Experience the natural splendor of Montserrat and the Benedictine abbey of Santa Maria on this enriching full-day excursion from Barcelona. Escape the crowds and chaos of the city on a Mercedes Cabrio minibus to discover ancient 12th-century carvings and holy pilgrimage sites with a knowledgeable guide. Board a glass-bottomed funicular railway to observe the region’s fascinating flora and fauna then follow a natural trail replete with verdant beauty in Montserrant Natural Park. Enjoy personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, where numbers are limited to 15 people.
Explore Santa Maria de Montserrat with an expert guide
See the 12th-century La Moreneta and learn about its importance in Spanish culture
Ride the St Joan funicular railway for panoramic views of Catalonia
Small-group tour limited to 15 people, ensuring a personalized experience
Greet your knowledgeable guide at a pre-arranged meeting point in central Barcelona. Climb aboard a luxury Mercedes Cabrio minibus then relax during the scenic journey to Montserrat; gaze out of the window at rugged mountain peaks and revitalizing greenery. Stop at Santa Maria de Montserrat, an ancient Benectine abbey perched on the mountainside. Hailed as one of Spain’s most important pilgrimage sites, the abbey is home to a 12th-century wooden carving known as La Moreneta (The Dark One). Observe the carving with your guide and hear of the structure’s historical heritage. Next, wander to the St Joan funicular railway to boar a glass-bottomed funicular. Ascend the hillside and capture spectacular views of the scenic surroundings on camera; on clear days, enjoy unrivaled views of Catalonia in its entirety. After your remarkable ride, arrive in Montserrat Natural Park and embark on guided exploration of a natural trail; marvel at the unspoiled beauty and diverse flora and fauna as you wander at a leisurely pace through a natural wonderland. Return to your luxury Mercedes Cabrio minibus after your hike and travel to Barcelona, where the tour concludes. Please note: A minimum of two people per booking is required
Flavio was an excellent guide! A great storyteller and very patient with questions and wandering guests. We weren’t able to complete the hike as the fog rolled in and obscured any views but the parts we did were still worth seeing. Would definitely recommend.
Such a great day. At first I was a little concerned that the guide’s English wasn’t going to be great. But once I got used to her accent, I loved her. Paula was an absolute sweetheart and did everything she could to make the trip a great one. Unlike some guides whom you feel are just playing it for the tips, she was genuine and sweet. Montserrat is beautiful. The monastery is stunning inside and a complete surprise. You just don’t expect something on a mountain in the middle of nowhere to be so ornate and beautiful. We have kids who are 13, 15 and 18, and they kept commenting how much fun they had. So glad we did this trip.
Alvarro was one of the best tour guides I have had in a long time. He was very friendly and vigilant on an individual and group basis. His enthusiasm for the tour really made the time fly by on our way to Montserrat and the time there. Despite the foggy weather did his best to make the hike as interesting as possible by sharing interesting information regards to the history of the mountain as well as some scientific facts on the formation of the mountain.
We were very lucky with this trip, great guides from WE Barcelona, lovely small group, the weather made it magical as we took the funicular to the top of the mountain to start our walk the cloud that we had brought with us just nestled in the valley like a large soft mattress, Superb and time to get back down to hear the choir sing, highly recommend this trip.
This was a great day trip for our family. My kids are young adults so they were able to appreciate everything. We were late getting to the meeting spot and they waited for us, which was nice. The ride was comfy, however if you get car sick, you might want to take something. The ride up the mountain is beautiful around winding roads. Make sure you eat before you go, you will not have time until the end of the tour. We went in June, it was hot and sunny. Glad we had sunscreen, hats and water. Wear sneakers or hiking shoes. The hike is on a path, but is on an incline or decline for most of it. Our guide was great! Full of knowledge. We had a great time. Would have liked more time at the end for eating, shopping and wandering on our own. We had less than an hour. Other than that, we loved it.
Really nice tour with two young enthusiatic Catalan tour guides, Adrian and Mark, who were very happy to share the history of Monserrat with their guests. They were super organized and very patient with guests as well.