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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.

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Barcelona: Montserrat Private Trip with Cable Car and Lunch

2. Barcelona: Montserrat Private Trip with Cable Car and Lunch

Escape the hustle and bustle of Barcelona for the day and head to the stunning Montserrat Monastery, nestled between jagged mountains and breathtaking scenery. Meet your guide near the train station and take the train to Montserrat, admiring panoramic views of the surrounding area along the way. Upon arrival in the village, board the cable car which will take you to the monastery, where you will have incredible views of Montserrat from above. Inside, listen to a live performance from the Boys Choir of Montserrat and meet 'La Moreneta', the Black Madonna. The tour can be customized for children with a visit to a playground and ice cream for the little ones. After visiting the monastery, head to the local farmers market. Enjoy a sample of some of the region's best cheeses and take a stroll around Santa Maria Square. Finish your tour with a relaxed hike through the mountains to reach the San Miguel Viewpoint. Here, admire panoramic views of the surrounding valley as you enjoy a picnic lunch before heading back to Barcelona.

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

3. 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: 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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Private Barcelona & Montserrat Tour with Pick-up

6. Private Barcelona & Montserrat Tour with Pick-up

Uncover the secrets to Barcelona’s unique architectural heritage and continue on your quest for the Holy Grail at the mountain of Monserrat. In this full-day tour you will have the opportunity to explore Catalonia’s most striking natural and cultural creations in one day. From the genius of Antoni Gaudí to the solace of Benedictine monks, you will experience the absolute best of the Barcelona region. The first part of the day will be spent exploring the streets and structures of Barcelona’s center; tunnel your way through the narrow streets of the gothic quarter, climb the hill of Montjuic for breathtaking views across the city, and gaze in wonder at the inspired workings of architect Antoni Gaudí. In the afternoon you will make your way to the rose-tinted peaks of Monserrat Mountain, home to the Santa Maria de Montserrat monastery, Catalonia’s most important religious retreat. Inside you can listen to the captivating sounds of La Escolania, one of Europe’s oldest boy’s choirs and take a peek at the famous Moreneta (Black Madonna). Explore the mountain’s various pathways and discover the views, which unfold at its peak. For the more easy-going traveler there are both train and cable car options and cafes with panoramic views to keep you relaxed and refreshed.

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Barcelona: Full-Day Montserrat Tour with Lunch and Wine

7. Barcelona: Full-Day Montserrat Tour with Lunch and Wine

After meeting with your guide, you will travel to Montserrat where you will visit one of the best Cava cellars of the 14th century. Experience the nature of this unique jagged mountain and the ancient monastery hidden between the peaks. You will also get to know "La Moreneta", the Black Madonna, and her fascinating story. Next, visit the Local Farmers' Market where you can try the fabulous regional products of Catalonia. You'll stroll through the Plaza de Santa Maria, where the Romanesque architecture of the Monastery and the Church of Santa Maria de Montserrat merge with the stones of the mountain’s peaks. You can get to know "La Moreneta", the Black Virgin inside the Benedictine Monastery, and can listen to the Children's Choir of Montserrat, which is made up of fifty pupils from the monastery school. Following that, take a short and easy hike up the mountain to the viewpoint of the Creu de Sant Miquel, and enjoy the extraordinary view of the valley. You can then taste a delicious Catalan lunch in a traditional restaurant, admiring the incredible views of the Penedès Valley and the mountains of Montserrat. Your next stop will be to a 14th-century winery, which is one of the most important in Catalonia. You can take the opportunity to tour its plantations as you learn the cycles of vineyard growth and organic viticulture whilst accompanied by an expert guide. Get to know the place where both wine and sparkling wine are produced, before you end your fantastic tour tasting two different sparkling wines and one reserva sparkling wine accompanied by Iberian ham and cured cheese from the area.

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From Barcelona: Montserrat Private Half-Day Trip

8. 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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Montserrat: Private Half-Day Tour from Barcelona

9. Montserrat: Private Half-Day Tour from Barcelona

2,380 feet above sea level, the Benedictine monastery of Santa Maria de Montserrat enjoys a stunning location, surrounded by an unforgettable natural landscape. The monastery has served as a center for spiritual retreat for almost one thousand years. Visit the basilica where the Virgin Santa Maria of Montserrat, Patron Saint of Catalonia, is located. The Romanesque statue of “the Black Madonna” originates from the XII century and is today surrounded by a golden altar. According to legend, the Virgin personally appeared at this site, giving rise to the hermitage of Santa Maria. Next, take a walking tour of the monastery surroundings. Enjoy the unparalleled views offered by this region, which was declared as a Natural Park in 1987. A musical treat will conclude your mystical Montserrat visit, as you listen to the angelic voices of La Escolania de Montserrat, one of the oldest boys' choirs in Europe (subject to seasonal availability).

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Barcelona: Eco-Friendly Montserrat Hiking Experience

10. Barcelona: Eco-Friendly Montserrat Hiking Experience

This eco-friendly Montserrat hike is a fantastic hiking tour near Barcelona which results in a minimal ecological footprint. Your guides will provide you with a zero CO2 emissions transfer with a railway journey from Barcelona to Monistrol village. This journey is led by a local mountain guide. From Monistrol, you’ll start an unforgettable hiking experience. You can choose from 2 difficulty levels of hiking: • Sports hike: 7 miles, with 3,300 feet elevation gain, lasting for 6 hours • Performance hike: 10 miles with 4,500 feet elevation gain, lasting for 7-8 hours Both hikes pass through a variety of terrains and landscapes of Montserrat. This tour is a complete hike that will help you learn why the Mountain of Montserrat is a religious icon known all over the world. Throughout the route you’ll learn of the geology of the mountain, including many things that make it unique. You’ll admire many hermit houses where monks spend long hours in prayer, and following your hike, you’ll visit the Benedictine monastery, which is nestled in the cliffs of the mountain.

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What people are saying about Montserrat Monastery

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Jennifer was outstanding! She was very knowledgeable, patient, respectful and over the top helpful! We met her at the pick-up location and she lead us to the train. We had a very nice train ride to Montserrat and she told us about the countryside as we traveled through it. We rode the cable car up to the monastery. She explained all about the site. We walked around for a while, sampled some local cheeses and nuts. After a few more stops looking at more of the monastery, we had lunch. She brought very tasty sandwiches; we had some chips and warm drinks. Montserrat is such a beautiful and amazing place. You could easily spend a few days there seeing all there is to see. Highly recommended, good price, and if your fortunate enough to have Jennifer show you around, you are in for a great trip!!

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

Vincent was very informative and gave us great information on the ride out to Montserrat and back. The grounds were beautiful and I enjoyed a hike and the museum on our free time.

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 :)

I really liked the historical overview that Paul gave at the beginning of the trip. David was knowledgeable and personable.