• Location: Barcelona, Spain
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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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.

Highlights

  • Half-day trip to the Royal Basilica of Montserrat from Barcelona
  • Explore the basilica independently and see its 12th-century carving of the Black Virgin
  • Enjoy spectacular views from the Montserrat mountains
  • Learn about Montserrat’s history from a guide
  • Relax with transportation by deluxe air-conditioned coach
  • Tasting of 4 typical liquors

What You Can Expect

Montserrat Royal Basilica Half-Day Trip from Barcelona

Montserrat Royal Basilica Half-Day Trip from Barcelona

Meet your guide at Calle Balmes, 5 in central Barcelona. Depart by air-conditioned coach and head to the mountain of Montserrat, a cluster of cone-like peaks that reach up to 4,051 feet (1,235 meters) in height to the north of the city.

As you travel, pass through scenic villages and hear tales from your guide about Montserrat’s main claim-to-fame — the magnificent Royal Basilica and Monastery of Montserrat. The mountainside church and Benedictine abbey is best known for its Black Madonna (La Moroneta), a statue of the Virgin Mary that has made it one of Spain’s most popular pilgrimage sites for centuries. 

Admire the epic landscapes as you ascend the mountain, and on arrival, take in the views over the countryside and Barcelona. Then, after an introduction to Montserrat’s history, use your entrance ticket to head inside and enjoy free time to explore.

Explore the vast basilica and its echoing interior, see the revered Black Madonna, a small wooden statue housed in small room, and learn the story behind this hallowed sculpture. Then, if time allows, walk up to the grotto, traditionally said to be where the statue was discovered.

If your tour is on a weekday (select dates only), perhaps hear a recital by the Escolania, one of the most renowned boys’ choirs in Europe. You can also opt for a walk through Montserrat’s audiovisual museum to learn about the daily life of the monks, finishing at the gift shop to taste and perhaps buy some of the traditional liquors made at the monastery.

After roughly 2.5 hours of exploring independently, return to Barcelona by coach where your trip ends.

Customer Reviews

Daniel M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Wonderful day trip! The driver and tour guide were nice, knowledgeable, and a general pleasure to be around... would definitely do it again!

Marie L T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Tour was amazing. I wish we booked the full day tour to Monserrat but nonetheless our guide Nazeem made it all worthwhile and was profoundly knowledgeable of its history.

cherie.pope60

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Our tour guide Nadine kept our group informed, timely, but still a restful tour. The black Madonna is a significant Christian relic and the cathedral is small but majestic. The area is striking for the large rock formations. A great half day tour.

jen.thomas21

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Absolutely excellent trip. Cecilia our tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable and very friendly. I'd love to do any trips planned with her as our guide.
Julia travel company are very professional and helpful.

Kelly S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

worth every single penny. the mountains of montserrat are something you have to physically see in order to experience it fully. if you are somewhat physically-capable, I would suggest taking the big lift all the way to the top of the moutain for around 7-8 euros per person and then walking down. It takes roughy 45 mins walking down and the guide gives you more than enough time. In addition, make you use your tickets to try out the 4 liquor samples included in the entrance ticket. If you are going as a couple, one couple should get the mini-cookie bites and then the other couple should get the liquor samples.

Overall 5 stars!! bilingual translation too and meeting point is in the center of barcelona so it was really convenient.

thomas

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

This tour was amazing!

SUSAN A O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

I did not realize that we had not rated this tour before. It was well worth it, and the scenery and information about the place were worth the trip!

Edik B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Very interesting tour.

Lynette A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Really interesting and beautiful place. Loved the boys choir so glad I got to see them. Wonderful tour great tour guide who was very informative and helpful.

Ann.mac

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

This tour was amazing!

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