Montserrat Afternoon Tour
Visit the jagged and serrated mountain of Montserrat and its Benedictine Monastery on this afternoon tour.
After departing from Barcelona, you will drive through the picturesque countryside dotted with little villages during the 90-minute drive to the incomparable setting of the mountain of Montserrat. Rising majestically to 4,051 feet, the peaks of Montserrat can be seen long before you arrive.
Upon arrival, you will board a cog railway to make the scenic 15-minute climb to the basilica. The rail follows the dramatic shape of the mountain, offering incredible views of the valley and the mountain peaks.
Upon arrival at the upper station, you will join your guide as you climb several steps to reach the plaza of the Royal Basilica of Montserrat. Its cliff-side location and neo Romanesque architecture is a scenic wonder, but it is perhaps the famous 12th-century Romanesque carving of Virgen Moreneta, the Black Virgin, that draws so many to this mountain location. The Royal Basilica has been one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Spain for hundreds of years.
After an orientation tour of the grounds, you will be given free time to visit the sites that interest you the most. There is a museum, restaurants and shops, as well as the opportunity to view the Black Virgin from a passageway that circles the altar where she is located. You will also be given the opportunity to taste some of the typical liquors of Montserrat. At the appointed time, you will meet your transportation and begin the drive back to Barcelona.
Please Note: Your tour departs from and returns to the Placa Catalunya area. The placa is the city center and the place where the old city (Gothic Quarter and Raval) and the 19th century-built Eixample meet. Some of the city's most important streets and avenues meet in Placa Catalunya: Passeig de Gracia, La Rambla, Portal de l'Angel and Ronda Universitat.
We met at the Placa Catalunya tour office and our bus departed for Montserrat. When we got to the site, we boarded a cog railway to go up to the top. The views were wonderful on the way up. It was quite cool and cloudy up at the top so I’d recommend bringing a coat. Our guide gave us a tour of the site nestled in the mountains, including the Basilica and then we had some free time to explore on our own. Some people wanted to get in line to touch the black virgin but we chose to view it from the front of the inside of the church. We also walked up the hill and saw the Stations of the Cross. We had a tasting of 4 liquors at the shop. After our free time, we boarded the bus and road back to Barcelona. I would recommend the tour of this unique and beautiful site!
Reviewer: Steve Anderson
Shore excursion was very good.