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

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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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Montserrat & Cava Wineries Day Trip from Barcelona w/ Pickup

4. Montserrat & Cava Wineries Day Trip from Barcelona w/ Pickup

Depart Barcelona and drive towards the Catalan Pre-Coastal Range for a morning visit to the Benedictine abbey of Santa Maria de Montserrat, world-renowned for its shrine to the Virgin of Montserrat, also known as the "Black Madonna." Marvel at the monastery and its surrounding scenery on a curious-shaped rock that rises 2,380 feet above sea level. Go inside the monastery to see its main attractions, including the Romanesque icon of the "Black Madonna" thought to date back to the 12th century. Get unparalleled views of the magical landscape, declared a national park in 1987. Next, visit the Santa Cova ("Holy Grotto") where, according to legend, the virgin appeared before some shepherd children in a vision. Benefit from the chance to hear the angelic voices of La Escolania de Montserrat (Montserrat’s Boys’ Choir ), one of the oldest children's choirs in Europe (subject to seasonal availability). Then, head to Sant Sadurní d'Anoia in the heart of Catalonia's cava wine producing region and visit Premium Cava Winery, where the tradition of making sparkling wines date back almost 5 centuries. Visit the cellar and descent to the dungeons where the wine is secretly kept for several years. Learn by the hand of an expert viticultor on wine production and grapes growing. Taste 3 varieties of local wines and cavas paired with traditional cheeses and cold meats while enjoying great views of the Catalan countryside with the Montserrat mountain at the background. Hear about the process of producing cava at a family business that first produced it according to traditional methods in 1872, and by using grapes from the Penedès region.

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Montserrat & Cava Winery Small Group Day Tour

5. Montserrat & Cava Winery Small Group Day Tour

Embark on a guided day trip from Barcelona to Montserrat and the Penedès wine-growing region by minivan. Visit the monastery and the Museum of Monserrat, listen to Europe's oldest children's choir, walk through the mountain range's many paths, and visit a winery - this tour has it all. There will be plenty of free time to explore Montserrat on your own, but a visit to the sanctuary where the Moreneta is housed is a must. Pilgrims and other visitors have climbed the mountain to visit this sanctuary for nearly 1,000 years. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit the fascinating Museum of Montserrat, and browse its collections that range from the Archaeology of the Biblical East to Modern Painting and Sculpture. A highlight of visiting Montserrat is listening to the voices of Europe’s oldest children’s choir, La Escolania de Montserrat. There are numerous walking and climbing trails on the mountain, ranging from easy strolls to serious hikes. Each trail offers a different perspective on the surrounding landscape, which is dotted with small chapels and hermitages. If you'd rather not walk at all, then another option is to take one of the2 rack railways or the cable car, which provide stunning views of the area as well. After the morning in Montserrat, the tour heads to Penedès, a wine-growing region where you'll stop by a winery to view the vast wine cellars and taste some of the wineries' renowned products. You’ll take a tour of the winery and see how this sparkling wine is produced, from the pressing of the grapes to fermentation in the vast cellars. No winery visit would be complete without a taste of the product, so at the end of the tour you'll have a chance to try some of the best cava the region produces.

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From Barcelona: Montserrat Monastery and Hike with a Local

6. 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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El Penedès: Cava Winery Small Group Tour

7. 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 Full-Day Trip with Guided Hike

8. 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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Skip-the-Line Barcelona & Montserrat Tour with Pick-up

9. Skip-the-Line Barcelona & Montserrat Tour with Pick-up

See the best of Barcelona on a full-day tour with personal pickup and drop-off service. You’ll travel to the city’s top sites in a first-rate van or minibus. In addition, your driver will take you to the famous mountain monastery of Montserrat, which is said by some to be the location of the Holy Grail. You’ll be picked up from your Barcelona hotel or your cruise ship terminal. Explore the city in comfort and style with a personal service and travel in a small group with a maximum of 12 participants. Drive to the top of Montjuïc for breathtaking views across the harbor and city. Montjuïc is home to several splendid museums, including the Miró Foundation, and was also the site of the main Olympic stadiums for the 1992 Olympic Games. See many of the buildings designed by the city’s most famous architect, Antoni Gaudí. Several are located in the 19th and early 20th-century city extension of Eixample. Visit the Gaudí and other Modernista buildings, such as Casa Batlló, Casa Amatller, and Casa Lleó Morera on the luxurious shopping strip of Passeig de Gràcia. Head across town to one of Gaudí's most extraordinary creations, the still-unfinished Cathedral of La Sagrada Família. Depending on the option you book, you can either enjoy access to the cathedral with skip-the-line tickets or admire it from the outside. Drive into the hills to see his lovely urban park, Park Güell, filled with multicolored mosaic sculptures and fairytale houses. If you book this tour with Park Guell entrance included, you can enjoy skip-the-line entry and avoid the long lines at the entrance. If you choose an option without Park Guell entrance tickets included, you can wait outside and join the tour group again when they are finished with their visit. You’ll leave the city to visit the Benedictine Abbey of Montserrat. Perched high on a mountain of the same name, the Abbey can be reached by road, cable car, and rack railway. It is also accessible by a 4,000-foot hike. Your driver will take you up to the top so you can enjoy the impressive views. If you’re lucky, your visit may coincide with a performance by La Escalonia, the oldest children's choir in Europe.

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From Barcelona: Codorniu Winery, Montserrat Full-Day Trip

10. From Barcelona: Codorniu Winery, Montserrat Full-Day Trip

See the best of Catalunya on a full-day group tour of Montserrat and Codorniu Winery. Explore the oldest winery in Spain and listen as your guide shares the secrets to making cava. Meet your tour guide in Barcelona at one of the meeting points. Hop on the bus and leave the city behind you as you head for the Spanish hills. Enjoy the ride towards the Penedes area to visit the iconic Codorniu winery. Enjoy a guided tour of this winery. Discover the underground cellars, walk around, and listen as your guide explains the process of making cava. No trip would be complete without tasting it, so why not treat yourself to a glass to clench your thirst. After visiting the cellars, you’ll head to Montserrat, known as the magic mountain. Join a private tour, admire the rocky mountain range and enjoy the breathtaking views from the monastery. Then, enjoy some free time before returning to Barcelona.  

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What people are saying about Montserrat Monastery

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 46 reviews

Carlos at Naturanda Turismo was an amazing driver/tour guide. He took great passion and patience in explaining every point of interest even while driving. He has vast knowledge of Spain’s history and great rapport with small businesses in the little white villages. The restaurants he recommended for lunch (in Grazelama) and coffee (in Ronda) were some of the best we had in Spain. The thrilling drive down below the New Bridge was heart stopping yet absolutely worth it! The olive oil factory visit took us back to the 1700s for sure and to learn how to press olive (right off the tree) in your hands to get oil was genius. It was a long day and finding their office on Rastro was bit of a challenge but totally worth it!

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

Well-arranged day out with a nice guide who guides you nicely through Montserrat. Then the fine tour and wine tasting. Transport in an excellent coach. Afterwards even an email with various tips for restaurants.

Awesome experience, Marta was the best guide ever and really made the tour enjoyable.

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