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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 this spectacular, mountainside Benedictine abbey, one of Spain’s most popular pilgrimage sites for its revered Black Madonna statue. Then, enjoy free time to explore at leisure, 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 an expert local guide
  • Relax with transport by deluxe air-conditioned coach

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Our bestselling excursion outside Barcelona! You head up magnificent Montserrat to see the celebrated carving of the Black Virgin.

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What You Can Expect

Montserrat Royal Basilica Half-Day Trip from Barcelona

Montserrat Royal Basilica Half-Day Trip from Barcelona

Leave central Barcelona 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 postcard-pretty villages and hear tales from your guide about Montserrat’s main claim-to-fame — the magnificent Royal Basilica and Monastery of Montserrat. This spectacular 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, drink in the breathtaking views down 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 this incredible place as you want. 

Perhaps marvel at the vast basilica and explore its echoing interior, with its ornate hanging candles and echoing chapels. Gaze at 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 held to be where the statue was discovered. And 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.

Maybe also take a walk through Montserrat’s audiovisual museum to learn about the daily life of the monks, and perhaps finish with at the gift shop to taste and perhaps buy (own expense) 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

Sharon W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

My teenagers and I loved the half day trip to Montserrat. It was very well planned and the right amount of time to explore this beautiful place during our limited time in Spain. We rode the car up the mountain to hike, see the best views and take pictures. Our tour guide was great and very informative.

Sharon W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

I enjoyed this tour very much. It is such a beautiful place and definitely worth the time to visit. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and did a great job.

Paul W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Excellent tour, friendly and informative guide. Relatively large group but lots of space on the coach. Wonderful experience of peaceful but majestic surroundings. Anyone visiting Barcelona should book this trip! Highly recommended

Johan V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The tour was absolutely wonderful but try to not use Laura's travel agency as our guide could hardly speak English and there bus broke down and we were stuck on the mountain for longer than 2 hours and missed our afternoon appointments.

Kathy C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Nice ride through the countryside and up the winding mountain road to the great Montserrat. Truly lovely.

Lourdes S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

Meghan B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The perfect amount of time to travel up to the mountains, stroll around, then back. The tour guide was wonderful, and we had a great time tasting the liquors. We really enjoyed this tour.

pjmac2

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Everyone who visits Barcelona must take this tour. The scenery going and returning is breathtaking. Our guide was an expert on everything Catalonia. Monserrat is a mystical place that makes your heart soar. Don and #39;t miss it.

agneschg

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

A good way to see Montserrat if you don and #39;t have much time. The guide was knowledgeable. We got just enough time to see the black Madonna and listen to the boy choir - which was heavenly. Will definitely recommend this tour.

Dan H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

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