Montserrat Monastery
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Barcelona: Montserrat Tour w/ Optional Wine Tasting & Lunch

1. Barcelona: Montserrat Tour w/ Optional Wine Tasting & Lunch

Experience an unforgettable guided group tour to Montserrat, Catalonia's most famous mountain range. Take in the beauty of its natural rolling landscape and discover the history and traditions of its medieval monastery. After your bus journey from Barcelona, board the cogwheel train up to the monastery and admire the beautiful nature and iconic multi-peaked mountain range of Montserrat. Once at the monastery, your guide will take you on a walking tour of the historical center of the complex. Learn about the rich history of the Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey, an 11th-century monastery that still functions to this day, with over 70 monks. Use the allotted free time to wander freely and visit the famous Black Madonna and see paintings by Picasso, El Greco, and Dali at the Montserrat Museum. During your free time, you can also ride the funicular train up the side of the mountain to get even better viewpoints of the monastery.  Travelers who booked the half-day tour option will return to Barcelona after the visit to Montserrat. If you chose a full-day tour option, you'll continue toward a beautiful boutique winery. Arrive at the winery and, depending on the food option you booked, enjoy a light tapas or multi-course lunch. Admire amazing views of the winery and Montserrat mountains as you feast on traditional foods of the region. After your meal, wander around the vineyards, learn about the wine-making process, and enjoy a wine tasting session, before traveling back to Barcelona.

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From Barcelona: Montserrat Half Day Guided Tour

2. From Barcelona: Montserrat Half Day Guided Tour

The tour departs Barcelona and heads into the peaceful Catalonian countryside. On the drive, listen to your guide share stories and anecdotes about the fascinating history of Montserrat and the religious influences of the site. Admire the luscious rolling landscapes from the minibus, before arriving at the region’s most famous mountain range, Montserrat, named after its jagged edges and imposing structure. Ride the rack railway to the top of Montserrat and admire the stunning views across the mountain range. From here, visit the Benedictine Abbey and the Santa Maria de Montserrat, which houses the Virgin of Montserrat sanctuary, and learn about the rich history of these beautiful buildings cut into the rock. There’s also time to visit the famous Montserrat Monastery, where the image of the Mare de Déu de Montserrat is venerated. Widely and affectionately known as La Moreneta, she has been the patron saint of Catalonia since 1881. Providing the date and time of the tour, there’s also the option to see Montserrat’s boys choir, one of the oldest in Europe, famed for their prestige and worldwide performances.

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From Barcelona: Full-Day Montserrat & Wine Small Group Tour

3. From Barcelona: Full-Day Montserrat & Wine Small Group Tour

Montserrat is the most important mountain in Catalonia. It is a unique massif, famous for its gothic shapes and breathtaking views, and is known as the symbol of the Catalan people. You will experience it first-hand on a full-day tour that makes it apparent to you why Montserrat is so closely linked to the Catalan identity. On the way to Montserrat, your guide will introduce you to this "magic mountain" where Mother Nature meets religion, history, and the identity of the Catalans. Enjoy the stunning landscape of this Natural Park. The guided tour includes a short walk to the monastery where you can enjoy the spectacular views and get a true feel of the spirituality Montserrat has to offer. After Montserrat, head to a local, family-run winery, just a few minutes away from Montserrat, and one of the most important and beautiful wineries in the region.  In the local restaurant you will be served with an exquisite selected tasting menu featuring favorites of the region paired with wines produced organically from the vineyard. In the afternoon, your expert guide will guide you to visit the cellar and take you through the vines for a beautiful walk. You will learn how the wine is made and you will discover all its secrets. Then visit the winery, where its chateaux wines become older and wiser. Here you may sit, close your eyes, and enjoy the wonderful miracle of the various wines offered, tasting the history, soil, climate, and everything else that makes this winery so special. Choose between a small group or a private tour.

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From Barcelona: Half-Day Montserrat & Horse Riding Tour

4. 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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Barcelona: Half-Day Montserrat Experience

5. 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 Monastery & Natural Park Hike

6. 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 Mountain and Monastery Tour

7. From Barcelona: Montserrat Mountain and Monastery Tour

On this early morning tour, beat the crowds and discover Montserrat monastery and its rugged surroundings before the throngs of other tourists arrive. Depart Barcelona and journey by air-conditioned bus to the romantic, rock-hewn monastery complex of Montserrat. Get an introduction to the history of the medieval site as you make your way through the beautiful countryside.  Follow your guide directly to the largest building on arrival and learn the story of the abbey and shrine to the Black Virgin of La Moreneta that attracts pilgrims from all over the world.  Then, get some free time to explore the town and get recommendations about contemporary art galleries and museums to visit or places to eat. Discover some of the best viewpoints to take in the drama of the sacred site at leisure.   

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Montserrat Monastery: Guided Tour with Early Access

8. Montserrat Monastery: Guided Tour with Early Access

Upon arrival at the monastery, northwest of the city, learn about the lives of the monks in the monastery and sacred mountain. Visit the Museu de Montserrat and see a collection of artifacts that range from Egyptian mummies to canvasses by Picasso. Although much of the collection was lost in the Napoleonic War, the museum continued to add to its collection and the museum is now home to important works of 20th-century Catalan art. See archaeological finds from Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt and Palestine. Admire old paintings from the 13th to 18th centuries by artists such as Morales, El Greco, and Caravaggio. Fall in love with the Renaissance architecture of the 16th-century basilica. Go to the atrium and sacristy, and see the permanent collection of images of the Virgin Mary. If you book the option that includes entrance to the Monastery you will enjoy a liquor tasting.

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From Barcelona: Montserrat Royal Basilica Guided Tour

9. From Barcelona: Montserrat Royal Basilica Guided Tour

Board a coach from the office in central Barcelona and set off for the magical mountain of Montserrat. Famous for its peculiar morphology, its name comes from the Catalan words Mont (mountain) and Serrat (serrated). World-famous for its rocky geography, Montserrat's beautiful scenery was declared National Park in 1987 to protect its natural and cultural wealth. Follow your local guide through the site and learn about the history and architectural style of the Monastery. A community of 80 monks currently lives and follow the rule of Saint Benedict in Montserrat. 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. To this day their wood carving is kept in the Church of the monastery, which you will be able to visit. The figure is popularly known as La Moreneta (The Black Madonna) as a result of a varnish reaction. Besides the main area, there are a great number of small churches and trails you can follow. You will be given free time to taste the finest liquors, shop for locally produced treats or visit the audiovisual exhibition once the guided tour finishes.

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From Barcelona: Montserrat Tour with Guide

10. 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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What people are saying about Montserrat Monastery

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,377 reviews

Very organized tour. Booked on-line and met at the designated area. We traveled via coach bus to Monserrat (approximately 1 hour). Pol did the tour of Barcelona on the way to Montserrat and it was very informative. He was articulate and funny. Beautiful countryside and efficient way to travel there. Luis was our guide for the remainder of the tour and was amazing. He had tremendous knowledge of Montserrat. We walked in to Montserrat monastery/Basilica as he gave us an overview of Montserrat, including the history and architecture of the Monastery and Basilica. In addition, we had time options of exploring the area including the Museum (with pieces by Casas, Degas, Renoir, Picasso, Monet, Dali), Basilica and Black Madonna, hike to the Cross, Funicular, and shops and local farmers' market/restaurants. Although we only had a half day tour, we could have easily spent 1-2 days there. Our return trip was a 15 min train ride the remainder was by bus back to Barcelona.

Dont miss this activity its worth the time and money Only the weather was not helpful on our trip. Other than this all good and excellent The guide was perfect

Good historical and spiritual experience, plus good booze and a nice hike make this a must do when in Barcelona.

Tour guides were fantastic, great organisation with meet up point... shame about the weather! Gracias a todos!!

The trip was very well organized. Timely and informative with lots of humor