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Barcelona: Hola Barcelona Public Transport Travel Card

1. Barcelona: Hola Barcelona Public Transport Travel Card

With a public transport ticket that offers unlimited travel for 2 days or more, you’ll be able to get around Barcelona and the surrounding area and save yourself time and money. Discover Barcelona at your leisure as you travel by the metro, buses, and trams as many times as you like. Before beginning your adventure, head to a Tourist Information Office and exchange your voucher. Visit the city’s landmarks and monuments at your own pace on a pass that’s valid for an unlimited number of journeys on the metro and buses operated by Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB), trains operated by the Generalitat city network, and the tram and Renfe suburban trains. A pass to connect with the Barcelona airport line is included. Your public transportation ticket is valid for 48, 72, 96, or 120 consecutive hours after the validation date (depending on the option chosen).

Barcelona: Montserrat Tour, Monastery & Optional Wine/Lunch

2. Barcelona: Montserrat Tour, Monastery & Optional Wine/Lunch

Experience an unforgettable guided group tour to Montserrat, Catalonia's most famous mountain range. Take in the beauty of its natural rolling landscape and discover the history and traditions of its medieval monastery. After your bus journey from Barcelona, board the cogwheel train up to the monastery and admire the beautiful nature and iconic multi-peaked mountain range of Montserrat. Once at the monastery, your guide will take you on a walking tour of the historical center of the complex.  Learn about the rich history of the Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey, an 11th-century monastery that still functions to this day, with over 70 monks. Entry to the monastery is included in the tour price. Use the allotted free time to wander freely and visit the famous Black Madonna and see paintings by Picasso, El Greco, and Dali at the Montserrat Museum. During your free time, you can also ride the funicular train up the side of the mountain to get even better viewpoints of the monastery.  Travelers who booked the half-day tour option will return to Barcelona after the visit to Montserrat. If you chose a full-day tour option, you'll continue toward a beautiful boutique winery. Arrive at the winery and, depending on the food option you booked, enjoy a light tapas or multi-course lunch. Admire amazing views of the winery and Montserrat mountains as you feast on traditional foods of the region. After your meal, wander around the vineyards, learn about the wine-making process, and enjoy a wine tasting session, before traveling back to Barcelona.

Barcelona: Montserrat Guided Tour with Optional Cog-Wheel

3. Barcelona: Montserrat Guided Tour with Optional Cog-Wheel

Visit Montserrat Monastery on this half-day trip from Barcelona.  Scale Montserrat Mountain on the cogwheel train. Admire the beauty of the monastery's architecture and hear stories about its famed Black Madonna statue. Board a bus from Barcelona and set off on a ride to the magical mountain of Montserrat. Discover its rocky geography, beautiful scenery, local liquors, and cultural wealth with a guide. Follow your local guide through the site and learn about the history and architectural style of the monastery. Fall in love with the Gothic and Renaissance details of the basilica and sanctuary. Then, learn about the legend of the miraculous apparition of the Black Madonna and Child in the cave of Santa Cova. Visit the Church and see the Black Madonna. Enjoy free time to taste the finest liquors, shop for locally produced treats or visit the audiovisual exhibition once the guided tour finishes.

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: Alella Wine Tour by Electric Bike

5. From Barcelona: Alella Wine Tour by Electric Bike

Enjoy an exclusive wine tour as you ride along the coast of Barcelona by e-bike. Marvel at the beautiful views of the Mediterranean Sea as you discover a family-run winery and historic vineyards. Taste 4 different wines and savor a picnic of local products at the winery. Begin the tour in the center of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter. Ride your e-bike along the Mediterranean coast toward Alella in the protected Natural Park of Serralada de Marina. In the middle of the journey, take a short break to see the beaches where the locals spend the sunny days in summer. Once in Alella, visit a family-run organic winery. Stroll through the historic vineyards, where you will learn everything there is to know about the winemaking process of a winery that has wines on the lists of some of the most prestigious restaurants all over the world. Taste 4 very different wines presented to you by one of the cellar’s professional sommeliers. Once the wine tasting is done, enjoy a picnic in the wonderful surroundings of the winery. Try local and natural products such as bread, cheese, fruit, and more.

Barcelona: Montserrat Private Trip with Cable Car and Lunch

6. Barcelona: Montserrat Private Trip with Cable Car and Lunch

Escape the hustle and bustle of Barcelona for the day and head to the stunning Montserrat Monastery, nestled between jagged mountains and breathtaking scenery. Meet your guide near the train station and take the train to Montserrat, admiring panoramic views of the surrounding area along the way. Upon arrival in the village, board the cable car which will take you to the Monastery, where you will have incredible views of Montserrat from above. The tour can be customized for children with a visit to a playground and ice cream for the little ones. After admiring the outside of the Monastery and its spectacular architecture, head to the local farmers market. Enjoy a sample of some of the region's best cheeses and take a stroll around Santa Maria Square. Finish your tour with a relaxed hike through the mountains to reach the San Miguel Viewpoint. Here, admire panoramic views of the surrounding valley as you enjoy a picnic lunch before heading back to Barcelona. Ask for tickets if you want to see ‘La Moreneta’ (the Black Madonna), the Children’s Choir of Montserrat, and the Museum of Montserrat (subject to availability)

Barcelona: Gaudi Private City Tour with Sagrada Familia

7. Barcelona: Gaudi Private City Tour with Sagrada Familia

Learn all about the life of the father of Modernist Architecture on this private tour. Visit his most famous buildings and the places he frequented with your expert local guide. Walk around the Plaza Real, the elegant square decorated with the streetlights of a recently graduated Gaudi. Then, visit one of his first masterpieces, Palau Güell, a sober structure in the Raval Quarter, almost devoid of the exterior decorations that so characterized his later works. Before you leave the Old City, you'll also visit the preferred tavern of Antoni Gaudi and Pablo Picasso. Walk along Paseo de Gracia, a showcase of Catalan Modernism, where the works of Antoni Gaudi and other famous architects of the time can be seen. It's impossible to understand Gaudi's work without having seen Casa Batllo and Casa Milá (La Pedrera), two masterpieces created at the peak of his career. Finally, Sagrada Familia. Enter with your skip-the-line tickets and see one of the most fascinating religious temples in the world. Before departing, your guide will show the two main exterior facades, give you your skip-the-line tickets with audioguide, as well as tips to make the most of your Sagrada Familia visit.

From Madrid: Valencia to Barcelona 4-Day Tour

8. From Madrid: Valencia to Barcelona 4-Day Tour

Explore the coastal cities of Spain’s eastern Mediterranean coast on a 4-day trip to Valencia and Barcelona from Madrid. See the historic archiecture of Valencia’s Old Town, and contrasting futuristic buildings of the Ciudad de las Artes y de las Ciencias. Continue to Barcelona to marvel at the fairytale constructions of Antoni Gaudi, and the maze of narrow streets of the Gothic Quarter. Day 1 (Thursday) Madrid – Valencia (train) Call on Madrid Puerta de Atocha train station to depart by AVE, high speed train to Valencia, capital of the province and natural home of the internationally acclaimed paella. Enjoy the journey. Arrival, transfer from station to your hotel. Accommodation at the hotel. Day 2 (Friday): Valencia - Barcelona Enjoy a morning tour of Valencia after breakfast at your hotel. Among the highlights of the tour is the monumental Modernist Estación del Norte, noted for its rich ornamentations. Continue to the Plaza de Toros, Valencia’s historic bullring where more than 12,000 spectators watch the dramatic confrontations between matador and beast. See the grand buildings of the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, dominated by the Neoclassical Town Hall. Go to the Mercado Central, one of the oldest European food markets still running. Other sights include the Lonja de la Seda (Silk Exchange), circular Plaza Redonda, noble Palacio del Marques de Dos Aguas, and Gothic Cathedral. Next, drive past the old river bed of the Turia to the most avant-garde part of Valencia, and marvel at the futuristic buildings of the Ciudad de las Artes y de las Ciencias. See the emblematic exteriors of Santiago Calatrava’s radical architecture. In the early afternoon, depart Valencia for a drive up the Mediterranean coast to Barcelona, where you will check in to your accommodation for the night. Day 3 (Saturday): Barcelona Enjoy a morning tour of Barcelona after breakfast at your hotel. Driving along the main avenues of L’Eixample, the city’s 19th-century expansion, you will see impressive Gaudi architecture that is the symbol of Catalonian Modernism, including the unfinished Sagrada Familia basilica, and the organic forms of the Casa Milà, better known as La Pedrera. Drive up to the hill of Montjuïc for panoramic views of the city and harbor. See the arenas built for the 1992 Olympic games. Descend to the monument to Christopher Columbus at the bottom of Las Ramblas, and continue into the labyrinthine streets of the Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter), home to the Catedral de la Santa Creu, Barcelona’s commanding Gothic cathedral. The afternoon is yours at leisure to explore the city’s charming neighborhoods, such as Barceloneta, or relax on the beaches built for the Olympics, such as Nova Icària, Mar Bella, and Llevant. Day 4 (Sunday): Barcelona - Zaragoza - Madrid Following breakfast at your hotel, drive through the historic cities of Lleida and Zaragoza, with free time to explore both. Once a key defense point for Barcelona, Lleida boasts an artistic heritage that dates back centuries. Admire the architecture of Zaragoza on the banks of the Ebro River, such as the Basílica del Pilar, and La Seo Cathedral. Continue to Madrid for the end of the tour services. Accommodation  Class T Hotel: Valencia: Nh Las Artes  Barcelona: Catalonia Barcelona 505  Class A Hotel: Valencia: Nh Las Artes  Barcelona: Catalonia Barcelona Plaza/Melia Barcelona Sarria

Barcelona: Sailing Experience and Montserrat Tour

9. Barcelona: Sailing Experience and Montserrat Tour

Begin your morning on the rocking waves of the Mediterranean Sea. Board a luxury sailing yacht with a professional skipper. Enjoy snacks of olives, cheese, salami, and crackers and drinks of wine, beer, sangria, and soft drinks. Then, continue your day by exploring the captivating landscape and spirituality of Montserrat, which is the magical mountain of Catalonia. The rich architecture is sure to take your breath away. Visit the Royal Basilica of Montserrat, which holds the famous 12th-century Romanesque carving of Verge Moreneta (The Black Madonna). You will also be able to visit the audiovisual exhibition about the history and creation of Montserrat and to taste the typical liquors of Montserrat.

Private Day Trip from Barcelona: Magical Montserrat

10. Private Day Trip from Barcelona: Magical Montserrat

Discover the beautiful mountain monastery of Montserrat on a peaceful train ride away from the city. Enjoy the charms of the village hidden within this vast mountain range outside Barcelona. Your local host of choice will meet you at Plaça d'Espanya where you will jump on board the train to kick off your day trip with a comfortable ride through the beautiful Catalan landscape. Along the way, your host will already share tons of interesting facts with you about Barcelona and Montserrat. Upon arrival in Montserrat, you'll enjoy a unique ride up the mountain by a "cremallera", a special train that goes straight through the mountain range. The views are absolutely stunning and it's the best means of transportation to get to Montserrat comfortably and with the best view. The first stop in Montserrat will be the local farmers market to see the hustle & bustle of the vendors in the morning. Enjoy a delicious cheese tasting at one of the artisans before you continue for an easy-going hike to a viewing point on top of Sant Miquel. After a short break to relax and enjoy the view, you'll continue your way to the church of the monastery of Montserrat: the Santa Maria de Montserrat. Learn all about the Virgin of Montserrat, the patron saint of Catalonia to whom the church has been dedicated.

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beautiful place. wished we had more time at the mountains maybe another 30mins longer instead of the stop at Vineyards. seems very rushed. no time to view the Black Madonna ad well. better go on your own instead of v the tour

Easy to use and get from T2 of Barcelona airport. Can start using it straight away from the airport train station and make your way to the city and hotel.

Amazing tour and especially Edu the tour guide! Really funny and a lot of information!

Worth the price, easy to use, valid for buses and subway.

The tour was perfect and our guide Jon is the best