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Montserrat Afternoon Tour with Cog Wheel Train Ride

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Key Highlights

  • Travel in a luxury, air-conditioned coach from Barcelona to Montserrat
  • Embark on a picturesque journey up in the mountains in a cog wheel train
  • See the 12th century carving of the Black Virgin, also known as Virgin Moraneta
  • Also includes a visit to Espai Audiovisual Montserrat, the new audiovisual room in the monastery
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    01 Apr - 31 Oct: Daily
    01 Nov - 31 Mar: Thursday & Saturday


    Approx. 5 hours

    Start time


    Meeting Point

    Please make your way to the local activity operator’s office at Calle Balmes, 5, Barcelona. (The closest Metro station is Universitat).
    Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time.

    Ending Point

    Same as the start point

  • Overview & Itinerary


    Embark on the most popular day trip from Barcelona to visit the incredible Montserrat Monastery. Travel from Barcelona in an air-conditioned coach to reach the foot of Montserrat, from where you will take a cog wheel train to reach the monastery. The train ride gives you spectacular views over Montserrat that cannot be seen any other way.

    Enjoy spectacular sites of the landscape during the course of your train ride while the bi-lingual guide, fluent in English and Spanish, will talk about the history and culture of the place.

    Once you reach the monastery, explore one of the most important pilgrimage site of Catalonia and gaze at the 12th century Romanesque carving of Virgin Moraneta.

    Also, the Montserrat Day Trip with Cog Wheel Train Ride tour includes a visit the audio visual room of the monastery, where you can learn about Montserrat's role as a spiritual and cultural centre. Plus, enjoy four types of local liquor during the course of the tour.


    To start your Montserrat Day Trip with Cog Wheel Train Ride, you will board a bus from Barcelona to the mountain of Montserrat located 4,051 feet above sea level, which is home to incredible Benedictine Abbey – Santa Maria de Montserrat. The undulating topography along with a monastery and hermit caves, makes it a favourite tourist spot.

    With this tour, you will board a cog wheel train to reach the monastery Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey, an important pilgrimage site in Catalonia. During the course of your 15 minute journey, enjoy picturesque views of the beautiful multi-peaked mountain. The trains are air-conditioned and wheelchair-friendly.

    The rocks of Montserrat formed by natural cement of sand during the centuries affected by the wind and rain, give the mountains strange and varied forms. Some of the peaks and sites have been named after human or animal shapes, as imagined by the locals. There are also several legends surrounding the mountains and how it came into being.

    Your Bi-lingual guide, fluent in English and Spanish, will share notes about the history and myths of the city and the monastery.

    Visit the Royal Basilica of Montserrat, known for the 12th century Romanesque carving of Virgin Moraneta, also called the Black Virgin. She is considered to be the patron saint of Catalonia, who is enshrined in the monastery's Royal Basilica. You will have enough time to go around the basilica and take in the spiritual atmosphere of the place.

    You will also visit the Espai Audiovisual Montserrat, the new audiovisual room in Montserrat which reflects the monastery’s will to respond and offer notes to the thousands of visitors and pilgrims who are interested in learning about Montserrat and its significance. The exhibition is based on three fundamental pillars: mountain, monastery and sanctuary.

    During the course of the tour, also enjoy four types of liquors produced in the area.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • Air conditioned motor coach
    • Bi-lingual official guide (English & Spanish)
    • Tasting of 4 typical liquors
    • Cog Wheel Train Ride
    • Entrance to audiovisual exhibition in Montserrat “Espai Audiovisual Montserrat. The exhibition is based on three fundamental pillars: mountain, monastery and sanctuary. It explains to its visitors the history, natural creation and significance of this pilgrimage site.


    • Food and drinks, unless specified
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.

    It is the responsibility of all visitors to be at the meeting point 15 minutes before departure. Guests arriving after departure cannot be accommodated and missed tours or tickets cannot be refunded.

    Knees and shoulders should be covered to enter religious buildings.

    Voucher information: You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
  • Reviews
    • Excellent tour...

      Dr Ashish Pathak
    • A great tour in Barcelona


      A White
    • Very well organised, tour guide very helpful and friendly left bang on time.

      Our guide was very informative which made our afternoon very enjoyable. We will definitely use your company again to book our next trip. Covered everything we expected....

      Miss Amanda Ward
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