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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.


  • 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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This was not on our original plans for our Barcelona visit. We are so glad we found this treasure! Transportation and guide was excellent and most enjoyable. Beautifully set in the mountains north of Barcelona, this Basilica is exquisite. Our favorite part of the tour was a visit to the art museum next to the plaza. So many wonderful paintings and sculptures by famous artists.

Jill N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This was one of the BEST tours we have ever taken. We booked it on line before coming to Spain. The operator who helped us was kind and knowledgeable. The drive was quick and easy and beautiful. Our guide spoke perfect English and was very nice. He showed us where to go to see certain things then let us go on our own. We saw the Black Madonna and got to touch her Orb! She was beautiful and the Boys Choir was angelic. Very beautiful concert then back on the bus to return to Barcelona. Just enough time to see and do everything we wanted to. It was so nice to leave the driving to you!!! THANK YOU for making our vacation even more wonderful!

robert c

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

very comfortable bus, great guide, unbelievable history and wonderful views. fun liquor tasting, time for self exploration. good trip.

Joe P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Tour was very informative. Enjoy it very much.

Rodolfo N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

It was a wonderful experience, very well led by our guide. I'm so glad I had the opportunity to visit the Basilica. Very moving.

Lillian Q

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Monserrat was one of the highlights of our Barcelona trip. However a half-day does not give you enough time to truly experience the setting, the history, the beauty, the amazing boys choir, and so much more that I regret we missed. I would recommend a full day to really enjoy this lovely place.

justyna o

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

great tripour guide was great she explained ll history about Basilica

Amy R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Fabulous! Breathtaking views. Excellent commentary by our guide.

ESTHER Loy Singapore

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

wish we stay a day there to absorb all the serenity and beauty of this place

Ruth C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

This was worth the money and experience, although a big tour group which is not my preferred way of going on a tour as it was only one stop it was very well presented by our tour guide.
Will recommend this tour to visitors of Barcelona.

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