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.
An 8-hour tour of Montserrat Abbey and the Holy Cave from Barcelona
See this dramatic region of Spain with a professional guide
Visit the Monastery of St Maria of Montserrat
Explore the dramatic caverns and geology of the Salnitre Caves
Transportation via private minivan is included
This private tour ensures you’ll see the best of Montserrat Abbey and Collbató while receiving undivided attention from your guide
Depart from your Barcelona hotel in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan and gaze at the spectacular scenery as you travel towards to Monastery of St Maria of Montserrat. Admire the dramatic mountains and dense pine forests then disembark on arrival at the sacred structure. Hailed as one of Spain’s most prominent pilgrimage sites, the Monastery of St Maria is an ancient and alluring landmark founded in 1025.
Delve into the fascinating history behind ‘La Moreneta’ (Black Madonna), a carved statue secreted in the basilica, and listen to the soul-stirring song of the choir, one of the longest established children’s choirs in Europe. Peruse the enthralling exhibits in the museum then marvel at the astounding architecture in the Holy Cave.
Next, relax during a scenic drive to Collbató to uncover the stalagmite-studded caverns that comprise the face of the magnificent mountain. Take a tour of the Salnitre Caves, thronged with splintering stalactites and stalagmites, and gain insight into the intriguing geology of the area.
Feast upon a lunch of Catalan classics (own expense) the digest your newfound knowledge on the journey back to your hotel in Barcelona.
Viator Traveler's Reviews
, Nov 2017
Unfortunately the caves were closed. Montserrat Abbey was beautiful. My only complaint was that there was a tremendous amount of walking, much of it uphill.
Maintenance of the caves area made it impossible to visit the caves. We did fill the time available visiting the abbey and attending a church service with the choristers singing.
The one day strike in Barcelona made it difficult to get out of town, but the driver did it.
The tour guide was excellent.
We learned a lot about the area and its roll in pilgrimages to Santiago de Campostela.
Great tour. Very good speaking english tour guide. We've learned a lot from this tour because she explains things very well. and she's friendly and accomodating and helpful. Worth booking this tour. Really worth the money and a two thumbs up. :
There were just four in our group, plus Monica our guide and the driver. It was a wonderful day packed with fantastic sights and great history. Monica made sure we got to see as much as possible. After the mass we were able to get into the cathedral to see and hear the boys choir. Later in the day we went back and were able to see and touch the Black Madonna.
There were also many dance groups there performing in the square. It was fun to see the different costumes.
Two of us rode to the top of the mountain on the funicular with Monica and the other two went to the museum. Views from the top were phenomenal. Would have loved to have time to walk to one of the hermit's huts.
Took a hike along the Stations of the
Cross Pathway- beautiful and it literally took my breath away.........some steep areas.
This tour was terrific and our guide was wonderful.
We highly recommend putting Montserrat Abbey on your Barcelona travel schedule. Our tour guide Monica was totally amazing, a font of knowledge, Barcelonal history, Abbey history, landmark history -- it was like having a tour from a University Professor with a delightful personality. We felt we were friends by the end of the tour. One additional note, the Caves happened to be under repair at the time of our visit, so we were offered other options including a partial refund. We chose the funicular ride instead and that was also an excellent option that we thoroughly enjoyed. This site and tour was well worth the investment of time and funds.
Fantastic tour and Fantastic Guide. The explanations given by the personal guide were exhaustive from the geology of the caves to the turbulent history of the catalans and their Montserrat Abbey. Would definitely recommend it to families with kids who want to experience something different.