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  • Address: Bages, Catalonia, Spain
  • Hours: Daily 8am-10:30am and 12pm-6:30pm
  • Admission: Free

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Montserrat Tours

Located about 30 miles (50 km) northwest of Barcelona is Montserrat, the 'Serrated Mountain.' This unique rock formation, sawed and sculpted by thousands of years of wind and rain, is most famously home to a Benedictine monastery, an important Catholic pilgrimage spot thanks to its 12th-century wooden statue of La Moreneta (The Black Madonna), Catalonia's patron saint. Aside from its religious and cultural importance, the mountain also boasts unbeatable views from its peaks.

The Basics
Montserrat is one of the most popular full- or half-day trips from Barcelona. Located mid-cliff, the monastery is reachable via cog railroad or cable car, and from there, visitors are free to explore the monastery grounds, hike the numerous trails winding up and around Montserrat mountain, or ride two funiculars to a scenic lookout or a holy cave believed to be the spot of a miraculous sighting of the Virgin Mary. Montserrat's location in Spain's cava-producing region means many travelers combine a visit with a tour and tasting at one of the several nearby wineries.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Choose a half-day Montserrat tour or a full-day excursion with a stop at a cava winery for wine tasting.
  • Trips last anywhere from four to 10 hours, depending on the option you choose.
  • Montserrat Monastery is wheelchair accessible, as is the cog railway leading there. Other parts of the mountain, including the funiculars, are not accessible.
  • Bring layers, as Montserrat is cooler than nearby Barcelona.
  • Wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes, especially if you plan to make use of the trail network.

How to Get to Montserrat
The easiest way to get to Montserrat is with a guided, small-group tour that includes round-trip transportation from Barcelona. Independent travelers can reach Montserrat by catching the R5 train from Plaça d'Espanya station. Those wishing to take the cable car should get off at Montserrat-Aeri, while those taking the cog railway should get off at Monistrol de Montserrat. The journey from Barcelona takes about 90 minutes one way.

When to Get There
Montserrat is open throughout the year, but it can get very busy in summer, particularly in July and August. This time of year also brings the hottest temperatures—expect highs in the upper 80s. On a clear day, the monastery affords panoramic views, so it’s a good idea to check the weather and visit on a sunny, cloudless day.

Hear the Boys Choir of Montserrat
Santa Maria de Montserrat is home of the famous L'Escolania choir, a boys choir of altos and sopranos who perform in the Basilica of Montserrat each day. The midday performance by one of the oldest boys choirs in Europe has become one of the most popular activities at the monastery, with seats filling up well before the singing begins.

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Montserrat Monastery and Museum Access with Audio Guide, Barcelona, null
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Montserrat Monastery and Museum Access with Audio Guide

Visit the splendid Montserrat Monastery with this entrance ticket. Discover the Open-Air Museum, the Museum of Montserrat and the new Inside Montserrat ...  Read more

Location: Monistrol de Montserrat, Spain
Duration: 90 to 120 mins

From USD $19.89
Montserrat Monastery Tour from Barcelona Including Cogwheel Train Ride, Barcelona, Attraction ... 
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Montserrat Monastery Tour from Barcelona Including Cogwheel 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 a guide, enjoy a panoramic cogwheel ...  Read more

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

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Early Access to Montserrat Monastery from Barcelona, Barcelona, Day Trips
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Early Access to Montserrat Monastery from Barcelona

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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 tour, you will visit the Santa Maria ...  Read more

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

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Barcelona Super Saver: Sightseeing Tour with Montjuic Cable Car and Montserrat Tour, Barcelona, Day ... 
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Barcelona Super Saver: Sightseeing Tour with Montjuic Cable Car and Montserrat Tour

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Perfect for first-time visitors, this Barcelona Super Saver combines two popular tours that offer the ideal introduction to Barcelona's famous sights, ...  Read more

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 10 hours 27 minutes (approx.)

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Montserrat and Cava Trail Tour from Barcelona, Barcelona, Super Savers
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Montserrat and Cava Trail Tour 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 $110.65
Half-Day Guided Montserrat Tour in Barcelona, Barcelona, Wine Tasting & Winery Tours
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Half-Day Guided Montserrat Tour in Barcelona

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Experience the spectacular mountain scenery of Montserrat on a half-day tour from Barcelona. Travel through charming villages and alongside Catalonia’s second ...  Read more

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

From USD $64.65
Montserrat and Sitges Full Day Guided Tour: Easy Hike with Hotel Pick-up from Barcelona, Barcelona, ... 
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Montserrat and Sitges Full Day Guided Tour: Easy Hike with Hotel Pick-up from Barcelona

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Embark on an amazing and comprehensive experience visiting two of the most beautiful and famous places near Barcelona. The magic mountain of Montserrat and the ...  Read more

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

From USD $104.44
Montserrat Land of Shrines - One Day Small Group Hiking Tour from Barcelona, Barcelona, Day Trips
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Montserrat Land of Shrines - One Day Small Group Hiking Tour from Barcelona

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A one day hiking trip to admire and explore the historical and natural terrain of the iconic peaks of Montserrat. Starting with a visit to the 16th century ...  Read more

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

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Magic Montserrat and Gaudi's Colonia Güell Half Day Tour, Barcelona, Day Trips
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Magic Montserrat and Gaudi's Colonia Güell Half Day Tour

Escape from the hustle and bustle of Barcelona with this half day tour to the beautiful mountain of Montserrat with our comfortable bus, enjoy this marvel of ...  Read more

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

From USD $59.68
The Montserrat and Codorniu Wine Cellars Tour in Barcelona, Barcelona, Cultural Tours
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The Montserrat and Codorniu Wine Cellars Tour in Barcelona

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Uncover the cultural highlights of Barcelona during this 6.5-hour tour of Montserrat and Codorniu from Barcelona. Take an exciting train ride, tour the ...  Read more

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 6 hours 18 minutes (approx.)

From USD $92.00

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