Early Access Montserrat Experience - Half Day Guided Tour from Barcelona
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Stop At: Abadia de Montserrat, Carretera BP-1121 S/N, 08199 Montserrat Spain
Escape the busy city to experience one of the most important and beautiful sites for nature lovers and history buffs in the world. Just an hour away from hectic Barcelona you find this beautiful site that mixes rugged natural settings and stunning mountain views with an atmosphere of utter tranquility.
This tour starts early to beat the crowds. By departing from Barcelona at 8:00 AM you avoiding the daily lines that form in front of the Benedictine monastery and the world-famous Black Madonna statue, which is also a must-see.
Your transfer in a comfortable, air-conditioned bus will only last about one hour, during which time your guide will tell you all about the history about this legendary site.
With views of the surrounding countryside, as well the Mediterranean sea and the Pyrenees mountains in the distance, make sure to bring your camera! The visit of the Monastery grounds begins with a brief orientation tour, as your guide leads you to the famous Basilica where you will find "La Moreneta" - the Black Madonna statue.
During your free time you can ride the cable car ride high above the expansive landscape, or spend more time learning about the history of Montserrat at the monastery museum. Art lovers will surely enjoy the masterpieces by artists such as Manet, Picasso and Dalí at the contemporary art museum also on the premises, and foodies can sample a variety of local products – from cheeses and sausages to honey and nuts – from the local artisans who sell their wares from street stalls.
Duration: 4 hours 45 minutes
- Return transportation in air-conditioned bus from Barcelona to Montserrat
- Expert, English-speaking tour guide
- Small groups of 25 people
- Entry/Admission - Abadia de Montserrat
- Hotel pick-up/drop-off
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Not for anyone with impairments requiring special assistance.
- Also unable to accommodate strollers or baby carriages on our group tours
- Entrance into the Montserrat Monastery requires a strict dress code. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women
- Near public transportation
- Infants must sit on laps
- Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
We chose this tour because the price was right, and we wanted to be able to also visit the Sagrada Familia in the afternoon. The tour guide kindly waited for three people who were just a few minutes late, and we began our journey. The bus driver was excellent in handling the roads up the mountain, but don't sit near a window on the right if you are afraid of heights! On the way down, it was not as scary. Getting there early allowed us to see the Black Madonna without too long a wait, plus the access closed for 2 hours soon after we completed that part of our visit. We did not see the art museum, but we heard it was excellent and also air conditioned, which we would have appreciated it we had known (the gift shop area outside the museum had no AC). The tour guide and driver also offered to drop us at Sagrada Familia if we desired at the end of the tour instead of the Placa d'Espanya where the tour started, which worked great for us because we could meet friends for lunch before our timed tickets later in the afternoon. If you want time on the mountain to hike one of the trails or ride the cogwheel train (which looked like it went straight up vertically!), you will need a longer tour, but this one suited us fine.