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Tour guide was lovely. Very nice and accommodating! Love that it was a small tour. Comfortable van. Was really happy to stop in sitges. Was way nicer than I expected. The time of year is cold but no crowds or lines at all. Was lovely!
Beauty cannot be explained but must be lived with the naked eye. And for that reason, Montserrat and Sitges are worth a visit!
Our tour guide Ferran arrived at our hotel at 8:15 am. My friend and I, we were the only ones.
On our way, Ferran took the time to explain the history of Barcelona and we also saw the official residence of the King and Queen of Spain during their visits to Barcelona.
At our arrival to Montserrat, we went straight ahead to see the statue of the Virgin Mary and infant Chris. - Virgin/Lady of Montserrat must be seen. The reason of her color I wont share it because it is best to hear it from Ferran :-. Ferran allowed us to take our time inside the chapel, to put candles, etc. - Beating the long line its important if you want to enjoy everything. -
After we took the funicular ride to the top of the mountain and we had a breathtaking views of the valley. I took great panoramic pictures.
We went to Sitges, and Ferran recommended great restaurants. We ate at a restaurant called Yamuna, facing the sea. Amazing paella and great appetizers. - After Ferran explained the history of Sitges, why different street names, how it was built, the history of Bacardi, Cannon overlooking Sitges, listening the sound of the sea, Sitges film festival, etc.
Instead of going back to our hotel, Ferran was extremely nice to drop us to Plaça Espanya so we can witness the performance of the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc. -
----- Montserrat and Sitges: Highly Recommend!!!! ------
P.S: Thank you Ferran for everything.
We were picked up at our hotel on time, traveled in a group of 4 to both locations for a great tour with an experienced guide how provided great info about the sights and returned to our hotel. Great day.
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Montserrat was simply amazing,our guide Mark was the best. he was very informative and knowledgeable. Sitges was equally a great part of the tour and we had a wonderful lunch at the Argentine restaurant and walked around Old Town. Would really recommend this tour.Mark was fantastic. Thanks,Steve
Great guide-very interesting place. Easy hike down mountain not so easy and very long. Should offer option of taking tram back down. Otherwise a great tour.
There was only myself and my partner on this tour. It was wonderful that the guide picked us up from our hotel and there was no one else!! Guide was knowledgeable and courteous. Brought snacks and water for us on the trip. Montserrat is awesome. Not to be missed.
Many thanks to our guide Ferran for this wonderful trip. My friends love the views from the top of Montserrat and I deeply appreciate the Black Virgin statue. And all of us love our lunch at Sitges just beside the beach.
This full day tour was amazing!! The trip to Montserrat was fantastic! The mountain itself is a sight to be seen and the monastery is gorgeous inside and out!! I went with my two teenage daughters and they loved it! The funicular up the mountain is definitely something you should do, as the view from the top is spectacular you can see everything!! Also i would highly suggested walking down the mountain paths as our tour guide suggested as it is a very easy walk anyone could do it, and the scenery is definitely worth it. I would recommend this tour for families as everything is organised for you and it makes it really easy and enjoyable tour. Sitges is also a gorgeous place to see and have lunch, would definitely recommend going to see it!
Awesome and beautiful trip! Our guide Ferrán was very informative, professional and patient. After the hotel pick-up, we began our journey to Montserrat. After visiting the monastery, we took the cable car to the top of the mountains. The views from the top are breathtaking. We hiked to some ruins on the side of a cliff, and then proceeded to hike downhill to the monastery, enjoying the landscape and sights 30 min hike. Bring comfortable shoes for the hike! After Montserrat, we went to Sitges, where we had lunch right along the beach. After lunch, Ferrán gave us a walking tour within the city, where we enjoyed the small and beautiful streets filled with shops and restaurants. Overall we had a great experience and we fully recommend this tour.
Our guide was Mark. He arrived at our hotel pick-up promptly. Mark was friendly, informative, enaging and fun. We enjoyed the tour of Montserrat. The ride up the mountain to the monastery is beautiful. It was very interesting to see the basilica and the virgin with baby. The funicular ride to the top of the mountain offered breathtaking views of the valley. The hike down the mountain gave us a chance to imbibe our surroundings and take photos. We next went to Sitges, a beautiful coastal town. There we ate a wonderful cafe lunch of fideoua, followed by a stroll along the beach wall. Mark gave us an informative history of the town. We couldn't have asked for a better tour and day.
Absolutely wonderful! Me and my 2 boys went on the tour today along with 2 very nice ladies from Canada. Our tour guide Ferran, picked us up from our apartment at 8:15am sharp. With Ferran's perfect time keeping, we had beat the massive queue to the chapel at Montserrat. We managed to catch the boys choir too. We went to Sitges at about 1:30pm and were left with plenty of time to have lunch and explore near the seaside. My boys had great fun playing with the wave too. Ferran speaks perfect English and had explained well the history of the places. We were sent back to our apartment by 5pm. We felt like we had done a lot in a day. Highly recommended!
Our tour guide Ferran was very friendly and informative. He drove us early to Montserrat before it was crowded and showed us the monastary. Then we hiked up the mountain and enjoyed spectacular views. After that we went to Sitges for lunch and a short city tour.
Overall we would recommend this tour!
My mother and I were in Barcelona for a couple of days, and were very glad we went on this tour. Beautiful scenery, and like the description, easy on the knees. Our guide, Ferran, was very knowledgeable about both the monastery's history and the ins and outs of Sitges. He was also accommodating and extremely personable. The tour started and ended at a perfect time. We were able to get on the funicular and quietly enjoy the view from the top before all the crowds and tour buses arrived at Montserrat. Enjoyed a delicious lunch with a view of San Sebastia beach before walking through the quaint alleyways of Sitges' old town. And arrived back in Barcelona in time to make it to our dinner reservation. Our day was well spent!
Our guide, Mark, picked us up at our hotel at the promised time. Two other couples joined us on the tour, with one couple willing to sit in the very back of a small van. The drive up to Montserrat is via a steep and winding road. Mark paid attention to driving and was silent until we parked.
This day the place was crowded early and we just made it in to see the Virgin before the 10:30 closure. The basilica is beautiful and very special to the deeply religious. There was no mention of the boy's choir.
The funicular to a high peak provided fantastic views. After that we took a hike to some ruins and traversed a very difficult path down. This was no easy hike. And it is more than a small amount of walking. In total, we walked more than 6 miles with just a half liter of water to drink. If I were to do this all over, I would have brought my back pack and extra water.
We arrived at Sitges--a beautiful seaside town --at 2:25 and were allowed an hour for lunch. This really was insufficient.
The walk around old town was information and pleasant. The return drive to Barcelona was quick and we arrived at our hotel around 5:30.
This trip is an adventure for us! At our hotel, we were met by our guide, Ferran Mont Escape who took us to Montserrat in the morning. We were able to avoid the main crowd as we were early. Ferran is knowledgeable of the history and patiently explain and waited for us to enjoy Montserrat. We took the funicular to the top and from there, hike up to explore the other smaller chapels. The hike was moderately comfortable for us while the hike down was slightly slippery as we did not have proper footwear. If you are planning to do this, please wear appropriate hiking shoes due to the trails. The view was amazing! The weather was cool on that day, which make the hike perfect! Highly recommended! Ferran was great too! He was slowing his pace for us... After Montserrat, we went to Sitges and had the best fideua for the duration of our trip! Sitges is a lovely town. The walk along the promenade and the old town is charming. It is a picturesque seaside town. Overall, we had an enjoyable day. Thank you, Ferran!
Don't go there on a rainy, or even cloudy day, always check on a weather. We were not lucky, the visibility was almost zero, it was cold and windy this time in January, and we missed the greatest part of appeal of this place - its amazing views. The monastery itself was nice, but after we saw Meteora in Greece, it did not make such a great impression. Sitges were interesting, but for very short tour in a very small old town, with very expensive lunch, there was not really reason to spend time going there. It would be better to have just a half day tour to monastery for half price. Our guide was nice enough though.
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