While in Catalina, gain early access to the 1,000-year-old Montserrat Monastery before anyone else with this tour. Just 30 miles (48 kilometers) outside of Barcelona, lies the monastery that still functions today. Follow your guide through the area, and admire its pristine architecture. Then, pop into the Museum of Montserrat, and explore its galleries with your guide close by to answer any questions along the way.
Early-access tour of the Montserrat Monastery
Avoid the chaotic crowds at the monastery with early access
Admire the monastery’s Gothic architecture
Explore the galleries of the Museum of Montserrat
Round-trip transport from a central location in Barcelona
Why Travelers Choose This Tour
With queues regularly forming at the entrance to Montserrat’s Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey, visiting can be tricky. Beat the crowds and explore at your own pace with this early-access!
Much as we hate getting up so early when traveling, the decision to buy Viator’s Early Access to Montserrat Monastery from Barcelona was the best decision as well as the best deal ! We saw all the important sights up there without have to wait in line. Our guide Alina was very good and efficient. We began to see long lines formed at the basilica just when we finished. It was so beautiful to see the sunrise high up in the mountain !
I'm glad we did the early access tour to Monserrat Monastery, no lines to see the Black Madonna.We had plenty of time to walk around and ride the funicular. Our tour guide was very nice and very knowledgeable of the place. I highly recommend this tour
This tour was amazing. Our guide allowed us to stop for breakfast despite it being quite an early trip. She also ensured that we would make it before the place became overcrowded allowng us able to enjoy the beautiful scenery uninterrupted. The timing was perfect as we were above the clouds while the sun was rising.
My family and I went on this tour and Martina was our tour guide. The bus was clean and comfortable and we are so happy we did the early tour because what the other reviews say are true - it gets SO crowded at Montserrat as the day goes on. We got there before everyone else so we didn't have to wait in the line for anything. After the tour of the monastery, we took a quick 20 minute hike up the hill to see the most stunning views of Montserrat. A half day is the perfect amount of time to spend there. Martina was an excellent tour guide. She was so knowledgeable and friendly and made our trip extra special. Highly recommend this excursion!
Couldn't be more thrilled about this tour. It was a great deal for the money. We arrived well before other groups, so we were able to see everything without hoards of tourists. I even had enough time to do a small hike. Well worth the price, and I couldn't recommend it more!
Simply spectacular tour, going early in the morning is the way to go. You will see the fog lift slowly and have the place to yourself with amazing commentary from your guide. We stopped off along the way for some coffee and a pastery. Ample free time later to explore and take the extra ride to the top when it opens.
IMO, its the only way to see this place, just do it!
This is perfect to avoid crowds. We were able to hit all aspects of our trip and still be in Barcelona in the early afternoon. You do need to get up early, but it was well worth it when we saw the crowds when leaving. You could spend more time that is allocated, but if that's your choice options are available. There are public transportation options when you get there if you realize that you don't want to come back with the tour and want to spend time hiking for example. Our tour guide offered great information and kept us on schedule.
This is such an amazing venue - it is worth getting up early and the views are absolutely spectacular!!!
I would highly recommend!!! It is a MUST-SEE place :o
ps: the only negative is that it I was overcharged at the 'main' souvenir shop, so check your receipts before leaving
its really better to do it early to avoid the lines and the crowds. if you are not into paintings then dont do the museum and do the fonicular instead. you will not have time for both. the guide will not be with you when you go around. its a do it your own thing but you can ask all your questions before you separate. it you are a catholic, like me, the Black Madonna itself is worth the early morning trip