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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.

From Barcelona: Montserrat Half-Day Wine and Tapas Trip

2. From Barcelona: Montserrat Half-Day Wine and Tapas Trip

Escape to the natural landscape of the Montserrat mountains on a half-day sightseeing and wine tasting tour from Barcelona by bus.  Enjoy breathtaking views of the mountain range, taste Catalan wines at a local winery, and walk through historic pathways, learning about the region from your local guide. The strange shaped mountains of Montserrat is the location of a Benedictine monastery that has been a site of pilgrimage for centuries, thanks to its story of the miracles performed by the Virgin Mary and the fabled 12th-century image of Our Lady. After a short visit to this historic site, head to a boutique winery, just a few minutes away, and tour one of the most important wineries in the region. Located in an impressive castle that’s more than 1,000 years old, the winery boasts more than 1,000 acres of beautiful land. Tours are kept to a maximum of 16 people for a more intimate experience, and include a tour of the vineyards and winery, where the local wines become older and wiser. Thanks to your guide, you will sense the history, soil, sun, and rain that influence the 3 wines you will taste.  Learn about the upkeep of the vines, the grape harvest, how the French oak barrels impact on the flavor, and more. To keep you on your feet, the tasting table will be laden with Spanish tapas.

From Barcelona: Full-Day Montserrat & Wine Small Group Tour

3. From Barcelona: Full-Day Montserrat & Wine Small Group Tour

Experience Montserrat on a full-day wine tour with lunch from Barcelona. Understand why Montserrat is so closely linked to the Catalan identity and also learn about the region's wines with tastings. On the way to Montserrat, your guide will introduce you to this "magic mountain" where Mother Nature meets religion, history, and the identity of the Catalans. Enjoy the stunning landscape of the natural park. Take a guided tour which includes a short walk to the monastery where you can see spectacular views and get a true feel of the spirituality Montserrat has to offer. After Montserrat, head to a local, family-run winery, just a few minutes away from Montserrat, and one of the most important and beautiful wineries in the region.  In a local restaurant, be served from an exquisite selected tasting menu featuring favorites of the region paired with wines produced organically from the vineyard. In the afternoon, your expert guide will take you to visit the cellar and through the vines for a walk. Learn how the wine is made and discover all its secrets. Then visit the winery, where its chateaux wines become older and wiser. Here you may sit, close your eyes, and enjoy the various wines offered, tasting the history, soil, climate, and everything else that makes this winery so special.

Montserrat & Cava Wineries Day Trip from Barcelona w/ Pickup

4. Montserrat & Cava Wineries Day Trip from Barcelona w/ Pickup

Discover the beauty of Mount Montserrat and visit the Montserrat Monastery on this day trip in an airconditioned van from Barcelona. Head to Santa Cova and have the chance to hear the Montserrat’s Boys’ Choir. Savor wine and tapas at an ancient winery in Sant Sadurní d'Anoi.  Depart Barcelona and drive towards the Catalan Pre-Coastal Range for a morning visit to the Benedictine abbey of Santa Maria de Montserrat, world-renowned for its shrine to the Virgin of Montserrat, also known as the "Black Madonna." Marvel at the monastery and its surrounding scenery on a curious-shaped rock that rises 2,380 feet above sea level. Enter the monastery to see its Romanesque icon of the "Black Madonna" which is thought to date back to the 12th century. Get unparalleled views of the magical landscape, declared a national park in 1987. Head to the Santa Cova ("Holy Grotto") where, according to legend, the virgin appeared before some shepherd children in a vision.  Benefit from the chance to hear the angelic voices of La Escolania de Montserrat (Montserrat’s Boys’ Choir ), one of the oldest children's choirs in Europe (subject to seasonal availability). Head to Sant Sadurní d'Anoia in the heart of Catalonia's cava wine producing region and visit a premium cava winery, where the tradition of making sparkling wines date back almost 5 centuries. Visit the cellar and descend to the dungeons where the wine is stored for several years. Learn about wine production and vineyard maintenance. Taste 3 varieties of local wines and cavas paired with traditional cheeses and cold meats. Gaze out at views of the Catalan countryside with Mount Montserrat in the background. Hear about the process of producing cava at a family business that first produced it according to traditional methods in 1872, and by using grapes from the Penedès region. Return to your meeting point in Barcelona at the conclusion of your tour. 

Montserrat & Cava Winery Small Group Day Tour

5. Montserrat & Cava Winery Small Group Day Tour

Embark on a guided day trip from Barcelona to Montserrat and the Penedès wine-growing region by minivan. Visit the monastery and the Museum of Monserrat, listen to Europe's oldest children's choir, walk through the mountain range's many paths, and visit a winery - this tour has it all. There will be plenty of free time to explore Montserrat on your own, but a visit to the sanctuary where the Moreneta is housed is a must. Pilgrims and other visitors have climbed the mountain to visit this sanctuary for nearly 1,000 years. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit the fascinating Museum of Montserrat, and browse its collections that range from the Archaeology of the Biblical East to Modern Painting and Sculpture. A highlight of visiting Montserrat is listening to the voices of Europe’s oldest children’s choir, La Escolania de Montserrat. There are numerous walking and climbing trails on the mountain, ranging from easy strolls to serious hikes. Each trail offers a different perspective on the surrounding landscape, dotted with small chapels and hermitages.  If you'd rather not walk at all, then another option is to take one of the 2 rack railways or the cable car, which also provides stunning views of the area. After the morning in Montserrat, the tour heads to Penedès, a wine-growing region where you'll stop by the Cavas Codorníu winery to view the vast wine cellars and taste some of the wineries' renowned products. You'll tour the winery and see how this sparkling wine is produced, from pressing the grapes to fermentation in the vast cellars. No winery visit would be complete without a taste of the product, so at the end of the tour, you'll have a chance to try some of the best Cava the region produces.

From Barcelona: Montserrat Lunch & Wine Tasting in Vineyard

6. From Barcelona: Montserrat Lunch & Wine Tasting in Vineyard

After meeting with your guide, you will travel to Montserrat where you will visit one of the best Cava cellars of the 14th century. Experience the nature of this unique jagged mountain and the ancient monastery hidden between the peaks. You will also get to know "La Moreneta", the Black Madonna, and her fascinating story. Next, visit the Local Farmers' Market where you can try the fabulous regional products of Catalonia. You'll stroll through the Plaza de Santa Maria, where the Romanesque architecture of the Monastery and the Church of Santa Maria de Montserrat merge with the stones of the mountain’s peaks.  You can get to know "La Moreneta", the Black Virgin inside the Benedictine Monastery, and can listen to the Children's Choir of Montserrat, which is made up of fifty pupils from the monastery school.  Following that, take a short and easy hike up the mountain to the viewpoint of the Creu de Sant Miquel, and enjoy the extraordinary view of the valley. You can then taste a delicious Catalan lunch in a traditional restaurant, admiring the incredible views of the Penedès Valley and the mountains of Montserrat. Your next stop will be to a 14th-century winery, which is one of the most important in Catalonia. You can take the opportunity to tour its plantations as you learn the cycles of vineyard growth and organic viticulture whilst accompanied by an expert guide. Get to know the place where both wine and sparkling wine are produced, before you end your fantastic tour tasting two different sparkling wines and one reserva sparkling wine.

Montserrat Monastery: Guided Tour with Early Access

7. 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, Organic Winery Private Tour

8. From Barcelona: Montserrat, Organic Winery Private Tour

Get picked up at your hotel or apartment in Barcelona and head straight to Montserrat in private transport, approximately an hour's drive away. Once at the top, your guide will take you on a walking tour through the monastery explaining the geological formation of the mountain and the history of the virgin, Black Madonna. Visit the church, where you can attend a mass and enjoy the beautiful interior design, and see the unique chapels accompanied by your guide. You'll also have the opportunity to visit the museum which houses one of the most incredible collections of art in Catalonia, complete with sculptures, drawings, and paintings. Here, you'll see pieces from Picasso, Dali, Caravaggio, Monet, Sisley, Renoir, Rusiñol, and Pisarro - to name a few. You'll enjoy the stunning views and the unique landscape of the area and then have time to sample and purchase the well-known cheeses and honey from Montserrat in the market. You continue on to a local restaurant where you'll have a marvelous three-course meal taking pleasure in the exclusive gastronomy of the area. Have a complimentary glass of Cava, Catalan Champagne. Next, your guide will take you to have an unforgettable experience in a small production family-owned winery where you'll learn all about the process of wine production from the vineyards to the table. With your guide, you'll listen to a specialized enologist who will immerse you in this magical world of wine. You'll have a private tasting of different local grape varieties like Macabeu, Xerello, and Parellada amongst others from other countries.

El Penedès: Cava Winery Small Group Tour

9. El Penedès: Cava Winery Small Group Tour

Visit a family-run vineyard at the foot of the Montserrat Mountain that has been cultivating grapes since 1385, and is a world leader in Cava production. Learn about the rich wine tradition of this area from your passionate guide. Descent into atmospheric wine cellars to get to know about the vineyard growth cycles as well as organic grape growing. Be surrounded by unbeatable views over the Penedès wine region and the Montserrat mountain range. Try different Cava sparkling wines carefully selected, perfectly paired with local cured meats and cheeses.

From Barcelona: Half-Day Trip to Montserrat Mountain

10. 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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What people are saying about Monistrol de Montserrat, Spain

It was a wonderful well run tour. Our guide Jon really enhanced the day with his good communication and history and he ran a fun wine tasting!!! Monastery was amazing, lunch was delicious and the bus ride was comfortable. Great day!!!

Best trip ... our guide was nouri... such a wonderful lady with good knowledge..... I will 100% recommend this trip to every one who is planning to see Barcelona.

This was my first time in Spain, and I highly recommend this tour. Merak was amazing, he’s a perfect balance between knowledge and humor.

Was were good, Marcel our guid was GREAT, kind and profesional.Good work. Br Uroš

Well organised, informative and a really beautiful place