Montserrat Morning Tour
Montserrat Morning Tour
Visit the jagged and serrated mountain of Montserrat and its Benedictine Monastery on this morning 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. The curving road around the mountain will offer you incredible views out across the valley.
Upon arrival at the parking area, you will join your guide and 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 and description of the basilica, you will be given ample time to visit the sites that interest you the most. On most weekdays, the children's choir sings in the monastery at midday. 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.
Reviewer: Enid Mitchell
Very worthwhile tour if you want to get out of the city and see a bit more. Fantastic views all around the mountain. The Basilica was amazing.
Reviewer: Catherine Lawlor
The morning tour to Montserrat was wonderful. The bus was comfortable. The tour guide was very personable and very knowledgeable. The tour itself was wonderful. We were a bit rushed between hearing the boys choir sing and getting to the bus. We had to leave the boys choir a few minutes early to make sure we were there on time. The cheese market out side the building was wonderful and it was great to be able to taste such beautiful cheeses. All in all it was a wonderful tour, a great experience.
Reviewer: Cheryl A Pearson
Was on the fence about this tour but so glad we did go! The Mountains are amazing. Definitely worth going even for the half day!
Reviewer: craig hornberger
Great introduction to Montserrat. Fantastic experience with enough time to experience everything except hiking. Highly recommend the museum; we were overwhelmed by the quantity and quality therein. Great tour for the price.
It was a wonderful journey to Montserrat and best to go there in the morning as it is less crowded. Our guide is very professional and give us good advice on our time management enabled us to visit the Black Madonna. Be aware that you would need to go to their office in town for the tour as there is no pick up from the cruise port.