Lorna Roberts Holidays
Explore and experience the wonders of 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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LORNA ROBERTS, together with MAP Travel, is the official representative in Ireland for the SPANISH PARADORES.
Paradores are charming, comfortable hotels in the most scenic, interesting and historic areas of Spain.
Driving to Spain this Winter?
My favourite route when driving to the South of Spain is to go West from the ferry ports to cross the mountains on the road from Oviedo to Leon and then stay at some of the 7 beautiful historic Paradores in Extremadura, and on the "Silver Route", the wild and wonderful region between Salamanca and Seville. This is an excellent road with autovias (non paying motorways) most of the way and being lower than most of inland Spain it is generally warmer than the Plain to the East.
We are offering a 5% discount on the best available rate (including Amigos offers) at any of the Paradores in Extremadura from 6th January to mid-March:
Plasencia, Caceres, Jarandilla de la Vera, Trujillo, Guadalupe, Merida and Zafra - see photos below.
For these and other special offers contact Lorna 095 23511 email@example.com or Patricia 01 8783111 firstname.lastname@example.org
Who is Lorna Roberts?
Lorna Roberts has been the official representative in Ireland for the Spanish Parador hotels. She has travelled all over Spain and has taken more than 50 groups around the Paradores in some of the most remote, scenic and interesting parts of Spain. She works from her home in Connemara, with MAP Travel, who are now the official representatives for Paradores in their office at 26 Upper O'Connell St in Dublin. Lorna knows all the Paradores and has, over the past 5 years, introduced Patricia Kenny of MAP Travel to more than 60 Paradores, including the new one in the castle at Monterrei which they visited recently.
Lorna makes reservations and plans routes for clients for fly-drive holidays, city breaks or one-centre Parador holidays beside the sea and she, and MAP Travel, will always find the best possible rates by checking all the various promotions offered by Paradores. She also has some exciting escorted tours planned for next year.
For further details please contact Lorna Roberts direct..
Lorna Roberts, Barr an Bhaile, Aillebrack, Ballyconneely, Co. Galway, H71 N239
Telephone................+353 (0) 95 23511
Parador at Carmona, near Seville
MAP Travel, 36 Upper O'Connell Street, Dublin 1.|
Telephone....... +353 (0) 1 8783111
Fax...... +353(0) 1 8783117
On our four tours in 2017 we travelled from North to South, from East to West, from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean and from the Picos de Europa to the Sierra de Ronda visiting so many corners of "Real Spain" and had perfect weather all the way, even in February when we had temperatures of 24 degrees when we spent a week in the lovely Parador at Javea..
Photographs of our holidays are in the escorted holidays section of this website.
ESCORTED HOLIDAYS PLANNED FOR 2018
Parador at Mazagon Spain
We have 4 holidays planned starting with
A WINTER BREAK IN FEBRUARY staying on SPAIN'S COSTA DE LA LUZ and THE PORTUGUESE ALGARVE when it is so good to escape from the winter weather at home. This will be staying at the former Hotel do Garbe - now a Holiday Inn - ,at Armacao de Pera in the Portuguese Algarve, and at the Parador at MAZAGON on the Costa de la Luz in Western Andalucia in Spain. Flying to and from Faro.
Beach below Holiday Inn at Armacao de Pera, Portugal
*****Final bookings must be made soon as rooms have to be confirmed and flights will increase in price.****
IN THE AUTUMN THERE ARE 3 HOLIDAYS PLANNED
19 - 26 September in Asturias in Northern Spain, staying at Gran Hotel del Sella at RIBADESELLA beside the sea and at the Parador at CANGAS DE ONIS in the foothills of the Picos de Europa mountains. Flying to and from Sanrtander.
5-10 OCTOBER at the Parador at MALAGA GOLF for golfers and non-golfers, with excursions to Malaga and Ronda, and golf arranged for those who wish. Reduced green fees for guests. Flying to and from Malaga.
16 - 23 OCTOBER staying at the Parador at CORDOBA, at Hotel Alhambra Palace in GRANADA (a few rooms are available at the Parador), and at the Parador at NERJA.
Details of prices, flights and excursions are on the escorted holidays section
or contact email@example.com 095 23511
or MAP Travel firstname.lastname@example.org 01 8783111
Many people ask Lorna how she came to be based in Connemara - all is revealed in the Lorna in Ireland section of this website.
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Lorna has travelled extensively all over Europe, has written books about her travels and plans routes and itineraries for her clients as well as taking small escorted groups around the Paradores.
There are 94 Paradores in Spain (including 5 in the Canary Islands, 4 in The Pyrenees, 2 with their own Golf Courses at Malaga Golf and El Saler, and 2 in North Africa). Many are located in castles, palaces and monasteries, some in Medieval villages, others in historic cities and coastal ones, generally in modern buildings in the unspoilt areas of the Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts.
Lorna can tell you virtually everything there is to know about the Paradores and is happy to arrange routes and itineraries and make reservations for you at the best possible rates, availing of the various promotions offered at different times of year.
In the Spring and Autumn Lorna escorts small groups on holidays staying in Paradores in the hidden corners of "Real Spain".
SO MANY WAYS TO EXPERIENCE & ENJOY THE SPANISH PARADORES
Fly & Drive - Take Your Own Car - Short City Break - One Centre Holiday Beside The Sea
Play Golf at a Parador - Stay in a National Park - 0r Maybe Join One of our Escorted Tours
Parador at Arcos de la Frontera
92 of the 94 Paradores and can help with route planning and advising which Paradores are most suitable, as there is such a variety of hotels and different ones appeal to different people. Lorna is also able to work out a route to take advantage of special promotions.
For the Latest Directory, with descriptions and photographs of all the Paradores, a map showing the locations and a price list...
call Lorna on 095 23511
Lorna's book "Discover Real Spain & the Paradores" describes her own personal journeys across Spain and can be helpful when planning routes. See below.
View from the Parador at Aiguablava
BEAUTIFUL HISTORIC PARADORES CLOSE TO MOTORWAYS ARE PERFECT STOPPING PLACES
(the meaning of the word Parador, as they were originally stopping places for weary travellers to break their journey)
DRIVING IN SPAINis such a pleasure on uncrowded motorways through spectacular scenery. Many of the finest historic Paradores are very close to the motorways so if you are planning a fly-drive holiday or taking your own car to Spain here are a few suggestions of wonderful places to stay en-route, and we can find the best rates by checking all the offers and promotions.
Three Paradores where I stayed recently were all very close to Autovias (A roads with no tolls)
***Pools in Paradores are seasonal and not necessarily open between mid-October and mid-June but all these Paradores are beside the sea which is usually warmer than the pools***
For more details contact Lorna Tel: 095 23511 Email: email@example.com
New Paradores Recently Opened
The new Parador at Lorca opened in July 2012. The stunning modern building has been built within the castle walls on a hill above the town, which is 30 Km inland from the Murcia coast. During the excavations the remains of Muslim and Jewish settllements were discovered, including a 15th century Jewish synagogue. These have been preserved and showcased around the Parador. There is also a magnificent spa and indoor pool.
PARADOR IN CADIZ - OPENED ON 1st SEPTEMBER 2012.
I was invited to spend a few days in the new Parador in Cadiz before it was officially opened on 1st September. The old Parador closed in October 2009 and although a very different building the new one is a most impressive construction on the same magnificent site beside the sea and yet only a short walk from the Cathedral and historic city centre. All rooms have balconies and sea views, most of the same staff are working there and many furnishings, paintings etc from the old Parador are featured keeping a connection with the past. The whole Parador is spacious and light - this is "La Costa de la Luz". The pool area and spa are one of the main attractions overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and sunsets for which this coast is so famous.