Full Day Trip to Montserrat from Barcelona with Winery & 3-Course Lunch

Spend an epic day at the mountain monastery and indulge in the best Catalonian food and wine

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Want to see the magical Monserrat Monastery while you’re in Barcelona? How about dining on the region’s famous food and wine, straight from the source? This full day tour lets you do it all! You’ll journey above the clouds by cogwheel train to see the beautiful old monastery and spend time exploring the surrounding landscapes, before enjoying a hearty 3-course Catalonian lunch, and tasting delicious wines at a centuries-old local vineyard. There's no better way to spend a day out of the city!

Tour Details
  • Round trip transportation
  • Explore Montserrat Mountain
  • Guided visit to Montserrat Monastery
  • Black Madonna of Montserrat
  • Enjoy the view from above the clouds
  • Hike through beautiful landscapes
  • Hearty Catalonian lunch
  • Learn how the wines are made
  • Local wine tasting

After meeting your guide in central Barcelona, you’ll board an air-conditioned bus for a scenic journey into the Catalonian countryside. Once you reach the foothills of Montserrat Mountain, it’s time for a ride up the steep mountainside by cogwheel train, appreciating the marvelous views along the way. When you reach the top, above the cloud line, you’ll take a guided tour of the 11th-century monastery, before having free time to hike, enjoy the views, or shop in the local market.

This tour gives you a couple of hours to enjoy Montserrat, so you may even have time to visit the famous Black Madonna statue, hear the local boys’ choir perfrom, or ride the funicular further up the mountainside (not included).

In the afternoon, you’ll top off the day with a visit to a renowned local restaurant for a delicious 3-course Catalonian lunch, then stop at a centuries-old organic winery to sample some fine regional vintages. You’ll arrive back in Barcelona in the early evening, ready to enjoy an evening in the city.

Full-day Montserrat Tour Description

Your 10.5-hour tour includes:

  • Air-conditioned transport from Barcelona (return)

  • Cogwheel train ride to ascend the mountain

  • Guided tour of the Montserrat Monastery

  • Approximately 2 hours free time at Montserrat

  • Light tapas lunch at a local organic winery

  • Taste three delicious regional wines

  • Fun, English-speaking guide

  • Maximum group size of 16

Ride to the Monastery on the Cogwheel Train

After arriving in the little village of Monistrol de Montserrat, you'll board the Cremallera de Montserrat—a cogwheel train that ascends the steep slope of the mountain. It's the only way to reach the monastery, and you'll enjoy majestic views as you climb into the clouds.

As soon as you arrive, you'll be swept up in the serene atmosphere that surrounds the site.

Sanctuary of Our Lady of Montserrat

This beautiful monastery sits in an incredible position on the mountainside, overlooking the Catalonian countryside below. Your guide will take you on a tour of the monastery's grounds, explaining the history that dates back to the 11th century, and giving an insight into the lives to the monks who have lived here over the centuries.

The monastery is dedicated to Our Lady of Montserrat, the patron saint of Catalonia, and also features a statue of the Virgin Mary. According to legend, the statue surfaced nearby during the 9th century. Some accounts claim that it may even be older, and the locals refer to it as the Moreneta or the "little dark one." 

Free Time to Explore

After your visit to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Montserrat, you'll have around 2 hours of free time to explore the area before reuniting with the group and your guide to travel to your lunch spot. We recommend hiking over to Creus de Sant Miquel for a fantastic view of the monastery and the surrounding area.

If you're not interested in hiking around the area, but you want to enjoy the spectacular views, you can book your own tickets on the funicular that takes you to the top of Sant Joan Hill. This departs from the monastery but is not included in the price of this tour.

Another favorite is the Black Madonna statue, thought to have appeared nearby in the 9th century and found by local shepherds. It's attracted pilgrims here for centuries, and if the line to see her isn't too long then you can join them for your moment with the mysterious statue.

Visit the Local Market

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, and you'll have the chance to purchase local cheeses, cured meats, pastries and more. Enjoy it there or bring some home with you!

3-Course Catalonian Lunch and Wine Tasting

After departing Montserrat, you'll head to a wonderful local restaurant, where a hearty 3-course lunch is being prepared. You'll enjoy traditional Catalonian favorites made with the freshest ingredients from the area, and get a taste of the food that has been enjoyed here for centuries.

Then, before heading back to Barcelona for the evening, you'll visit a renowned local winery set in beautiful countryside, where you'll sample three gorgeous organic wines that have been made on site. It's the perfect way to end your day in the mountains!

What you get with this tour
Air-conditioned transport from Barcelona (return)
Cogwheel train ride to ascend the mountain
Guided tour of the Montserrat Monastery
Approximately 2 hours free time at Montserrat
Light tapas lunch at a local organic winery
Taste three delicious regional wines
Fun, English-speaking guide
Maximum group size of 16
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Frequently Asked Questions

Where to meet?

Near the Barcelona North Bus Station. You'll receive exact directions upon booking.

What to bring?

We recommend bringing a bottle of water and sunscreen. 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.

Is lunch included?

Yes! A three-course lunch is included in the price of the tour as well as a wine tasting.

Where to meet?

Near the Barcelona North Bus Station. You'll receive exact directions upon booking.

What happens if it rains?

We run our tours rain or shine. Please dress accordingly for the weather forecast.

Does the trip to Montserrat include a guided tour?

Yes, there is a guided portion of your tour to Monserrat, and there is also free time for you to explore the area on your own.

What to bring?

We recommend bringing a bottle of water and sunscreen. 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.

Do we get to ride the train?

To get to the monastery, you'll enjoy a ride on the cogwheel train to get to the monastery. However, there is another funicular ride that goes further up the mountain from the monastery. That ride is not included, but you can purchase tickets at the monastery.

How much time do we spend at each stop?

At Montserrat, you'll have a 1-hour guided tour, plus around 2 hours to spend exploring on your own. you'll have around 3.5 hours for a leisurely lunch, wine tasting, and exploring the vineyard.

Will we get to see the Black Madonna?

The Black Madonna is a popular attraction at Montserrat, so there are often long lines to see her. On this tour, you'll usually have time to stand in line and enjoy a few moments with her.

Is this tour run by The Tour Guy?

No, it's run by one of our trusted and vetted partners in Barcelona, who we know uphold our high standards.

What if I don't drink wine or alcohol? Can I still book this tour?

Yes! You're welcome to join this tour and explore all that Montserrat has to offer. Just be sure to let us know that you prefer not to drink wine when you book your tour.

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