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  3. Barcelona
  4. Montserrat Monastery

From Barcelona: Full-Day Cardona & Montserrat w/ Brunch

Product ID: 118924
Enjoy a day trip to some of Catalonia’s most important attractions. Marvel at the Cardona Salt Mine, declared a Space of Natural Interest in Catalonia. Visit the Cardona Castle. Enjoy a brunch of local food and visiting the stunning Montserrat mountain.
About this activity
Duration: 10 hours
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English, Spanish
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Experience

Highlights
  • Ride to the Cardona Salt Mountain
  • Visit the Royal Basilica of Montserrat, which holds the famous 12th century Romanesque carving of Verge Moreneta
  • Enjoy the best views of Catalonia from the cross of Sant Miquel
  • Marvel at Cardona Salt Mountain declared a Space of Natural Interest in Catalonia
  • Explore the Cardona Castle built in 886 in the Romanesque and Gothic styles
  • Experience a brunch composed by local food, cava and local wine
Full description
Start the journey from Barcelona in a comfortable coach to the municipality of Cardona where the old salt mine is situated. The Cardona Salt Mountain grows every year, occupying a depression of the terrain with an elongated ellipse shape covering an area of 1,800 by 600 meters. 100 hectares of this terrain boasts natural characteristics deserving to be included in the Spaces of Natural Interest Plan of Catalonia. The tour then continues to Cardona Castle. You will have the opportunity to visit the modern fortress and parts of the old castle of Cardona built in 886 by Wilfredo el Velloso, of Romanesque and Gothic styles, including the so-called Golden Room and the Sala dels Entresols. Its jewels are the Minyona Tower (11th century), 15 meters in height and more than 10 meters in diameter, and the Romanesque Church of St. Vincent of Cardona.

After the visit to the castle, you will go to a room where a brunch composed of local products. After you finish the brunch, drive to Montserrat Mountain The importance of this mountain is the legend of the miraculous appearance of the Madonna and Child in one of the caves.  This cave received the name Santa Cova (The Saint Cave). To this day the wood carving of the Madonna and Child are kept in the Church of the monastery and it is possible to visit it. 

The Royal Basilica of Montserrat that holds the famous 12th-century Romanesque carving of Verge Moreneta (the Black Madonna). The Benedict sanctuary of Montserrat was founded in 1025 and provides a mystical backdrop for the Virgin of Montserrat, the patron saint of Catalonia who is enshrined in the monastery's Royal Basilica. The little monastery has received pilgrims and visitors for hundreds of years who have contributed to the spread of stories of miracles and wonders performed by the Virgin. Today, Montserrat has been modernized to continue attending to the needs of pilgrims, one thousand years after it was originally founded. You will be given some free time to visit the audio visual exhibition about the history and creation of Montserrat and taste typical liquors.
Includes
  • Air-conditioned motor coach
  • Bilingual guide
  • Entrance and visit to Cardona Castle
  • Brunch composed by local food, one cup of cava and local wine
  • Entrance and visit to salt mines
  • Taste of 4 typical liquors, handmade by the monks of the monastery
  • Entrance to the audio visual exhibition in Montserrat
  • Radio guide system
  • Discounts at some of the attractions
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Carrer de Balmes 5, Barcelona.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Comfortable clothes
Not allowed
  • Sandals or flip flops
Know before you go
• Correct dress code is requested to enter the Basilica at Montserrat. It is not permitted to enter with tank tops, strapless shirts, short shorts or sandals
• Please be aware that some walking is included during this tour, please come prepared and wearing comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended
• Montserrat has a mountain climate, depending on the season you will need clothes protecting you from the rain and/or cold
• Failure to show up at the established check-in time may entail losing the tour
• The duration of the tour includes the round trip to the destination
• Please remember to request a change in the usual menu due to dietary restrictions ahead of time
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From US$ 105.47 US$ 84.38 per person

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A very pleasant experience on this tour, expectations fulfilled completely.

September 14, 2019

Espectacular

May 26, 2019

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Julia Travel Gray Line Spain

Product ID: 118924