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  • Hours: Open daily 8am-10:30am and 12pm-6:30pm
  • Admission: Free

Located about 30 miles (50 km) northwest of Barcelona is Montserrat - the 'Serrated Mountain'. The mountain gets its name from the rock formations which look like they've been sawed and sculpted, the result of thousands of years of wind and rain.

This unique rock formation is home to a Benedictine monastery and is a famous pilgrimage spot as it is home to the 12th century wooden statue of La Moreneta (The Black Virgin), Catalonia's patron. The Monestir de Montserrat is a source of Catalan pride as well. During the regime of Franco, the monastery continued to hold Catholic ceremonies in the Catalan language and became a stronghold of Catalan culture despite the oppression from the government.

Besides the religious and cultural importance of Montserrat, the mountain also boasts unbeatable views from it's peaks. A cog wheel train takes visitors to a lookout point where all of Catalonia and the Pyrenees can be seen. On the clearest days, you may even catch a glimpse of the island of Mallorca to the southeast.

Practical Info

Getting to Montserrat is a 1-hour train or 90-minute car ride. For those looking to get the most out of your visit, it's recommended to sign up for an organized tour. A guide will provide historical commentary while leading the group through the monastery and will head the climb up the mountain to enjoy the views. Various walking paths are also marked for you to take and explore the mountain at your own pace.

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Small-Group Montserrat Tour from Barcelona: Wine and Cheese Tasting with Optional Golf Round, ... 
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Small-Group Montserrat Tour from Barcelona: Wine and Cheese Tasting with Optional Golf Round

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Enjoy a relaxing, scenic getaway from bustling Barcelona on this small-group tour to Montserrat, a beautiful nearby mountain. Here, visit Oller del Mas, a ...  Read more

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: Varies

From USD $55.86
Montserrat Royal Basilica Half-Day Trip from Barcelona, Barcelona, Wine Tasting & Winery Tours
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Montserrat Royal Basilica Half-Day Trip from Barcelona

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Enjoy a getaway to the Montserrat mountains on a half-day trip from Barcelona! You'll visit the Royal Basilica of Montserrat with its 12th-century carving of ...  Read more

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $59.22
Montserrat Monastery Tour from Barcelona Including Cog-Wheel Train Ride, Barcelona, Half-day Tours
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Montserrat Monastery Tour from Barcelona Including Cog-Wheel Train Ride

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Visit Santa Maria de Montserrat, one of Spain’s most important pilgrimage sites, on this 4.5-hour tour from Barcelona. With an expert guide, enjoy a ...  Read more

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $59.22
Viator Exclusive: Early Access to Montserrat, Barcelona, Day Trips
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Viator Exclusive: Early Access to Montserrat

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Discover the jewel in Catalonia’s crown before the crowds arrive on this 6-hour early-access visit to Monserrat. With this Viator Exclusive tour, ...  Read more

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $59.00
Montserrat Monastery and Natural Park Hiking Tour from Barcelona, Barcelona, Viator Exclusive Tours
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Montserrat Monastery and Natural Park Hiking Tour from Barcelona

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Discover magnificent Montserrat and the Benedictine abbey of Santa Maria de Montserrat on this day trip from Barcelona. Visit the monastery, one of Spain’s ...  Read more

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.28
Barcelona Combo: Montserrat, Skip the Line La Pedrera Tickets and Medieval Monastery of Sant Benet ... 
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Barcelona Combo: Montserrat, Skip the Line La Pedrera Tickets and Medieval Monastery of Sant Benet with Lunch

Embark on an unique tour that includes a visit of Montserrat (panoramic view, basilica, audiovisual exhibit and tasting of typical liqueurs), the monastery of ...  Read more

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $99.44
Montserrat Tour from Barcelona Including Lunch and Wine Tasting in Oller del Mas, Barcelona, Day ... 
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Montserrat Tour from Barcelona Including Lunch and Wine Tasting in Oller del Mas

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Enjoy our exclusive and intimate experiences. Discover the national park of Montserrat, one of the most important landmarks of the region. Enjoy the famous ...  Read more

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $100.55
Montserrat and Cava Trail Small Group Day Trip from Barcelona, Barcelona, Day Trips
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Montserrat and Cava Trail Small Group Day Trip from Barcelona

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Combine mountains, history and wine on a visit to Montserrat and either the Freixenet or Codorniu winery on a full-day small group tour by minivan from ...  Read more

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $99.44
Montserrat and Cava Trail Private Day Trip from Barcelona, Barcelona, Wine Tasting & Winery Tours
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Montserrat and Cava Trail Private Day Trip from Barcelona

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Combine mountains, history and wine on a private day trip from Barcelona to Montserrat and trail for a cellar tour and visit to a winery. Enjoy stunning views ...  Read more

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $122.91
Montserrat Abbey and Caves Private Tour from Barcelona, Barcelona, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Montserrat Abbey and Caves Private Tour from Barcelona

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Explore Spain’s dramatic countryside on this private 8-hour tour from Barcelona to Montserrat Abbey with an expert guide. You’ll see two iconic destinations ...  Read more

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $130.73
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