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From Barcelona: Montserrat Monastery & Scenic Mountain Hike

1. From Barcelona: Montserrat Monastery & Scenic Mountain Hike

Take a day tour of Monserrat from Barcelona and enjoy the area's natural beauty. Visit the monastery before boarding a funicular to reach sweeping views of Catalonia from the mountaintop. Meet your guide at the local partner's office in Barcelona and settle in for the hour-long ride to Montserrat. Your first stop is the Benedictine Abbey. Explore this 11th-century religious sanctuary home to Catalonia’s patron saint: The Black Madonna. Next, board the funicular railway and ascend to the top of the mountain. Enjoy stunning views of valleys, mountains, and the sea. Hike on the same paths used by pilgrims hundreds of years ago as you admire Montserrat’s fascinating flora and fauna. Wander past rocky pillars and ravines as you breathe in the mountain air. Have some free time back in the monastery area after your hike. Browse the local market before you catch a ride back to Barcelona.

From Barcelona: Montserrat Monastery & Natural Park Hike

2. From Barcelona: Montserrat Monastery & Natural Park Hike

Discover the mountain village of Montserrat on a guided tour from Barcelona. Visit the Monastery of Montserrat and explore the tranquil surroundings of Montserrat National Park. Start in the upper part of Passeig de Gràcia before journeying by bus to experience the natural splendor of Montserrat. Admire the Massif of Montserrat on the way to the monastery. Take in this spectacular rocky, multi-peaked range packed with unique needle-shaped formations. Visit the still-functioning monastery that houses over 70 monks and was founded in the 11th century.  Learn about the monastery’s history and ventures dating back nearly a thousand years. Next, board the Sant Joan Railway and observe the area’s natural beauty. Follow an easy hiking trail with a specialized guide along the Montserrat Natural Park. Relax after the hike and taste the traditional Catalan dessert, Mel i Mato, which is made up of cheese drizzled with honey from local farmers. Enjoy a sweet end to your Montserrat tour.

From Barcelona: Montserrat Monastery, Easy Hike, Cable Car

3. From Barcelona: Montserrat Monastery, Easy Hike, Cable Car

Escape from busy Barcelona on this 6-hour small-group excursion to Montserrat. When you arrive you’ll be in the capable hands of a certified mountain guide as you explore this popular site. Discover the charm of Montserrat mountain, visit the Benedictine Monastery of Santa Maria de Montserrat with its well preserved 15th-century cloister. Discover hidden details, architecture, and art from the 12th century to the contemporary. Ride the cable car to the top and enjoy the magnificent view of the mountain and the national park. Take an easy hike to enjoy the fresh air and mountainous terrain and learn about nature and wildlife. Admire the magical and fun shapes of the rock formations and some of the chapels scattered throughout the mountain. Enjoy your free time back at the monastery with the many things you can do.

From Barcelona: Pyrenees Mountains Day Tour

4. From Barcelona: Pyrenees Mountains Day Tour

This is a perfect tour for anybody wanting to truly escape the city and immerse themselves in nature. From Barcelona, take an exciting and picturesque journey into one of the world's most famous mountain ranges. Depart Barcelona in the morning and head north towards the Pyrenees. Along the way, stop for a short but sweet break in the medieval town of Vic.  In keeping with the philosophy of giving you as much time as possible to explore on your own, head first for the Market Square where the guide will give you an introduction to the town and suggestions of what to see. You'll have plenty of time to stroll around the town center. See the grand cathedral and some magnificent Renaissance and Baroque buildings, or simply relax while having breakfast in the heart of the town: a beautiful arched square (one of the biggest in the country) where the market and other major events are held. The visit to Vic coincides with traditional market days, something which has been taking place every week for over a thousand years! From Vic, continue up to the Pyrenees. Before boarding the train, briefly visit Queralbs, which, at an altitude of 1,236 meters (4,055 feet), is the last vehicle-accessible village on the way up to the mountain valley destination. This tiny mountain village has a population of only 200 permanent residents living in a rambling collection of traditionally-built stone houses. Perched on the side of the mountain, this impossibly quaint hamlet is one of the most memorable parts of the day. See the Church of Sant Sadurní de Fustanyá, built from stones so perfectly-hewn that legend says it was built by the fairies and witches said to inhabit the surrounding caves. From Queralbs, take the last 6 km (4 miles) of the impressive rack railway up to an altitude of 1,964 metres (6,443 feet) and into the stunning mountain valley of Vall de Núria. Thanks to the mountain railway, you’ll be able to get high into the mountains with no effort at all. If you love hiking, then ask the guide to show you some routes, as there's something for everyone. In the valley you’ll also find a sanctuary, originally built to house pilgrims to the valley, and which takes its name from the Virgin de Núria. Her image, buried in the earth, was reputedly unearthed by a very persistent ox! You can even try horseback riding, open-air bowling, archery lessons, crazy golf, or boating on the lake. Another option is to enjoy some of the traditional Catalan dishes available in the valley’s restaurants. From Queralbs, the return trip to Barcelona begins, and you'll arrive back in the city in the early evening.

From Barcelona: Montserrat Monastery and Hike with a Local

5. From Barcelona: Montserrat Monastery and Hike with a Local

After a half-hour drive in an air-conditioned minivan, you will arrive at Montserrat. Start your day by visiting the Benedictine Abbey and discover its amazing history. Montserrat literally means “sawed mountain” in Catalan, and it is called this due to its multi-peaked rocky range. It is well-known as the site of the Benedictine Abbey. Once you have visited the abbey, get ready to start hiking from the monastery. Follow a beautiful path around the needle formations of the mountain and pass by many natural viewpoints that offer awesome views over the abbey and the forests. Continue until the highest point of the mountain, from where you will have breathtaking 360-degree views over the multi-peaked rocky range. On a clear day, you will be able to see the Pyrenees and Mallorca island. After admiring great landscapes, taking some pictures and taste a selection of traditional Catalan snacks. Next, start descending through a shady path between the needle formations and forests. Head back to the Abbey to enjoy some free time and wander around the farmers market. You can also listen to the famous Escolania de Montserrat choir sing on weekdays, except for public holidays, and is subject to the basilica's capacity.

From Barcelona: Montserrat & UNESCO Monastery Guided Tour

6. From Barcelona: Montserrat & UNESCO Monastery Guided Tour

Head out of the hustle and bustle of Barcelona and into the magnificent mountains of Monserrat on a bus tour. Walk through this enchanting landscape, learn about its history from your local guide, and visit the local monastery. Arrive at a bar in the city center of Barcelona where you will meet your guide for the day and the group who will travel up to the mountains with you. After an informative short bus ride out of the city, arrive at the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site of Montserrat. Enjoy a tour of the local monastery and hear about its incredible history. Then, enjoy free time to either go hiking in the magical hills, feast on an all-you-can-eat lunch looking out over mystical views, or explore the museum and further discover the history of this famous landmark.  After a couple of hours, rejoin the bus where you will then head back down into the city all in time for an evening in Barcelona.

Montserrat: 6-Hour Hike with a Choice of 3 Levels

7. Montserrat: 6-Hour Hike with a Choice of 3 Levels

You’ll be picked up at your hotel in Barcelona and travel by private van on a 45-minute drive to the Montserrat Monastery, where your walking/hiking experience begins. You can choose from 3 different options, with different routes and durations. The walking tour will introduce you and your group of up to 7 persons to the Montserrat range. Along the way you’ll not only take in spectacular natural beauty, but also the Montserrat Monastery, its Black Madonna, and the world-famous Montserrat Boys’ Choir. Your guide will tell you how the mountain has become a religious and cultural symbol known throughout the world. This is a tour for lovers of hiking and travelers who want to experience the nature, history, and culture of this popular Mediterranean attraction. More than a tourist activity, the hike is a way to learn about the history of Catalonia. The private hike is guided by a local expert with years of experience in leading groups. You’ll be led, informed, and entertained, and you’ll be provided a snack along the way. At the end of your hike, you’ll be dropped off at your Barcelona accommodation.

From Barcelona: Montserrat National Park Guided Hike

8. From Barcelona: Montserrat National Park Guided Hike

After 50-minute drive from Barcelona we first visit the Benedictine Abbey, first built on the 11th century and home to Catalonia’s Patroness Saint, The Black Madonna, a strong symbol of spirituality and unity for the local people. After, we hike up to the top, from where we enjoy the stunning views from the Natural Park of Montserrat and the rest of Catalonia from a bird´s eye view. Mediterranean Sea, main valley of the country and the Pyrenees further away, drawing the border with France. During the hike we will walk on the same paths used by pilgrims hundreds of years ago, we will get inspired by Montserrat’s fascinating flora and fauna and we will experience unique ways where rocky pillars and ravines show us how inner mysterious water emerge from the hidden and undiscovered very center of the massif. Back down in the Monastery area, we have some free time where you can browse amongst regional products in the local farmer’s market before we head back to Barcelona.

From Barcelona: Small-Group Pyrenees Hike with a Local Guide

9. From Barcelona: Small-Group Pyrenees Hike with a Local Guide

Immerse yourself in the nature of one of the most iconic valleys in the Pyrenees mountains. Departing from Barcelona, travel to the picturesque town of Queralbs where your hike will begin. To access the Vall de Núria, follow the “Camí Vell” from Queralbs to Núria, one of the most iconic hiking routes in Catalonia. The Camí Vell de Queralbs to Núria, used for centuries by pilgrims as a path to the sanctuary, is a path full of history and legends. During the hike, learn about the distinctive flora and fauna of the Pyrenees and, if lucky, see some wild animals such as vultures, lizards, king eagles or marmots in their natural habitat. The Núria Sanctuary is located in the heart of the Pyrenees, surrounded by many peaks of 2,800 meters (9,200 feet) that form a mountain circus known as “l’Olla de Núria”. Discover some of the legends of Núria and its religious and cultural significance. Also, have some time for lunch (not included) and exploring the area around the sanctuary. To get down from Vall de Núria, which is about 2,000 meters (6,562 feet) above sea level, take the rack railway “Cremallera de Núria”, a beautiful route that runs 12.5 kilometers (7.8 miles) and descends about 1,000 (3,281 feet) meters to Queralbs.

Montserrat & Sitges from Barcelona: Easy Hike and Cable Car

10. Montserrat & Sitges from Barcelona: Easy Hike and Cable Car

Embark on a comprehensive group tour that visits two of the most beautiful and significant places near Barcelona: the magic mountain of Montserrat and the sea village of Sitges. Ride a cable car, see the Monsterrat Monastery, and reconnect with nature on a hike. In Montserrat, admire the holy monastery and the cloister (entry included), then take a cable car to the top and enjoy an easy, scenic hike. Get the chance to discover Montserrat from a different perspective. Next, head to Sitges. Take a break to have lunch (not included), then enjoy a pleasant walk along the promenade and discover the colonial buildings and fantastic palaces and churches right next to the coastline.

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4.8 / 5

based on 443 reviews

It's a fantastic experience. Montserrat is fantastic from every angle. The monastery is well worth a visit. The funicular and the entire trail are breathtaking. Our guide Martina is wonderful for the way she explains, the several languages she speaks and the serenity she has. It's really worth it ❤️

A recommended excursion. We had lovely weather, a lovely guide and the hike gave us equally lovely impressions and photos. Due to the early start, we were able to visit the monastery in absolute peace and without large crowds of visitors.

Excellent tour with just the right amount of sightseeing and walking. Frank was a great guide - very knowledgeable and with a great sense of humor.

Highly recommend this tour if you want to explore Montserrat.

Highly recommend going out and seeing the Monastery!