Follow in the footsteps of pilgrims on a day trip from Barcelona. Visit the sanctuary of Santa Maria de Montserrat in the Catalan Pre-Coastal Range, and see the shrine of the "Holy Grotto" before going to the Codorníu Winery to taste sparkling cavas.
What to Expect
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. Go inside the monastery to see its main attractions, including the Romanesque icon of the "Black Madonna" thought to date back to the 12th century. Get unparalleled views of the magical landscape, declared a national park in 1987.
Next, visit 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.
Then, head to Sant Sadurní d'Anoia in the heart of Catalonia's cava wine producing region and visit the Codorníu Winery, where the tradition of making sparkling wines date back almost 5 centuries. Enter a landmark building of Catalan Modernism designed by Josep Puig i Cadafalch (a contemporary of Gaudí) and learn the history of the cellars and winery.
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. Taste some of the finest wines of the region at a wine tasting in the winery before the return trip to Barcelona.
- Private transportation
- Walking tour of Montserrat National Park
- Visit to Montserrat Monastery
- Montserrat’s Boys’ Choir (if available)
- Visit to the cellars and wine tasting at the Codorníu Winery
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Know Before You Go
• This is a small group tour
• A minimum of 2 people is required