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
 

Tel: (00 353) 95 23511
Email: lornaroberts13@gmail.com
www.lornarobertsholidays.com
 

 

***NEW FOR 2022*** 

This section of the website has pictures and descriptions of many Paradores in which we have stayed since 2002. Scroll down to see pictures which will help when planning future holidays in Paradores. I have also written descriptions of all 17 regions ( 48 provinces) of Spain and the Paradores in each region.  These are useful for route planning. If you would like to receive any of these I can send them by email.

Something to look forward to after a difficult year - Provisional dates for future tours are:-

 ESCORTED GROUP HOLIDAYS 2022

2022 is the 20th anniversary of our first escorted tour in the Pyrenees in October 2002 which ended at Aiguablava, and our first golf group holiday in 2005 was at Aiguablava, so it is appropriate that the final tour will end there, with a celebration dinner on the last night.

After 70+ holidays travelling all over Spain staying in Paradores, many lasting friendships have been made so I am very pleased that many of our regular people (some who have travelled in my groups more than 20 times!) are hoping to join one of the Autumn groups.

I have made them as flexible as possible hoping that some of the dates will work for everyone. I have tried to make each one suitable for those who want a relaxing holiday, but there will also be plenty of opportunities for walking, swimming, golf etc for those who want to be more active. I have also arranged a week’s holiday in Connemara in June, the loveliest time in the West of Ireland when the days are long, the sea is warming up but the crowds have not arrived and prices are lower than in peak season. 

 

All our holidays are dependent on at least 12 people travelling. Booking forms can be sent now to confirm a space but deposits will not be paid until later.

To be sure of having enough rooms it would be helpful to know if you are hoping to join any of the groups so could you tell me as soon as possible. I will not be asking for deposits until we know more about how covid is progressing in Ireland, the UK and Spain, and then I will contact all who have shown interest in any of the tours.

***If we are unable to get more rooms in Santiago we can arrange accommodation for late bookings at another hotel,  but meals etc would be with the group in the Parador***

 

For a booking form or for day to day itineraries of any of the holidays  contact Lorna 095 23511 (Ireland) 

or 01590 672959 (UK)  lornaroberts13@gmail.com

OR Niamh at GTI Travel in Dublin niamh@gti.ie or info@keytel.co.uk

 For photographs of all our tours go to the "Escorted Holidays" section of this website or to "Lorna Roberts Holidays" in the Parador section at www.keytel.co.uk

HOLIDAY 1     17 – 23 June

CONNEMARA – WEST OF IRELAND

6 nights in Connemara on the Atlantic Way in the beautiful West of Ireland, staying at the LEENANE HOTEL on the shores of KILLARY HARBOUR and FOYLES HOTEL in CLIFDEN.

Scenic coastal and mountain routes and visits to Roundstone, Ballynahinch, Kylemore Abbey, the Connemara National Park and the Connemara Golf Club for those who would like a round of golf on one of Ireland’s most scenic courses.

 

PRICE:  1195 euro per person sharing. Single supplement 40 euro per night

Dinner B&B (including drinks with dinner) on 5 nights B&B 1 night

Meeting on 17th June in Galway and ending in Galway on 23rd June.

 

 

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  AUTUMN HOLIDAYS

 

 Parador at Santiago

 

 

HOLIDAY 2   28 September - 5 October: GALICIA – NORTH WEST SPAIN

7 nights staying in 3 very different Paradores at BAIONA, MUXIA & SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

Flying to and from Santiago and staying in Paradores in the beautiful north-west region of Galicia.

This is always the most expensive of our holidays, as they are top of the range Paradores, but it offers great value for money as so much is included.

Relaxing days beside the Atlantic with scenic walks, interesting excursions, a guided tour in Santiago, and an opportunity to walk on the Camino de Santiago if wished.

 

FLIGHTS:  Dublin – Santiago: 13.10 – 16.25

Santiago – Dublin:  17.05 – 18.15

PRICE: 1675 euro per person sharing + flights.   

Single supplement 75 euro per night

(65 euro per night if standard room preferred at Baiona)

Dinner B&B (including drinks with dinner) on 5 nights and

B&B on 2 nights

Superior rooms with sea views at Baiona (reduction of 80 euro if standard room preferred). Rooms with sea views at Muxia

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HOLIDAY 3:  28 September – 12 October for a 2 week holiday

Combine Holidays 2 and 4: GALICIA & ASTURIAS

Flying to Santiago and back from Santander.

14 NIGHTS at  Paradores at Baiona (3 nts), Muxia (2 nts), Santiago (2 nts), Ribadeo (1 nt), Cangas de Onis (3 nts) and Gran Hotel del Sella, Ribadesella (3 nts)

Dinner B&B (including drinks with dinner) on 11 nts.  B&B on 3 nts

FLIGHTS:   Dublin – Santiago:  13.10 – 16.25

Santander – Dublin: 15.00 – 16.05

 PRICE:  3125 less 5% = 2970 euro (First 10 people to book) + flights. 

Single supplement: 65 euro per night

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Parador at Cangas de Onis

 

HOLIDAY 4: 5–12 October (7 nts) OR 3–12 October (9 nts)

             NORTH COAST OF SPAIN & PICOS DE EUROPA                    

ASTURIAS – A Week in “Green Spain”

 7 nights staying at Paradores at RIBADEO and CANGAS DE ONIS and at “Gran Hotel del Sell” at RIBADESELLA

OR 9 nights adding 2 nights in Santiago de Compostela on 3rd & 4th October.

 

Flying to Santiago and back from Santander.

It would be possible to add the 2 extra nights by joining the Galicia group in Santiago on 3rd October and then continue on the

5th October to stay at the Parador at RIBADEO, with a visit to the famous Cathedral beach, followed by a mountain drive to the Parador at CANGAS DE ONIS in the foothills of the Picos de Europa for a 3 night stay, before ending on the coast at lovely RIBADESELLA at “Gran Hotel del Sella“ for the final 3 nights.

 

FLIGHTS: 

Dublin – Santiago on 3rd or 5th October  13.10 - 16.25  

Santander – Dublin on 12 October  15.00 – 16.05

PRICE:   7 nts 1450 euro + flights:  9 nts 1875 euro + flights  

Single supplement: 7 nts 50 euro per night:  9 nts 55 euro pn

Dinner B&B (including drinks with dinner) B&B on 3rd  & 10th

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Parador at Aiguablava

 

HOLIDAY 5 - our final holiday

CATALONIA: 14 – 21 October 7 nights staying in two very different locations.

PARADORES IN THE FOOTHILLS OF THE PYRENEES & ON THE MEDITERRANEAN COAST

Flying to and from Girona and staying at Paradores at VIC-SAU in the foothills of the Pyrenees and at AUGUABLAVA where all rooms have balcomies and sea views.

 

FLIGHTS:  Dublin – Girona 13.30 – 16.00

Girona – Dublin  17.15 – 18.40 

PRICE: 1475 euro per person sharing + flights  

Single supplement   55 euro per night (50 euro if standard room preferred at Vic)

Dinner B&B (including drinks with dinner) on 5 nights and

B&B on 2 nights.

Superior rooms with balconies at Vic (reduction of 60 euro if standard room preferred).  

 

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We have taken over 70 groups to every region of Spain and stayed at  almost all the Paradores – on the coast, in the mountains,  in historic  Unesco World Heritage cities (Toledo, Segovia, Granada, Seville, Cordoba, Salamanca etc), in Medieval villages, castles, palaces, restored monasteries and convents and in some of the most remote natural parks.

Parador at Aiguablava

 

 

 

View from Parador at Vic

 

 

 

For details of future group holidays

contact Lorna…095 23511 (Int 00353 95 23511)

lornaroberts13@gmail.com 

Paradores at Aiguablava on the coast and Vic in the mountains included in our holiday October 2022 holiday.

 

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JAVEA & EL SALER – FEBRUARY 2020

How lucky we were to have a beautiful sunny week in Spain before the lockdown. As the group flew back from Valencia to Dublin none of us had any idea of the different life we would all be living a few weeks later.

El Saler

We have all made many new friends in over 70 groups all over Spain and it was a pleasure to have a mixture of regular travellers as well as new people in this group. We started in the Parador in Javea from where we visited the neighbouring villages and headlands and then, after a day in Valencia ended the week at the Parador at El Saler. After relaxing days beside the Mediterranean with a temperature of 28 degrees one day, we all returned fit and well which is how I hope we can remain by

staying at home and following the rules.

 

Javea

 

At Javea

Valencia Old

and Valencia New

 

Sunset at Albufera Reserve near El Saler

 

 

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CADIZ & MALAGA in FEBRUARY 2019, we stayed at Paradores at CADIZ and MALAGA GIBRALFARO

La Caleta beach, Cadiz (where "Die Another Day" was filmed!)

Calle Larios, Malaga

  ANDALUCIA - February 2019. We had a good week with perfect weather staying in 2 very different Paradores at CADIZ and MALAGA GIBRALFARO.

We also visited Sanlucar de la Barrameda at the mouth of the Guadalquivir River, Conil de la Frontera, and Tarifa, three places in the wonderful province of Cadiz.

We ended the holiday with a snack at the Parador at Malaga Golf before going to the airport, just 10 minutes from the Parador.

Some sensible people stayed on at Malaga Golf for a few extra days!

                                                     

AUTUMN  HOLIDAYS IN NORTHERN SPAIN – 2019

We have arranged 2 short holidays  that can be combined to make a longer 11 night tour of Asturias, Cantabria and La Rioja.

 

ASTURIAS “Green Spain”   29 September – 5 October staying  for 3 nights at “Gran Hotel del Sella” beside the Santa Marina beach at Ribadesella, one of the prettiest towns on the coast of Northern Spain,  and at the Parador at Cangas de Onis, the former monastery of San Pedro de Villanueva,  in the foothills of the Picos de Europa mountains.  This is one of our most popular and relaxing holidays  combining mountains and coast in a spectacular area.  Fly to Santander and back from Bilbao, OR 7 nights , staying for one more night at the Parador at Limpias and flying back from Santander on 6 October

See below for photos of this holiday in 2017.

 

CANTABRIA & LA RIOJA  5 – 10 October staying for 3 nights at the Parador at LIMPIAS, the former Palace of Eguilior,  set in large gardens 8 km from Laredo on the coast, and 2 nights at the Parador Bernardo de Fresneda at Santo Domingo de la Calzada  on the Camino de Santiago. This holiday will include visits to Santander, Bilbao and the World Heritage city of Burgos, and also  to the bodegas of Marques de Caceres for the famous wine-tasting lunch.  There will also be an opportunity to walk on the Camino de Santiago for those who wish.  Fly to and from Bilbao.

 

THESE 2 HOLIDAYS CAN BE COMBINED TO MAKE AN 11-NIGHT HOLIDAY from 29 September to 10 October, flying to and from Bilbao

Santa Marina beach Ribadesella

Parador Cangas de Onis

Picos de Europa mountains

Cathedral at Burgos

        For details of flights and prices contact  

Email:- lornaroberts13@gmail.com  Ph:- 095 23511

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 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

For more details of our escorted holidays

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

 

 

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. 

Special thanks to all who have helped to make our 55 holidays so successful - to John, Eliseo,Yvonne and Andrea, and to Con for organising the golf competitions (see golf section of this website),  not forgetting Map Travel for their support, and all the friends that we have made since our first holiday in the Pyrenees in 2002. Here's to the next 50!

 

 

SOME PHOTOGRAPHIC MEMORIES OF SOME OF OUR TOURS

 

  THREE VERY DIFFERENT HOLIDAYS IN 2018  

 

 

Jim's birthday dinner at "A Pinta" became a musical evening! Thank you John Sheahan of The Dubliners.

 

THE ALGARVE, PORTUGAL & COSTA DE LA LUZ, SPAIN

 

 

View from hotel  Armacao de Pera Portugal

 

 

 

Watching the sunset Cape St Vincent Portugal

 

GALICIA, NW SPAIN

 

Steps to the beach Parador at Mazagon           

 

 

Parador at Santiago

 

 

 

 

View towards Portugal from Spain

 

ANDALUCIA

 

Playa de America near  Baiona

 

 

 

Parador at Granada

 

 

Parador at Cordoba

 

 

Parador at Nerja

 

 

WE HAD A WONDERFUL WINTER BREAK AT JAVEA IN FEBRUARY 2017

with plenty of sunshine

 

AND 3 TOURS IN NORTHERN SPAIN & ANDALUCIA IN THE AUTUMN

staying at the Parador at CANGAS DE ONIS and GRAN HOTEL DEL SELLA in ASTURIAS

 

Parador at Cangas de Onis     

Birdwatching

Picos de Europa

Gran Hotel del Sella

 

and at HOTEL INGLATERRA IN SEVILLE and PARADORES AT CARMONA, CADIZ & NERJA

Plaza de Espana Seville

Parador at Cadiz

Parador at Carmona.

Parador at Nerja 

 

15 PARADORES WHERE OUR GROUPS STAYED OR VISITED IN SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER 2016.

  

Santillana

Cangas De Onis

Baiona

 

Limpias

Carmona

Mazagon

Zafra

 

 

 

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

Santiago

Segovia

Merida

Salamanca

Plasencia

Avila

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. 

Monterrei  

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!****

 

OUR ESCORTED HOLIDAYS IN 2015

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

 

THE EAST COAST OF SPAIN: PARADORES AT

LORCA, JAVEA & EL SALER

 

    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

Aiguablava

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.

 

 

Girona

 

Malaga Gibralfaro

 

Nerja

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

Cordoba

View from the balcony at Cadiz

 

Cadiz

MAY

2014

 

Beach at Conil de la Frontera

 

Some Places We Visited in 2013

AUTUMN TOURS OF PARADORES

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

 

 SANTIAGO to SANTANDER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Gijon

 

 

Cathedral Beach Ribadeo

View from Gran Hotel del Sella at Ribadesella

   

 SEVILLE to SEGOVIA

 

Seville

 

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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GROUP IN ANDALUCIA & EXTREMADURA  - October 2012:

 

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

 

A SUNNY WEEK IN MAY IN ANDALUCIA WITH SOME "FUN" GOLF

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

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

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APRIL HOLIDAY IN CATALONIA

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

 

OCTOBER TOUR OF "REAL ANDALUCIA"

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

2009 OCTOBER TOUR FROM MADRID TO THE MEDITERRANEAN

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

 

 

2009 TOUR OF LA RIOJA & "GREEN SPAIN"

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

SOME MEMORIES OF OUR 2008 AUTUMN TOURS IN ANDALUCIA & THE PYRENEES

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

SOME MEMORIES OF OUR GALICIAN HOLIDAY IN MAY- OUR 25th ESCORTED TOUR

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.

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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 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.

Con Cluskey at Parador at Santiago

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.

 

 

 

 

 

GOLFING HOLIDAYS WHICH ARE ALSO RELAXING BREAKS FOR NON-GOLFERS

- 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---- Email:   lornaroberts13@gmail.com

 

HOLIDAYS IN SPAIN'S HIDDEN CORNERS

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.

 

DEPOSIT AND INSURANCE

 
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.
 
 
EXTRAS
 
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.
 
 
EXCURSIONS
 
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.
 
 
GOLF HOLIDAYS
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   
www.lornarobertsholidays.com

 

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