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

For lovers of natural landscapes and religious architecture, Montserrat should be a must-do landmark on your Barcelona itinerary. Guarantee your entry to the Montserrat Monastery, a Catholic pilgrimage site home to the 12th-century La Moreneta (Black Madonna), by purchasing your ticket in advance. Explore with an audio guide and delve deeper into the building’s history in the Museum of Montserrat.  
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Montserrat Monastery Tour from Barcelona Including Cogwheel Train Ride

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.
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Montserrat Royal Basilica Half-Day Trip from Barcelona

Explore the Royal Basilica and Monastery of Montserrat independently on this 5.5-hour trip from Barcelona. Travel by coach to the spectacular, mountainside Benedictine abbey, one of Spain’s most popular pilgrimage sites for its revered Black Madonna statue. Then, enjoy free time to explore, making this one of the most flexible Montserrat tours from Barcelona available. Admire the views from the mountainside, see the vast basilica and venerated statue, visit the audiovisual museum, and perhaps hear the Escolania, one of Europe’s best-known boys’ choirs before your return to Barcelona.
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Barcelona Super Saver Montjuic Cable Car and Montserrat Sightseeing Tour

See the best of Barcelona with packaged trip combining two excursions, including visits to the Barcelona Cathedral, the Gothic Quarter, Olympic Village (Vila Olimpica), Montjuic Castle, Montserrat and much more. Your trip includes a ride by cog-wheel train to the Royal Basilica of Monserrat to admire the the site's 12-century Black Virgin and sample some local liquor. Hop aboard the Montjuic cable car for a bird's eye view of the city, including the magnificent La Sagrada Familia and harbor. Best of all, when you book these two trips together, you'll save 10% on your visit.
  • Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes
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Early Access to Montserrat Monastery from Barcelona

While in Catalonia, gain early access to the 1,000-year-old  Montserrat Monastery before anyone else with this tour. Just 30 miles (48 kilometers) outside of Barcelona, lies the monastery that still functions today. Follow your guide through the area, and admire its pristine architecture. Then, pop into the Museum of Montserrat, and explore its galleries with your guide close by to answer any questions along the way.
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Montserrat Monastery and Natural Park Hiking Premium Small Group Tour from Barcelona

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.
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Montserrat Half-Day Small-Group Tour with Optional Skip-the-Line Ticket to La Sagrada Familia

Escape from Barcelona for a small-group visit to Montserrat during this half-day excursion. Join your guide as you ascend to this mountaintop monastery for a visit to the site's top attraction, the Virgin of Montserrat. You'll also have time to admire the incredible views, visit the on-site museum or take a ride on the Montserrat cable car (at your own expense). If you want to continue the fun, add on an optional upgrade visit to the incredible Sagrada Familia, where you'll skip the line as you explore Antoni Gaudí's masterpiece up close. This small-group visit, limited to just 20 guests, also includes minivan transport.
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
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Montserrat and Cava Trail Tour from Barcelona

Enjoy beautiful mountain scenery, history, and wine during this 10-hour, small-group excursion that includes a visit to Montserrat Monastery and a winery tasting near Barcelona. Drive by air-conditioned van to the hilltop religious site of Montserrat, where you'll enjoy spectacular views and see the Black Virgin, a 12th-century religious icon. Then head to Sant Sadurni d'Anoia, the nexus of Catalonia's wine industry, where you'll visit a winery for a tasting. Along the way you'll get personal attention from your knowledgeable guide.
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Montserrat Monastery and Horseback Riding Premium Small-Group Tour from Barcelona

Escape the bustle of Barcelona on a 6-hour Montserrat and horseback riding tour. Admire the needle-like rocky peaks of the Montserrat Massif mountain range and visit the Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey, perched on the mountainside. Then, head into the Montserrat Natural Park for a guided horseback ride through the plains and woods in sight of the multi-peaked mountains. Your tour includes air-conditioned transport and the horseback tour is suitable for all skill levels.
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Montserrat 7-hour Private Tour from Barcelona with Lunch

Visit the Santa María de Montserrat Abbey on this private tour of Montserrat. You’ll travel with a personal guide by train from Barcelona, then ascend by rack railway or cable car to the mountaintop Benedictine monastery. Listen to the lilting voices of L’Escolania de Montserrat, a renowned boys’ choir, and see the famed Black Virgin (La Moreneta). Hotel pickup is included on this 7-hour tour, with drop-off at Plaza de España in Barcelona.
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Montserrat and Sitges Easy Hike with Hotel Pickup from Barcelona

Enhance your experience of Barcelona’s majestic surrounding sights on a full-day tour of Montserrat and Sitges from the Catalonian capital. Alongside an expert guide, marvel at the distinctive ridges of the Montserrat mountain and absorb the sacred ambience of the holy Monastery, home to the revered Black Virgin statue. Ascend to the mountain’s summit in a cable car to enjoy panoramic vistas; explore the quaint fishing town of Sitges on a guided walking tour; and sample Mediterranean delicacies in a traditional Spanish restaurant.
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8-Hour Private Tour Barcelona and Montserrat

Explore the colorful urban attractions of Barcelona and the mythical mountain of Montserrat on this private, full-day tour. See the city's most famous landmarks, including Las Ramblas, Port Olympic and Plaza Espanya, plus iconic Modernist buildings like Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia Cathedral and the Casa Mila. Then, journey outside the city center to ascend the ‘Magic Mountain’ of Montserrat, known for its Benedictine monastery and important place within Arthurian legend. Price is per group, based on a maximum of 7 adults per vehicle.
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Montserrat On Your Own from Barcelona

Make the most of your time in Spain by taking a day trip to the spectacular mountain range of Montserrat. You won’t have to worry about driving on winding mountain roads, as round-trip transportation from Barcelona is provided. Once you get to Montserrat, you’ll have the freedom to explore the area’s many attractions at your own pace, such as Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey, and The Santa Cueva de Montserrat.
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Montserrat and Penedès Small Group Tour with Hotel Pick Up from Barcelona

Plunge into the rich culture of Catalonia on an enriching full-day excursion to Montserrat and Penedès from Barcelona. In a luxury minivan, travel to the heart of the Catalonian countryside to marvel at the colossal Montserrat mountain, a breathtaking natural landmark whose distinctive ridges are a result of erosion. Visit the sacred Benedictine monastery, home to the revered Black Virgin, and listen to the celestial tones of a boy’s choir. Then, explore the verdant vineyards of the Penedès wine region and receive an insightful introduction to the winemaking history of Catalonia.
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Montserrat Afternoon Tour with Small Group and Hotel Pick Up

This Montserrat Afternoon Tour is a great option for travelers with limited time in Montserrat. You’ll take the stress out of organizing transport by having door-to-door transfers included. Traveling in a small-group means a more personalized experience. Your guide will take you to Montserrat Mountain during the afternoon when it's less crowded. Highlights include the Benedictine monastery of Santa Maria de Montserrat, the Basilica, and the Holy Cave. 
  • Duration: 5 hours
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From Barcelona: The Montserrat Tour and the Montserrat Museum

Montserrat Monastery isn’t only renowned for its stunning mountain views; it’s also an important pilgrimage site and home to a vast collection of art, artefacts, and archaeological treasures. On this tour, visit the often-overlooked Montserrat Museum, admire the grand Royal Basilica of Montserrat, and enjoy magnificent views from the mountaintop.
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Montserrat Afternoon Tour with Privileged Access to Hidden Areas of the Museum

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Santa Maria de Montserrat monastery, a secluded Benedictine community nestled in the mountains outside Barcelona. Reach the remote site without the hassle of renting a car, and enjoy the serene sounds of the monks and boys’ choir. Your small group also gets special access to the monastery’s private galleries, filled with biblical treasures and original paintings by Dalí, Picasso, and other masters.
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Montserrat Land of Shrines - One Day Small Group Hiking Tour from Barcelona

Spend a day in Montserrat and explore the mountainous terrain and religious shrines on a 4-hour guided hike. Start with a visit to Santa Maria de Montserrat, a Benedictine abbey featuring a statue of the Black Madonna (La Moreneta) in the 16th-century basilica. Then ride the funicular and gain 1,476 feet (450 meters) in elevation on foot, with the option to climb to one of the most iconic peaks. Lunch and round-trip transport are provided from Barcelona on this small-group tour, limited to eight people.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Montserrat Guided Tour With Transportation

Take a break from bustling Barcelona to experience the serenity of Montserrat, a sacred mountain just an hour’s drive from the city. Learn about the history an ancient legends that surround the mount while traveling in a comfortable bus, and arrive early to beat the lines to enter the Benedictine monastery near the top. Here, see the famous Black Madonna statue, view paintings by Modernist masters at an on-site museum, and browse Spanish goods at vendor stalls, all in a peaceful natural setting.
  • Duration: 4 hours 45 minutes
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Montserrat Abbey and Caves Private Tour from Barcelona

Discover the natural splendor of Spain’s captivating countryside on a private full-day tour from Barcelona to the magnificent Montserrat Abbey. Accompanied by an accomplished private guide, explore two iconic destinations while gaining insight into the rich historical heritage of the region. Feast your eyes on dramatic landscapes and rugged mountain peaks as you travel to the sacred monastery and see the stalagmite-studded caverns within Montserrant Mountain. Enjoy undivided attention and tailored commentary on this private tour.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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The Montserrat and Codorniu Wine Cellars Tour in Barcelona

Marvel at the impressive Montserrat mountain and visit Codorníu wine cellars during this 6.5-hour tour from Barcelona. After a comfortable coach journey, get an orientation tour to the mountain's highlights from your guide: the monastery, basilica and museum. At the wine cellars, tour the largest underground cellars in the world, sip some of the wines and take a ride on electric train. Learn about the invention of cava, or Spanish sparkling wine, here in the late 19th century. Enjoy free time for lunch (own expense) and opt to attend the Boys’ Choir Midday Concert, if scheduling allows. Round-trip transportation from a central Barcelona meeting point is included.
  • Duration: 6 hours 18 minutes
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Private Tour: Half-Day Montserrat Experience

Enjoy a private 5-hour excursion to Montserrat, a place of great importance to the Catalan people. Relax as your private driver transfers you from your Barcelona hotel to Montserrat, where your local guide meets you and takes you around the monastery. You'll see the revered statue of the Black Madonna (La Moreneta) along with other highlights. Afterward, choose from several options to take independently, such as hearing the childrens’ choir, riding the funicular up the mountain, and visiting the Museum of Montserrat.
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Montserrat Monastery and Natural Park Tour from Barcelona

Escape the urban streets of Barcelona for the tranquil mountain air of Montserrat. This tour begins with a comfortable ride from the city to the Montserrat monastery with its famous Black Madonna. You’ll travel by cable car to the top of the mountain, where you’ll have a chance to explore the impressive rock formations on foot. On weekdays at 1pm you may hear the monastery’s celebrated boys’ choir.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Montserrat Monastery Tour & Hot Air Balloon Flight, Including Transfer, Lunch, Photos, Cava

Enjoy a luxurious and stress-free day in Monserrat with hotel pickup and drop-off included. After being transported to Santpedor, you’ll enjoy a scenic Hot Air Balloon flight. You won’t have to worry about organizing lunch, as a Catalan meal with wine is included, followed by a visit to Montserrat Monastery. To ensure you have a memento of your trip, you’ll also be treated to photos of your experience.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Shore Excursion: Montserrat Abbey and Salnitre Caverns from Barcelona

Spend your day at port exploring some of Catalonia’s most captivating natural and cultural wonders with a private shore excursion from Barcelona to Montserrat. Visit the legendary Santa Maria of Montserrat Abbey, nestled high atop granite cliffs, and peer inside the mythical mountain with a tour of the Salnitre Caves. With all transportation and logistics arranged, its a stress-free way to venture beyond the urban attractions of Barcelona.
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