Black Madonna, Catalonia

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Barcelona: Montserrat Tour, Monastery & Optional Wine/Lunch

1. 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 Monastery Visit & Lunch at a Farmhouse

2. Barcelona: Montserrat Monastery Visit & Lunch at a Farmhouse

Take a day trip from Barcelona to visit Monserat. Take in the mountain views, visit the famous monastery, then head to a local farmhouse for a delicious dinner. Begin in the upper part of Passeig de Gràcia. Then journey to the natural splendor of Montserrat, Catalonia’s most emblematic mountain topped by a Benedictine Monastery. Montserrat is an ideal trip to spend a day in nature, just a few kilometers away from Barcelona. En route to the Monastery, admire the Massif of Montserrat, a multi-peaked rocky range packed with needle-shaped formations. Upon arrival, visit the Monastery, which was founded in the 10th century and still functions with 150 monks to this day.  It famously hosts the dark figure of La Moreneta, who is the patron saint of Catalonia. Your guide will explain the Monastery's history, which dates back nearly a thousand years. After the visit, you will have free time to buy a souvenir and take pictures. Next, visit a farmhouse with stunning views. Enjoy a delicious 3-course menu; consisting of salad, barbecued food (with vegetarian and halal options), and dessert. Following this adventurous day, return to the center of Barcelona by private transport.

Montserrat: Morning or Afternoon Half-Day Trip with Pickup

3. 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.

Montserrat: Cable Car Ticket

4. Montserrat: Cable Car Ticket

Enjoy direct access to the Montserrat cable car and discover Montserrat from the sky with a unique view of the mountain. Find tickets that suit your plans with options to depart in each direction, or take the cable car both ways. Marvel at panoramic views of the rugged Catalan countryside. Journey to the Benedictine Abbey of Santa María de Montserrat and its famous statue of the Virgin of Montserrat without having to climb. Cable up the mountain in safety, as Aeri de Montserrat has had technical improvements to ensure it is a safe facility. 

Montserrat Monastery: Guided Tour with Early Access

5. Montserrat Monastery: Guided Tour with Early Access

Upon arrival at the monastery, northwest of the city, learn about the lives of the monks in the monastery and sacred mountain. Visit the Museu de Montserrat and see a collection of artifacts that range from Egyptian mummies to canvasses by Picasso. Although much of the collection was lost in the Napoleonic War, the museum continued to add to its collection and the museum is now home to important works of 20th-century Catalan art. See archaeological finds from Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt and Palestine. Admire old paintings from the 13th to 18th centuries by artists such as Morales, El Greco, and Caravaggio. Fall in love with the Renaissance architecture of the 16th-century basilica. Go to the atrium and sacristy, and see the permanent collection of images of the Virgin Mary. If you book the option that includes entrance to the Monastery you will enjoy a liquor tasting.

From Barcelona: Montserrat Monastery Transfer

6. From Barcelona: Montserrat Monastery Transfer

Avoid the crowds with this early access excursion to the monastery of Montserrat. You can enjoy the spirituality of this monastery, situated not far outside of Barcelona, and marvel at the sunrise from the mountainside. You will depart from Plaza de Catalunya early in the morning in an air-conditioned bus. Enjoy the drive up to the mountain of Montserrat, located 720 meters above sea level. You will have the best views of the sunrise over the mountain scenery, and take spectacular photos of these incomparable views. When you arrive at the monastery you can enjoy the complex on your own. Choose to enter the Museum of Montserrat, or follow one of the hiking routes to explore the mountain. Meet back at the monastery for the return drive to 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: Day Trip to Montserrat, Sitges & Jean Leon Winery

8. Barcelona: Day Trip to Montserrat, Sitges & Jean Leon Winery

Transfer by air-conditioned bus to the Montserrat Mountains to visit the Royal Basilica of Montserrat and see its 12th-century Romanesque carving of the Verge Moreneta (“Black Madonna”). Marvel at the Benedictine sanctuary, founded in 1025 as a mystical backdrop for the Virgin of Montserrat, the patron saint of Catalonia. Following a guided tour, you then have some free time to enjoy the fabulous landscape by yourself, to visit the local food market and the audiovisual exhibition, and to taste some liqueurs. Afterward, visit the prestigious Jean Leon wineries. Come and enjoy this unique enclave with its movie-worthy history and exclusive wines that will win over even the most selective palates. Drive then to Sitges, one of the most beautiful villages on the Catalonia coast where a guided tour will take place with some free time at the end.

From Barcelona: Montserrat Private Day Trip With Pickup

9. From Barcelona: Montserrat Private Day Trip With Pickup

Be picked up in Barcelona and drive through the scenic landscapes of Montserrat. Stop at Montserrat Natural Park. Enjoy a guided tour with a liquor tasting amid the picturesque surroundings. Go through the Montserrat Natural Park and take in the views as you learn about the area. Pass Montserrat on your way to the monastery. Explore this important religious site and learn about different routes and pilgrim sites around Montserrat. Visit a local farmer's market, try their cheeses and 4 types of local liquors made according to the monastery's recipes. Attend a Montserrat Boys' Choir Performance and visit the famous Black Madonna of Montserrat. Spend some free time in Montserrat and explore the mountain trails on your own.

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What people are saying about Black Madonna, Catalonia

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 1,029 reviews

This tour was an excellent, convenient, and informative way to experience Montserrat. Our guide, Daniel, was very knowledgeable about the area and provided interesting info as we drove to and explored the mountain. There were many activities to do in our free time, but also a nice balance of guided experiences. It was so convenient to be picked up and dropped off directly from a hotel!

Very nice trip with lots of information. The monastery itself is a tourist hotspot. If you use the time to hike you can avoid the crowds. Landscape and view are great!

Miguel was exceptional. His knowledge and expertise made the tour of Montserrat perfect. Weather was perfect and the monastery was gorgeous.

Great tour, excellent information well organized. And you got some free time at the monastery.

Very enjoyable day & well organised. Edu was a great/knowledgeable guide.