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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

Emily S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Very nice place to visit. The half day seemed like plenty of time to see everything, including the children and #39;s choir, which was pretty amazing.

Marion K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

A wonderful tour, but should have more time in Montserrat. There was so much to do and we had to race around trying to fit everything I but couldn't. We didn't have time to eat or look at the market stalls and we rushed everything we did see.
The mountains are superb, and so much to do there. Definitely recommend taking the funicular to the top.

Joseph C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

A visit to this holy shrine Is a must which cannot be missed. The Basicilia building and interior decorations are simply beautiful. The mountain and views from it are breathtaking. All in all the visit was really worthy.

Lorna I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Trip was very, very enlightening. Time frame too short to absorb all that Montserrat has to offer. Missed our wine tasting opportunity, but would still recommend the trip. Loved the Basilica a lot.

Michael B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Montserrat is a must see! It was a wonderful trip, the tour guide and transportation were great.

Faaiza K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Tour guide was really friendly and gave a good overview of the history behind the monastery. The place is beautiful and I would definitely recommend this trip tour.

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.

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