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Urgent solution required! Getting to Montserrat.

gregdedman

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Hi all,
This is probably not the right forum for this but I'm a pilgrim in need! :)

I'm walking a stage of the Camino Catalan from Monday 15th and my plane doesn't land into Barcelona El Prato airport in time to get out to Montserrat by public transport. I will waste an entire day (of a very short trip) getting out of Barcelona and getting my passport etc. and I need to find a way to get to the monastery on the Monday evening.

Taxis are €90 and I cannot afford that.
I am clutching at straws but maybe someone on these forums knows someone who would be willing to drive me and I pay them? It's a long shot but a mans gotta try ;)

Kind regards
Greg
 
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The Generalitat website (http://www.fgc.cat/eng/cercador.asp) tells us that the R5 out of Placa d'Espanya has several evening trains to Monistrol de Montserrat, the small town at the base of the mountain. The 20.36 arrives at 21.41 and the 21.36 at 22.41. There is a hostal (Guilleumes) in the village or a taxi can take you up to the monastery (in 2007, it cost 18euro)-- but if you arriving late, you may find that you will need to let them know that you will be late.
 

gregdedman

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Great thats very useful! Thanks.
Would anyone happen to have the number for the monastery at Montserrat that I would need to call?
 

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Would this help? (copied from website)

Pastoral Coordination Centre

The missions of the Pastoral coordination centre is to look after the needs of the people who go to Montserrat for religious motives. The pilgrims will find a team of monks, employees and volunteers waiting to help them in the PCC.

To contact the PCC, either an e-mail ccpastoral@santuari-montserrat.com (open the email program) or call to +34 93 877 77 66.
 
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Kiwi-family

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Here's the reply I received from the monastery:

We normally provide accommodation for pilgrims in their way to Santiago de Compostela. They spend the night in a building called “Nostra Senyora”. The price for them is free. In the case you are not pilgrims going to Santiago, you should pay 10 € per night.

The rooms are very simple. They only have 2 or 3 bunk beds and small wardrobes, and obviously toilets and showers. Bed linens and towels are not provided. You have to come with your own sleeping bags and towels.



To collect the keys, you should come to our office, the Pastoral Coordination Centre. Our timetable is as follows: from 9,30 a.m. to 13,00 p.m. in the morning and from 16,00 p.m. to 18,00 p.m. in the afternoon. We open every day of the week, including Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. If you wouldn’t be able to come within the office timetable, we could leave you the keys at the reception of the Hotel Abat Cisneros. They are opened the 24 hours, and the hostel for pilgrims is just 1 minute walking from the Hotel. You cannot get lost. Our telephone number is: 93 877 77 66



When you know the exact day you will como to Montserrat next year, please let us know in order to book one of the bedrooms for the members of your family.
 

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