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Barcelona: Montserrat Guided Tour with Optional Cog-Wheel

Barcelona: Montserrat Guided Tour with Optional Cog-Wheel

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Ascend Montserrat on this half-day trip from Barcelona. Enjoy a scenic ride aboard a cog-wheel train, visit the Royal Basilica to see the Black Virgin, and discover unusual rock formations.

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Duration 5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish

Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy a day trip to the holy mountain of Montserrat
  • View paintings from the masters, like El Greco, Picasso, and Dali, at the basilica's museum
  • Visit the Royal Basilica of Montserrat
  • Admire the Black Virgin, a site of pilgrimage for many of the Catholic faith
  • Listen to the sounds of L'Escolania, one of the oldest boy's choirs in Europe
Full description

Visit Montserrat Monastery on this half-day trip from Barcelona.  Scale Montserrat Mountain on the cogwheel train. Admire the beauty of the monastery's architecture and hear stories about its famed Black Madonna statue.

Board a bus from Barcelona and set off on a ride to the magical mountain of Montserrat. Discover its rocky geography, beautiful scenery, local liquors, and cultural wealth with a guide. Follow your local guide through the site and learn about the history and architectural style of the monastery. Fall in love with the Gothic and Renaissance details of the basilica and sanctuary. Then, learn about the legend of the miraculous apparition of the Black Madonna and Child in the cave of Santa Cova. Visit the Church and see the Black Madonna.

Enjoy free time to taste the finest liquors, shop for locally produced treats or visit the audiovisual exhibition once the guided tour finishes.

Includes
  • Transportation by air-conditioned bus
  • Tour guide in English and Spanish
  • Tasting of 4 liquors
  • Entrance to AV exhibition in Montserrat (Espai Audio visual Montserrat)
  • Access to Boys’ Choir (if option is selected)
  • Skip-the-line entrance to the Black Madonna (if option is selected)
  • Montserrat cogwheel train ride (if option is selected)
  • Tips
  • Lunch
  • Hotel pick-up & drop off
  • Museum entrance fee
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Meeting point may vary depending on the option booked.

Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Warm clothing
  • Comfortable clothes

Know before you go

  • A proper dress code is requested to enter the Basilica at Montserrat. It is not permitted to enter with tank tops, strapless shirts, short shorts or flip flops
  • Please be aware that some walking is included in this tour, please come prepared and wear comfortable clothes and shoes
  • The boy's choir only performs from Monday to Friday at 1:00 PM
  • Montserrat has a mountains climate. Depending on the season you will need weather-appropriate clothing
  • Check the timetable of the different facilities that you wish to visit during your free time.
  • The duration of the tour includes round-trip pickup and drop-off
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 323 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.3/5
  • Transportation
    4.6/5
  • Value for money
    3.9/5
  • Safety
    4.5/5

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According to the description 5 hours - of which 2.5 hours by bus. Almost an hour's free time on the mountain BEFORE the actual tour with the reason "the shops close very early" - but when the tour was over the shops were still open... In this hour you had to decide whether you wanted to walk 25 minutes to the summit cross (with a fantastic view) wants to hike OR wants to see the area around the monastery. Visiting the monastery is limited to 30 minutes including visiting the Black Madonna (long waiting time). 1 hour of free time AFTER the tour would have made much more sense, then it would have been easier to decide what else you would like to see for yourself...

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November 6, 2022

Our guide Daniel was excellent but we would have liked more time in Montserrat. By the time we had done the walking tour and viewed the Black Madonna we only had about an hour and a bit before having to get back ti the bus. We would have liked more free time

October 23, 2022

We were the only Japanese participants, but the guide worked hard to explain, so we were able to meet Black Maria safely! I also learned that there are many inconveniences if I can't speak English. I think it's seasonal, but it was very cold even in November, so down is a must.

November 21, 2019

Product ID: 1177