• Location: Barcelona, Spain
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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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

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

MpBorek

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

We had a fabulous trip to Montserrat with Viator! It was a wonderful ending to our week in Barcelona before we boarded our cruise...Beautiful views from the top...Very happy we went!

Ibne I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

It was a great tour... managed by Julia travel at Barcelona. It was on time, great customer service and very good tour guide. I would highly recommend!

Patricia S United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Wow. Best place to visit there. We rode the train to the top. Had a chance to meet/saw Our Lady of Montserrat statue and prayed with her. Very inspiring!

John M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Tour was excellent with breathtaking scenery. Guide also was excellent. Only issue was that the tour duration did did not allow us to use the funicular to go further up the mountain.

erik h

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

A definite stop if you wish to get out of busy Barcelona. Lovely views on from the train as well.

Dagmara G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

Breathtaking

Anjalipdogra

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Wonderful experience. The views were simply breath-taking. A great day trip out of the city! :

Kathleen S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

This was a beautiful ride out of the city, and the cogwheel train ride up to the monastery was very cool. Our tour guide gave us a lot of interesting facts about the areas through which we were traveling, and about the history and importance of the area and the monastery. Great trip!

Maria Asuncion M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Wonderful experience. Everything went very well....timelines and schedules. A must do when in Barcelona.

imjea

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

We loved this tour! Gorgeous!

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