Stunning view of Montserrat near Barcelona in Spain
Montserrat monastery in Catalonia, Spain
Group of tourists visiting Montserrat on a City Wonders Tour
Unique montain shape in Montserrat near Barcelona
Group of tourists posing for a photo near a mountain edge in Montserrat
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Montserrat Tour from Barcelona with Skip-the-line Tickets to the Black Madonna

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  • Escape the hustle and bustle of Barcelona as you explore the mysterious Montserrat on this early-morning tour. With comfortable round-trip transportation from Barcelona, via private air-conditioned bus, beat the crowds and discover Montserrat monastery and its rugged surroundings before the throngs of other tourists arrive.
  • Durning the journey our expert, English-speaking guide will enthrall you with fascinating insight around the myths and mysteries that occurred on this jagged mound. On arrival, depending on the option selected, enjoy our skip-the-line tickets to the Benedictine monastery and the world-famous Black Madonna statue, which also include a liquor and pastry tasting too!
  • Immerse yourself in Catalan culture and history and explore Montserrat at your own pace during your free time. Marvel at this spectacular mountain and discover sacred sites, how you spend your time is up to you; hop aboard a cable car, walk through the forest, sample some local liqueurs or visit the museum of contemporary art.
  • Choose to book the transfer-only option and join us on the journey from Barcelona to Montserrat, traveling in comfort and style. Enjoy free time in this scenic location, choosing exactly how to explore this marvellous site, until it's time for everyone to meet up again and head back to Barcelona.

Tour Description

What's Included

  • Return transportation in air-conditioned bus from Barcelona to Montserrat
  • Expert, English-speaking tour guide 
  • Skip-the-line tickets to the Benedict Monastery (if "ticket" option is selected)
  • Local liquor and pastry tasting (if "ticket" option is selected)
  • Gratuities

Sites Visited

  • Montserrat Monastery & Black Madonna (if "ticket" option is selected)

Rising up from the low, rolling hills outside of Barcelona, Montserrat, meaning “serrated mountain” is aptly named. Leave the bustle of the city behind on this half-day tour and experience one of the most important and beautiful sites for nature lovers and history fans in all of Catalonia. It may come as a surprise that just one hour away from such a vibrant and frenetic city, this gorgeous site offers rugged nature, stunning mountain views, and an atmosphere of utter peace and calm.

The Early Bird Catches the Worm

We make the most of our time on this tour by starting a little earlier than most other visitors. By departing from Barcelona at 9:15 AM we provide you with a precious advantage, avoiding the daily lines that form in front of the Benedictine monastery and the world-famous Black Madonna statue.

Take in the Beautiful Surroundings

Your transfer in a comfortable, air-conditioned bus will only last about one hour, during which time your guide will tell you all about the history of this fascinating site.
The natural setting in which the monastery is found is breathtaking; take in endless views, with the Mediterranean sea to the east and the Pyrenees mountains to the west, looming in the distance.

Transfer-Only Option

You will have a brief orientation tour upon your arrival and if you have chosen the "transport-only" option you will have free time to explore this magnificent site on your own.

Discover the Black Madonna

Instead, if you have chosen the option including the "Black Madonna Tickets" your guide will lead you to the Gothic Basilica, nestled between the towering rock spires and cliffs that gave Montserrat its name. Here you will be given skip-the-line tickets to get inside the Benedictine monastery and admire this Romanesque statue at your own pace. Entirely made of wood, this unique piece of art, is linked to a mysterious legend, according to which the Benedictine monks could not move the statue to build the monastery and were therefore forced to build around it, turning this remote religious outpost into an important pilgrimage site.

Free Time & Other Activities

During your free time, you can take an optional cable car ride high above the rugged landscape and otherworldly rock formations, or perhaps spend more time learning about the history of Montserrat at the interactive and immersive historical exhibition. If you are into art, there is even a museum of contemporary art; an unexpected home to masterpieces by artists such as Monet, Picasso, and Dalí.

Sample the Local Delicacies

Finally, save a bit of time to savor the local culinary specialties – from the herbal liqueurs and cheeses to cured meats and honey – all produced by local artisans from the surrounding countryside who set up stalls outside of the monastery to let visitors sample and purchase their wares. Included with your "Black Madonna tickets" is a liquor and pastry tasting, these handmade gastronomic delicacies are an authentic taste of regional Catalan cuisine which you should sample before heading back to the hustle and bustle of Barcelona!

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