Montserrat Monastery
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Montserrat: Morning or Afternoon Half-Day Trip with Pickup

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

Take a halfday trip from Barcelona to Monserrat. See views from the mountain, visit a famous monastery, and take a walking tour. Be picked up from your Barcelona accommodations in the morning and 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, its valleys and caves, giving an appearance of mysterious beauty. The mountain, 2,380 feet above sea level and surrounded by magnificent scenery, is home to the Benedictine Monastery of Santa Maria de Montserrat, which you will visit on this tour. This religious site includes the Basilica, where you’ll see the Virgin of Montserrat, known as the Black Madonna. This is a venerated 12th-century Romanesque carving characterized by its unique dark color, hence the nickname. 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.

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Barcelona: Half-Day Montserrat Experience

2. 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.

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From Barcelona: Montserrat Tour with Guide

3. From Barcelona: Montserrat Tour with Guide

Head out of the hustle and bustle of Barcelona and into the magnificent mountains of Monserrat on a bus tour. Walk through this enchanting landscape, learn about its history from your local guide, and visit the local monastery. Arrive at a bar in the city center of Barcelona where you will meet your guide for the day and the group who will travel up to the mountains with you. After an informative short bus ride out of the city, arrive at the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site of Montserrat. After the first of many photo opportunities, enjoy a tour of the local monastery and hear about its incredible history. Then, enjoy free time to either go hiking in the magical hills, feast on an all you can eat lunch looking out over mystical views, or explore the museum and further discover the history of this famous landmark. After a couple of hours, rejoin the bus where you will then head back down into the city all in time for an evening in Barcelona.

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From Barcelona: Montserrat Half-Day Wine and Tapas Trip

4. From Barcelona: Montserrat Half-Day Wine and Tapas Trip

Escape to the natural landscape of the Montserrat mountains on a half-day sightseeing and wine tasting tour from Barcelona by bus. Enjoy breathtaking views of the mountain range, taste Catalan wines at a local winery, and walk through historic pathways, learning about the region from your local guide. The strange shaped mountains of Montserrat is the location of a Benedictine monastery that has been a site of pilgrimage for centuries, thanks to its story of the miracles performed by the Virgin Mary and the fabled 12th-century image of Our Lady. After a short visit to this historic site, head to a boutique winery, just a few minutes away, and tour one of the most important wineries in the region. Located in an impressive castle that’s more than 1,000 years old, the winery boasts more than 1,000 acres of beautiful land. Tours are kept to a maximum of 16 people for a more intimate experience, and include a tour of the vineyards and winery, where the local wines become older and wiser. Thanks to your guide, you will sense the history, soil, sun, and rain that influence the 3 wines you will taste. Learn about the upkeep of the vines, the grape harvest, how the French oak barrels impact on the flavor, and more. To keep you on your feet, the tasting table will be laden with the finest Spanish tapas, including the tasting of six traditional dishes and dessert.

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From Barcelona: Half-Day Trip to Montserrat Mountain

5. From Barcelona: Half-Day Trip to Montserrat Mountain

Start your Catalonian adventure when you’re picked up from your hotel in Barcelona and begin driving towards Montserrat Mountain in a comfortable Mercedes Benz van.  During a 1-hour drive, sit back and relax as you pass by Penedès, a celebrated Catalonian vineyards region. Learn about the different types of wine they produce here from your expert local guide along the way. Once you reach your destination, enjoy private tours of both the church and the monastery of Montserrat Mountain. Be enthralled by fascinating details of the history of these unique locations and feast your eyes on the statue of the Virgin of Montserrat. Afterwards, make use of free time to explore a nearby lookout point and admire breathtaking views of Catalonia before beginning the journey back to your hotel.

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El Penedès: Cava Winery Small Group Tour

6. El Penedès: Cava Winery Small Group Tour

Visit a family-run vineyard at the foot of the Montserrat Mountain that has been cultivating grapes since 1385, and is a world leader in Cava production. Learn about the rich wine tradition of this area from your passionate guide. Descent into atmospheric wine cellars to get to know about the vineyard growth cycles as well as organic grape growing. Be surrounded by unbeatable views over the Penedès wine region and the Montserrat mountain range. Try different Cava sparkling wines carefully selected, perfectly paired with local cured meats and cheeses.

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From Barcelona: Montserrat Private Half-Day Trip

7. From Barcelona: Montserrat Private Half-Day Trip

Escape the hustle and bustle of beautiful Barcelona for the afternoon as you enjoy a private half-day tour to the stunning Montserrat Mountain. Poised atop the mountain of Montesrrat, the Benedictine Abbey of Santa Maria de Montserrat is a must-see for those interested in religious history and breathtaking views.  Built 1,000 years ago, the Abbey remains one of the most popular destinations for Christians worldwide, with many choosing to go on a pilgrimage here each year. Admire the wonderful mountain views and the impressive Basilica at the top of the mountain, considered by some as the site of the Holy Grail. If tantalizing your historical knowledge isn't enough then feast your eyes on the picturesque landscape situated around the monastery as you make your way to the top of the Montserrat. Be sure to capture the sprawling scenery and spectacular rock formations on camera, these sights can't be found every day! A trip to the area's traditional food markets for the chance to sample some local delicacies is a tasty way to conclude your tour.

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What people are saying about Montserrat Monastery

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 391 reviews

Everything was on-time, we had great explanations and context from Miquel, he made a very pleasant trip and improved the experience a lot, we were able to visit the Madonna without rush and had a great time. Monserrat is a wonderful place with a mix of nature-architecture-spiritually that makes it unique.

Montserrat is breathtaking, there is so much to do and see.. I wish we had more time. FRANCESCO, our guide, was very polite,pleasent and punctual. We enjoyed his way of telling the history of Montserrat. The trip is a bit expensive for the value but that is on us we should have researched better.

Ana was an excellent guide. She made sure we saw as most as posible and tried to get us ahead from the crowd so we could see The Black Madonna before the basilica closed for mass. Would love to go on another tour again with her

Our guide was Mateus which was very friendly and suggested some activities for the day. The pick up was fast and easy and the drive there was smooth.

This tour was awesome and Mercedes made it especially pleasant! She was great with our family of 5 (kids ages 5, 10 and 13). We really enjoyed it :)