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From Barcelona: Montserrat Monastery & Natural Park Hike

1. From Barcelona: Montserrat Monastery & Natural Park Hike

Discover the beautiful mountain village of Montserrat on a guided tour from Barcelona. Visit the Monastery of Montserrat and explore the tranquil surroundings of Montserrat National Park. The experience starts in the upper part of Passeig de Gràcia, before journeying by bus to experience the natural splendor of Montserrat. Catalonia’s most emblematic mountain. On the way to the monastery, admire the Massif of Montserrat, a spectacular multi-peaked rocky range packed with unique needle-shape formations. Upon arrival, visit the monastery with over 70 monks that was founded in the 11th century and still functions to this day. It is well known for hosting the figure of La Moreneta, who is the patron saint of Catalonia. Your guide will bring history alive by explaining the history and ventures of this monastery dating back nearly a thousand years. Next, board the Sant Joan Railway to observe the area’s fascinating flora and fauna following a trail with soft trekking with a specialized guide in Montserrat Natural Park.

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From Barcelona: Montserrat Monastery, Easy Hike, Cable Car

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

Escape from busy Barcelona on this 6-hour 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 Black Madonna, or Virgin of Montserrat, and admire the chapel in the monastery garden. If you’re visiting on a school day, you may also be able to enjoy listening to the famed Montserrat boys’ choir. Ride the cable car to the top, where you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy spectacular views of the region. Take an easy hike to appreciate the fresh air and mountainous terrain.

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Pyrenees Mountains Small-Group Tour from Barcelona

3. Pyrenees Mountains Small-Group Tour from Barcelona

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. Leave Barcelona at 08:30 from outside the Hard Rock Cafe, 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, we 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 at 19:30. 

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Barcelona: The Magical Montjuic City Exploration Game

4. Barcelona: The Magical Montjuic City Exploration Game

The city game starts at Joan Miró Park. It will take you between 1.5 to 2 hours to complete and you can also explore at your own pace: pause the game and resume anytime from the location where you paused it. You will finish at Montjuïc Castle. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. Ready for an adventure? After your booking, you will receive an email on how to download the game to your phone. You can play on your own, in a large group, or in several smaller groups that compete against each other and meet at the final stop of the game. For larger groups, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to download and play the city game on their phones. Alternatively, each person can make their own purchase.

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

5. 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.

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From Barcelona: Half-Day Trip to Montserrat Mountain

6. From Barcelona: Half-Day Trip to Montserrat Mountain

Start your Catalonian adventure when you’re picked up from your hotel in Barcelona and begin driving towards Montserrat Mountain in a comfortable Mercedes Benz van.  During a 1-hour drive, sit back and relax as you pass by Penedès, a celebrated Catalonian vineyards region. Learn about the different types of wine they produce here from your expert local guide along the way. Once you reach your destination, enjoy private tours of both the church and the monastery of Montserrat Mountain. Be enthralled by fascinating details of the history of these unique locations and feast your eyes on the statue of the Virgin of Montserrat. Afterwards, make use of free time to explore a nearby lookout point and admire breathtaking views of Catalonia before beginning the journey back to your hotel.

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From Barcelona: Montserrat Monastery and Hike with a Local

7. 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.

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From Barcelona: Medieval Villages and Volcanic Hiking Tour

8. From Barcelona: Medieval Villages and Volcanic Hiking Tour

Depart from Barcelona on a 1.5-hour trip in a comfortable minivan to arrive at La Garrotxa, home to the La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park. Start the day with a gentle hike and a visit to Castellfollit de la Roca, one of the most scenic medieval villages in Catalonia, dramatically perched atop a cliff side at the meeting point of the Fluvià and Toronell rivers.  Continue to Sant Joan les Fonts, where you’ll visit the Romanesque church and medieval bridge from the 12th century. Then, start the hike across the paths following three lava flows that have shaped the landscapes of this region. Learn about the rural way of life of La Garrotxa, an area that is simply beautiful and will put you in a Zen-like mood.  After the hike, head to Besalú, the best-preserved medieval village in Catalonia, where you’ll have free time to eat lunch. Before heading back to Barcelona, enjoy a guided visit of Besalú where you’ll see the most unique spots of this beautiful medieval town for an authentic trip back in time.

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From Barcelona: Montserrat Full-Day Trip with Guided Hike

9. From Barcelona: Montserrat Full-Day Trip with Guided Hike

Depart Barcelona and travel in air-conditioned comfort to the sacred mountain and monastery of Montserrat. Upon arrival, visit the monastery of Santa Maria de Montserrat and see the Black Madonna wooden carving from the 12th-century known as La Moreneta (The Dark One). Ascend to the middle of the mountain range, and enjoy panoramic views as you ride aboard the St. Joan funicular railway. Then, strap on your walking boots and brave the hike to the summit. Stop to rest when you reach the shrine, and enjoy a picnic lunch at a picturesque spot in the countryside. Escape the crowds and discover a little-known area to look for Spanish Ibex and other wildlife in their natural environment. Return back down the mountain and pass more shrines before heading back to the monastery for the return trip to Barcelona.

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From Barcelona: Costa Brava Coastal Path Hike & Tossa de Mar

10. From Barcelona: Costa Brava Coastal Path Hike & Tossa de Mar

After a 1.5 hour pleasant drive in an air-conditioned minivan, you will reach Tossa de Mar, located in the heart of Costa Brava. Get ready and start hiking across the famous Camí de Ronda coastline path. This trail connects all Costa Brava towns from north to south. Camí de Ronda will bring you to areas of great natural beauty. Enjoy unique views of the beautiful Mediterranean sea, breathtaking cliffs hanging over the sea and small hidden coves, where you have free time to swim in its transparent waters and sunbath. Fragrances from pine trees, rosemary and thyme will follow you along the way. The Camí de Ronda will bring you back to Tossa de Mar where you will enjoy some free time to have lunch. A traditional local restaurant can be booked for you. After lunch, you have the chance to visit Tossa de Mar, an ancient fishermen’s village with important historical background. Walk around the emblematic Vila Vella, also known as the old town, the sole remaining fortified medieval town on the Catalan coast dating from the 13th century. Behind the impressive city walls and defensive towers, you will find a labyrinth of narrow streets and alleys surrounded by beautiful white houses that give the town a true Mediterranean atmosphere.

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What people are saying about Barcelona

It is a very fun way to see places in the cities, it helps you to be more detailed when observing the monuments. Doing it from an app gives you the facility to do it at your own pace and at the time that suits you best. I highly recommend it

Comfortable car ride . Nice drive Informative and friendly guide Good itinerary and we’ll arranged tour Overall a good day trip to have from Barcelona which is not very tiring and takes you to a completely different atmosphere from the town

This tour was awesome! The town of Vic was so cute. Queralbs was amazingly gorgeous and so lucky we got to be there. The Pyrenees mountain trip was extremely scenic!

Flavio was the best. Great hiking and nice convivial lunch at the farm

Everything went smoothly. I can only recommend it.