Montserrat Tour from Barcelona with Monastery
Enjoy our best day trip from Barcelona
Enjoy a day away from Barcelona on this trip to a magical place nestled on a mountain top above the clouds. Montserrat is truly a place where a myth comes to life right in front of you.
- Round-Trip Transportation
- Montserrat Mountain
- Monastery of Our Lady of Montserrat
- Black Madonna of Montserrat
- Nature intact
- Hike to the top
- View from above
- Montserrat Market
- Local Produce
- Back to Barcelona
We will depart from Barcelona, leaving the traffic behind us. What awaits us is a place of mystery and magic above the clouds, with stunning scenery and nature. The name Montserrat means "serrated mountain," which explains the particular shape of the rock formation providing the many peaks and vantage points with that stunning views we will witness. Most famously, the mountain is home to the monastery dedicated to Our Lady of Montserrat, the favorite saint of the region. This half-day tour includes:
- Spare time to explore the area
- Montserrat National Park and Sanctuary visit
- Professional English-speaking guide
- Shared transportation by air-conditioned bus
While you're enjoying the comfortable ride, your guide will start telling the story of this magical place in the clouds ahead of you. Montserrat has been considered a place of high spiritual importance by the locals for many centuries. As you hear more about it, we will be heading higher above and further away from Barcelona and the sea, providing you with a stunning view from the window of your bus. Before you know it, we will arrive at our destination.
Place Above the clouds
As soon as you arrive, you will feel the magic in the air surrounding this wonderful spot. Your guide will walk over with you to the monastery, explaining the history of the shrine. Your guide will also tell you where to go for a hike, where to find the best views and which local products to look for at the market.
Sanctuary of our Lady of Montserrat
Your first stop will be a visit to the 11th-century monastery dedicated to Our Lady of Montserrat, the patron saint of Catalonia. The monastery features a statue of the Virgin Mary which, according to legend, surfaced nearby during the 9th century. Some accounts claim that the statue may even be older. The locals refer to it as the Moreneta or the "little dark one."
Hike to the top
After your visit to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Montserrat, you'll have an hour of free time to explore the area before reuniting with the group and your guide and returning to Barcelona. We recommend hiking over to Creus de Sant Miquel for a fantastic view of the monastery and the surrounding area. If you're not much into hiking but wish to enjoy the spectacular views, you can board a funicular that will bring you to the top of Sant Joan Hill overlooking Montserrat for only a couple of euros.
Montserrat is home to a splendid market that sells delicious local produce every day, so make sure to explore this local gem after your hike! Your guide will let you know what the typical delicacies of the area are. You will have the chance to purchase local cheeses, cured meats, pastries and more. Enjoy it there or bring some home with you!
On the way back to Barcelona you will have another chance to witness the stunning scenery as we descend from the mountain down towards the city. Your guide and driver will drop the group off at the same place you met. That way it will be easy to find your way back to your accommodations. Before departing, please don't hesitate to ask your guide for any tips and advice on other things to do.
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Great half day
I really enjoyed this experience. We got out into the country and my mother really wanted to see the black Madonna. I was worried it would take up the whole day but we got back in plenty of time as we booked the tour guys food tour as well.
Great half day
It was nice to get out of the city and Montserrat was a beautiful little town. I liked the amount of free time we were given. Everything went smoothly, a very good experience
I was getting confused about the trains so I'm happy we found an easy way to get to Montserrat. I thought it was plenty of time as we only had a couple days in Spain
Frequently Asked Questions
Where to meet?
Near Placa Espanya
What to bring?
Bottle of water and sunscreen. The trip does not include food but you will have a chance to purchase food at the site and there will be spare time for you to have a snack. Outside of the summer months, it can be fairly cold at the top of the mountain. For this we definitely recommending bringing a light jacket.
Q: WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?
A: Price includes full day transportation, pick up and drop off in Barcelona center, driver and tour leader for the day.
Q: IS THIS A PRIVATE TOUR?
A: No, This is a small group tour with a maximum group size of 16 people.
Q: IS A GUIDED TOUR OF MONTSERRAT INCLUDED?
A: No, but the guide who will be with you on the way over will explain many things about the area during the drive. Once you arrive at the site, the guide will still explain where to go and what to do, and will also walk you to the monastery. After, you will have free time to explore the beautiful area independently.
Q: IS LUNCH INCLUDED?
A: Lunch is not included in the price of the tour.
Q: WILL THE TOUR STILL RUN IF IT RAINS?
A: Absolutely, yes! We run our tours rain or shine.