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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.

Highlights

  • 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

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What You Can Expect

Montserrat Monastery Tour from Barcelona Including Cogwheel Train Ride

Soak up the views from Montserrat's cog-wheel train

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.

Customer Reviews

Terence W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

The trip I took on the monserrat tour with cogwheel train ride was really excellent, even though it was very cold it was a sunny afternoon and we had no problems enjoying the wonderful panoramas and the scenary. The guide was knowledgable and we had plenty of time to visit all there was to see.I thought it was a well structured trip, worth the fee.

Timothy C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Excellent half-day trip! Montserrat is just an hour outside of Barcelona, and the approach to the mountains is beautiful. I recommend the afternoon trip because the late afternoon light is beautiful on the mountains. A must-see if you visit Barcelona.

Randall W USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

My wife went on this tour while I was working and she had an absolutely marvelous time!

Gailerina

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Beautiful place and the coach was really comfortable heading up there.

Maureen v

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Well worth the money. The view is absolutely spectacular! We lined up for a short time to see the black madonna. The bus trip took about an hour from the centre of Barcelona. Would recommend.

lililustig

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Would go again! Wonderful

Luis H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Great trip, highly recommended!

Crystal C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

It was wonderful. Breathtaking view and very educational experience. Highlighted my trip to spain.

Annemie

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Amazing tour. This is a very nice option if you do not have a full day to do this. If you however have enough time I would suggest spending more time there.

Vinny

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Very nice tour. Guide was really good.

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