Montserrat Monastery

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  • Barcelona: Montserrat Tour w/ Optional Wine Tasting & Lunch

    1. Barcelona: Montserrat Tour w/ Optional Wine Tasting & Lunch

    Experience an unforgettable guided group tour to Montserrat, Catalonia's most famous mountain range. Take in the beauty of its natural rolling landscape and discover the history and traditions of its medieval monastery. After your bus journey from Barcelona, board the cogwheel train up to the monastery and admire the beautiful nature and iconic multi-peaked mountain range of Montserrat. Once at the monastery, your guide will take you on a walking tour of the historical center of the complex. Learn about the rich history of the Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey, an 11th-century monastery that still functions to this day, with over 70 monks. Use the allotted free time to wander freely and visit the famous Black Madonna and see paintings by Picasso, El Greco, and Dali at the Montserrat Museum. During your free time, you can also ride the funicular train up the side of the mountain to get ...

    The guide was great, my only critique is that we barely spent any time at montserrat and the overall tour was far more wine dominant than I'd anticipated. Should probably be renamed to "wine tour with expedited montserrat sampling" but aside from that it was great, I did enjoy both montserrat and the wine tour as well as the food and our guide was excellent.

  • Barcelona: Montserrat Monastery Visit & Lunch at a Farmhouse

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

    Your experience begins in the upper part of Passeig de Gràcia, before journeying to experience the natural splendor of Montserrat, Catalonia’s most emblematic mountain which is topped by a Benedictine Monastery. Montserrat is an ideal trip to spend a fun day in nature, just a few kilometers away from Barcelona. On the way to the Monastery, admire the Massif of Montserrat, a spectacular multi-peaked rocky range packed with unique needle-shaped formations. Upon arrival, you can visit the Monastery, which was founded in the 10th century and still functions with 150 monks to this day. It is also well-known for hosting the figure of La Moreneta (the dark one), who is the patron saint of Catalonia — visit subject to current wait times. Your guide will bring history alive by explaining the history and ventures of this Monastery, which dates back nearly a thousand years. After the visit, you wi...

    What an amazing day we had today. Our guide Flavio took us to Montserrat and explained things so well. He had tickets prepared for those who wanted to see the Madonna and he also took a group on the hike to the cross. He told us about the museum and I’m so thankful. That museum was awesome with Dali, Picasso, Renoir and Monet. Such a find! Then we went down the cable car and then to an amazing lunch with many courses and variety. This is the way to see Monserrat. My mom came two years ago and didn’t get to see what we got to see today. If I could give 10 stars I would! Thank you so much for the awesome day!

  • From Barcelona: Montserrat Mountain and Monastery Tour

    3. From Barcelona: Montserrat Mountain and Monastery Tour

    On this early morning tour, beat the crowds and discover Montserrat monastery and its rugged surroundings before the throngs of other tourists arrive. Depart Barcelona and journey by air-conditioned bus to the romantic, rock-hewn monastery complex of Montserrat. Get an introduction to the history of the medieval site as you make your way through the beautiful countryside.  Follow your guide directly to the largest building on arrival and learn the story of the abbey and shrine to the Black Virgin of La Moreneta that attracts pilgrims from all over the world.  Then, get some free time to explore the town and get recommendations about contemporary art galleries and museums to visit or places to eat. Discover some of the best viewpoints to take in the drama of the sacred site at leisure.   

    I visited in Dec 2019. I traveled solo, had a great time, we had a lot of free time hiking around and checking out the monastery. Beautiful views.

  • Trans Montserrat: Return Ticket and Audiovisual Exhibit

    4. Trans Montserrat: Return Ticket and Audiovisual Exhibit

    Take advantage of the combined ticket to Tot Montserrat and get a range of exclusivities from return travel to unlimited use of the funinculars. Montserrat is an area of breathtaking natural beauty just outside of Barcelona. With a unique natural park and the site of the Holy Shrine dedicated to the Virgin of Montserrat, a visit to Montserrat should not be missed. The Trans Montserrat ticket includes travel on the Barcelona metro, return train ticket to Monistrol de Montserrat and back from Playa Espanya, the rack railway or the cable car of Montserrat, and unlimited use of Santa Cova funiculars. At Santa Cova you can see the very location where the Virgin of Montserrat is said to have appeared. Other perks of this ticket include free admission into the Audiovisual Gallery which takes you on a tour of the interior of the Benedictine monastery.

    Monstserrat is an amazing place. The journey there is an adventure. The views are amazing. Well worth the time to get there.

  • From Barcelona: Montserrat Monastery & Natural Park Hike

    5. From Barcelona: Montserrat Monastery & Natural Park Hike

    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, Montserrat is an ideal half-day trip to spend a fun day in nature, just a few kilometers away from Barcelona. On the way to the monastery, admire the Massif of Montserrat, a spectacular multi-peaked rocky range packed of unique needle-shape formations. Upon arrival, visit the monastery with over 70 monks that was founded in the 11th century and still functions to this day. It is well known for hosting the figure of La Moreneta, who is the patron saint of Catalonia. Your guide will bring history alive by explaining the history and ventures of this monastery dating back nearly a thousand years. Next, board the Sant Joan Railway to observe the area’s fascinating flora and fauna following a...

    Great value. Comfortable bus and nice guide. We enjoyed the landscape a lot while hiking. I can recommend.

  • From Barcelona: Montserrat Tour with Guide

    6. From Barcelona: Montserrat Tour with Guide

    Arrive at a bar in the city center of Barcelona where you will meet your guide for the day and the group that will travel up to the mountains with you. After an informative short bus ride out of the city, you will arrive a the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site of Montserrat. After the first of many a photo opportunity, 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.

    It was a small group,4. Great directions to meeting point. Punctual guide, Fransisco. He was very friendly and informative. Good driver and offered all the options available on top of the mountain. Beautiful scenery from the top and lots of stuff to see and do.

  • Montserrat & Cava Winery Small Group Day Tour

    7. Montserrat & Cava Winery Small Group Day Tour

    Enjoy a small-group day tour from Barcelona to Montserrat and the Penedès wine-growing region. The tour heads out from Plaça Catalunya for the 1-hour drive to Montserrat. There will be plenty of free time to explore Montserrat on your own, but a visit to the sanctuary where the Moreneta is housed is a must! Pilgrims and other visitors have climbed the mountain to visit this sanctuary for nearly 1,000 years. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit the fascinating Museum of Montserrat, and browse its collections that range from the Archaeology of the Biblical East to Modern Painting and Sculpture. A highlight of visiting Montserrat is listening to the voices of Europe’s oldest children’s choir, La Escolania de Montserrat. There are numerous walking and climbing trails on the mountain, ranging from easy strolls to serious hikes. Each trail offers a different perspect...

    We enjoyed getting out of the city to see the countryside. The history and the mountains we explained well. Gloria the your guide was exceptional!

  • Barcelona: Montserrat Private Trip with Cable Car and Lunch

    8. Barcelona: Montserrat Private Trip with Cable Car and Lunch

    Escape the hustle and bustle of Barcelona for the day and head to the stunning Montserrat Monastery, nestled between jagged mountains and breathtaking scenery. Meet your guide near the train station and take the train to Montserrat, admiring panoramic views of the surrounding area along the way. Upon arrival in the village, board the rack railway which will take you to the monastery, where you will have incredible views of Montserrat from above. Inside, listen to a live performance from the Boys Choir of Montserrat and meet 'La Moreneta', the Black Madonna. The tour can be customized for children with a visit to a playground and ice cream for the little ones. After visiting the monastery, head to the local farmers market. Enjoy a sample of some of the region's best cheeses and take a stroll around Santa Maria Square. Finish your tour with a relaxed hike through the mountains to reach t...

    We met our guide in Playa de España and went on a train out to Monserrat. Fred was awesome! He engaged the whole train ride, spoke to the history, of both the Monastery and the city. He reached out prior to ensure the lunch was great and met any dietary restrictions. The Monastery was beautiful and views were breathtaking. Seeing the La Moreneta was truly inspirational.

  • Montserrat: Morning or Afternoon Half-Day Trip with Pickup

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

    Be picked up from your Barcelona accommodations in the morning and 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, its valleys and caves, giving an appearance of mysterious beauty. The mountain, 2,380 feet above sea level and surrounded by magnificent scenery, is home to the Benedictine Monastery of Santa Maria de Montserrat, which you will visit on this tour. This religious site includes the Basilica, where you’ll see the Virgin of Montserrat, known as the Black Madonna. This is a venerated 12th-century Romanesque carving characterized by its unique dark color, hence the nickname. 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...

    Our guide Marco was so knowledgeable and knew exactly how to direct us the the most important highlites of the venue. It was an hour drive and back to Montserrat so we had limited time to explore and view the Black Madonna. Every tour I have done with this company was wonderful

  • From Barcelona: Half-Day Montserrat & Horse Riding Tour

    10. From Barcelona: Half-Day Montserrat & Horse Riding Tour

    Make your first stop of the day in Montserrat, Catalonia’s most emblematic mountain. Topped by a Benedictine Monastery, Montserrat is an ideal half-day trip to spend a fun day in nature, just a few kilometers away from Barcelona. On the way to the monastery, on-board a luxury minibus, admire the Massif of Montserrat, a spectacular multi-peaked rocky range packed of unique needle-shaped formations. Upon arrival, visit the monastery founded in the 10th century, still functioning to this day with over 70 monks. It is also well-known for hosting the figure of La Moreneta (visit dependent on availability), who is the patron saint of Catalonia. Your guide will bring the past alive by explaining the history and ventures of this monastery dating back nearly a thousand years. Next, head to a nearby equestrian center, located at the foothill of the Massif. Get ready for a thrilling horseback rid...

    Fantastic experience in fact any tour to Montserrat would have been incomplete without this experience

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What people are saying about Montserrat Monastery

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 4,239 reviews

What an amazing day we had today. Our guide Flavio took us to Montserrat and explained things so well. He had tickets prepared for those who wanted to see the Madonna and he also took a group on the hike to the cross. He told us about the museum and I’m so thankful. That museum was awesome with Dali, Picasso, Renoir and Monet. Such a find! Then we went down the cable car and then to an amazing lunch with many courses and variety. This is the way to see Monserrat. My mom came two years ago and didn’t get to see what we got to see today. If I could give 10 stars I would! Thank you so much for the awesome day!

Get your guide made the whole experience enjoyable and stress free. I’m not usually one for guided tours but in this case I highly recommend it. Toni was a great guide and really made the experience as an enjoyable as it could be.

We took the 7 hours tour with Monserrat and wine tasting. We had a wonderful day and we would recommend it as a great tour combo. Toni was a very professional, friendly, funny guide with a lot of information.

We had a great experience during our activity, David was very knowledgeable and really open for all the questions

Everything was perfect and fun , they are the best