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Montserrat: Morning or Afternoon Half-Day Trip with Pickup

1. Montserrat: Morning or Afternoon Half-Day Trip with Pickup

Take a half-day trip from Barcelona to Monserrat. See views from the mountain, visit a famous monastery, and take a walking tour. Begin your day with pickup and get read to enjoy the most exclusive views of this spectacular natural setting, the Holy Mountain. This rocky monument is known for the whimsical shapes of its peaks soaring through the sky. See a mountain at a height of 2,380 feet above sea level. Tour the Benedictine Monastery of Santa Maria and the Basilica, where you’ll see the Virgin of Montserrat, known as the Black Madonna. After visiting the monastery, your guide will take you on a walking tour to take in the stunning views from the site that was declared a national park in 1987. Next, you’ll visit the Holy Cave, where legend has it the Virgin appeared. It is now a center of pilgrimage and prayer. To conclude the tour, you can enjoy listening to the angelic voices of La Escolania de Montserrat, one of the oldest children's choirs in Europe. You will return to Barcelona with the guide at around 2:30 PM if you take the morning tour, or at 8:30 PM if you take the afternoon tour.

Barcelona: Half-Day Montserrat Experience

2. Barcelona: Half-Day Montserrat Experience

Begin by meeting your guide in the center of Barcelona, from where your unique experience begins. Join your group in an air-conditioned private vehicle for the journey up the mountain of Montserrat. Enjoy the views as you hear about Montserrat’s Basilica and Monastery, home of la Moreneta (Black Madonna). Unlike other tours, this experience allows you to gain early access to visit the Montserrat Monastery, well before the crowds arrive. Upon your arrival, enjoy a 45-minute guided tour throughout which you learn about Montserrat including its secrets. This tour also sees you visiting the farmer’s market and entering the basilica. You guide then explains all the fun activities you can do with your 2 hours of free time following the guided tour. You can visit la Moreneta (Black Madonna), enter the museum, taste the monastery’s homemade liquor, go to an easy walk to the Saint Miguel, take the Sant Joan Funicular, and much more.

Barcelona: Hot Air Balloon Flight with Snacks & Drinks

3. Barcelona: Hot Air Balloon Flight with Snacks & Drinks

Admire Catalonia's natural landscape while cruising in a hot air balloon. On this ride through the skies, you'll get to experience the beauty of the Montseny Natural Park region from a unique vantage point. On a clear day, you will be able to see Montserrat, Barcelona, and the Mediterranean sea. Your journey will begin just after dawn when you'll either be picked up at a meeting point in Barcelona or make your own way to the local partner's flying area. Upon reaching the take-off spot you will be able to participate, hands-on, in inflating your hot air balloon. Once in the air, the ride will last for a little more than an hour. Celebrate the flight at the landing spot with a Cava toast and brunch. As a souvenir, receive a first flight certificate signed by the pilot.

From Barcelona: Montserrat Monastery, Easy Hike, Cable Car

4. 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: Half-Day Montserrat & Horse Riding Tour

5. From Barcelona: Half-Day Montserrat & Horse Riding Tour

Discover the stunning beauty of Montserrat mountain on this half-day trip from Barcelona. Travel in a comfortable and airconditioned van to the mountain's Benedictine Monastery where the La Moreneta statue is located. Ride on horseback through the Montserrat Natural Park.  Board a spacious van at centrally-located in meeting point in Barcelona. Relax on the drive, admiring the Massif of Montserrat on the way to the monastery. Take in this spectacular multi-peaked rocky range packed with uniquely-pointed rock formations. Visit the monastery which was founded in the 10th century, but still functions to this day with over 70 monks. View the figure of La Moreneta (visit dependent on availability), who is the patron saint of Catalonia. Listen as your guide brings the past alive by explaining the history and ventures of this monastery which dates back nearly a thousand years. Next, head to a nearby equestrian center, located at the foothills of the Massif. Marvel at breathtaking views of Montserrat on a horseback ride through the national park. Learn how to communicate with your horse and the basics of grooming and saddling a horse. Practice your riding skills as you enjoy the freedom and tranquility of the countryside. Take leisurely route that is suitable for every level of rider. Return by bus to your meeting point in Barcelona at the end of your trip. 

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.

From Barcelona: Montserrat National Park Guided Hike

7. 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.

Barcelona Express Card: 2 Days of Transport & Discounts

8. Barcelona Express Card: 2 Days of Transport & Discounts

Make the most of your stay with Barcelona Express Card, and get 2 days of free unlimited travel on public transportation and more than 100 discounts: • 48 Museums and Attractions with discounts up to 60% • 16 Visits and Tours with discounts up to 50% • 12 Leisure experiences with discounts up to 50% • 7 Entertainment experiences with discounts up to 20% • 3 Night-time Venues with discounts up to 30% • Shops and restaurants with discounts up to 20% • and much more! Museums and Attractions • CaixaForum: 25% off • Camp Nou Experience: 5% off • Casa Batlló: EUR 3.00 • Casa Lleó i Morera: 20% off • Casa Museu Gaudí: EUR 1.00 • Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB): 20% off • CosmoCaixa: 25% off • Cripta Gaudí de la Colònia Güell: 20% off • El Born Centre Cultural: EUR 6.00/4.20 • Fundació Antoni Tàpies: 20% off • Fundació Joan Miró: 20% off • Fundació Suñol: 25% off • Gaudí Centre Reus: 40% off • Jardí Botànic de Barcelona: 50% off • La Pedrera: 20% off • Mirador de Colom: 50% off • MUHBA El Call: Free  • MUHBA Plaça del Rei: EUR 7.00/5.00 (combined ticket MUHBA centers) • MUHBA Refugi 307: EUR 7.00/5.00 (combined ticket MUHBA centers) • MUHBA Via Sepulcral Romana: EUR 7.00/5.00 (combined ticket MUHBA centers) • Museu Blau: 50% off • Museu d’Arqueologia de Catalunya Barcelona: 30% off • Museu d’Art Contemporani (MACBA): 20% off • Museu d’Història de Catalunya: 30% off • Museu de Cera de Barcelona: 20% off • Museu de l’Eròtica de Barcelona (MEB): 20% off • Museu de la Moto: 20% off • Museu de la Música: 30% off • Museu de la Xocolata: 30% off • Museu de Cultures del Món: EUR 5.00/3.50  • Museu del Disseny: EUR 6.00/4.00 • Museu del Mamut: 50% off • Museu del Modernisme Català: 30% off • Museu del Perfum: 40% off • Museu d'Idees i d'Invents de Barcelona (MIBA): 20% off • Museu Diocesà de Barcelona: 50% off • Museu Egipci de Barcelona: 30% off • Museu Europeu d’Art Modern (MEAM): 20% off • Museu Frederic Marès: EUR 4.20/2.40 • Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya: 20% off • Museu Olímpic i de l’Esport Joan Antoni Samaranch: 25% off • Palau de la Música Catalana: 20% guided tours • Pavelló Mies van der Rohe: 20% off • Reial Monestir de Santa Maria de Pedralbes: EUR 5.00/3.50 • Torre Bellesguard: 50% off • Torre de Collserola: 60% off Visits and Tours • Barcelona 360o–Land, Sea & Air: 20% off • Barcelona Ciclotour: EUR 2.00 • Barcelona Port Tour: 20% off • Catalunya Bus Turístic: EUR 10.00 (check routes) • Catamarà Ecològic: 20% off • Caves Codorniu: 20% off • Circuit de Barcelona–Catalunya: 50% off • Gocar Tours: 10% off • Las Golondrinas Barcelona Mar: EUR 15.00/13.00 • Las Golondrinas Barcelona Port: EUR 7.20/6.50 • Sailing Yacht Tours Skylinebcn: 15% off • Vesping Barcelona: 10% off (24 hours) • Walking Tours Gòtic: 50% off • Walking Tours Gourmet: 50% off • Walking Tours Modernisme: 50% off • Walking Tours Picasso: 50% off Leisure • Aqua Urban Spa: 30% off • Barcelona Bosc Urbà: 20% off • Casino Barcelona: Free admission and welcome drink • Gaudí-Experiència: 50% off • Icebarcelona: 20% off • Illa Fantasia: 20% • Jamón Experience Museum: Free museum admission (EUR 10.00 tasting) • L’Aquàrium de Barcelona: 20% off • Parc d’Atraccions del Tibidabo: 20% off • Poble Espanyol de Barcelona: 20% off admission (EUR 1.00 audioguide) • Port Aventura: 20% off • Zoo de Barcelona: 20% off Entertainment • Cirque du Soleil Amaluna (July-August) Port Aventura: 20% off • Cordobés–Tablao Flamenco: 20% off drink and show; 8% off dinner and show • Gran Gala Flamenco: 20% off • El Patio Andaluz: EUR 10.00 drink/dinner and show • El Tablao de Carmen: 20% off • Nervión–Tablao Flamenco: 20% off • Palacio del Flamenco: EUR 10.00 Night-time Venues • Bcn NightCard: 30% off • Milano Cocktail Bar: 20% off • The Michael Collins Bar: 20% off Restaurants • Antiga Fàbrica Moritz Barcelona: 2x1 breakfasts • Asador del Mar: 15% off • Costa Gallega: 15% off • El Chipirón: 15% off • Hard Rock Café: Special menu • La Tertúlia: 15% off • L’Arrosseria Xàtiva: 15% off • L’Arrosseria Xàtiva amb Gràcia: 15% off • Marina Bay by Moncho’s: 15% off • Patrón: 15% off • Restaurant Diagonal Can Soteras: 15% off • Nervión: 15% off • Tapas Locas: 20% off Shops • Barcelona Original Shops: 15% off • Futbolmania: 10% off • La Roca Village Shopping Express: 20% off • Perfumeria Regia: 10% off selected items Other Services • Locker Barcelona: 10% off Transportation • Barcelona Moto Rent: 20% off • Barcelona Rent a Bike: EUR 2.00 • Cooltra Motos: 20% off • Moto Rent & Renting: 20% off

From Barcelona: Horseback Tour in Montserrat National Park

9. From Barcelona: Horseback Tour in Montserrat National Park

Travel by horse through Montserrat National Park on this tour from Barcelona. Explore the Abbey of Montserrat, see the Virgin of Montserrat statue, and shop at a local farmer's market.  Meet at the tour supplier's office in Barcelona and relax on a scenic 50-minute drive to the Benedictine Abbey of Montserrat. Admire the Romanesque, Gothic, and Renaissance architecture of this abbey that is nestled into the mountainside.  See Catalonia’s Patroness Saint depicted in the Virgin of Montserrat statue. Browse through some regional products at a local farmer’s market before heading to the ranch where you can meet the horse you will ride. Ride through the countryside of Montserrat National Park. Follow the three Romanesque hermitages route through the landscapes of a jagged and saw-toothed mountain range. Have some time to relax at the ranch before heading back to the tour supplier's office in Barcelona.

Barcelona: Top Montserrat Hiking Experience With A Guide

10. Barcelona: Top Montserrat Hiking Experience With A Guide

Join a small group for an exciting and rewarding hike around iconic Montserrat. After arriving at the Benedictine monastery, from the 11th century, simply set off to explore some beautiful encounters of this Natural Park. Meet your professional mountain leader and embark on your adventure through the hiking trails of Montserrat. Explore the magical formations as you wind through the dense boxwood nature. Learn and talk about Catalan culture, the history of the region, and many exciting topics to discuss. As you progress deeper into the mountain, get ready for the chance to bump into the Alpine Ibex, a wild mountain goat. Gaze around and try and spot some birds of prey. Take your time when you reach the majestic Basilica and the Black Saint Virgin - La Moreneta. On the way out of the monastey, stop at the small farmer's market and try some delicious locally produced cheeses, honey, and more.

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4.8 / 5

based on 1,290 reviews

The tour was on time and overall quite enjoyable. As others have already said, a couple more hours wouldn't hurt to explore everything. Essentially you'll have to commit to one of the guide's suggested options and stick to it. E.g. I hiked up the mountain to the cross and the funicular station and had afterwards roughly 20 minutes left to explore the stores and market

Dani was very accomodating and fun. He made sure we get a deeper understanding not just of the place but of the people, culture and history of the Catalans. the transport with our driver Jordi was also comfortably superb

This is a must see day trip from Barcelona. Our guide was knowledgeable and very informative. The views are spectacular and the hike down provided amazing vistas.

Definitely worth it. Our guide daniel was funny and very informative. He even gave us a free souvenir. :)

The site was great. The tour guide spoke fluent English. He was entertaining and insightful.