Picking a Montserrat Tour

By Viator, April 2015

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With its jagged rock formations sculpted through years of erosion, the famous peak of Montserrat - the ‘Serrated Mountain’ - is evocatively named, and the unique landmark makes a hugely popular day trip from Barcelona. The main draw of Montserrat is the mountaintop Santa Maria de Montserrat or the Montserrat Royal Basilica, an 11th century Benedictine abbey, dramatically situated at 1,236 meters and renowned as one of Spain’s most important religious sites.

You can visit by coach, cable car or cogwheel railway; on a private or small group tour; or combine your visit with a tour of Barcelona. To help you decide which option is right for you, here’s a breakdown to help you pick the perfect Montserrat tour.

To save time
The cheapest and easiest way to visit is on a half-day trip from Barcelona, an ideal option for those short on time. The mountaintop Basilica is the focus of the tour and you’ll arrive by coach, with plenty of time to explore the abbey and watch a performance by the renowned La Escolania de Montserrat, one of Europe's oldest children's choirs. You can also upgrade your tour to include a scenic cogwheel train ride up the mountain.

To save money 
Perfect for first time visitors who want to save money and see as many sights as possible, the Barcelona Super Saver Sightseeing and Montserrat Tour combines two top tours into one day. See the attractions of the Catalonian capital, enjoy aerial views of the city on a cable car ride up Montjuic, and then climb Montserrat on a cogwheel train for a tour of the Montserrat Royal Basilica. Finally, sample traditional Montserrat liquors at a mountaintop distillery.

For first time visitors
A Barcelona and Montserrat Tour that includes a visit to the famous Basilica, Skip-the-Line entry to Gaudi’s Park Guell and a convenient pick-up from your hotel or Port is ideal for first-timers. Group size is limited to  12 and the tour includes a performance of the world-renowned choir.

For art lovers
A private Montserrat, Gaudi and Modernism day trip from Barcelona includes a visit to Montserrat, followed by a cultural tour of Antoni Gaudí’s greatest works. This tour also offers the undivided attention and flexibility of a private guide and private transportation, so you can tailor the itinerary to suit your interests. Of course, you don’t have to go it alone – you could also join like-minded travelers for a Super Saver Montserrat and Gaudi day trip.

For independent travelers
A partially guided tour, like a Barcelona Montserrat, Colonia Guell and Gaudi Crypt Day Trip is not only a great value, but also offers plenty of free time to explore on your own, without missing out on highlights like riding the Montserrat rack railway and watching the children’s choir perform. Another good choice for independent-minded travelers is half-day Small group tour to Montserrat, with options to ride the Cable Car to Montserrat and include skip-the-line entrance to La Sagrada Familia. Best of all, you’ll have enough free time to take in the views from Sant Jeroni, Montserrat’s highest point, and spend as much time as you like inside the La Sagrada Familia. 

For food and wine lovers
Combining a day trip to Montserrat with a wine or cava tasting is a great way to enjoy both the beautiful countryside and the beverages of Catalonia. Take in the views from Montserrat then enjoy a journey through Cava country on a Montserrat and Cava Trail Private day trip from Barcelona. Or opt for a Small Group day Trip instead, or combine a visit to Montserrat, a tour of the Freixenet cava wine cellars and a trip to the coastal town of Sitges on a Barcelona Super Saver tour. The ultimate tour for foodies is a small group Montserrat Tour from Barcelona with Wine and Cheese Tasting with three options to choose from – a morning tour of Montserrat followed by wine and cheese tasting, an afternoon of wine and tapas tasting, or a full day tour which includes visiting Montserrat, sampling locals wines and cheeses, and enjoying a round of golf.

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