• 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.


  • 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

Sue S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2018

There are not enough words to describe this breath taking, majestic, spiritual place. As we were driving up to the top, we were looking down over mountain peaks and clouds! OMG! The mountain peaks by the church entrance look like they were carved and angels and as if saints are looking over you! My number 1 regret is that I only booked a half day tour! I didn't have the time to get into the church! Long lines. I missed the boys Esconolia choir's little concert, along with the monastaries. I also missed seeing the ancient found in year 808 I believe wood carving of the Blessed Virgin Mary. I did see the statue of St. Jerome who's eyes are like the Mona Lisa always following you looking over you. There's so much to see there! Everyone there walks around in hushed awe! I MUST go back! Thank you Viator for a truly wonderful experience and a very knowledgeable Sweet guide Ruth and the driver! She and the expert driver deserve HEAPS of praise and acknowledgement for her most dedicated work and care of and for us! Thank you Ruth and driver!
Yes, Viator does a GREAT job with tours, guides, drivers, and exceptional experiences! I'll book again with them!
Thank you so much!
Sue S.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

Booked through Viator yes, I was a little lazy if I would have searched for travel agents I hope I would have found Julia. I booked half day morning tour. Modern clean bus, excellent bus driver...not a fan of bus travel driver was the BEST! Very good tour guide knowledgeable Thank you Laura for a nice trip. 9:15am show time, confirmation ticket came with easy instructions where to show up. Counter staff at Julia were nice, just had to check in really didn't have much dealing with them. Only problem with tour, arrived at Montserrat around 10am or so made our way to Basilica 10:30am-12pm Basilica and door to Black Virgin closed till 12pm!! Thought that a little strange, so you just walk around kill time till noon, then meet tour guide at 1:15pm.

Kathryn S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

This tour is the perfect combination of a guided tour and time to explore Montserrat on your own. Our guide Ana was very friendly and knowledgeable, she gave information on the drive and on a short tour when we arrived in Montserrat. We had wanted to be able to take the funicular to the top and hike back down and we had plenty of time to do that. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone who wants some flexibility to explore Montserrat!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

Really enjoyed it! An amazing place to visit if you are visiting Barcelona!

Ellis V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

We had a great time! The tour guide was wonderful, the bus was immaculate and the scenery perfect! Highly recommend.

Luke C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Great 1/2 day tour from Barcelona. The guide was great, there isn't very much history to the area that is all that exciting. Some may enjoy taking a train to the mountain and then seeing it on your own time, but it was a great trip with a good amount of free time. I would recommend!

Terry D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

A serene visit to Montserrat, a great day trip from Barcelona. Stunning views with a lot history to absorb. The tour was well worth the money spent. The bus was comfortable and on time, everything was as described in the tour description.

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.


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.

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