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Montserrat Royal Basilica With Cog-Wheel Train or Bus

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Duration: 5 hours – 5.5 hours
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Ascend to the top of Montserrat Mountain on this half-day trip from Barcelona. Enjoy a scenic ride aboard a cog-wheel train, visit the Royal Basilica…

Duration: 5 hours – 5.5 hours
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5 reasons why Montserrat Mountain is religiously important

Montserrat is one of Spain's most beloved spiritual sites. The awe-inspiring scenery has made it a prime spot for pilgrimages through much of Christian history, but you needn't be Catholic to enjoy your visit. Here are a few facts any good tour should cover!

The site of the Holy Grail?

In the Middle Ages, the old monastery at Montserrat was widely believed to have once been home to the Holy Grail sought by King Arthur!

The Benedictine Abbey

The original monastery lies in ruins, but the current one – the 18th-century Santa Maria de Montserrat – is perhaps Spain's foremost spiritual building.

Santa Cova (Holy Cave)

Its chapel only dates back to around 1700, but the famous Virgin of Montserrat was supposedly hidden in this steep hillside during the Moorish invasions of the 8th century!

Relics and institutions

As well as its ancient virgin relic, the mountain was where the founder of the Jesuit Order, St. Ignatius, was absolved. It also boasts one of the oldest boys' choirs in the world!

The sunrise

Religious or not, making the overnight pilgrimage to see the sunrise silhouette the mountains has become a veritable rite of passage for Catalonia's youth!

Montserrat Mountain: Our Tips

When is the monastery open?

Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey is open daily from 10:00AM to 5:45PM.

How to get there?

The best (and easiest!) way to reach the abbey from Barcelona is by train. It should take 1½ hours to reach the station Monistrol de Montserrat, or you can get off a stop early (Aeri de Montserrat) to finish your journey by cable car. The spectacular views are worth the extra cost!

Good to Know

  • When to visit
    Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey is open 10:00 - 5:45PM daily.
  • What is the price?
    Depending on what you want to see, ticket prices vary. Adult tickets start at €11.00.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It will definitely help. Might be worth it to check out our best-selling tours.
  • How to get there
    From Barcelona, take the train to the Monistrol de Montserrat station, or take the cable car from Aeri de Montserrat.
  • Additional tips
    • Plan ahead and check train schedules so that a railway strike does not ruin your visit!

What People Are Saying About Montserrat Mountain

Absolutely fantastic, very informative about Barcelona

Martha, our guide was fantastic. She made the tour very interesting and had an astounding knowledge of all the places we visited plus she provided us with lots of little extras to make the tour a fantastic event.

Skip-The-Line Barcelona & Montserrat Tour with Pick-Up Reviewed by Elizabeth, 11/15/2016

Interesting place, however the guide's information needs improvement.

The booking and scheduling was easy. Finding the location easy, the coach comfortable and the driving smooth. The guide's information was basic, and the onland tour was rushed and not having a touring guide around the facility, a lot of precious time was wasted.

The cheapest way to get to Montserrat! Really worth it to visit !!!

Peaceful place to go and pray, take a fresh air breath, claim and recover. Recharge yourself with full energy and balance all your body/mind/spirit.

Trans Montserrat: Return Ticket and Museum Entrance Reviewed by iuliana antonia, 09/14/2016

Fantastic tour. Early entry was great. Tour guide

Alexia our tour guide was great. Very informative. Getting the early access for a 7.45 am tour meant we missed the crowds. Beautiful tour fully recommend it to anyone.

Awe-inspiring and humbling. A trekking and spiritual rarity and beauty

Unfortunately, it has become a top tourist attraction with all the hullabaloo and shops that entails. However, if you are able to ignore all that, it is a magnificent and enigmatic place with a breathtaking natural environment and many wonderful pathways to wander. The Virgin of Montserrat (Black Madonna) is special too, almost spellbinding with her curious countenance as well as her legendary story.

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