This is a professionally organised and guided tour to the Montserrat Monastery Benedictine mountain retreat near Barcelona. The tour includes air conditioned round trip transfers from Barcelona city to Montserrat Monastery. The meeting point in Barcelona is Calle Balmes 5. On arrival in Montserrat Monastery, you will be able to see the ancient Royal Basilica, which is home to the famous Black Madonna carving of the 12th century. The polychrome carving is known as the ‘Virgin of Montserrat’ and is revered by locals as one of the two Patron Saints of Catalonia.
The tour includes a bilingual guide who would answer your questions and provide information about the history of the Montserrat Monastery, which is dated to the 10th century.
One of Europe's oldest boys' choirs, The Escolania of Montserrat perform in the monastery on some days and you might be able to hear them sing on your visit if they are performing on that day.
|Escolania boys choir performing in Montserrat|
The Montserrat Monastery offers panoramic views of the Holy mountain with its distinctive huge pink and white stone mountains. You will be able to see the expansive surrounding landscape from the monastery.
The tour also includes a liquor tasting experience at the monastery. The typical liquors are handmade by the Benedictine monks as a part of a traditional Benedictine practise that uses mountain herbs to make the digestive liquors. You will be able to taste the 4 traditional liquors produced by the monks.
In this tour, you would also be given free time to experience the audio-visual exhibition “Montserrat Portes Endins” where you can know the history of the Benedictine community and the region.
|Montserrat audio-visual exhibition|
The tour includes a trip back to Barcelona in an air conditioned coach.
There is no need to carry print outs of vouchers since you could simply show your booking on your smartphone. This is a half day long tour. For specific operating hours for this Montserrat morning tour I recommend you follow the link below for making a reservation. Visitors also need to follow an appropriate dress code when entering the Basilica- no Tank tops, short shorts, sandals or strapless shirts.
This tour is interesting not only for those who are religious but for anyone who wishes to experience mountain views of Catalunya’s nature park. Montserrat is a much travelled tourist destination and many site visitors have written to us after their visit telling us it was the highlight of their visit to Barcelona.
What You Get with this Tour:
|Smartphone tickets: No need to print out vouchers.|
|Air conditioned coach round trip from Barcelona.|
|Professional tour guide who will guide you around and give you interesting insights.|
|Visit to the Royal Basilica.|
|A taste of 4 typical liquors of Montserrat.|
|Entrance free to the audiovisual "Montserrat Portes Endins".|
This is a very popular offering in Barcelona. We recommend you book this offering at least 7 days in advance.