Monistrol de Montserrat, Spain Religious & spiritual activities

Our most recommended Monistrol de Montserrat, Spain Religious & spiritual activities

Barcelona: Half-Day Montserrat Experience

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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 & Natural Park Hike

4. From Barcelona: Montserrat Monastery & Natural Park Hike

Discover the mountain village of Montserrat on a guided tour from Barcelona. Visit the Monastery of Montserrat and explore the tranquil surroundings of Montserrat National Park. Start in the upper part of Passeig de Gràcia before journeying by bus to experience the natural splendor of Montserrat. Admire the Massif of Montserrat on the way to the monastery. Take in this spectacular rocky, multi-peaked range packed with unique needle-shaped formations. Visit the still-functioning monastery that houses over 70 monks and was founded in the 11th century.  Learn about the monastery’s history and ventures dating back nearly a thousand years. Next, board the Sant Joan Railway and observe the area’s natural beauty. Follow an easy hiking trail with a specialized guide along the Montserrat Natural Park. Relax after the hike and taste the traditional Catalan dessert, Mel i Mato, which is made up of cheese drizzled with honey from local farmers. Enjoy a sweet end to your Montserrat tour.

Barcelona: Montserrat Guided Tour with Optional Cog-Wheel

5. Barcelona: Montserrat Guided Tour with Optional Cog-Wheel

Visit Montserrat Monastery on this half-day trip from Barcelona.  Scale Montserrat Mountain on the cogwheel train. Admire the beauty of the monastery's architecture and hear stories about its famed Black Madonna statue. Board a bus from Barcelona and set off on a ride to the magical mountain of Montserrat. Discover its rocky geography, beautiful scenery, local liquors, and cultural wealth with a guide. Follow your local guide through the site and learn about the history and architectural style of the monastery. Fall in love with the Gothic and Renaissance details of the basilica and sanctuary. Then, learn about the legend of the miraculous apparition of the Black Madonna and Child in the cave of Santa Cova. Visit the Church and see the Black Madonna. Enjoy free time to taste the finest liquors, shop for locally produced treats or visit the audiovisual exhibition once the guided tour finishes.

Montserrat: Cable Car Ticket

6. Montserrat: Cable Car Ticket

Enjoy direct access to the Montserrat cable car and discover Montserrat from the sky with a unique view of the mountain. Find tickets that suit your plans with options to depart in each direction, or take the cable car both ways. Marvel at panoramic views of the rugged Catalan countryside. Journey to the Benedictine Abbey of Santa María de Montserrat and its famous statue of the Virgin of Montserrat without having to climb. Cable up the mountain in safety, as Aeri de Montserrat has had technical improvements to ensure it is a safe facility. 

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.

From Barcelona: Half-Day Montserrat & Horse Riding Tour

8. From Barcelona: Half-Day Montserrat & Horse Riding Tour

Discover the stunning beauty of Montserrat mountain on this half-day trip from Barcelona. Travel in a comfortable and airconditioned van to the mountain's Benedictine Monastery where the La Moreneta statue is located. Ride on horseback through the Montserrat Natural Park.  Board a spacious van at centrally-located in meeting point in Barcelona. Relax on the drive, admiring the Massif of Montserrat on the way to the monastery. Take in this spectacular multi-peaked rocky range packed with uniquely-pointed rock formations. Visit the monastery which was founded in the 10th century, but still functions to this day with over 70 monks. View the figure of La Moreneta (visit dependent on availability), who is the patron saint of Catalonia. Listen as your guide brings the past alive by explaining the history and ventures of this monastery which dates back nearly a thousand years. Next, head to a nearby equestrian center, located at the foothills of the Massif. Marvel at breathtaking views of Montserrat on a horseback ride through the national park. Learn how to communicate with your horse and the basics of grooming and saddling a horse. Practice your riding skills as you enjoy the freedom and tranquility of the countryside. Take leisurely route that is suitable for every level of rider. Return by bus to your meeting point in Barcelona at the end of your trip. 

From Barcelona: Small Group Montserrat Hot-Air Balloon Ride

9. From Barcelona: Small Group Montserrat Hot-Air Balloon Ride

Take an exclusive flight in a hot-air balloon on this tour. Admire the unique needle-shaped formations of Monserrat, one of the most spectacular landscapes in Catalonia. Finish your experience with a champagne toast.  Start your tour early in the morning at the meeting point and head out to the flying zone, where you can help with the inflation of the balloon. Once it’s ready, take off for a fantastic hour-long flight above the monastery and the surrounding area.   Land the balloon and board a 4WD car to the take-off area, where your guide will be waiting for you. Enjoy a bubbly glass of champagne and some snacks with your guide to celebrate your hot-air balloon ride.  With the upgraded option, continue your visit to the 1,000-year-old Benedictine Monastery, which houses the famous La Moreneta statue (visit not guaranteed). Depending on the season and timetable, enjoy a performance of the boys' choir singing. After finishing your sightseeing, taste the typical Catalan dessert mel i mató (cheese drizzled with honey) from one of the local farmers.

From Barcelona: Montserrat Monastery and Hike with a Local

10. From Barcelona: Montserrat Monastery and Hike with a Local

After a half-hour drive in an air-conditioned minivan, you will arrive at Montserrat. Start your day by visiting the Benedictine Abbey and discover its amazing history. Montserrat literally means “sawed mountain” in Catalan, and it is called this due to its multi-peaked rocky range. It is well-known as the site of the Benedictine Abbey. Once you have visited the abbey, get ready to start hiking from the monastery. Follow a beautiful path around the needle formations of the mountain and pass by many natural viewpoints that offer awesome views over the abbey and the forests. Continue until the highest point of the mountain, from where you will have breathtaking 360-degree views over the multi-peaked rocky range. On a clear day, you will be able to see the Pyrenees and Mallorca island. After admiring great landscapes, taking some pictures and taste a selection of traditional Catalan snacks. Next, start descending through a shady path between the needle formations and forests. Head back to the Abbey to enjoy some free time and wander around the farmers market. You can also listen to the famous Escolania de Montserrat choir sing on weekdays, except for public holidays, and is subject to the basilica's capacity.

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What people are saying about Monistrol de Montserrat, Spain

Paul was a very personable guide. His knowledge was great. The trip was lovely. Monserrat is an amazing place. In the details it would have been nice to get a breakdown of the timetable so that we could have acquired tickets for the Madonna in advance. There was also a bit of confusion about getting into the Basilica. I didn't know about the choir in advance or, again I might have booked a ticket. I think the website could give more explicit details about what is available to see and then people could decide. This was in no way Paul's fault. He was amazing and the farmhouse food was excellent as well.

Daniel was informative and at the same time fun! Highly recommend this tour. Everything was efficient.

Excellent tour, both guides very friendly and nice mixture of facts and humour to keep things going.

Had Daniel who was a great guide and very knowledgeable about the places we were going

Our guide Tony was very knowledgeable and we enjoyed the tour with him.