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“Tiny monastery in the hills”

San Millan Suso Monastery
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Reviewed 24 November 2013

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.

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Reviewed 21 September 2013

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.

3  Thank Esther P
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Reviewed 24 October 2012

If you are in San Millan de Cogolla, it must be to visit Suso. This monastery is partially built into the cliff and dates from the 7th - 11th centuries. The Mozarabic style is evident throughout. Access is via a private van that will drive you up the hill (or you can walk) and entry is accompanied by a guide. It was free for us since we are over 65. This is a charming monastery and besides its interior, it offers great views down to Yuso. Naturally, walking down is easier than walking up. If you're here in San Millan, this is not to be missed.

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Reviewed 6 June 2012

There isn't much left to see in Suso, but what there is - cave-chapels carved into the side of the mountain, beautiful mozarabic arches - is worth it. Once again, the tour is only in Spanish, and you MUST go via the tourist office in San Millan, and travel up the hill to the monastery in the mini-bus, or you will be turned away, but I found it a moving and evocative experience, worth the effort.

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Reviewed 5 January 2012

Beautifull Monastery, origin of the Spanish languaje

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