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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!
We did the Land of Shrines day trip in September 2016. It was a great experience. Our guide, Fermi, was friendly and knowledgeable. We enjoyed the cable car ride, but the highlight was the hiking. We were able to explore a number of different trails with varying levels of difficulty. The lookout points from some of the peaks were stunning. Fermi also provided interesting information about the shrines that we saw along the trails. He was able to give us several options for the length and steepness of the hiking trails, rather than sticking to a fixed itinerary, which allowed us to change what we were seeing. It was the perfect way to end our three weeks in Spain.
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