Se trata de una excursión de un día para admirar y explorar el terreno histórico y natural de los icónicos picos de Montserrat. Comenzando con una visita a la basílica del siglo XVI, para admirar su "virgen negra" del siglo XII y, a continuación, como una opción, subir a uno de los picos más famosos y emblemáticos de la cordillera de Montserrat. La excursión incluye aperitivos energéticos, almuerzo y agua.
Fermi and Ivan are great guides and began by showing us some areas of the monastery that we wouldn't have seen if we were on our own - don't miss the second side chapel from the front behind the glass doors on the north side! The weather was gorgeous and hot, but they brought plenty of water and a nice lunch that we ate in a shady park accompanied by a cello player near the Pablo Casals statue.
I booked this hike at the last second based on other reviews. We knew we wanted to walk, hike and move a lot during our 2 week vacation in Spain. Little did I know that this hike would be the absolute highlight of our trip! Fermi, our guide, came prepared and showed us the hidden wonders of the mountain around Monserrat. He took us to see the Black Madonna before the crowd, first thing in the morning, and we later watched the very long line of tourists from up above! He took us on the full circle of the mountains, showing shrines, hermit hidden places, and just the astonishing natural beauty. He carried all the water and our lunch by himself all the way to the top. Without him, we would never discover those off the main tourist path places. I would absolutely recommend this hike. I am certain, they would modify the difficulty of the trails based on a group level, so depending on a trail, you might see different things. It was truly a highlight of our entire trip to Spain!
If you are looking for a real hiking experience, this a great tour.
This was a fantastic hike of nearly 8 miles. We very briefly saw the monastery at Montserrat by choice, we opted not to wait in the line for the Black Madonna before taking the cable car up to the hiking trail. The hike took us along the mountain ridge to several shrines, both new and ancient. The hike also included two different peaks, including St. Jeroni, the highest peak in the mountain range, so although we took the cable car up, there was still a good amount of altitude gained while hiking.
The terrain on the hike was easy to intermediate, but the length of the hike definitely makes it an intermediate difficulty overall. We did not take the cable car down, so be prepared for a long but beautiful trek down concrete stairs to get back down to the monastery. Fermi was an experienced and knowledgeable guide. He carried our lunches of bocadillos sandwiches, mandarins, and cookies, plus a liter of water for everyone. I recommend bringing along some extra water for yourself, as one liter isn't much for such a long hike.
Lifetime memories. Our guide was outstanding, he gave us options, ensured our safety and comfort, and guided us to incredible peaks and shrines. Fantastic lunch spot. If you want a brief visit to the Monastery and a full day of hiking I cannot recommend this highly enough.
We did this hiking tour with our family 2 teenage sons and it was amazing. Our guide, Fermin, was extremely knowledgeable about the history of the monastery and the surrounding area and knew the mountains like the back of his hand he climbs the areas regularly. We had a tour of the monastery, and then a great hike past ancient hermit caves and to the top of peaks that gave us panoramic views. We saw mountain goats on nearby ridges. Fermin matched the hike to our ability and gave us history and nature lessons as we walked. This hike was the highlight of our trip to Spain and well worth it!
Fermi was such a wonderful guide! He was so knowledgeable about the area. My boyfriend and I have never rock climbed before and had helped us see the most beautiful views! He made sure we avoided the crowd by visiting the black madonna first thing in the morning. Thanks, Trescant!