Depart from a central Barcelona location in a private, air-conditioned vehicle and travel to the craggy peaks of Montserrat, a natural landmark home to an ancient Benedictine abbey. Venture within the sacred sanctuary home to 'La Moreneta', a 12th-century statue of a black Virgin Mary that has been attracting pilgrims for more than a millennium.
Delve into the rich history of the region in the Museum of Montserrat and browse exhibitions that speak eloquently of sculpture, archaeology and biblical writings. Discover a selection of picturesque walking trails around the mountain and take a rack railway or cable car ride to absorb sweeping vistas of the incredible surroundings.
Revitalize with a traditional lunch and then head to Colonia Güell to see a famously unfinished church by modernist architect Antoni Gaudi. Descend to the depths of the crypt, the only part of the construction to be completed, and then head to Park Güell to discover a hallucinatory landscape of sculptures and artwork. Gaze at lizard mosaics and ‘Gingerbread Houses’ reminiscent of fairytales; sit on colorful ceramic benches; and lose yourself in a mystifying labyrinth made solely from rocks and pine trees.
Choose to return to your Barcelona hotel or continue exploring Park Güell at the end of your tour.