Montserrat, Spain
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clock-o4 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
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commentOffered in: English and 1 more


Make a pilgrimage to Santa Maria de Montserrat, a monastery near Barcelona and one of Spain's key religious sites, during this 4.5-hour visit. Join your guide as you scale Montserrat Mountain on the cogwheel train, enjoying striking vistas of the mountain's surreal rock formations and Barcelona off in the distance. Then visit Benedictine Santa Maria de Montserrat abbey and the Royal Basilica of Monserrat, where you'll view La Moreneta (the Dark One) a 12-century carving of Our Lady of Montserrat, and sample four local liquors at the on-site gift shop. This Montserrat visit also includes all entrance fees and transport by air-conditioned coach.
  • 4.5-hour tour of Santa Maria de Montserrat from Barcelona, led by a guide
  • Ride the cogwheel train up Montserrat mountain for panoramic views of Catalonia
  • Visit the Benedictine Santa Maria de Montserrat, one of Spain’s most important pilgrimage sites
  • See the 12th-century La Moreneta and learn about its importance in Spanish cultural and spiritual life
  • Savor four local liquors in the monastery's shop

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This combines a tour of Montserrat with a ride on the mountain cogwheel train, all in just a half a day.
Explore one of Spain's most important religious sites at Montserrat, a monastery situated high above the city of Barcelona in greater Catalonia. The spot offers sublime views, a variety of religious artifacts, and insight into the history and spiritual traditions of this region of Spain.
Begin your excursion by boarding an air-conditioned coach in central Barcelona (Calle Balmes, 5) at 3pm, continuing on a ride through the scenic landscapes of Catalonia on your way to Montserrat. Your guide will provide details about the region's history as you go, offering details about the mountain of Montserrat and the monastery that lies near its peak.
Upon reaching the foot of the mountain, climb aboard a cogwheel train for the 15-minute climb to the peak, enjoying panoramic views along the way. Listen as your guide explains how hundreds of years of erosion have sculpted the striking pink rocks visitors see today. Make sure to also keep your camera handy for great shots of the mountain's unique rock formations with Barcelona and Catalonia in the distance.
Arrive at Santa Maria de Montserrat, the Benedictine abbey that occupies the mountaintop. Learn about the critical role the monastery plays in the cultural and spiritual traditions of Catalonia via an audiovisual presentation. Then check out the Royal Basilica of Monserrat, situated adjacent to the monastery. The Basilica is home to the 12th-century wooden carving of Our Lady of Monserrat, a sacred object also known as La Moreneta (the Dark One).
Spend some free time exploring the grounds at your leisure, stopping at the monastery gift shop for a tasting of four local liquors. Then head back to your air-conditioned coach for the trip back Barcelona, stopping at the original departure point.


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, Jan 2019

There is nothing special about this trip that requires a tour company. After a few anecdotes, they leave you for free time. You might as-well take the train and get there by yourself.

, Nov 2018

i love ancient history, the inside of the chuch is from the bizantine era, quite impressive, and we had a wonderful guide, i never had a mediocre italian turist guide, and Giovanna was no different, she spoke fluent english, was very knowledgable on the history of the place, and was very professional.

, Oct 2018

The your was well organized. Govana the guide was fantastic. My only complaint was that we had to make our way from the cruise terminal to Julia tour office which was an additional cost to bear by taxi Would have been better if we were given directions to use the shuttle provided at €5 to the town.

, Oct 2018

Wonderful day. The Montserrat was full of history and breath-taking views

, Oct 2018

This was a great afternoon tour to Montserrat. The monastery and location are breathtaking! It was just enough time there, we got to see everything. Our guide was great...if you have a free afternoon in Barcelona I highly recommend this tour.

, Oct 2018

Good reasons to visit Montserrat*Views*Black Madonna*Boys Choir*Cog/rack Funicular railwayReasons not to take this Tour:-*There is nothing of interest on route and the guide only spends some 15 minutes with you on arrival,so no value in paying for their service.*The funicular included is not the steep and exciting Sant Joan, as you would expect, but the dull, unspectacular Cremallera. 13 Euros extra per person for the Sant Joan.*Though the brochure(online) states "all entrance fees included", the Museum is also not included. Again extra cost.*Boys Choir last performance is at 1pm, so no good for this tour.Cost of this tour for 2 people, 110 Euros.Cost effective alternative:-2 x Coach Tickets = 10.20 Euros2 x Funicular Sant Joan = 26 Euros2 x Museum entry = 14 EurosTotal = 50.20 Euros, plus travel am enables you to see the Boys Choir.Poor value, should have done better homework!!!

, Oct 2018

The trip was worth seeing but the tour guide was not much good. His iinstructions on things was poor. Other guides on the train up the mountain advised of good picture opportunities. he didn't. He left his mic on and spoke to himself not knowing everyone could hear.

, Oct 2018

Despite the long travel and no toilet stops in between, the views were immaculate from the top. Best advice i could give is to bring your own snacks as the food court up there had limited choice and food didn't taste that great. Also, bring a warm jacket as it gets really cold up there. Overall, a lovely experience

, Oct 2018

The tour was super worth it. 3

, Oct 2018

The tour guide was excellent, but for my taste, I think I would have preferred to hike part way. I thought we were going to be able to go into the monastery, but that was not allowed. There was not a lot to say and other than a beautiful view, I’m not sure what the tour was really about....

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