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
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