• 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

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!

Ibis C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Easy to find office for imbarkation and sufficient time at the sight to enjoy this beautiful place.

Lorrie

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Glad we went! Bus comfy- with Wi-Fi -a relaxing narrated trip. Great scenery. Montserrat was just beautiful! Walked to Cross of Saint Michael for breathtaking views and pics- up hill but worth it- about 25 minutes- Cathedral was beautiful-Mass going on-nice shops and cafe. Great guide- don't miss

Geoffrey G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Great location stepped in history. Tour was not long enough to explore location. Would suggest spend a full day or weekend

Maylene B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

The tour was great! Cecilia the tour guide was amazing. This area is beautiful!

James P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

A wonderful experience with a great tour guide! Montserrat is beautiful both in location and the magnificent basilica. I will probably do it again the next time I'm in Barcelona!!

Gurjeet

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

This tour was amazing!

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