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From Barcelona: Half-Day Montserrat & Horse Riding Tour

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

Make your first stop of the day in Montserrat, Catalonia’s most emblematic mountain. Topped by a Benedictine Monastery, Montserrat is an ideal half-day trip to spend a fun day in nature, just a few kilometers away from Barcelona. On the way to the monastery, on-board a luxury minibus, admire the Massif of Montserrat, a spectacular multi-peaked rocky range packed of unique needle-shaped formations. Upon arrival, visit the monastery founded in the 10th century, still functioning to this day with over 70 monks. It is also well-known for hosting the figure of La Moreneta (visit dependent on availability), who is the patron saint of Catalonia. Your guide will bring the past alive by explaining the history and ventures of this monastery dating back nearly a thousand years. Next, head to a nearby equestrian center, located at the foothill of the Massif. Get ready for a thrilling horseback ride along the national park, offering breathtaking views of Montserrat, an entertaining and original way to discover the Catalan landscape. Learn how to communicate with your horse, learn the basics of grooming, saddling and practice your riding skills as you enjoy the freedom and tranquility of the countryside. Led by experienced guides, the route is suitable for everyone. Enjoy the ride and the spectacular sights of the mountain. Then, return back to Barcelona.

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From Barcelona: Montserrat Monastery & Natural Park Hike

2. From Barcelona: Montserrat Monastery & Natural Park Hike

Discover the beautiful mountain village of Montserrat on a guided tour from Barcelona. Visit the Monastery of Montserrat and explore the tranquil surroundings of Montserrat National Park. The experience starts in the upper part of Passeig de Gràcia, before journeying by bus to experience the natural splendor of Montserrat. Catalonia’s most emblematic mountain. On the way to the monastery, admire the Massif of Montserrat, a spectacular multi-peaked rocky range packed with unique needle-shape formations. Upon arrival, visit the monastery with over 70 monks that was founded in the 11th century and still functions to this day. It is well known for hosting the figure of La Moreneta, who is the patron saint of Catalonia. Your guide will bring history alive by explaining the history and ventures of this monastery dating back nearly a thousand years. Next, board the Sant Joan Railway to observe the area’s fascinating flora and fauna following a trail with soft trekking with a specialized guide in Montserrat Natural Park.

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From Barcelona: Montserrat Monastery, Easy Hike, Cable Car

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

Escape from busy Barcelona on this 6-hour 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 Black Madonna, or Virgin of Montserrat, and admire the chapel in the monastery garden. If you’re visiting on a school day, you may also be able to enjoy listening to the famed Montserrat boys’ choir. Ride the cable car to the top, where you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy spectacular views of the region. Take an easy hike to appreciate the fresh air and mountainous terrain.

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Barcelona: Hot Air Balloon Flight

4. Barcelona: Hot Air Balloon Flight

Admire Catalonia's natural landscape while cruising in a hot air balloon. On this ride through the skies, you'll get to experience the beauty of the Montseny Natural Park region from a unique vantage point. On a clear day, you will be able to see Montserrat, Barcelona, and the Mediterranean sea. Your journey will begin just after dawn when you'll either be picked up at a meeting point in Barcelona or make your own way to the local partner's flying area. Upon reaching the take-off spot you will be able to participate, hands-on, in inflating your hot air balloon! Once in the air, the ride will last for a little more than an hour. Celebrate the flight at the landing spot with a Cava toast and brunch. As a souvenir, receive a first flight certificate signed by the pilot.

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Barcelona: Montserrat Hot-Air Balloon Ride & Monastery Visit

5. Barcelona: Montserrat Hot-Air Balloon Ride & Monastery Visit

Take an exclusive flight in a hot-air balloon and admire their unique needle-shape formations, one of the most spectacular landscapes in Catalonia. Start your tour early in the morning, after departure from Barcelona, and head out to the flying zone, where you will help with the inflation of the balloon. Once it’s ready, take off for an amazing hour of flight above the monastery and the surrounding area.  At the end of the flight, a 4WD car will be waiting to pick you up and return to the flying zone, where your guide will be waiting for you to continue with the tour. Visit the famous Montserrat Monastery, dating back nearly a thousand years and well-known for hosting the figure of La Moreneta, the patron saint of Catalonia. Depending on the season and timetable, you may have the opportunity to hear the boys' choir singing the famous Escolania de Montserrat.

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From Barcelona: Montserrat Tour with Guide

6. 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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Montserrat: 6-Hour Hike with a Choice of 3 Levels

7. Montserrat: 6-Hour Hike with a Choice of 3 Levels

You’ll be picked up at your hotel in Barcelona and travel by private van on a 45-minute drive to the Montserrat Monastery, where your walking/hiking experience begins. You can choose from 3 different options, with different routes and durations. The walking tour will introduce you and your group of up to 7 persons to the Montserrat range. Along the way you’ll not only take in spectacular natural beauty, but also the Montserrat Monastery, its Black Madonna, and the world-famous Montserrat Boys’ Choir. Your guide will tell you how the mountain has become a religious and cultural symbol known throughout the world. This is a tour for lovers of hiking and travelers who want to experience the nature, history, and culture of this popular Mediterranean attraction. More than a tourist activity, the hike is a way to learn about the history of Catalonia. The private hike is guided by a local expert with years of experience in leading groups. You’ll be led, informed, and entertained, and you’ll be provided a snack along the way. At the end of your hike, you’ll be dropped off at your Barcelona accommodation.

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From Barcelona: Half-Day Trip to Montserrat Mountain

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

9. 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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From Barcelona: Montserrat Full-Day Trip with Guided Hike

10. From Barcelona: Montserrat Full-Day Trip with Guided Hike

Depart Barcelona and travel in air-conditioned comfort to the sacred mountain and monastery of Montserrat. Upon arrival, visit the monastery of Santa Maria de Montserrat and see the Black Madonna wooden carving from the 12th-century known as La Moreneta (The Dark One). Ascend to the middle of the mountain range, and enjoy panoramic views as you ride aboard the St. Joan funicular railway. Then, strap on your walking boots and brave the hike to the summit. Stop to rest when you reach the shrine, and enjoy a picnic lunch at a picturesque spot in the countryside. Escape the crowds and discover a little-known area to look for Spanish Ibex and other wildlife in their natural environment. Return back down the mountain and pass more shrines before heading back to the monastery for the return trip to Barcelona.

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What people are saying about Montserrat Monastery

Wonderful experience! I booked the trip because of the horses. It was just fantastic, you ride for about 1 hour through a completely remote landscape with a breathtaking view of the mountains of Montserrat, which Gaudi inspired to build the Sagrada Familia! If you look at the church after the excursion, you can see the similarity. The towers of the church look like the peaks. Incredible!!! and a very special experience which certainly not everyone gets. Be sure to book. Our guide / driver was Flavius and an absolute gift. He always impressed us with insider knowledge about Barcelona and funny legends during the trip. Unforgettable :)

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.

I haven’t been horseback riding in decades and it was a blast. The views for Montserrat were absolutely gorgeous and it was fun to walk around and see what it was. I thought it was well worth driving out into the mountains

Flavio was the best. Great hiking and nice convivial lunch at the farm

Everything went smoothly. I can only recommend it.