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“Combi ticket all the way!!!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Afternoon in Montserrat

Afternoon in Montserrat
| Plaça de Catalunya, 08002 Barcelona, Spain (Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic))
932 853 832
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Owner description: Montserrat offers a rich and varied landscape: a unique natural park, one of Spain's foremost museums and the site of the shrine dedicated to the Virgin of Montserrat, a Black Madonna.
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“Combi ticket all the way!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015 NEW

I would well recommend getting the Combi ticket for €46 in advance which includes your return subway travel, return train to Montserrat, return rack train or aeri tramway, return funicular on both options, and also a lovely 3 course meal!!
One thing I would recommend is doing the Santa Cova Funicular over the Santa Joan.
We went up the Santa Joan and started the "easy" 20min trail which was a steep rocky slope or ridiculously steep steps. We soon turned back as my 70 year old dad was not up for that trek!! The way we picked up from the large map beside the funicular station was that we could get to Santa Cova by following a trail - we did not!!! We ended up going down a steep mountainside path for 40mins to the base of the Monastery! And unfortunately we didn't have time to go up the Santa Cova funicular.
Don't get me wrong, the views were spectacular but we were just a bit disappointed that we didn't get to see the stations of the cross or the cave where the Black Madonna was hidden.
If you have time - definitely do both but start with Santa Cova.

Visited April 2015
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“Organized Tour of Montserrat Monastry”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015 NEW

I usually don't like organized tours but this was a pleasant surprise. We finished a Trans-Atlantic Cruise with a three day stay in Barcelona. My husband was having knee issues so we were trying to find a less strenuous way to visit Montserrat. We booked with Julia Travel, who has a local office near City Center and the tour was reasonably priced . It was fantastic. The guide was quite articulate and very informative. The scenery and ambiance at Montserrat was awesome. We were fortunate enough to hear the Boys Choir sing...it was short but beautiful. There is shopping and pleasant places to eat there. The restrooms are clean and accessible. The tour lasted for 5 1/2 hours and it was worth every euro. Credit cards and euros are accepted. We had a reasonable amount of time on our own to take photos and browse the shops. I would definitely recommend a tour to Montserrat.

Visited May 2015
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“Views to adore and a climb to complete.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 NEW

Went to Montserrat a couple of weeks ago with a friend. We took the train from Placa d'Espanya (it's better to buy tickets at the information point, might save some trouble and money if you don't want the visit+meal ticket!). If you are not a big fan of visiting churches, you can take one of several hiking routes available - the views are breathtaking. We decided to go to the top of Montserrat. It wasn't easy - it takes around 3 hours to get to the top if you are not 'sporty', but it's definitely worth it! I hope to go back there soon!

Visited March 2015
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“breathtaking views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 NEW

Travelled on an organised excursion along a hair raising mountain road to Montserrat - if you dared look over the edge the views were stunning. We enjoyed our limited time in this unique village but didn't dare take the train to the summit. We had a reasonably priced lunch at the busy cafeteria. Would recommend comfortable walking shoes for taking the route around the mountain and a picnic!

Visited April 2015
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“Absolutely amazing views!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

When in Barcelona or nearby areas, visiting the Montserrat Monastery and doing some of the nearby walking trails are an absolute must!

I'm glad I took the 'Aeri' (cable car) option because it gave fantastic views of the valley which I've heard aren't as great if you take the funicular option. Don't do it if you're terribly afraid of heights though!

My favourite part of the day was taking in the breathtaking views from Sant Jeroni, the mountain's highest point at 1236m. To get there most easily you take the funicular train from the Monastery (base level) to Sant Joan and hike for an hour or so (2hr round trip) until reaching the summit. You can see as far as Andorra and The Pyrenees to the northwest and Barcelona and the Mediterranean to the northeast.

There's plenty of other trails leading to different parts of the mountain and walking shoes will definitely come in handy!

Just remember to also take note of what time the last trains (including cable car and funicular) will be departing so you don't get stuck.

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