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Monastery of Montserrat - From Costa Brava Resorts

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Key Highlights

  • Visit the mountain of Montserrat, considered the spiritual centre of Catalonia
  • Explore the Abbey of Montserrat with its 1000 years of history
  • See an audio-visual representation on life within the walls of the monastery
  • Taste liqueur prepared in the abbey
  • Enjoy other attractions like the Basilica, the choir, the museums and the cable car
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    01 Apr - 31 Oct: Thursday

    Duration

    Approximately 9 hours

    Start time

    Tossa: 08:00am
    Lloret: 08:30am
    Blanes: 09:00am
    Malgrat: 09:15am
    Santa Susanna: 09:15am
    Pineda: 09:25am
    Calella: 09:30am

    Meeting Point

    Pick up is available from the following points:
    Tossa (Bus Terminal)
    LLoret (Disco Moby's)
    Blanes (Bus Terminal)
    Malgrat (Rosa Nautica, Monteplaya Bus Stop, Cartagonova Bus Stop)
    Santa Susanna (Hotel Indalo Park)
    Pineda (Renfe (train station) Pineda Bus Stop)
    Calella (Parking Toyka)
    (Please advise us of your preferred pick up location at the time of booking. Kindly reconfirm pick up upon arrival in Costa Brava.)
    Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.

    Ending Point

    Tour returns to the original departure point

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    Set out on a scenic tour of Montserrat by train and look out for ruins of the 11th century Benedictine monastery set in this serrated mountainside. Explore the basilica and hear the world famous Escolonia boys’ choir. The monastery of Montserrat has long been a centre of devotion for the Virgin Mary - it is believed that the Virgin Mary performed many miracles here.

    Enjoy an audio-visual presentation at the monastery and learn about life behind the Monastery walls, its functioning, and the everyday lives of the monks and choirboys. Taste the liqueur prepared in the abbey and explore other attractions of Montserrat like the Basilica, the choir, the museums, the cable car and the Black Virgin of Montserrat known as La Moreneta.

    From this vantage point you have a spectacular backdrop of the Llobregat valley stretching towards the city of Barcelona. Take home some great pictures of the bizarre rock pillars shaped by wind, frost and rain, and the historic Benedictine monastery that spreads regally on its side.

    Itinerary

    You will be picked up in the morning from one of the designated spots close to your hotel in Costa Brava. Accompanied by a guide, you will be taken on a coach tour to Barcelona.

    From Barcelona, you will take a bus to Montserrat and then a train for the last 6 kilometres up to the monastery. The 11th century Benedictine Monastery is located in the serrated mountainside. Montserrat rises over 1200 metres above the surrounding country side. Enjoy the spectacular scenic views on this train ride.

    Visit the monastery of Montserrat, you will find only ruins of the 11th century Benedictine monastery. The new monastery was built in the 19th century and is home to one of the famous ‘Black Virgin’ statues. You will return back from the monastery in bus.

    At the monastery, enjoy a brief audio-visual presentation and learn about life behind the Monastery walls, its functioning, and the everyday lives of the monks and choirboys. This will be followed by liqueur-tasting (prepared in the abbey) after which you can explore Montserrat on your own. Other attractions include the Basilica, the choir, the museums, the cable car and the Black Virgin of Montserrat known as La Moreneta.

    Another highlight of your visit to Montserrat monastery is to listen to the famous Basilica choir boy performances of Gregorian chants and other genres of religious choral music. The performances can be heard free of charge in the Basilica at 1:00pm daily with the exception of Christmas holidays, July and some other festive periods during the year.

    At the end of an exciting day, you will be transferred back to your original departure point in Costa Brava.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Audio-guide
    • Transportation in an air-conditioned coach
    • Bus and train ride to the monastery of Montserrat
    • Audio-visual show at the monastery
    • Cable car
    • Liqueur tasting

    Exclusions

    • Lunch
    • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the tour operator at least 24 hours prior to the start of the tour to confirm all departure details.
    Please mention the preferred language of the guide at the time of booking.
    Appropriate clothing is necessary to enter the monastery and the basilica.

    During July, the Montserrat choirboys do not sing since they are on summer holidays.
    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
    • Brilliant!

      The coach trip was an hour and a half which seemed to go by quite fast because of the comfort of the coach and the air conditioning provided. However the organisation lacked...

      Miss Georgina A Fearnley
    • ONE WORD - EXCELLENT

      One should not miss this tour!!! EXCELLENT!!! VERY BEUTIFULL...SOME EXTRA HOURS SHOULD BE DEDICATED TO THIS TOUR. ALSO, ON THE BUS WINDSCREEN THERE SHOULD BE MARKED...

      MR ALEXANDER SCIBERRAS