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Montserrat

Montserrat is the site of a Benedictine abbey.

Montserrat is a mountain near Barcelona, in Catalonia, in Spain. It is the site of a Benedictine abbey, which hosts the Virgin of Montserrat sanctuary and which is identified by some with the location of the Holy Grail in Arthurian myth.

The name "Montserrat" literally means "jagged mountain" and is used because of the peculiar aspect of the edifice, which is visible from a great distance. It is composed of strikingly pink conglomerate, a form of sedimentary rock. It is very popular with climbers.

The abbey can be reached by road, or by the Montserrat Rack Railway from Monistrol in the valley below, which in turn can be reached by Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya train from Barcelona's Placa d'Espanya station. From the abbey a funicular railway goes up to the top of the mountain, where there are various abandoned hovels in the cliff faces that were previously the abodes of reclusive monks.

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Tours to Montserrat

Montserrat is a mountain near Barcelona, in Catalonia, in Spain. It is the site of a Benedictine abbey, which hosts the Virgin of Montserrat sanctuary and which is identified by some with the location of the Holy Grail in Arthurian myth.

After driving through picturesque little villages of the province, we come to the incomparable setting on the mountain of Montserrat, rising majestically to 1,235 meters. You will arrive at the craggy mountain of Montserrat and the Royal Basilica. Montserrat has been one of Spain's most important pilgrimage sites for hundreds of years, due to the famous 12th-century Romanesque carving of the Virgen Moroneta, the Black Virgin. At 1pm on weekdays there is the opportunity to hear one of Europe's oldest children's choirs, La Escolania de Montserrat.

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Scheduled Tours from Barcelona

Visit Montserrat in the morning and tour Barcelona's Modernist attractions in the afternoon on this full-day sightseeing tour. You'll travel outside Barcelona to Montserrat's Royal Basilica, then explore Barcelona's special Artistic heritage.

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From $63.00pp

Montserrat Monastery and Royal Basilica Half-Day Trip

Duration: 5hrs

Cost: $63.00 pp

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Morning tour to Montserrat

On our way back to Barcelona we´ll make a stop at the Port (harbour), where those passengers wishing to do so may visit the Aquarium and the various restaurants, shops and cinemas in that area on their own. The bus will take the rest of the passengers to our bus terminal.

 

Montserrat and Parc Guell Full Day Option

Duration: 9hrs

Cost: $109.00 pp

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Morning tour to Montserrat

After lunch, you will journey to the Colonia Guell, one of the most complete but also most forgotten works of Gaudi. Escape from the waiting lines, from the crowds, and the souvenir shops. Thanks to this remote location in the middle of a pine forest, this Gaudi masterpiece has escaped the mass tourism you will normally find at his other works.

Finally, finish the day in Park Guell, the magical city garden in Barcelona designed by Anton Gaudi and featuring some of his most creative design. See the famous mosaic lizard and strange 'Gingerbread Houses' that enchant visitors of all ages. You can choose to end your tour with a longer stay at Park Guell, or after a short stay return to central Barcelona.

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Montserrat & Colonia Guell

Small Group Tour

Depart from from Barcelona and head straight to Montserrat, just over an hour and a half away. On arrival, you have various options. A visit to the Sanctuary where the Moreneta is housed is a must.

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$62.00pp

Montserrat with Gaudi Full Day Option

Duration: 8 1/2hrs

Cost: $62.00 pp

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The sanctuary has been in use for almost 1000 years for those pilgrims and other visitors who have climbed this spectacular mountain.

At 1:00pm (12:00pm on Sundays) there is the opportunity to hear one of Europe's oldest children's choirs, La Escolania de Montserrat. There is also the opportunity to visit the fascinating Museum of Montserrat, with its five collections ranging from Archaeology from the Biblical East to Modern Painting and Sculpture.

Besides these cultural possibilities, the paths of the Montserrat parkland lead you around a number of different walks, each offering a different perspective on the stunning views over the surrounding landscape, many of which are peppered with small chapels and hermitages.

There are routes to suit all tastes and energy levels, from fairly strenuous treks to gentle strolls around the park area, all of which allow you to marvel at the views and to enjoy the unspoiled beauty of this protected natural park.

Another option is to take one of the two rack railways, or the cable car, offering different views of the area. Alternatively, the views can simply be savored from the cafe, which offers panoramic views of the valleys.

After lunch, you will leave Montserrat and head to the Colonia Guell, about 1 hour from the Monastery. The Colonia Guell was first set up in 1890 on the initiative of Eusebi Guell, a businessman in love with the arts.

The highlight of this visit is the crypt built by Gaudi, the most outstanding building of this Colony. Built between 1898 and 1915, the church was never finished, which gives an even more mysterious touch to the building. It is also one of Gaudi's most frequently studied works on account of the structural innovations (slanted columns, parabolic and hyperbolic roofs), the superb use of material (basalt stone and brick studded with polychrome mosaics and stained glass windows) and the spaciousness of the inside and the porch.

Visiting the Crypt at the Colonia Guell is an opportunity to enter the fantasy world of Gaudi far away from the crowds and souvenir shops. For some, it is the most intimate and authentic Gaudi experience they have in the Barcelona region.

And by visiting the Colonia Guell, you also enter into one of the most important chapters of Catalan history. The industrial development that Barcelona experienced at the end of 19th century changed forever the landscape of this region and the life of its people. Social conflicts in Barcelona at that time led Guell to set up a new factory equipped with the latest technology - outside the city on a model industrial estate, with the workers housed alongside the factory, forming an urban complex with its own character, and social and economic life.

Unlike the majority of industrial estate owners in Catalonia, Eusebi Guell improved social conditions for his workers and sponsored cultural activities. He provided cultural and religious amenities at the Colonia Guell, which were built in the current Modernista style by various architects whom he commissioned, notably Antoni Gaudi, who was responsible for the church.

Stroll around the Colonia Guell, walk between the old workers houses (where people are still living), take a coffee in the old 'Club Social', and you'll be able to imagine the daily life of the workers 100 years ago. The tour leaves Colonia Guell at around 4:30pm. During the drive to Parque Guell, you'll have ample opportunity to ask questions from your guide and to learn more about the mysterious Gaudi.

Arriving at Park Guell, you feel as if you are entering a green island reigning over the city. Follow the windy alleys, passing over bridges or under twisting rock pillars. Admire the fascinating ceramic benches and the fantastic view over Barcelona. Discover the elephant houses imagined by the genius, and the mysterious market place and its imposing columns. Simply get lost in this fascinating labyrinth made up of rocks and pine trees.

The tour officially ends here. However, for those wanting to stay with the bus back to Placa Catalunya, you will have 20 minutes to dip your toe into the park. For those wishing to stay in the park and make their own way back your tour leader will give you a map and the 'keys' to understand this universe full of hidden signs: Freemasons codes, alchemistry symbols, references to the Old Testament, and more.

Park Guell is not only a garden city converted into a tourist attraction, it is a project for an ideal society, the right balance between nature and urbanism imagined by Gaudi. To understand and appreciate the Park Guell, you will have to use your five senses and your imagination of course. Park Guell also has a small house where Gaudi lived at one stage. The house has now been converted into a museum and contains interesting furniture also designed by Gaudi.

Torres Wine Visit Center

Great Spirits Tours

Combine a visit to Montserrat with either one of Spain's most famous producers of cava (sparkling wine) on a full-day small group tour by minivan from Barcelona or tour the famous Torres Winery and end the day at the seaside village of Sitges

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Independent Day Trip to Montserrat, Torres Winery and Sitges

Duration: 11/2hrs

Cost: $87.00 pp

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Visit three outstanding attractions on a full-day trip from Barcelona. You'll tour the famous Torres Winery, ride the rack railway to the top of Montserrat, pay a visit to Montserrat Monastery and relax by the beach at colorful Sitges. Best of all, this is a partially guided tour and you will have plenty of time to spend at your leisure at each attraction.

First stop is the Torres Winery (Bodegas Torres), where you will take a tour to find out how Spanish wine is made. Then you'll continue to the Benedictine Monastery of Montserrat, founded in the 11th century. The Montserrat mountains provide a mystical backdrop for the Virgin of Montserrat, the patron saint of Catalonia, who is worshiped at the shrine in the monastery's Royal Basilica.

While at Montserrat, you'll ride to the top of the mountain on the rack railway for panoramic views, and enjoy the monastery's audiovisual presentation, Montserrat portes endins (history of Montserrat).

Next you'll travel to cosmopolitan Sitges, which was a meeting place for Modernist writers, musicians, critics, sculptors and painters in the 1980s, and was called the Mecca of Modernism.

At Sitges you can relax on the beach, stroll along the promenade and spend some time shopping. Your ticket includes discounts at numerous shops, restaurants and places of interest in Sitges.

 

Montserrat and Cava Trail Small Group Day Trip from Barcelona

Duration: 10hrs

Cost: $69.00 pp

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Departure is from Barcelona at 9:00am, and from Barcelona we will head straight to Montserrat, just over an hour and a half away. On arrival, you have various options. A visit to the Sanctuary where the Moreneta is housed is a must. The sanctuary has been in use for almost 1000 years for those pilgrims and other visitors who have climbed this spectacular mountain. At 1pm on weekdays there is the opportunity to hear one of Europe's oldest children's choirs, La Escolania de Montserrat. There is also the opportunity to visit the fascinating Museum of Montserrat, with its five collections ranging from Archaeology from the Biblical East to Modern Painting and Sculpture.

Besides these cultural possibilities, the paths of the Montserrat parkland lead you around a number of different walks, each offering a different perspective on the stunning views over the surrounding landscape, and many of which are peppered with small chapels and hermitages. There are routes to suit all tastes and energy levels, from fairly strenuous treks to gentle strolls around the park area, all of which allow you to marvel at the views and to enjoy the unspoiled beauty of this protected natural park. Another option is to take one of the two rack railways, or the cable car, offering different views of the area. Alternatively, the views can simply be savored from the cafe, which offers panoramic views of the valleys.

At 2.30pm, the tour will leave Montserrat, to drive down to Sant Sadurni d'Anoia, the Cava Capital, via Gelida, to visit some of the biggest underground wine cellars in Europe. Sant Sadurni d'Anoia is situated in the Penedes wine-growing region, which boasts one of the widest varieties of grape of any wine-growing region in the world. The region received a major boost in the late 19th-century when French vineyards succumbed to parasite, although Penedes itself was later struck by the same problem. Production has since recovered, and Cava is now a major rival to French champagne; in fact, the main difference between Cava and champagne is simply the region in which they are produced.

One of the most famous wine producers of the Penedes region is Freixenet, and the tour will continue with a visit to their vast wine cellars, where they will demonstrate exactly how the famous sparkling wine is produced, from the first pressing of the grapes to the second fermentation in the vast expanse of cellars. This will of course be accompanied by the chance to sample the product, to see exactly why it has acquired such international fame. From here, the tour returns to Barcelona, arriving at 7:00pm.

Monserrat Natural Park

Hiking Tour

Scheduled Group Tours

Hike through the natural park of Montserrat, home of the most emblematic sights of Catalonia. Visit the world famous Montserrat Monastery and Basilica, adding a taste of culture and history to a day of hiking in the great outdoors.

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Hiking in Montserrat Natural Park

Duration: 5-7hrs

Cost: $82.00 pp

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Your day begins by driving to Montserrat, passing through the countryside surrounding Barcelona. Hiking through the natural park of Montserrat you can enjoy the tranquility of the wilderness, away from the crowds of Barcelona city. The hike is suitable for those with a moderate levels of fitness as there are sections of numerous rock stairs and some inclines.

During your hike your guide will explain about the unique morphology of the mountain, the geography and historical facts of interest. You can also stop at the museum towards the top of the mountain, where the cog-railway from the basilica ends. Upon reaching the highest point on the mountain at St. Jerome 4,055 feet, there is a beautiful uninterrupted 360 degree view of the park. Your effort will be rewarded with a spectacular view stretching from the coast to the Pyrenees.

After a snack and drink break, you will continue the journey back down the mountain. There will be a short tour of the famous Montserrat Basilica, before returning to Barcelona. Your guide will try to time your visit to the basilica outside of the peak visiting hours for day trips from Barcelona.

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Private Tours

Abbey of Montserrat and on option an afternoon tasting Cava in the vineyards of the Penedes, a visit to Sitges or see the Modernist Architecture of Colonia Guell These tours can be done with a knowledgable driver or a driver + licensed guide

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Half Day Tour In Search of Stillness

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Departures Mon-Sat at 9:00am
Duration: 5hrs

Licensed Private Guide + private transfers with driver
Price: 1-6 pax Weekdays 490€  Weekends 525 €

Private Driver Guide
Price: Daily 1-3pax 335€  4-8pax 420€

After less than one hour ride, we'll get to this spectacular mythic and holy mountain of Montserrat jewel of Catalonia. We'll visit the famous Monastery of Montserrat, the spiritual heart of Catalonia, where "La Moreneta" the Black Madonna is worshipped. The amazing views and the many legends about this place won't deceive you!

You'll hear the Escolania Children Choir, one of the most famous boy’s choir in Europe, view famous paintings and meditate in the stillness of the mountains peaks.

 

Full Day Tour In Search of Great Spirits

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Departures Mon-Sat at 9:00am
Duration: 8hrs

Licensed Private Guide + private transfers with driver
Price: 1-6 pax Weekdays 650€  Weekends 825 €

Private Driver Guide
Price: Daily 1-3pax 520 €  4-8pax 620€

 

After visiting Montserrat, we'll head to the nearby Penedès Wine Country to visit a cellar and enjoy some wine tasting. Lunch will take place at nice local restaurant.

NOTE:

As the monastery is high up in the mountain, it is recommended to dress a warmer than in town.

Driver Guides are knowledgeable about their local region but are not allowed to guide inside monuments.

Excludes: entry fees plus guide's lunch for full day tours.

 

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