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From Barcelona: Costa Brava Kayaking and Snorkeling Day Trip

1. From Barcelona: Costa Brava Kayaking and Snorkeling Day Trip

Discover the Costa Brava on a day trip from Barcelona. Snorkel and Kayak in the Mediterranean. Explore caves and coves and learn about local flora and fauna. Savor a picnic in a stunning natural setting and end your experience with a refreshing drink at a bar in central Barcelona. Depart Barcelona and journey along the Costa Brava for approximately 1 hour to reach the start point of your exciting kayak and snorkel adventure. Upon arrival at the beach, get outfitted with all the necessary equipment and listen to the instructions from your guide. Explore secluded beaches and rocky caves by kayak, and swim and snorkel among the native marine life. Encounter volcanic cliffs towering above the shimmering waters, brimming with fish, sea urchins, coral formations, and more. Along the way, enjoy a picnic lunch and complimentary water, and get plenty of free time to chill out on a white sand beach. Head back into the heart of Barcelona at the end of your adventure, and enjoy a round of beer or sangria at a bar on arrival.

Barcelona Aquarium: Skip-the-Line Admission Ticket

2. Barcelona Aquarium: Skip-the-Line Admission Ticket

The Barcelona Aquarium is located in Port Vell, the city’s old harbor area, and is the world's most important marine leisure and education center dedicated to Mediterranean undersea life. Book your priority access ticket for this unique attraction that has already been visited by more than 14 million people. The aquarium is the perfect place to learn about the seabed and the many species that live there. See the 35 Mediterranean and tropical tanks that are home to 11,000 animals from some 450 different species. Most spectacular of all is the immense Oceanarium, 5 meters deep and 36 meters in diameter. A transparent 80-meter-long tunnel runs through the Oceanarium, making it possible for you to walk among sharks, gilt heads, morays, ocean sunfish, and many other species. With your ticket you'll also be able to visit the permanent exhibitions, Planeta Aqua and Explora! that show the importance of water in the development of the planet, and where kids can discover the underwater world, using all of their 5 senses. After your visit, you'll be able to enjoy the different services on offer, such as the café, shop, and others. 

Barcelona: Half-Day Montserrat Experience

3. Barcelona: Half-Day Montserrat Experience

Begin by meeting your guide in the center of Barcelona, from where your unique experience begins. Join your group in an air-conditioned private vehicle for the journey up the mountain of Montserrat. Enjoy the views as you hear about Montserrat’s Basilica and Monastery, home of la Moreneta (Black Madonna). Unlike other tours, this experience allows you to gain early access to visit the Montserrat Monastery, well before the crowds arrive. Upon your arrival, enjoy a 45-minute guided tour throughout which you learn about Montserrat including its secrets. This tour also sees you visiting the farmer’s market and entering the basilica. You guide then explains all the fun activities you can do with your 2 hours of free time following the guided tour. You can visit la Moreneta (Black Madonna), enter the museum, taste the monastery’s homemade liquor, go to an easy walk to the Saint Miguel, take the Sant Joan Funicular, and much more.

Barcelona: Montserrat Monastery Visit & Lunch at a Farmhouse

4. Barcelona: Montserrat Monastery Visit & Lunch at a Farmhouse

Take a day trip from Barcelona to visit Monserat. Take in the mountain views, visit the famous monastery, then head to a local farmhouse for a delicious dinner. Begin in the upper part of Passeig de Gràcia. Then journey to the natural splendor of Montserrat, Catalonia’s most emblematic mountain topped by a Benedictine Monastery. Montserrat is an ideal trip to spend a day in nature, just a few kilometers away from Barcelona. En route to the Monastery, admire the Massif of Montserrat, a multi-peaked rocky range packed with needle-shaped formations. Upon arrival, visit the Monastery, which was founded in the 10th century and still functions with 150 monks to this day.  It famously hosts the dark figure of La Moreneta, who is the patron saint of Catalonia. Your guide will explain the Monastery's history, which dates back nearly a thousand years. After the visit, you will have free time to buy a souvenir and take pictures. Next, visit a farmhouse with stunning views. Enjoy a delicious 3-course menu; consisting of salad, barbecued food (with vegetarian and halal options), and dessert. Following this adventurous day, return to the center of Barcelona by private transport.

Montserrat: Morning or Afternoon Half-Day Trip with Pickup

5. Montserrat: Morning or Afternoon Half-Day Trip with Pickup

Take a half-day trip from Barcelona to Monserrat. See views from the mountain, visit a famous monastery, and take a walking tour. Begin your day with pickup and get read to enjoy the most exclusive views of this spectacular natural setting, the Holy Mountain. This rocky monument is known for the whimsical shapes of its peaks soaring through the sky. See a mountain at a height of 2,380 feet above sea level. Tour the Benedictine Monastery of Santa Maria and the Basilica, where you’ll see the Virgin of Montserrat, known as the Black Madonna. After visiting the monastery, your guide will take you on a walking tour to take in the stunning views from the site that was declared a national park in 1987. Next, you’ll visit the Holy Cave, where legend has it the Virgin appeared. It is now a center of pilgrimage and prayer. To conclude the tour, you can enjoy listening to the angelic voices of La Escolania de Montserrat, one of the oldest children's choirs in Europe. You will return to Barcelona with the guide at around 2:30 PM if you take the morning tour, or at 8:30 PM if you take the afternoon tour.

From Barcelona: Montserrat Monastery & Scenic Mountain Hike

6. From Barcelona: Montserrat Monastery & Scenic Mountain Hike

Take a day tour of Monserrat from Barcelona and enjoy the area's natural beauty. Visit the monastery before boarding a funicular to reach sweeping views of Catalonia from the mountaintop. Meet your guide at the local partner's office in Barcelona and settle in for the hour-long ride to Montserrat. Your first stop is the Benedictine Abbey. Explore this 11th-century religious sanctuary home to Catalonia’s patron saint: The Black Madonna. Next, board the funicular railway and ascend to the top of the mountain. Enjoy stunning views of valleys, mountains, and the sea. Hike on the same paths used by pilgrims hundreds of years ago as you admire Montserrat’s fascinating flora and fauna. Wander past rocky pillars and ravines as you breathe in the mountain air. Have some free time back in the monastery area after your hike. Browse the local market before you catch a ride back to Barcelona.

From Barcelona: Montserrat Monastery, Easy Hike, Cable Car

7. From Barcelona: Montserrat Monastery, Easy Hike, Cable Car

Escape from busy Barcelona on this 6-hour small-group excursion to Montserrat. When you arrive you’ll be in the capable hands of a certified mountain guide as you explore this popular site. Discover the charm of Montserrat mountain, visit the Benedictine Monastery of Santa Maria de Montserrat with its well preserved 15th-century cloister. Discover hidden details, architecture, and art from the 12th century to the contemporary. Ride the cable car to the top and enjoy the magnificent view of the mountain and the national park. Take an easy hike to enjoy the fresh air and mountainous terrain and learn about nature and wildlife. Admire the magical and fun shapes of the rock formations and some of the chapels scattered throughout the mountain. Enjoy your free time back at the monastery with the many things you can do.

Barcelona: Helicopter Flight over Barcelona's Coastline

8. Barcelona: Helicopter Flight over Barcelona's Coastline

Take this thrilling helicopter flight over the coastline of Barcelona. Enjoy a birds-eye view of Barcelona's Old Town, see the contemporary Blue Museum from above, and see the 19th-century urban planning of the new city. Your experience will start at the heliport, next to the major port of Barcelona and only 10 minutes away from the city center by taxi. Jump on the helicopter to enjoy a memorable flight. In one glance, you will recognize the old town of Barcelona and where the medieval walls were limiting the city. Have a look at the modern squared urban plan that was established by a famous general of the Spanish army in the mid-19th century. Fly up the Port Forum, where you will see the top of the Blue Museum, a contemporary building constructed by the famous architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, before retuning to your starting point.

From Barcelona: Wine, Cava, Tapas & Vineyards 4WD Experience

9. From Barcelona: Wine, Cava, Tapas & Vineyards 4WD Experience

Visit the Penedès region on this excursion and discover the fascinating world of wine. Explore the vineyards of two wineries, taste delicious wines paired with gourmet delicacies, and learn about the art of winemaking. Situated between the sea and the mountains, the Penedès enjoys both the influence of the sun and the Mediterranean Sea, making it prime territory for winemaking. Make your way there on a luxury Mercedes SUV to visit 2 hand-picked family wineries. Make your first stop at a boutique winery that has been cultivating vines for over 2,000 years. Be welcomed by a winemaker who will show you its subterranean wine cellar. Learn fascinating facts about grape varieties, vine growing, winemaking and the optimal conditions for wine storage. Take the opportunity to taste 4 fine wines in a stylish tasting room, accompanied by an assortment of gourmet delicacies. Next, make a visit to the traditional manor house and vineyards to discover the art and secrets of winemaking. Continue the visit through the vineyards in a convertible 4x4 vehicle, accompanied by your guide and a viticulturist. Admire the stunning rural landscape with seemingly endless vineyards. Along the way, and in the midst of the vines, you’ll pass a Romanesque church that belongs to the manor. The second and final visit is to an equally historical winery specializing in cava, a naturally sparkling wine with an unmistakable flavor deeply rooted in Catalonia. The ancestral estate is built over an old farmhouse but features cutting-edge design facilities. Enjoy the opportunity to enter the capella, the heart of the cellar, and the oldest part of the winery. After visiting the vineyard and cellar, you’ll have a chance to taste 4 unique types of cava. Each will be paired with an appetizer that enhances the tasting experience.

Barcelona: PADI Discover Scuba Diving

10. Barcelona: PADI Discover Scuba Diving

Explore the underwater world of Barcelona on this scuba diving experience, specially designed for people who have never dived before. Learn about the equipment and how to communicate underwater from your instructor before diving under the waves. Get underwater videos and photos of your activity. This "try dive" is an activity recommended for scuba beginners. The first 35 minutes will consist of a briefing on how the equipment works, how to communicate underwater using hand signals, and how the tour will go. Afterward, get fitted in the provided wetsuit and boots in the changing room. When you get to the water, your guide will break up the activity step by step, and you'll have plenty of time to get used to each one at your own pace. Starting from the beach makes everything easier, especially for your ears as you'll have more time to get used to the pressure. In general, you can stay under the water for about an hour — this, of course, depends on you because the faster you breathe, the quicker you'll go through the air in your tank. During the dive, your guides will snap some photos and videos, so you will have a souvenir from the activity.

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A very pleasant excursion up to the beautiful mountains, nice weather, interesting Monastery and an extraordinary collection of paintings of famous artists in the museum. Luis is a very caring, friendly guide with a lot of sense of humor, and a big amount of knowledge on his object. He also showed patience (as well as the other people in the group) with my two teenagers sons, who overslept a little bit and we all had to wait thankfully only a few minutes for them. Lots of thanks and gratitude!

A recommended excursion. We had lovely weather, a lovely guide and the hike gave us equally lovely impressions and photos. Due to the early start, we were able to visit the monastery in absolute peace and without large crowds of visitors.

Aquarium is really nice and clean. There are few empty fishtanks but definetely place to see. There is a tank where you can swim with sharks as well and it is absolutely amazing.

Such a fascinating site with stunning vistas! The tour was just the right length of time, and our guide was friendly and knowledgeable.

The site was great. The tour guide spoke fluent English. He was entertaining and insightful.