Montserrat Express Tour

Montserrat Express Tour

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Tour Highlights

  • Explore the famous Montserrat with comfortable private transportation from Barcelona
  • Beat the crowds! Discover the monastery and rugged landscape before the most other visitors arrive
  • Enjoy a variety of options for your free time, including an optional panoramic cable car, a walk through the forest, a tasting of local liqueurs, or a visit to the museum of contemporary art
  • Hear about the impressive history and legends surrounding this famous landmark from your English-speaking local guide
  • Small groups of 25 people or fewer for a more intimate experience

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Head out of the city for a half day tour on a private bus to visit the famous and scenic mountain of Montserrat. Home to a medieval monastery that is nestled in between natural rock spires high above sea level, a visit to Montserrat is at the same an excursion into nature, and a richly-detailed trip into the past.
Sunlight over Montserrat Monastery and Mountains, Catalonia

Monastery Surroundings

Nestled into a ravine of towering limestones pillars that have been formed through erosion over tens of millions of years, the impressive monastery building is not only an idyllic tourist destination, but also an important one for religious pilgrims from around the world.

Stunning view from Montserrat Mountains over Catalonia

Landscape View

The highest point in the Catalan “lowlands”, Montserrat reaches 1,236 metres (4055 feet) at its peak. Survey the endless expanse of land stretching out below you as you make breath deep of the pure and crisp mountain air.

Main Square in Montserrat Monastery, Catalonia

Interior of the Monastery

Dating back to the 11th century, the monastery of Montserrat is an impressive gothic structure with ornate facades, intimate courtyards, and tranquil passage ways through which countless, pilgrims, monks, kings, popes, and curious visitors have walked.

Tour Description

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.

We make the most of our time on this tour by starting a little earlier than most other visitors. By departing from Barcelona at 8:00 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.

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 about this fascinating site.
The natural setting in which the monastery is found is absolutely breathtaking; take in endless views, with the Mediterranean sea to the east and the Pyrenees mountains to the west, looming in the distance. You will have a brief orientation tour upon your arrival before your guide leads you to the Gothic Basilica, nestled between the towering rock spires and cliffs that gave Montserrat its name.

No trip to Montserrat is complete with laying eyes the famous Black Madonna, believed by some to have been carved in Jerusalem in the late 12th Century. This Romanesque statue, entirely made of wood, 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.

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 historic 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.

Finally, save a bit of time to savour 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. These handmade gastronomic delicacies are an authentic taste of regional Catalan cuisine which you should definitely sample before heading back to the hustle and bustle of Barcelona!

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What's included

  • Return transportation in air-conditioned bus from Barcelona to Montserrat
  • Expert, English-speaking tour guide 
  • Small groups of 25 people

Sites Visited

  • Montserrat Monastery
  • Basilica & Black Madonna

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    The meeting point differs from tour to tour. Upon booking you will receive a confirmation voucher containing your tour details and some important information. There, you will find the meeting point details along with some images, tips, links to Google Maps and GPS coordinates.

    All our meeting points are located close to metro stations and are easy to access. Our Customer Care Team is also happy to provide guidance and help with locating your tour meeting point.

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