Montserrat Monastery

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Barcelona: Montserrat Tour with Cog-Wheel & Black Madonna

Barcelona: Montserrat Tour with Cog-Wheel & Black Madonna

Visit Montserrat Monastery on this half-day trip from Barcelona.  Scale Montserrat Mountain on the cogwheel train or the "Aeri" cable car. 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.

From Barcelona: Montserrat Guided Tour & Return Bus Transfer

From Barcelona: Montserrat Guided Tour & Return Bus Transfer

Head out of the hustle and bustle of Barcelona and into the magnificent mountains of Monserrat on a bus tour. Walk through this enchanting landscape, learn about its history from your local guide, and visit the local monastery. Arrive at a bar in the city center of Barcelona where you will meet your guide for the day and the group who will travel up to the mountains with you. After an informative short bus ride out of the city, arrive at the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site of Montserrat. Enjoy a tour of the local monastery and hear about its incredible history. Then, enjoy free time to either go hiking in the magical hills, feast on an all-you-can-eat lunch looking out over mystical views, or explore the museum and further discover the history of this famous landmark.  After a couple of hours, rejoin the bus where you will then head back down into the city all in time for an evening in Barcelona. Please note that entrance to Basilica, Throne Room & Choir are not included! We very much advise that you buy in advance for these as tickets sell out fast.

Barcelona: Montserrat Tour with Monastery and Optional Lunch

Barcelona: Montserrat Tour with Monastery and Optional Lunch

Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime day trip to Montserrat from Barcelona and explore Catalonia's most famous mountain range. Take in panoramic views of the mountain scenery as you ride the cogwheel and discover the history of its medieval monastery. After a comfortable transfer from Barcelona, board the cogwheel train to the monastery. As you ascend the picturesque mountainside, admire views of the stunning multi-peaked range of Montserrat emerging above you. On arrival, embark on a guided tour of the historical center of the complex. Hear about the rich history of the Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey, an 11th-century functioning monastery built on the mountain. Marvel at the ornate interior of the monastery with the included tickets. Then, enjoy free time to explore on your own. Book your time slot to visit the famous Black Madonna and see paintings by Picasso, El Greco, and Dali at the Montserrat Museum. You can also ride the funicular train up the side of the mountain for even better views. Travelers who booked the half-day tour option will return to Barcelona after the visit to Montserrat. If you choose the full-day tour option, you'll continue toward a beautiful boutique winery with mountain views. Savor traditional flavors with a light tapas or multi-course lunch at the winery (depending on the option selected). After, wander around the vineyards, learn about the wine-making process, and enjoy a wine-tasting session before traveling back to Barcelona.

From Barcelona: Montserrat Half Day Guided Tour

From Barcelona: Montserrat Half Day Guided Tour

Explore the mountain of Montserrat on this day trip from Barcelona. Travel by bus to the mountain and take the cogwheel train to a viewpoint on top of the mountain. Visit the Benedictine Abbey and see the famed Virgin of Montserrat sanctuary. Depart from a conveniently located meeting point in Barcelona and relax on the drive into the peaceful Catalonian countryside. On the drive, listen to your guide share stories and anecdotes about the fascinating history of Montserrat and the religious influences of the site. Admire the luscious rolling landscapes from the minibus, before arriving at the region’s most famous mountain range, Montserrat. See its unique jagged edges and imposing structure. Ride the rack railway to the top of Montserrat. Take in stunning views across the mountain range once you reach the top. From here, visit the Benedictine Abbey and the Santa Maria de Montserrat, which houses the Virgin of Montserrat sanctuary. Learn about the rich history of these beautiful buildings cut into the rock. Visit the famous Montserrat Monastery, where the image of the Mare de Déu de Montserrat is venerated. Widely and affectionately known as La Moreneta, she has been the patron saint of Catalonia since 1881. Enjoy one of Europe’s oldest and most renowned choirs at Escolania de Montserrat. Hearing them is a privilege and a true pleasure for the ears.

Montserrat: Museum and Monastery Experience Ticket

Montserrat: Museum and Monastery Experience Ticket

Discover the Montserrat Monastery and Sanctuary at your own pace with an audio guide, map, and informative booklet. See the Basilica, and benefit from timed entry to see the famous Black Madonna. Make the most of your visit to Montserrat with an audio-guided tour. Encounter the Basilica, and learn about the pillars of mountain, monastery, and sanctuary at the newly renovated audiovisual room. Visit the museum and see masterworks by artists like Caravaggio, Picasso, Dali, and others. Admire its collection of ancient world archeology, and browse other permanent and temporary exhibitions and collections. Encounter the famous Black Madonna (La Moreneta). Benefit from a timed entrance ticket and beat the queues to see the statue.

Montserrat: Cable Car Ticket

Montserrat: Cable Car Ticket

Enjoy direct access to the Montserrat cable car and discover Montserrat from the sky with a unique view of the mountain. Find tickets that suit your plans with options to depart in each direction, or take the cable car both ways. Marvel at panoramic views of the rugged Catalan countryside. Journey to the Benedictine Abbey of Santa María de Montserrat and its famous statue of the Virgin of Montserrat without having to climb. Cable up the mountain in safety, as Aeri de Montserrat has had technical improvements to ensure it is a safe facility. 

Barcelona: Montserrat, Girona & Costa Brava Guided Day Trip

Barcelona: Montserrat, Girona & Costa Brava Guided Day Trip

Enhance an exclusive experience on a full-day tour through 3 iconic sites: Montserrat, Girona, and Costa Brava, and discover Barcelona’s emblematic surroundings. The experience starts in the upper part of Passeig de Gràcia, before journeying to experience the natural splendor of Montserrat, Catalonia’s most emblematic mountain, topped by a Benedictine monastery. On the way to the Monastery, admire the Massif of Montserrat, a spectacular multi-peaked rocky range packed with unique needle-shape formations. Learn about the cornerstone of Catalan culture, history, nature, and spirituality. Enjoy an exclusive guided tour of the basilica—home to the revered ‘Black Madonna’ statue—and the atrium, cloister, and main square. Continue this amazing experience and head to Girona. In it's charming Old Town, discover the remains of a Roman and medieval past that coexist with the present, offering an image full of contrasts. Your guide will reveal all the secrets of the city. Explore the best-preserved Jewish quarter in Europe. Admire the cathedral, boasting the widest Gothic nave in the world, and marvel at the colorful spectacle of houses along the Onyar River, which splits the city in two. Cross over Pont de les Peixateries Velles and go to the top of Girona’s medieval walls to enjoy the best panoramic views. If you are interested in The Game of Thrones series, the guide will show the locations where the 6th season was filmed. Then you’ll have free time to have lunch and discover the city by yourself. End this exclusive tour in the beautiful village of Costa Brava. Feel the breeze, relax, discover amazing coves, and admire the crystal blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

From Barcelona: Montserrat Half-Day Wine and Tapas Trip

From Barcelona: Montserrat Half-Day Wine and Tapas Trip

Escape to the natural landscape of the Montserrat mountains on a half-day sightseeing and wine tasting tour from Barcelona by bus.  Enjoy breathtaking views of the mountain range, taste Catalan wines at a local winery, and walk through historic pathways, learning about the region from your local guide. The strange shaped mountains of Montserrat is the location of a Benedictine monastery that has been a site of pilgrimage for centuries, thanks to its story of the miracles performed by the Virgin Mary and the fabled 12th-century image of Our Lady. After a short visit to this historic site, head to a boutique winery, just a few minutes away, and tour one of the most important wineries in the region. Located in an impressive castle that’s more than 1,000 years old, the winery boasts more than 1,000 acres of beautiful land. Tours are kept to a maximum of 20 people for a more intimate experience, and include a tour of the vineyards and winery, where the local wines become older and wiser. Thanks to your guide, you will sense the history, soil, sun, and rain that influence the 3 wines you will taste.  Learn about the upkeep of the vines, the grape harvest, how the French oak barrels impact on the flavor, and more. To keep you on your feet, the tasting table will be laden with Spanish tapas.

From Barcelona: Montserrat Monastery & Scenic Mountain Hike

From Barcelona: Montserrat Monastery & Scenic Mountain Hike

Take a day tour of Monserrat from Barcelona and enjoy the area's natural beauty. Visit the monastery before boarding a funicular to reach sweeping views of Catalonia from the mountaintop. Meet your guide at the local partner's office in Barcelona and settle in for the hour-long ride to Montserrat. Your first stop is the Benedictine Abbey. Explore this 11th-century religious sanctuary home to Catalonia’s patron saint: The Black Madonna. Next, board the funicular railway and ascend to the top of the mountain. Enjoy stunning views of valleys, mountains, and the sea. Hike on the same paths used by pilgrims hundreds of years ago as you admire Montserrat’s fascinating flora and fauna. Wander past rocky pillars and ravines as you breathe in the mountain air. Have some free time back in the monastery area after your hike. Browse the local market before you catch a ride back to Barcelona.

From Barcelona: Half-Day Montserrat Experience

From Barcelona: Half-Day Montserrat Experience

Begin by meeting your guide in the center of Barcelona, from where your unique experience begins. Join your small group in an air-conditioned 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. Your guide then explains all the fun activities you can do with your 2 hours of free time following the guided tour. You can enter the museum, taste the monastery’s homemade liquor, go for an easy walk to the Saint Miguel Cross, take the Sant Joan Funicular, and much more.

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What people are saying about Montserrat Monastery

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We took the tour with sandra! She was an excellent guide! We learned a lot about monderrat and the monastery history … we really enjoyed the experience.. and it was worthy. But i must recommend for another ppl.. if u are not much of the religious background info, go and enjoy the mountain .. they have marvellous trails and astonish views!! A must do if u love outdoors!

Beautiful place. Terrible for food (at least the main place right in front at the exit of the train station Recommend grabbing a sandwich with you, if you can. Easy to explore in around 5 hours (counting going to the museum, seeing back Madonna and the cathedral)

Had an absolutely fantastic time! Alfonso, our guide, was so engaging and knowledgeable about Spanish history and the wine. Would highly recommend to any fellow travelers

Monica was a great guide! Very informative about both the winery and Montserrat’s history. The wines were delicious and it was very well organized.

Fab! You can walk to the top of San Jeroni in the free time or choose to go into the monastery.