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Barcelona: Park Güell Admission Ticket

1. Barcelona: Park Güell Admission Ticket

Visit Park Güell with your timed admission ticket and explore the unique site at your own pace. Marvel at Antoni Gaudí's colorful mosaic art such as the Dragon Stairway with its world-famous salamander. Have a break from the city life while strolling through the green Austria Gardens and take stunning photos of Barcelona from the park's viewing points.  The plan for the park was assigned to Gaudí by Eusebi Güell, a Catalan entrepreneur who wanted to recreate a British residential park on Muntanya Pelada (Bare Mountain). It was opened as a municipal park in 1926, recognized as an artistic monument in 1969 and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. While you have to enter the park at your booked time slot, you can stay for as long as you like after and take it all in.

Barcelona: Montserrat Monastery Visit & Lunch at a Farmhouse

2. Barcelona: Montserrat Monastery Visit & Lunch at a Farmhouse

Take a day trip from Barcelona to visit Monserat. Take in the mountain views, visit the famous monastery, then head to a local farmhouse for a delicious dinner. Begin in the upper part of Passeig de Gràcia. Then journey to the natural splendor of Montserrat, Catalonia’s most emblematic mountain topped by a Benedictine Monastery. Montserrat is an ideal trip to spend a day in nature, just a few kilometers away from Barcelona. En route to the Monastery, admire the Massif of Montserrat, a multi-peaked rocky range packed with needle-shaped formations. Upon arrival, visit the Monastery, which was founded in the 10th century and still functions with 150 monks to this day.  It famously hosts the dark figure of La Moreneta, who is the patron saint of Catalonia. Your guide will explain the Monastery's history, which dates back nearly a thousand years. After the visit, you will have free time to buy a souvenir and take pictures. Next, visit a farmhouse with stunning views. Enjoy a delicious 3-course menu; consisting of salad, barbecued food (with vegetarian and halal options), and dessert. Following this adventurous day, return to the center of Barcelona by private transport.

Barcelona: Half-Day Montserrat Experience

3. Barcelona: Half-Day Montserrat Experience

Begin by meeting your guide in the center of Barcelona, from where your unique experience begins. Join your group in an air-conditioned private vehicle for the journey up the mountain of Montserrat. Enjoy the views as you hear about Montserrat’s Basilica and Monastery, home of la Moreneta (Black Madonna). Unlike other tours, this experience allows you to gain early access to visit the Montserrat Monastery, well before the crowds arrive. Upon your arrival, enjoy a 45-minute guided tour throughout which you learn about Montserrat including its secrets. This tour also sees you visiting the farmer’s market and entering the basilica. You guide then explains all the fun activities you can do with your 2 hours of free time following the guided tour. You can visit la Moreneta (Black Madonna), enter the museum, taste the monastery’s homemade liquor, go to an easy walk to the Saint Miguel, take the Sant Joan Funicular, and much more.

Montserrat: Morning or Afternoon Half-Day Trip with Pickup

4. Montserrat: Morning or Afternoon Half-Day Trip with Pickup

Take a half-day trip from Barcelona to Monserrat. See views from the mountain, visit a famous monastery, and take a walking tour. Begin your day with pickup and get read to enjoy the most exclusive views of this spectacular natural setting, the Holy Mountain. This rocky monument is known for the whimsical shapes of its peaks soaring through the sky. See a mountain at a height of 2,380 feet above sea level. Tour the Benedictine Monastery of Santa Maria and the Basilica, where you’ll see the Virgin of Montserrat, known as the Black Madonna. After visiting the monastery, your guide will take you on a walking tour to take in the stunning views from the site that was declared a national park in 1987. Next, you’ll visit the Holy Cave, where legend has it the Virgin appeared. It is now a center of pilgrimage and prayer. To conclude the tour, you can enjoy listening to the angelic voices of La Escolania de Montserrat, one of the oldest children's choirs in Europe. You will return to Barcelona with the guide at around 2:30 PM if you take the morning tour, or at 8:30 PM if you take the afternoon tour.

From Barcelona: Montserrat Monastery & Natural Park Hike

5. From Barcelona: Montserrat Monastery & Natural Park Hike

Discover the mountain village of Montserrat on a guided tour from Barcelona. Visit the Monastery of Montserrat and explore the tranquil surroundings of Montserrat National Park. Start in the upper part of Passeig de Gràcia before journeying by bus to experience the natural splendor of Montserrat. Admire the Massif of Montserrat on the way to the monastery. Take in this spectacular rocky, multi-peaked range packed with unique needle-shaped formations. Visit the still-functioning monastery that houses over 70 monks and was founded in the 11th century.  Learn about the monastery’s history and ventures dating back nearly a thousand years. Next, board the Sant Joan Railway and observe the area’s natural beauty. Follow an easy hiking trail with a specialized guide along the Montserrat Natural Park. Relax after the hike and taste the traditional Catalan dessert, Mel i Mato, which is made up of cheese drizzled with honey from local farmers. Enjoy a sweet end to your Montserrat tour.

From Barcelona: Wine, Cava, Tapas & Vineyards 4WD Experience

6. From Barcelona: Wine, Cava, Tapas & Vineyards 4WD Experience

Visit the Penedès region on this excursion and discover the fascinating world of wine. Explore the vineyards of two wineries, taste delicious wines paired with gourmet delicacies, and learn about the art of winemaking. Situated between the sea and the mountains, the Penedès enjoys both the influence of the sun and the Mediterranean Sea, making it prime territory for winemaking. Make your way there on a luxury Mercedes SUV to visit 2 hand-picked family wineries. Make your first stop at a boutique winery that has been cultivating vines for over 2,000 years. Be welcomed by a winemaker who will show you its subterranean wine cellar. Learn fascinating facts about grape varieties, vine growing, winemaking and the optimal conditions for wine storage. Take the opportunity to taste 4 fine wines in a stylish tasting room, accompanied by an assortment of gourmet delicacies. Next, make a visit to the traditional manor house and vineyards to discover the art and secrets of winemaking. Continue the visit through the vineyards in a convertible 4x4 vehicle, accompanied by your guide and a viticulturist. Admire the stunning rural landscape with seemingly endless vineyards. Along the way, and in the midst of the vines, you’ll pass a Romanesque church that belongs to the manor. The second and final visit is to an equally historical winery specializing in cava, a naturally sparkling wine with an unmistakable flavor deeply rooted in Catalonia. The ancestral estate is built over an old farmhouse but features cutting-edge design facilities. Enjoy the opportunity to enter the capella, the heart of the cellar, and the oldest part of the winery. After visiting the vineyard and cellar, you’ll have a chance to taste 4 unique types of cava. Each will be paired with an appetizer that enhances the tasting experience.

Montserrat & Cava Wineries Day Trip from Barcelona w/ Pickup

7. Montserrat & Cava Wineries Day Trip from Barcelona w/ Pickup

Discover the beauty of Mount Montserrat and visit the Montserrat Monastery on this day trip in an airconditioned van from Barcelona. Head to Santa Cova and have the chance to hear the Montserrat’s Boys’ Choir. Savor wine and tapas at an ancient winery in Sant Sadurní d'Anoi.  Depart Barcelona and drive towards the Catalan Pre-Coastal Range for a morning visit to the Benedictine abbey of Santa Maria de Montserrat, world-renowned for its shrine to the Virgin of Montserrat, also known as the "Black Madonna." Marvel at the monastery and its surrounding scenery on a curious-shaped rock that rises 2,380 feet above sea level. Enter the monastery to see its Romanesque icon of the "Black Madonna" which is thought to date back to the 12th century. Get unparalleled views of the magical landscape, declared a national park in 1987. Head to the Santa Cova ("Holy Grotto") where, according to legend, the virgin appeared before some shepherd children in a vision.  Benefit from the chance to hear the angelic voices of La Escolania de Montserrat (Montserrat’s Boys’ Choir ), one of the oldest children's choirs in Europe (subject to seasonal availability). Head to Sant Sadurní d'Anoia in the heart of Catalonia's cava wine producing region and visit a premium cava winery, where the tradition of making sparkling wines date back almost 5 centuries. Visit the cellar and descend to the dungeons where the wine is stored for several years. Learn about wine production and vineyard maintenance. Taste 3 varieties of local wines and cavas paired with traditional cheeses and cold meats. Gaze out at views of the Catalan countryside with Mount Montserrat in the background. Hear about the process of producing cava at a family business that first produced it according to traditional methods in 1872, and by using grapes from the Penedès region. Return to your meeting point in Barcelona at the conclusion of your tour. 

From Barcelona: Montserrat Monastery, Easy Hike, Cable Car

8. From Barcelona: Montserrat Monastery, Easy Hike, Cable Car

Escape from busy Barcelona on this 6-hour small-group excursion to Montserrat. When you arrive you’ll be in the capable hands of a certified mountain guide as you explore this popular site. Discover the charm of Montserrat mountain, visit the Benedictine Monastery of Santa Maria de Montserrat with its well preserved 15th-century cloister. Discover hidden details, architecture, and art from the 12th century to the contemporary. Ride the cable car to the top and enjoy the magnificent view of the mountain and the national park. Take an easy hike to enjoy the fresh air and mountainous terrain and learn about nature and wildlife. Admire the magical and fun shapes of the rock formations and some of the chapels scattered throughout the mountain. Enjoy your free time back at the monastery with the many things you can do.

From Barcelona: Full-Day Montserrat & Wine Small Group Tour

9. From Barcelona: Full-Day Montserrat & Wine Small Group Tour

Experience Montserrat on a full-day wine tour with lunch from Barcelona. Understand why Montserrat is so closely linked to the Catalan identity and also learn about the region's wines with tastings. On the way to Montserrat, your guide will introduce you to this "magic mountain" where Mother Nature meets religion, history, and the identity of the Catalans. Enjoy the stunning landscape of the natural park. Take a guided tour which includes a short walk to the monastery where you can see spectacular views and get a true feel of the spirituality Montserrat has to offer. After Montserrat, head to a local, family-run winery, just a few minutes away from Montserrat, and one of the most important and beautiful wineries in the region.  In a local restaurant, be served from an exquisite selected tasting menu featuring favorites of the region paired with wines produced organically from the vineyard. In the afternoon, your expert guide will take you to visit the cellar and through the vines for a walk. Learn how the wine is made and discover all its secrets. Then visit the winery, where its chateaux wines become older and wiser. Here you may sit, close your eyes, and enjoy the various wines offered, tasting the history, soil, climate, and everything else that makes this winery so special.

From Barcelona: Montserrat Monastery Transfer

10. From Barcelona: Montserrat Monastery Transfer

Avoid the crowds with this early access excursion to the monastery of Montserrat. You can enjoy the spirituality of this monastery, situated not far outside of Barcelona, and marvel at the sunrise from the mountainside. You will depart from Plaza de Catalunya early in the morning in an air-conditioned bus. Enjoy the drive up to the mountain of Montserrat, located 720 meters above sea level. You will have the best views of the sunrise over the mountain scenery, and take spectacular photos of these incomparable views. When you arrive at the monastery you can enjoy the complex on your own. Choose to enter the Museum of Montserrat, or follow one of the hiking routes to explore the mountain. Meet back at the monastery for the return drive to Barcelona.

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4.8 / 5

based on 1,290 reviews

We had a very friendly and knowledgeable tour guide that served as our driver and guide. It was fascinating to see an elaborated church built in the middle of the mountain, and the hike down from the cable car stop was very scenic.

Our tour guide Daniel was outstanding. He was friendly, had a great personality, patient and knowledgeable. We loved the tour and his ability to educate a diverse group of visitors. 5++ stars

I loved the park Güell! possibly my favorite sight in Barca. I think you may be paying a little bit more to buy it with GYG than buying it in person at the park.

Excellent! We were enjoying so much by walking ourselves. No waiting time to enter.

East getting in without waiting. Just a small extra fee is worth it.