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Everyone was punctual to arrive at the tour pickup spot, so we got on the road on time. Halfway there, we stopped at a coffee shop for a potty break and headed up the mountain while the sun was rising over the mountain. We arrived and were one of the first groups in the monastery. Overall, it was a good half-day tour. As we were coming down the mountain, the traffic was snarled like a serpent. Half a day is more than enough for this place.
Went on this tour in mid January and enjoyed it very much. The early access made all the difference in the world as at this time there was practically no one else in the place. Sara, our excellent guide, told us much about the history of Montserrat and then took us to see the chapel and statue. After that, we were on our own to see the video tour, the museum and then taste some liquers in the gift shop. There was the perfect amount of time to accomplish all of this without feeling rushed. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone wanting to see the Monserrat Monastery. I would suggest to bring something warm as it was about 40 degrees when we first got off the bus. It warmed up shortly after but it was nice to be warmly dressed as there was a long walk from the bus to the Monastery.
Amazing trip with an excellent guide! Plenty of time to see everything and take in all of the views. We got there just in time go for the earliest trip you can. The choir wasn't performing during our visit, but I picked up a few CDs at the gift shop and continue to enjoy their music. Breathtaking views!!!
Excellent tour, I highly recommend it, especially if your time is limited. We arrived early morning to see an amazing sunrise at Montserrat and had time to see all the highlights monastery, museum, grounds and visit the gift shop. By the time we were leaving, hordes of tour busses were arriving along with the crowds. Our tour guide Elizabeth was excellent and very knowledgeable. We were back at Plaça de Catalunya about 1:30pm, which gave me the rest of the day to hit the beach and enjoy my last day in town.
As others have mentioned here this tour to Montserrat is a must simply because you get to experience this beautiful place without the crowds. You get to see the Black Madonna without waiting in line, the church was empty. Our group was the 1st one on the funicular and my friend and I were virtually the only ones hiking around the mountain. By the time we came down the line up to get on was unbelievably long. And it was packed with tourists by the time we were ready to leave which ruined the tranquil atmosphere we experienced when we arrived. It's worth getting up early to gain the best experience for visiting Montserrat.
Our tour guide was fantastic and perky! She had a lot of stories to tell, very knowledgeable about the place and its history. The views are majestic, scenic and soulful!
Well worth getting up early for. Saw everything easily without having to line up.
Fantastic trip to a beautiful part of Spain. The views were spectacular and the ride up to the summit brilliant. Highly recommended. The tour guide knowledgeable and fun.
When we arrive, few people were there. When we visited Black Madonna, we found no queue. On our way out, there was already a long queue. The tour guide mentioned the important times for us to remember if we ride the funicular which we did. So we were able to visit the church, touch Black Madonna, eat breakfast, buy souvenirs, and went up the mountain via funicular.
What a gem! We took the cable car St Juan up to the top of the Mt. Then hiked to St Michael chapel. Awesome views of the valleys below. This a must see from Barcelona. The early access is worth the early departure from Barc. We arrived before anyone else. By the time we left, it was very crowded.. Our guide was very well informed and helpful..
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