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Explore the Royal Basilica and Monastery of Montserrat independently on this 5.5-hour trip from Barcelona. Travel by coach to this spectacular, mountainside Benedictine abbey, one of Spain’s most popular pilgrimage sites for its revered Black Madonna statue. Then, enjoy free time to explore at leisure, making this one of the most flexible Montserrat tours from Barcelona available. Admire the views from the mountainside, see the vast basilica and venerated statue, visit the audiovisual museum, and perhaps hear the Escolania, one of Europe’s best-known boys’ choirs before your return to Barcelona.

Highlights

  • Half-day trip to the Royal Basilica of Montserrat from Barcelona
  • Explore the basilica independently and see its 12th-century carving of the Black Virgin
  • Enjoy spectacular views from the Montserrat mountains
  • Learn about Montserrat’s history from an expert local guide
  • Relax with transport by deluxe air-conditioned coach

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Our bestselling excursion outside Barcelona! You head up magnificent Montserrat to see the celebrated carving of the Black Virgin.

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What You Can Expect

Montserrat Royal Basilica Half-Day Trip from Barcelona

Montserrat Royal Basilica Half-Day Trip from Barcelona

Leave central Barcelona by air-conditioned coach and head to the mountain of Montserrat, a cluster of cone-like peaks that reach up to 4,051 feet (1,235 meters) in height to the north of the city.

As you travel, pass through postcard-pretty villages and hear tales from your guide about Montserrat’s main claim-to-fame — the magnificent Royal Basilica and Monastery of Montserrat. This spectacular mountainside church and Benedictine abbey is best known for its Black Madonna (La Moroneta), a statue of the Virgin Mary that has made it one of Spain’s most popular pilgrimage sites for centuries. 

Admire the epic landscapes as you ascend the mountain, and on arrival, drink in the breathtaking views down over the countryside and Barcelona. Then, after an introduction to Montserrat’s history, use your entrance ticket to head inside and enjoy free time to explore this incredible place as you want. 

Perhaps marvel at the vast basilica and explore its echoing interior, with its ornate hanging candles and echoing chapels. Gaze at the revered Black Madonna, a small wooden statue housed in small room, and learn the story behind this hallowed sculpture. Then, if time allows, walk up to the grotto, traditionally held to be where the statue was discovered. And if your tour is on a weekday (select dates only), perhaps hear a recital by the Escolania, one of the most renowned boys’ choirs in Europe.

Maybe also take a walk through Montserrat’s audiovisual museum to learn about the daily life of the monks, and perhaps finish with at the gift shop to taste and perhaps buy (own expense) some of the traditional liquors made at the monastery.

After roughly 2.5 hours of exploring independently, return to Barcelona by coach where your trip ends.

Customer Reviews

Kassi W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This trip was amazing! The views alone made the trip worth it. I stuck around to hear the choir sing and bought some of the local cheese, which was delightful! The tour guide was very knowledgeable and helpful.

Jennifer M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

A must do when in Madrid. The scenery and views are breathtaking. Montserrat is something like I've never seen before.

Nazneen K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

William O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Excellent excursion and an excellent tour guide. Would recommend this to everyone!

Carlton F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

Joy

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Monserrat was awesome. I really wasn't sure what to expect but this trip exceeded all my expectations. Do not miss this tour!!!

TINA M E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Excellent half-day tour -- Montserrat is amazing!

Jerry J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Excellent.

MA GEMMA FE G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

Hewavasam D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Punctual,comfortable transport, excellent over all

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