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“Do not leave Barcelona without visiting Montserrat”

Barcelona Turisme - Afternoon in Montserrat Tour
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Montserrat Monastery Tour from Barcelona Including Cogwheel Train Ride
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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.
Bengaluru, India
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“Do not leave Barcelona without visiting Montserrat”
Reviewed 20 June 2014

We purchased the tickets at Espanya a day earlier at one of the vending machines and therefore skipped the morning rush. It's a good idea to reach early as sometimes the train can fill up and you will be left with no seats to sit.

Must do while in Montserrat:
1. Ride the funicular to Sant Joan
2. Hike one of several hiking trails
3. Buy cheese
4. Listen to the choir

We packed our lunch from Barcelona and had it on one of the benches overlooking probably one of the best views of Barcelona.
We also stood in line to pay our respects to the Black Madonna. However this can take several hours.
DO remember, Montserrat is at a higher altitude so wear warm clothes.

Visited May 2014
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“a getaway”
Reviewed 19 June 2014

went to montserrat really early so I could hike and have my mind at peace. nevertheless, whatever you´re searching for, montserrat will give you - monestary, spirituality, hiking, local stands(bit expensive)

Visited June 2014
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“Benedictine Abbey on the Montserrat mountain”
Reviewed 18 June 2014

Located in almost 50 km from Barcelona, this place attracts tourists from all over the world with not only interesting place and picturesque view but also with the Virgin of Montserrat or a Black Virgin- the romanesque sculpture in wood-Catalonia's favourite and most respected saint. As beliefs say, if you make a wish while touching the statue, it will come true in 3 months. No one knows if it is true or not, but still the queues are really big in high season, you can spend even a couple of hours waiting.
Still the place is worth of visiting, better to plan your trip for a whole day as it will take some time to get there (by train from Barcelona) and the trip back with visiting all the amenities of the monastery. One of it is a museum with some works of famous artists, e.g. very early works of Picasso, El Greco, Dali)

Visited July 2013
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Nixa, Missouri
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“Take me back”
Reviewed 18 June 2014

You must spend an afternoon in Montserrat! I love everything about Barcelona, but my afternoon hiking Monserrat was one of the highlights of my two months there. I would recommend taking the train at the Expana metro in Barcelona to Monserrat. We packed water and snacks in our backpack and had a little picnic half way up while enjoying breathtaking views. I loved hiking up to the highest possible point we could go, without rock climbing gear, and watching rock climbers climb up the highest peaks. It was a great afternoon, and like I said, I would definitely do it again.

Visited July 2013
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“A easy day trip from Barcelona”
Reviewed 17 June 2014

To get to Mont Serrat, you firstly got to take the Metro to Espanya Station, look for the R5 line entrance and purchase the ticket there. If you can't find the R5 line, just get out of the station and you would see a Tourist Information Booth ( you can't miss it! ). Ask them for directions to the R5 line. You can even purchase your ticket there.

I bought the Trans Mont Serrat ticket which cost about 27.50 Euros. It supposingly includes 2 metro tickets , to and fro train tickets to mont serrat, to and fro cable car access up to mont serrat, unlimited funicular rides to different parts of the mountain, and this audio visual (15mins ) tour.

Everything worked fine on my ticket except that I couldn't seem to use the metro with that ticket.

I suggest you start the day early as the train ride + cable car would take about 1h 30mins.

If you do buy the Trans Mont serrat ticket, make full use of it by taking the funiculars to the other parts of the mountain like Sant Joan or Sant Cova.
It is really beautiful there, but do be prepared to do quite abit of walking and hiking upwards!
So, wear comfortable shoes as you would be in for a short hike!

I decided to skip the queue to look at the Black Virgin Mary, but i figured it shouldn't be that much of a loss.

I wouldn't suggest old folks with walking limitations to visit the other parts of the mountain as it could get really tiring walking on those routes.

Keep hydrated, bring a cap and a packed lunch and enjoy your day there! The views are amazing.

Visited June 2014
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