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Montserrat Sightseeing and Cava Tour by Minivan

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Highlights

  • A fascinating and unforgettable day out from Barcelona.
  • Discover the stunning Montserrat Monastery perched high in the mountains.
  • Considered most important pilgrim site in Spain and home to one of Europe's oldest children's choirs, La Escolania de Montserrat.
  • Visit the cava-making cellars of Freixenet and enjoy a glass of sparkles.

Overview

Capture the heart of Catalonia on this trail to the iconic Montserrat and enjoy some sparkle in the rural cava cellars of Freixenet. The day starts with a 4-hour visit to Montserrat for you to explore the monastic centre of Catalonia, home to the famous Black Virgin and la Escolania (the oldest children's boy choir in Europe).

Explore the sprawling nature park and mountains of Montserrat with spectacular views over the plains of Catalonia. Follow the cava trail through the back roads to the cava-making cellars of Freixenet. Tour their underground caves and sample some of the best sparkling wine in the world.

Itinerary

The tour starts from the local activity operator office located directly opposite the ticket office/outdoor cafe of the PALAU DE LA MUSICA, off Via Laietanaat 0830h (8:30am). Please make your own arrangements to the departure point. You will be taken in an air-conditioned luxury minicoach, accompanied by a professional English-speaking guide, for full day sightseeing tour of Montserrat and the Cavas trail.

From Barcelona you 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 see. The sanctuary has been in use for almost 1000 years for those pilgrims and other visitors who have climbed this spectacular mountain. 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 Paintings and Sculptures.

In addition, 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 savoured from the cafe, which offers panoramic views of the valleys.

The tour will leave Montserrat, to drive down to Sant Sadurní 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 Penedès 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 Penedès itself was later struck by the same problem. Production has since recovered, and cava is now a major rival to French champagne.

One of the most famous wine producers of the Penedès 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 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.

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Reviews

This was an amazing tour. Excellent guide (Jordi) and the van was just perfect for a small group (we had 7). The Cava experience at Codorneu was just gorgeous. The only slight... MANUELMIGUEL T GARCIA

We had an exciting group that got along famously during this tour. We all laughed and had a great time. The Montserrat monastery was amazing and definitely worth the visit. ... Sterling M Pace

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Activity Schedule

When does it run?

01 Mar - 15 Nov: Daily
16 Nov - 29 Feb: Monday, Wednesday & Saturday

Duration

10 hours

Start time

Start time: 0830h (08:30am)
Duration: 10 hours

Meeting point

Tour depart from the local activity operator office located directly opposite the ticket office/outdoor cafe of the PALAU DE LA MUSICA, off Via Laietana.
Please be at the meeting point at least 10 minutes before departure time.

Ending point

Tour returns to your original point of departure

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Inclusions

  • Transportation in a luxury air-conditioned minivan
  • Guided tour in English
  • A visit to Cava wine cellars

Exclusions

  • Lunch and refreshments.
  • Rack railway and cable car at Montserrat
  • Hotel Pick-up and Drop-off

Do/Dont's

You will also get time off the bus to get out and about. So, please bring suitable clothing, footwear, and sun protection. Remember that temperatures at high altitudes will be much lower than in the city, so although it may be warm in Barcelona, please remember that it can be much cooler in the Pyrenees.

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Please note

Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour to confirm all details

Children over 5 are welcome on all the tours. However, those under five are not allowed.

Lunches are not included. However, the tour stops in places where there is a range of lunch options to suit all budgets, and there are picnic options available.

The tour duration includes travelling time from Barcelona to Montserrat and vice-versa (approximately 45-50 minutes each way).

Please be at the meeting point at least 10 minutes before departure time.

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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.
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  • "Amazing Montserrat & Cava Tour! & TIP FOR PEOPLE WITH ALLERGIES TO MOLDS" This was an amazing tour. Excellent guide (Jordi) and the van was just perfect for a small group (we had 7). The Cava experience at Codorneu was just gorgeous. The only slight...
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