Barcelona Montserrat Walking Tour Excursion Reviews
Take the pilgrimage from Barcelona to Montserrat, one of the most important spiritual and cultural centers in the region. "The Serrated Mountain" -- over 4,000 ft. high -- is a working monastery and is home to Benedictine monks.
Half day tour ended up being a private tour with no one else signed up. Guide was pleasant and knowledgeable and accommodated us when we asked to vary the itinerary. The funicular rides are amazing as are the spectacular views of and from the quirky mountains.
Very nice tour and we had a great tour guide so it was a fun day. Be warned that there is a long ride out to Montserrat up several windy roads. It leads to an amazing view that is very worthwhile, just don't eat a large breakfast beforehand. LOL
A very comfortable bus took us on a quick overview of the city, then it was off to Montserrat and the monastery there. It was quite a surprise to find ourselves winding up narrow roads, way up into the weird and fantastic mountains. The monastery was lovely and the Basilica of the Black Virgin gorgeous with medieval architecture and statuary and tombs of knights...like walking into a fairy tale. The shops and kiosks selling cheese and other local fare were very nice. We had a lunch that was included in the tour and I think everyone had a jolly time. I am not used to seeing bottles of red wine on the table - just help yourself! The bread was excellent too. Then it was back down the mountain side, back into Barcelona for a quickie walking tour of Barri Gotic. Our tour guide took us to the Ramblas at the entrance of the Gothic Quarter. Some of our group could not make the walk, and our guide instructed them to wait in the large park where the bus let us off, and where we would meet up. She was efficient and friendly. We had a brisk walk through the old quarter. There was so much to see! But I do think I got the feel for old Catalonia. Then there was time, although limited, to explore on one's own. I myself, not being used to the "Times Square" press of people all around, was a bit unsure about being left to my own devices and stayed in the gift shop she recommended (public restrooms) but the more adventuresome could grab a bite of tapas or otherwise experience a bit of Barcelona. The three or four people we left in the park were still there upon our return and then it was back to the ship! Perhaps tours to Montserrat, or Barri Gotic should be done separately, but with so much to see and so little time, what can one do?
This was a Montserrat tour from Barcelona which left at 8 AM and returned at 8 PM to Barcelona. A half day was spent at Montserrat where we saw the church, the boys choir sing and a time to tour the area on your own. After that we headed to a winery where we had a wonderful lunch and then toured and sampled wine from the winery. Another great excursion
Needed to be at the World Stage at 8AM as we were first off on HAL excursion to Monserrat. It was about an hour away by motor coach with lots of room. Some rain on the way, but mostly fog. It blocked what we were sure would have been spectacular views. On the divided highway our guide talked about the industry, tourism, and agriculture of the area surrounding Barcelona. Lots of automobile production....Volkswagen. Very curvy and fun ride up Montserrat Ridge with a few
peeks through the fog for shots. The place is pretty impressive for its natural surroundings, location, and history. We could have been dropped off near the Monument to Columbus near Las Ramblas, but we did not want to buy lunch out and the cathedral we wanted to see was just closing for siesta until 3 PM. There was also the issue of walking a long way back to the ship over a bridge, negotiating the city bus for a shuttle back or the HAL for 12€. So, back for lunch (delicious DutchCafe) ultimately deciding on a relaxing afternoon.
Two days in Barcelona, a wonderful city. First day, two HOHO routes; second day, Montserrat tour, which was very interesting and well done, although the lineup for the Black Madonna precluded a viewing.
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