• Location: Barcelona, Spain
  • Duration: 5 hours (approx.)
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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.

Highlights

  • 5-hour tour of Montserrat’s monastery and natural park from Barcelona
  • 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
  • 1-hour hike through Montserrat Natural Park
  • Listen to La Escolania, one of the oldest children’s choirs in all of Europe
  • Small-group tour limited to 15 people, ensuring a personalized experience

What You Can Expect

Montserrat Monastery and Natural Park Hiking Premium Small Group Tour from Barcelona

Montserrat and Hiking Tour from Barcelona

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

Customer Reviews

jwong7704

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

This is one of my favorite tours when visiting Barcelona. Flavio was such an amazing tour guide!! The trip started with an hour ride to Montserrat where we then took a funicular to the top of the mountain to hike down the mountain of Montserrat. Along the way, my friend and I took many beautiful pictures of the scenery. I would consider this to be a light hike since you are descending down the mountain. You are not walking uphill once. I would recommend you to wear good sneakers. If you have any knee issues/injuries, this part of the tour might be difficult for you since some of the descent might be steep. There will be a part of the hike where you will get a visit a monumental cross. In order to get there, it is a 5-minute hike downhill off the main path to see it and in order to get back, you will have to hike back up which might be difficult for people who have physical limitations. Part of my tour group decided to stay behind since it would be difficult to walk back up up the hill to the cross. However, I would recommend it for anyone who is somewhat physically fit because you will get the best panoramic view of the monastery from the location of the cross. It was worth the walk. When we arrived at the monastery, my friend and I got a few quick pictures in and decided to use the rest of our free time to explore the farmers market and shops. We got artisanal oils and chocolates made by the monks which were delicious. If anyone is into buying specialty oils/snacks, you might want to grab some here. Flavio made everyone feel comfortable and welcomed. Overall, my friend and I loved this tour since it had a little bit of exploring/hiking and downtime.

Laura V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

I highly REcommend. Our guide Flavio was so nice and knowledgeable. It was an easy trip from Barcelona and 5 hours was a good amount of time to get your fill.

david.milne

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

We took our two teenagers on this tour and it was a fantastic time. The group was small so we were able to stay together easily. The bus was clean and comfortable. Our guide was very engaged and knowledgeable, and the entire trip was well done.

Molly

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

This was a fantastic day. Julia, our guide, was so sweet, she even gave everyone her contact info in case we needed anything during the rest of our stay in Barcelona, plus she gave us a great restaurant recommendation for dinner. Montserrat is beautiful and the little bit of viewing the Montastery mixed with the hike was perfect for my teens. The hike was good too, as we took the tram up and then hiked down. Hiking up would have been a lot as it is very steep. The views from the mountains are beautiful. We all loved it!

Rene L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

This was the highlight of my short time in Barcelona. It was great to get away from the city and enjoy some of Spain's natural beauty! We hiked to the summit and I will say, this was quite difficult even though I am in good shape. It was so worth it for the views.

amypai

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Great hike with a very knowledgeable local guide. The pick up place is a van, got a bit lost looking for a shop.
The rest of the tour went very smoothly and the guides were most helpful and fun!

debmccroskey

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Montserrat is breathtaking! It was a very worthwhile experience. We loved our guide, Flavio! He was pleasant and informed. It was a very cold, extremely windy day and he lent his gloves and sweater to my daughter to stay warm.

Leisa F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

I'm so glad we booked this trip! Montserrat is not to be missed if you are anywhere close. Our tour guides were great! They were kind, friendly, and so knowledgable about Montserrat and its history. While hiking, they noticed that some of our group was interested in a more active hike and we broke into two smaller groups. Our family chose the more difficult hike and it was fabulous! We hiked higher into the mountains and the views were breathtaking. We even made it back in time to see the boys choir sing.

Sathyanarayan Kumar India

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

The Monserrat Monastery trip was a memorable one! the early morning tour started at the famous Passeig de Gràcia in front of the Casa Milà La Pedrera by Antoni Gaudí . it was a lovely start to a very beautiful day ahead. Our guide David who spoke impeccable English and his collegue Franco did a wonderful job in giving us the history, geography, culture and politics of Barcelona ! the bus journey to Montserrat was thus very informative and interesting. we reached the Montserrat monastery and the sight of the mountains and the monastery set in the midst of the amazing formations was breathtaking. the church with the Black Madonna was marvelous with the boys choir adding to the surreal experience. the scenic cable car ride followed by the small hike to the top of the mountain with David giving information on the flora and fauna of the place made it even more amazing. all in all we loved the trip including the food at the Restaurant Montserrat!!

beck60990

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This was a fun tour. Lots of amazing things to see. Our guide Unai was great and really added to the day. It was a rainy/cold day in January so he gave the group 4 of us the option to go to the museum instead of the 2 hour hike. And the company paid for the museum fees Very nice of them. And he also offered to drop us off at our hotels on the way home again since it was raining. One slightly negative thing was the railway/cable car was not included. I believe it was closed for maintenance but nothing was said about it during the tour. Only when I got back and was looking at the details did I realize that should have been part of the day. But again, probably nothing they could have done about it. We saw the black Madonna as well as the boys choir. So a very full day in 5 hours.

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