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One of the highlights of our trip, simply amazing and beautiful. We had a great guide who was informative, but easy going and very likable. We arrived early so the lines to see the Black Madonna were short. The Black Madonna was really profound whether you are religious or not, it just has a cool presence and aura to it. It was chilly on the mtn and we were grateful for wearing layers. Our hike was AWESOME. Moderate hike/climb, but incredibly beautiful. Our teenager even loved the entire trip!! If you are going to Montserrat, take the time for the hike, it is worth it. You'll see incredible rock structures and stunning views, enjoy fresh air, and gain just enough history and story-telling to keep it interesting, but without boring you. We saw lots of rock climbers which was neat. The drive is a solid 45 minutes from Barcelona. We were shuttled in a comfortable van in a group of 7 our guide 3 of us 2 other couples. Great time, highly recommend!!
This was an amazing experience. Our guide promptly picked us up and took us to Monserrat. We went to see the Black Madonna first to beat the crowds. This was a great idea, since when we returned from the mountain, there were a lot of tour buses and people. We had an amazing, personalized tour and hike. We ended up being the only 2 people, so it was a great experience, walking at our own pace, and seeing everything we could want.
I was very impressed at the care our guide took in picking up garbage, moving loose stones, and even scolding a young teen who was throwing rocks that could hurt someone. He loved nature, as we do, and it showed.
It rained, a lot, on our way down, but it didn't bother us at all. It was a beautiful day and a great way to see a beautiful part of the world. We ended the day at the local market buying fresh, locally made cheese, honey and treats. Awesome experience!
This tour was great! There happened to be nobody else on this tour besides my husband and I. Therefore, we had a really nice, personal hike with our guide and his wife. The scenery was beautiful and the hike was not difficult. We had a chance to visit the monastery before beginning our hike. We also had the opportunity to buy some snacks from a local street market after our hike.
This hike was great. Our Guide was patient and extremely knowledgeable giving us a full tour of the Monastary. The views on the hike were breathtaking, the snow capped Pyrennes, the Mediteranean in the distance. The Guide picked us up at the prearranged meeting point, my husband and I were the only two on the tour so received his full attention. He did not hurry us and we could follow our own pace. We were delivered back to our hotel in Barcelona mid afternoon. Wonderful day, highlight of our three weeks in Europe this past winter. Norma
This hike was a bit more challenging than we expected, but the views were worth the challenge. Our guide pushed us to experience the less touristical routes as he called them, and we were wise to take his recommendations, as the scenery was spectacular. I would highly recommend, but be sure to hit the stair climber a few weeks prior to get your legs ready!
The tour group was larger than expected so we had 2 guides. Joaquim and Pera.
Pera lead the small group of us who did the longer hike. The longer hike option is harder than I would have thought. There are some trails with loose rocks and tricky footing. But Pera did a great job of taking care of those of us who needed a bit more help on those sections.
Make sure to wear runners or some type of shoes with some grip and suitable for walking down uneven trails as well as some concrete paths. Definitely no flipflops or heels on this tour.
The scenery is totally stunning, and we even had a foggy day. This is lovely change from the city.
I really enjoyed this tour. It was great to have a break from the city and do some hiking. Montserrat was very scenic and great views from the top. The company who ran this trip was extremely professional and helpful. Joaquim was a brilliant guide and very friendly. I would recommend this tour.