranged a short break for 5 days in October to enjoy this lovely Parador before it closes. With its large garden and pool,

and its own private lift down to the Burriana beach below it is the perfect place to spend a few days before the winter.

795  per person sharing: 4 nights dinner B & B  + drinks with dinner, transfers and

excursions in this unspoilt corner of the Costa del Sol included.

Various flights to and from Malaga are possible from Ireland and the UK so flights not included in the price.

All details from Lorna:  095 23511 (Int. 00353 95 23511)  lornaroberts13@gmail.com



Our tours in 2017 are flexible so that it will be possible to stay for

3,4,6,7,8 or 11 nights.





Parador at Cangas de Onis


24 September – 1 October. This is a 7-night holiday in Asturias  which can be extended to an 11 night holiday if wished to include Cantabria and the Basque country and the city of San Sebastian.


7 nights staying at the Parador at Cangas de Onis in the foothills of the Picos de Europa mountains,

And 3 nights beside the sea at Gran Hotel del Sella at Ribadesella.   

View from Gran Hotel del Sella

Parador at Limpias 


11 nights as above + 2 nights at the Parador in the former Palace of Eguilior and the 10th century castle

at Hondarribia, near San Sebastian


OR  1 – 5 October: 

4 nights staying at Limpias and Hondarribia.



Flying to Santander and back from Santander on 1 October or Biarritz on 5 October.



Entrance to Parador at Hondarribia





Parador at Carmona

This will be a relaxing tour without too much travelling but visiting  the highlights of the provinces of Seville and Cadiz.


Historic cities - Spectacular countryside - Uncrowded Atlantic beaches - White villages -  Favourite Paradores.




Seville Cathedral


14 - 21 October 


Staying at Hotel Inglaterra in Seville and at two of the most popular Paradores in the former Alcazar in Carmona, and beside the Atlantic in Cadiz.

Flying to Seville and back from Malaga.



14 - 17 October 


A short break staying in Seville and at Carmona. Fly to and from Seville



17 - 21 October


staying at the Parador in Cadiz . Flying to Seville and back from Malaga.

Cadiz Coast


 It would be possible to extend the holiday with a few extra days at Malaga Gibralfaro or Malaga Golf.


 Extra nights (unaccompanied) can be added to all these holidays

at the best available rates. 


For day to day itineraries and details of flights and prices go to www.maptravel.ie "Parador tours"

For more details of our escorted holidays in 2017

contact Lorna on  095 23511,  or lornaroberts13@gmail.com 


MAP Travel - 01 8783111 -   patricia@maptravel.ie 

 For day to day itineraries and details of flights and prices go to www.maptravel.ie "Parador tours"



Our prices do not include flights.  

The reason for this is that some people prefer to make their own flight arrangements or might wish to extend the holiday by flying on a different day and meeting the group at the airport, or at the first hotel.  However MAP Travel - contact  01 8783111 - will be happy to book your flights (if you wish). 


Special thanks to all who have helped to make our 50 holidays so successful - to John, Eliseo and Yvonne, and to Con for organising the golf competitions (see golf section of this website),  not forgetting Map Travel for their continued support, and all the friends that we have made since our first holiday in the Pyrenees in 2002. Here's to the next 50!






with plenty of sunshine





Cangas De Onis










We have returned from taking 4 groups around the Paradores, and yet again had perfect weather almost every day. We stayed in, or visited 14 Paradores in four very different regions: in Cantabria and Asturias in the north, staying at Limpias, Santillana and Cangas de Onis, and at Baiona and Santiago in Galicia in the north-west. We then had guided tours of 3 Unesco World Heritage cities north of Madrid – Segovia, Avila and Salamanca  before going through the stunning scenery of Extremadura where we stayed at Plasencia and Zafra and visited 2 more World Heritage cities at Caceres and Merida.

The final group stayed at Mazagon on the Costa de La Luz and Carmona, near Seville.










Fuente De







Between two of the tours Lorna and Patricia from MAP Travel visited or stayed in 9 Paradores in 3 days as they drove from Santiago to Madrid, including 3 Paradores in Galicia – Sto Estevo, Monforte and the new Parador in the castle at Monterrei, and the lovely Parador at Zamora. 



Sto Estevo


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   MALAGA GOLF  : We had a great winter break staying at Malaga Golf in February, from where we had an interesting guided tour of Malaga city and a visit to the white village of Frigillana, ending the day with a tapas supper sitting out on the terrace at the Parador at Nerja.

It is such a bonus to have warm, sunny days and to get away from the winter weather at home. 

Parador at Malaga Golf

Parador at Malaga Gibralfaro 

View from the Parador at Nerja

  ****10 good reasons to stay at the Parador at Malaga Golf in the Winter - ask for details!****



CARMONA, CADIZ & SEVILLE - September 2015

The historic town of Carmona




Plaza de Espana , Seville





On the roof of the Parador at Cadiz






Parador at Carmona


Plaza San Antonio, Cadiz

At the Parador at Malaga Golf




    Arenal Beach and Parador at Javea

                    Parador at Lorca

            Terrace at Parador at Lorca

                         Beach at El Saler


View from Parador at El Saler


City of Arts and Sciences Valencia


And in May we spent a glorious week in the beautiful county of DEVON

             The dramatic Exmoor coast


Two Bridges Hotel, Dartmoor




      View from Woolacombe Bay Hotel



Cheddar Gorge


Ilfracombe harbour


Lynmouth Bay seen from Lynton


   Autumn 2014


We had perfect weather again for our Autumn tours and stayed in Girona and at Paradores on the Mediterranean - at Aiguablava on the Costa Brava and then at Malaga and Nerja on the Costa del Sol.





Malaga Gibralfaro



In May 2014 we travelled from Madrid to Cadiz, staying in some stunning Paradores at Alcala de Henares,

Toledo and the castle at Jaen, via some spectacular scenery and historic cities.

Cervantes Square at Alcala de Henares


View from the Parador at Toledo


Windmills of La Mancha


Terrace at Parador at Jaen


View from the balcony at Cadiz






Beach at Conil de la Frontera


Some Places We Visited in 2013


I have returned from taking two groups around the Paradores, in Galicia in North-West Spain, and on a route from Seville to Segovia, via the Paradores of Extremadura. Here are a few memories




At Monte de Gozo on the Camino de Santiago


















The easy way to reach Torre Hercules Roman lighthouse at La Coruna 





Cathedral Beach Ribadeo

View from Gran Hotel del Sella at Ribadesella






Roman Theatre at Merida


Dinner in the former church in the Parador at Trujillo


Monfrague National Park

Parador at Plasencia


The Alcazar at Segovia


Segovia Cathedral



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We returned from a very sunny week in Spain where the group was able to relax in the Autumn sun at the newly opened Parador in Cadiz and at the Paradores at Ronda, Zafra and Carmona. Fortunately they all had pools as the temperatures soared to 40 degrees.

For details of our Autumn tours in 2013 and for photos of previous tours click on escorted holidays. Click Here for  Escorted Holidays 

Cadiz Cathedral

Windy Tarifa

On the Roman bridge in Merida

Roman theatre at Merida

Parador at Zafra


Parador at Carmona

In the cloister - Parador at Zafra

Plaza Espana Seville


Parador at Cadiz




The Parador Hotel at Santiago


Cathedral Beach near Ribadeo


Monfragüe National Park



The Roman Theatre Merida



 'GREEN SPAIN' & LA RIOJA - April 2012


After having almost perfect weather for more than 35 tours it was a shock to us all that we had a wet week, which caused "Green Spain" to become greener. They had been praying for rain but we think they prayed a bit too hard! Despite the weather we were able to visit the 3 cities of Santander, San Sebastian and Bilbao, and enjoy a wine tasting lunch at the bodegas of Marques de Caceres in La Rioja. We also visited the Altamira Museum where they have constructed an exact replica of the famous prehistoric cave, and a few of the group played golf at the Santa Marina course and at Club Real de Golf San Sebastian. The group were very philosophical and enjoyed a walk on the Camino de Santiago, journeys along the spectacular North coast and through the dramatic Cantabrian mountains, and the 3 Paradores where we stayed - at Santillana, Sto Domingo de la Calzada and Hondarribia.


Hendaye in France - across the estuary from Hondarribia


In the cloister of the Parador at Hondarribia


Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

Rough sea at San Vicente de la Barquera

Statue of Seve Ballesteros at Santa Marina Golf Course


Walking on the Camino de Santiago

All ready for a wine tasting lunch at Marques de Caceres

On the Camino in La Rioja


"Green Spain" & the Picos de Europa mountains 

Entrance to the Parador at Santillana




Lorna and Con met up with one of the local Policemen outside the Parador Hotel in Santillana del Mar. The same Policeman is featured in Lorna's Book , 'A Mother A Daughter and a lot of Policemen'



GALICIA - North West Spain: September 2011

The photos below give a glimpse of the week that the group spent in North West Spain. Four very different provinces make up the region of Galicia. The holiday started in the province of La Coruna in the city of Santiago de Compostela where we stayed in the Parador which is more like a museum than a hotel, and the following morning attended the Pilgrims' Mass in the Cathedral. We headed inland to stay at the restored Monastery of Santo Estevo in the Province of Ourense, from where we visited another Parador for dinner in the converted Monastery of San Vicente del Pino at Monforte de Lemos in the province of Lugo. These two provinces are separated by the River Sil on which we enjoyed a spectacular boat trip through the canyons, gorges and vineyards in this remote corner of "Real Spain". The final three days were spent at the Parador at Baiona, a fortress on a headland surrounded by the Atlantic where we were blessed with perfect weather so that time could be spent on the beaches, in the lovely gardens of the Parador and on a ferry to the "Islas Cies", protected islands which form a National Park and which claim to have one of the Top 10 beaches in the world! We also visited the Celtic village at Santa Tecla and the historic town of Tui. This was a combination of cities, country, coast and history accompanied by blue skies and temperatures of 30 degrees.


Santiago Cathedral

Mosaic in the Monastery at Poio


In the cloister of the Parador at Santiago

Parador at Santo Estevo

Boat trip on the R. Sil

View of "Las Islas Cies" from the Parador at Baiona

Beach on "Las Islas Cies"


Celtic village at Sta Tecla

Cathedral at Tui seen from the Parador



We have returned from Andalucia where the sun shone every day for a week as we travelled from Seville to Conil de la Frontera on the Cadiz coast, through the hills to the Parador at Ronda and finally to the Parador at Malaga Golf on the Mediterranean coast. While some of the group enjoyed walking, swimming, shopping and just relaxing, the more energetic played in two golf competitions. These were hosted by "Bachelor" Con Cluskey at Montanmedio, near Cadiz, and at Malaga Golf. Congratulations to Anne Fagan for being the overall winner of the competitions.

Here are some photos taken during the holiday:


Parade of the Virgin of Peace in Ronda

Parador at Ronda


Roman settlement at Baelo Claudio

Parador at Malaga Golf


Grazalema National Park

Hotel Fuerte Conil

Farewell drink at Malaga Gibralfaro

Sunset at Conil

At Montanmedio Golf

Con at the Roman settlement at Bolonia, Cadiz in May.

"Bachelor" Con Cluskey will be with us again when he will organise the fun golf competitions – see golf holidays section of this website. Those of you who have travelled with Con on our holidays will be interested to know that "I believe - the very best of the Bachelors",  a new CD recently released went straight to Number 5 in the UK album charts and number 2 in the Irish charts…… so Ireland's first boy band is still going strong. Con and Dec The Bachelors are celebrating 50 years since their first hit record 'Charmaine' went to no. 5 in the charts in 1963. Congratulations to them both.

For full details of our golf holidays CLICK HERE

For day to day itineraries, prices and travel arrangements of future tours go to www.maptravel.ie  (Parador section)


Email Lorna, Click Here:...   lornaroberts13@gmail.com

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We enjoyed a few days in the tranquil Parador at Aiguablava on the coast mid-way between Barcelona and the French border. The sun shone as we walked on the coast paths, swam in the hotel's pool and in the Mediterranean, and for the more energetic Con Cluskey arranged a "fun" golf competition at Platja de Pals. Here are a few memories of Aiguablava and the surrounding area.

Beside the lighthouse of San Sebastian

Con hugging a Roman pillar at Empuries


A relaxing drink on the terrace

View from the Parador


Remains of the Greek settlement at Empuries


The beach below the Parador


An impressive shot on the 18th at Platja de Pals Golf Course.

Walking on the coast path near Llafranc


Market day in the Medieval village of Peratallada



Our most recent holiday was in October 2010 in Andalucia. This was our 32nd group to travel around the Paradores.

As the photos will show the sunshine and blue skies followedt again, as we travelled from East to West through "Real Andalucia". After three relaxing days at Mojacar in the south-eastern corner of Spain our journey took us through the Alpujarras Mountains to Granada from where we continued to Cordoba and Seville. The last three days were back on the coast at Mazagon (which is featured as my "Parador of the Month"), where the Parador stands on a cliff above 24 Kms of Atlantic beaches. Fortunately there were plenty of enthusiastic swimmers to keep me company!


The white village of Mojacar


Sunrise at Mojacar


Lighthouse at Cabo de Gata - the most SE point of Spain


View of Granada from Hotel Alhambra Palace


On the terrace of the Parador at Granada


Roman bridge and mosque at Cordoba


The pilgrimage village of El Rocio


Trevelez - the highest village in Spain


Swimmers at Mazagon


Seville Cathedral


Sunset at Mazagon


Parador at Carmona


Yet again the weather was kind to us as our group travelled in "Real Spain" from the newly opened Parador at ALCALA DE HENARES, near Madrid, through the plains of La Mancha, the gorges around Cuenca, and the rural hinterland of the River Ebro to the Mediterranean coast, staying at Paradors at Toledo, Cuenca and Tortosa. We enjoyed visits to the gardens of the Palace at Aranjuez, a boat trip on the Ebro delta and a day driving through the Priorat wine region where John, our guide, lives so he planned a spectacular day including a visit to the Monastery at Poblet, a Unesco world heritage site. We ended the day with a wonderful dinner at Tortosa to celebrate two birthdays in the group and the end of our 30th tour.


View from the Parador of the "Hanging Houses" of Cuenca


Monastery at Poblet


Lunch at John's home village of Prades


Boat trip on the Delta of the River Ebro


Blessings along the way


Vineyards in the Priorat area


Old friends united - Eliseo, Miguel & John

Antonio, the Head Waiter at Tortosa presenting the paella at the farewell dinner

Parador at Tortosa

Parador at Cuenca

View from the Parador at Toledo

Cloister in the Parador at Alcala de Henares



The weather was kind to us yet again as we travelled from Bilbao to La Rioja, Cantabria and Asturias in April. We stayed in 3 very different Paradores pictured below.

Parador Bernardo de Fresnedo at Santo Domingo de la Calzada in La Rioja


Parador at Fuente De in the Picos de Europa mountains

Parador at Cangas de Onis in Asturias

Lunch at Marques de Caceres bodegas in La Rioja

Storks' nest at Haro, the centre of the wine growing area.


Arrival at Redecilla after walking on the Camino de Santiago


Burgos Cathedral



Our first view of the Picos de Europa from Puerto Piedraslungas


At the top of the Picos de Europa mountains

He told us that he was heading for Everest!


Cable car from the Parador at Fuente De to the peaks

Riverside walk beside the Parador at Cangas de Onis


Roman bridge at Cangas de Onis





Monastery of Santo Toribio de Liebana where we received a blessing with a relic of the cross

The Basilica at Covodonga





The village of Potes


The coastal town of Ribadesella

The beach at San Vicente de la Barquera


Tarifa, where the Mediterranean meets the Atlantic


Parador at Granada

View of Generalife gardens from the Parador at Granada

Parador at Carmona

The Golden Tower, Seville

Roman settlement at Baelo Claudio, Bolonia, Cadiz

Autumn colours, Bielsa

View from Parador at Aiguablava


Typical Basque street, Hondarribia

La Concha Bay, San Sebastian

Castle of St Francis Xavier

John and Eliseo reunited with old friends

In the Ordesa National Park

Parador at Bielsa

Walking in the Ordesa National Park, Bielsa

View across the Bidasoa estuary to France from the Parador at Hondarribia


Romanesque church of St Climent at Taull

Parador at Cardona


Con with Dominic from Dublin who walked 800 Kilometers

Con Cluskey, who organised the golf at Ria de Vigo, with Dominic from Dublin whom we met in the Parador after he had walked 800 km on the Camino de Santiago.


Walking the 'Pilgrims Path'

Lorna's Group were pleased to walk some of the Pilgrims Path to Santiago de Compostela.

Group at monument to Pope John Paul

The group reached the monument to Pope John Paul at Santiago de Compostela.

The Cathedral at Santiago de Compostela.

        Parador at Baiona

A stunning view of the Parador Hotel at Baiona.

Con Cluskey at Parador at Santiago

Con Cluskey on the steps of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela with the Parador Hotel in the background.

Courtyard in Parador in Santiago

A view of one of the cloisters in the hotel in Santiago de Compostela.

Tour Guide pointing out features

Lorna's guide Conchita, points out some of the fascinating features of the Parador Hotel which used to be a hospital for pilgrims.

We even made it to Portugal!

A 'Hidden Village' dating back centuries being rebuilt

Lorna's Golfing Party at Ria de Vigo.


We also organise escorted tours for small groups, staying in Paradores and visiting hidden corners of "Real Spain"

Here are some memories of our recent tours:


SEPTEMBER IN CATALONIA - we were blessed with plenty of sunshine on our holiday in Catalonia where the group enjoyed walking on the cliff paths, swimming on the uncrowded beaches around the Parador at Aiguablava, and from the Parador at Vic, taking a rack railway journey to Nuria at 6000' in the Pyrenees.

Each Picture tells a Story!

View from the Parador at Aiguablava

Walking on the cliff path at Sa Riera,  near Aiguablava


Bird of Paradise


Cathedral and Onyar River, Girona

Sagrada Familia Cathedral, Barcelona

Gardens and reservoir at the Parador at Vic


In the Pyrenees


The Greek settlement at Empuries

And some memories of our tour of Castilla and Extremadura in October

The Alcazar in Segovia


On top of the world at Puerto de Navacerrada in the Sierra de Guadarrama

Salamanca Cathedral


Entrance to Parador at Plasencia

The Roman Theatre, Merida

Plaza de Espana, Seville


Patio at Parador at Carmona

Our final tour in 2007 began in Seville and ended in Malaga, via Cordoba, Granada, Ronda and Cadiz and visiting National Parks and the Atlantic coast en-route. 

Here is a brief photo journey.

Giralda Tower and Cathedral, Seville

The Parador at Carmona


The Mezquita, Cordoba

The Alhambra, Granada

Grazalema National Park


View of the gorge at Ronda from the Parador

Parador at Arcos de la Frontera

La Caleta beach, Cadiz


The "Real Fernando" which took us across the Guadalquivir River to the Donana National Park

Cliff walk at Conil de la Frontera


Atlantic beach at Tarifa on the Cadiz coast


Sunset at Hotel Fuerte Conil



On our ITALIAN HOLIDAY IN APRIL while the whole of Europe was experiencing terrible weather our group were lucky as we had glorious days for our excursions to Portofino, the Cinqueterra villages, the Borromeo Islands on Lake Maggiore and Macanagua beside Monte Rosa the second highest mountain in the Alps.







- ideal for people who would like to stay in Paradores with a group but do not want to do too much travelling.  
We arrange interesting optional excursions for non-golfers.
For golfers there are 2 competitions on each holiday organised by Con Cluskey of "The Bachelors" who has been involved in 
the celebrity and charity golf circuits for many years.
All green fees, buggies or trolleys are included
***Prizes from Marques de Caceres and the Connemara Smokehouse***


Contact Lorna:    Tel:  +353 (0) 95 23511---- Fax:  +353 (0) 95 23539----Email:   lornaroberts13@gmail.com



These holidays are designed to include some of Spain's most beautiful and lesser known landscapes. This is "Real Spain" at its best. There will be no pressure, no early morning starts, and no compulsory sightseeing. Most Paradores are less than one hundred miles apart, but on the occasional day when a longer journey is necessary we will follow the advice of the AA which is to have a break every 2 hours or every hundred miles, so there will be no exhausting long journeys. We aim to make the travelling a pleasure and organise lunch breaks in interesting places. The coach will be there to transport you from Parador to Parador, and will be on hand for optional excursions to places of interest.
For the energetic there are spectacular walking routes, for the culturally inclined there will be visits to archeological sites and museums, and for nature lovers we include Nature Reserves and National Parks.
These are value-for-money holidays which include accommodation, breakfast and dinner (most nights) including wine, coffee etc, in Spain's luxurious Parador hotels, or hotels of similar quality where there is no Parador. By following a route via Paradores the most remote and scenic regions of Spain are discovered.



A non refundable deposit of 250.00 per person, together with a completed booking form, should be sent to MAP Travel.  When completing the booking form please advise if you have your own travel insurance.  Otherwise it will be automatically added to your invoice.  Should we have to cancel a tour the deposit will be refunded.
There are no 'hidden' extras as all travel in the bus, drinks with dinner, porterage, restaurant tips and excursions are included.  Entrance fees to Museums etc. visited on optional excursions, bar and personal bills in hotels and snacks during the day will be charged for at the time.  On occasional nights we have not included dinner, to enable people to have a choice of restaurant.
Each year we hold a competition and ask people who have been on our tours to send in their 3 favourite photographs from the holiday.  The winner receives a voucher for a 2-night break in a Parador, or a discount of 250 Euro on a future tour, so be sure to bring your camera.
and journeys between hotels have been planned to see as much as possible en-route.  These are dependent on weather conditions and will be changed if necessary.
These are Parador golidays with golf, combining the relaxation and interest of our tours with golf competitions at some of Spain's finest courses.  Green fees and buggies, or trolleys, are included in the price.  For non golfers there are optional excursions every day.
For further information, or to receive a booking form contact:
Lorna Roberts   Tel::  095 23511    Fax:  095 23539


Barr an Bhaile, Aillebrack, Ballyconneely, Co Galway, H71 N239


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