Approx. 5½ hoursStart time
Duration: Approx. 5½ hours
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. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.
The tour ends at the starting point.
Drive through picturesque villages to the craggy peak of Montserrat, rising majestically from the plain to 4,051 feet (1,235 meters).
At the top, visit the Royal Basilica of Montserrat, home of the much revered 12th-century carving of the La Moroneta, the Black Virgin. Learn the legends and stories surrounding this sacred place and enjoy the stunning panoramas.
An excellent audio-visual display is included in your tour and, on some days, you may be lucky enough to hear the Montserrat monastery’s famous boys’ choir. The excursion also includes a chance to taste some delicious local liquors.
You will ascend the Montserrat mountain by coach for your Montserrat Morning Tour from Barcelona.
The excursion leaves at 0915h (09:15am) and you will travel in a comfortable air-conditioned coach accompanied by a Bi-lingual guide (or guides) speaking English and Spanish.
The scenic journey from Barcelona to Montserrat lasts about 50 minutes. It takes you along a river and through pretty villages to the foot of the Montserrat Mountain, which rises majestically to 4,051 feet (1,235 meters).
Long before you reach Montserrat, you will see the jagged silhouette of the great peak, and understand how it got its name (‘serrat’ means ‘serrated’). This massive rock fortress is dotted with paths, stairs, caves, chapels and hermitages. For the standard option you will drive through the Montserrat Natural Park and up to the Sanctuary, around 725m (2380 feet) above sea level. On a clear day you will see breath-taking panoramas of the Pyrenees.
You will arrive at the Sanctuary, where you can visit the Royal Basilica and the Chapel of Our Lady of Montserrat. Inside the Chapel is the famous 12th century Romanesque carved wood statue of La Moreneta (the Black Virgin). La Moreneta is the patron saint of Catalonia, and is a presence strongly felt and revered. This celebrated statue has made The Royal Basilica one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Spain.
Interestingly, the image of the Virgin was originally multicolored. The carving acquired its dark color with the passage of time. The Basilica is full of the most beautiful paintings, gold lamps and decorated chapels.
The monastery at Montserrat runs a music school, which has the oldest boys’ choir in Europe – La Escolania de Montserrat. On some days you may be lucky enough to hear the children singing.
Your tour also includes entrance to an interesting audiovisual exhibition (“Montserrat Portes Endins”) and the chance to taste four locally produced liquors.
The monastery complex has a fascinating museum (charges apply) – with paintings by El Greco, Picasso and Dalí among others – as well as treasures from ancient Egypt.
At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back at the starting point.
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour to confirm all details.
Please arrive at the departure point at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the tour.
A special dress code is required to enter Montserrat. Knees and shoulders must be covered; no low cut or sleeveless tops or shorts for either men or women. Clients who do not adhere to the dress code will not be permitted entry. The tour operator cannot be held responsible for entry denied due to improper dress.
The tour duration includes travelling time from Barcelona to Montserrat and vice-versa (approximately 45-50 minutes each way).
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.
Good mix of tourist information and free time for own exploration. Enjoyed it!...Laura Rupsaite
Good organised but short...Mr Yefim Kipnis
I really enjoyed the whole experience, the tour rep was fantastic. I would only say that there wasn't enough time to look around everywhere. It would have been better if it was a...MRS KAREN ALBON