Montserrat is a mountain, unique natural park, and massive rock over 4,000 feet high, visible for miles, with weird shapes and rounded peaks that jut into the sky. There are walks, paths, stairs with caves, hermitages scattered over the mountain, mysterious rocks, and wonderful views. Halfway up the mountain and sheltered by its peaks is a Benedictine monastery nearly 1,000 years old. This is the Sanctuary of the Virgin of Montserrat, popularly called the Moreneta, is the black patron saint of Catalunya and a presence strongly felt and revered. The community of monks also runs a boys' school devoted to the study of music, and a famous choir.
Departing from Barcelona, you will drive north, crossing the Llobregat River to the Parc Natural de Montserrat. Your guide will entertain you with tales, history, and legends of the mountain, the monastery, and the shrine. Upon arriving at the sanctuary, which is at a height of 2,380 feet above sea level, you will begin a guided orientation tour. They will point out the main places of interest: the monastery, basilica, museum with a marvelous collection of paintings, Stations of the Cross, as well as bars, restaurants, shops, and a home products market. Silence must be kept inside the church, so your guide will give you explanations outside and show you Our Lady's Chapel with the 12th-century figure of Our Lady of Montserrat. You will then have free time to dedicate to the aspects of this beautiful and spiritual place that attract you most. As a visit to the museum or the railway is optional, tickets and admission is not included in your tour price. You will then drive back to Barcelona via an alternative route to the sounds of traditional Catalan music.
Our private group tour to Montserrat (and Sagrada Familia the day before) were wonderful. Our guide gave so much practical, historical, social knowledge of the area and the sights, which truly enhanced the visits and made them very meaningful. She was wonderful at tailoring the day to our needs and very accommodating of my mom, who at times needed wheelchair access, extra time, etc. We thoroughly enjoyed the tours!