San Millan Suso Monastery
San Millan Suso Monastery
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Philippines911 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
UNESCO World Heritage Site. Buy tickets at the ticket office at the lower level of Yuso and take the official bus from the corner. Total cost including bus ride is EUR 4. The guided tour of Suso is in Spanish and only for 30 minutes so as not to unduly expose the 6th c. structure. The monastery is not very large but reeks of history. Three queens of Navarre are buried here and the Seven Infantes of Lara and their teacher. It also has the former tomb of San Millan.
Written June 19, 2022
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David B
El Barco de Avila, Spain619 contributions
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Sep 2023 • Couples
This is a fascinating monastery church. The original site consists of the caves where the hermit San Millán lived and this was developed into successive churches over the years. The site is most famous as being the first place where written evidence of Spanish and Basque exists as a gloss in the margin of a Biblical text. You need to book the visit (unless you want to go on the first tour of the day which can only be booked on site in person. You then catch a bus up to the isolated monastery in a small group and the tour is excellent with an informative and knowledgeable guide.
Written September 21, 2023
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Sam A
New York City, NY108 contributions
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Oct 2013 • Friends
The Suso monastery was the more enjoyable of the 2 monasteries for me, as it was older and with a more layered history. The architecture was influenced by each group that used the monastery, leading to an interesting little building nestled in the hills above the Yuso monastery.

You're only allowed to visit the monastery with a tour which leaves from the Yuso monastery, and the tour is all in Spanish. The monasteries don't seem to get too many international tourists because they're a bit difficult to get to and most people probably spend their time in La Rioja at the wineries. But if you're interested in history then the monasteries are a must see.

The only problem I had with the Suso tour was that after the tour guide explained the history of the monastery, there was very little time left to wander around. Although the monastery was quite small, it would have been nice not to feel rushed in order to get the next bus back.
Written November 24, 2013
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Graeme B
Ipswich, UK17 contributions
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May 2018 • Friends
Cars are not allowed up the track to this wooded, hillside site of a tiny monastery founded in the VI century. There is a bus whose timetable is posted in the square by the newer, bigger monastery down the hill. Or there are paths which are clearly posted, helpfully telling you how many more minutes from each point. It’s a nice day, so you walk.
Through the trees you hear the bus grinding up the hill. You arrive at the monastery as the door closes. You turn the handle but it is locked. You knock and the guide opens and says you need a ticket, pointing fifty yards down the way to a shed which looks for all the world like a ticket office. You go down and there is a man sitting in there but he does not open the window. You wait patiently admiring the only gifts for sale - stones with the first poem written in Spanish on them. The window half opens and you ask for tickets. He says you buy them from the bus driver in the square below. I offer to pay full price right now for entry but that is not how it works and the window is closed again. So we enjoy the restored exterior in the sunshine and stroll back down via a different path. Of course the website says as the fifth of five helpful reminders that the fact of arriving on foot does not allow access to the building and you must have the correct ticket. Nowhere does it say you need a bus ticket or indeed where to buy the correct ticket. The irony of this site being, with the new monastery of Yuso, a UNESCO World Heritage Site (in Spanish Heritage of Humanity) was not lost on us! Instead of advertising humanity, they ought to try practising it. I did when I resisted the temptation to throw the first Spanish poem through the non-ticket office window!
Written May 12, 2018
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NicoMunozMadrid
Madrid, Spain71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Family
Personally I am a fan of older buildings like Suso even if they are neglected. To reach this one, you have to first visit Yuso at the foothills and then take an official bus up the hill. It sounds like a pain but it is worth it.
Written April 26, 2017
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Evoqueen
Frankfurt, Germany414 contributions
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Oct 2013 • Couples
I went here because I wanted to see for myself the place where Spanish (and Basque) had first been written down. There is a real history to this place. You can sense it. This takes you right back to the 5th century. The founder is San Millan who was driven by God's chosen path for him. The first Spanish words were penned here by an unknown monk probably in the 11th century. Not in the Yuso monastery. You need to book in advance (there is a bus that goes up there - 2 km). You can do this at the Yuso monastery. Note that they do not do any tours over lunch.
Written December 25, 2013
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Esther P
Chicago, IL1,403 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Friends
Your ticket includes the ride up to the ancient monastery. It is not that large and won't take that long to visit. You can also walk, but it is better to take the mini-bus.
Written September 21, 2013
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doc_in_cancun
san diego, ca.121 contributions
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Aug 2021
If you like history, this is a place you have to visit, and after go to Yuso Monastery, where they have the remains of San Millan and the "Spanish glosas" which are the first documented words for the Spanish language, beautiful monasteries, beautiful road to get there.
Written August 19, 2021
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djspain
Playa De Orihuela, España41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Couples
Only 25 people per half hour are allowed to enter this sight to ensure its preservation. The tickets must be bought at the tourist office in San Millan de la Corolla and you ascend by bus for a 20 minute guided tour, in Castellano. The four different stages of the building from cave to later additions are fascinating to see and this tour provides the perfect introduction to the San Millan story before you subsequently visit Yuso.
Written September 20, 2016
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Jurgen B
Brussels, Belgium2,873 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015
Well, perhaps beautiful is not the worth, more charming, atmospheric. Small, seen in 30 minutes. Walk down through the woods afterwards instead of taking the bus.
Written January 4, 2016
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