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Montserrat Tour (Barcelona Monastery with Cable Car)

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Visit Catalunya’s most famous mountain range and monastery on a tour of Montserrat from Barcelona. Perched on top of a beautiful mountain is the 1000 year-old Benedictine Abbey, Santa Maria de Montserrat, which houses the Virgin of Montserrat Sanctuary, a basilica housing the shrine of the Patron Saint of Catalunya, and a museum with ancient artifacts.

  

Know before you book:

  • Confirmation of ticket will be at the time of booking
  • Wear comfortable shoes to walk in, and clothing suitable for the weather
  • Bring sun protection

Highlights:

  • Take in the stunning views of the Montserrat Mountains
  • Guided walking tour of the Benedictine Monastery
  • Free time to explore further where you choose
  • Comfortable round-trip from Barcelona

Montserrat, meaning serrated mountain in Catalan, gets its name from its unusual rock formations that resemble the jagged edge of a saw blade. Perched on top of the mountain is the 1000 year-old Benedictine Abbey, Santa Maria de Montserrat, which still operates to this day.

There are many different structures, statues and sites to see on Montserrat, a place of pilgrimage for generations of Catalonians. The basilica is the main attraction for the religious, housing the shrine of the Black Madonna, the patron saint of Catalonia.

The Escalonia de Montserrat, one of the oldest choirs in Europe, consists of boys from the Monastery’s boarding school and performs daily in the basilica.

In the Montserrat Monastery Museum you will find precious works of art and artefacts dating back hundreds of years. View paintings from famous artists such as Dali, Monet, El Greco and Picasso, and biblical archaeology from Ancient Egypt, Cyprus and Mesopotamia.

Enjoy a scenic drive from Barcelona through the Spanish countryside and admire the beautiful formations of the mountains. Once at the top of Montserrat you will be treated to a guided tour of the monastery before having a chance to explore additional areas of interest at your own pace.

Take a short walk, ride the Saint Joan funicular up a steep slope to get even more spectacular views, or have a bite to eat in the restaurant.

There are various tour operators offering a Montserrat Tour from Barcelona, each providing slightly varying itineraries. Browse through our tours and see which one is right for you.

Montserrat Tour Prices 2019

Montserrat tours from Barcelona will cost between USD $57.15 and USD $108.53 depending on tour length and inclusions.

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Montserrat Barcelona Tour Departure Times

Montserrat Monastery is open daily but tours depart from Barcelona between 8:30 and 10:00 am in the morning, depending on the tour. Half-day tours last approximately 6 hours, while full-day tours last up to 10 hours.

Monday – Friday: 9:00am – 5:30pm

Saturday – Sunday: 9:00am – 5:30pm

Best Time to Go to Montserrat

The best time to visit Montserrat is during the week, as crowds can build up quickly on weekends when it tends to get a lot busier.

Montserrat Monastery from Barcelona Tour Options

There are three fantastic Montserrat Monastery ticket options for tours from Barcelona – a half-day tour, a full-day tour including tapas and a visit to a Montserrat winery, and a small group full-day tour including a cava winery visit.

Half-day tours are a great way to experience a visit to the monastery from Barcelona. This tour includes bus transportation from Barcelona and allows you time to roam the beautiful mountain-top at your own speed.

Full-day tours combine the best of Catalunya with a stop at a local winery after a visit to Montserrat. This tour includes transportation in a luxury bus from Barcelona, a guided-tour of Montserrat, and tapas and wine tasting at a winery.

Small-group tours are encouraged if you prefer a more intimate tour, and a private tour guide. This tour also includes transportation in a luxury mini-coach from Barcelona, a visit to Montserrat, and a tour of a cava winery in the wine region.

Half-Day Montserrat, Spain Tour from Barcelona

This half-day tour takes you from Barcelona to the famous site of Montserrat, where you can see the much venerated Black Madonna, the patron saint of Catalonia. Enjoy exploring the mountain monastery at your own pace with an audio guide. Check out the museum containing priceless works of art and ancient artifacts from Mesopotamia, soak in the incredible views of the valley below, or explore a walking path around the mountain.

 

What we liked: A very easy way to access Montserrat and explore the mountain monastery.

 

INCLUDES:
  • Return transport from Barcelona
  • Montserrat orientation tour
  • Discounts at museums, places of interest, shops, and restaurants
  • 3 hours of free time at Montserrat

EXCLUDES:
  • Food and drink
  • Guided tour
  • Hotel pick-up
  • Rack railway to the top of Montserrat

Grab an audio guide and get great insight into Montserrat in English.

 

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 Full-Day Montserrat, Tapas and Wine Tour from Barcelona

On this full-day tour you’ll explore Spain’s famous Montserrat Monastery with a tour guide, and afterwards be treated to tapas and wine tasting at Oller del Mas cellar, located in a 10th century castle. At the winery, you will have a tasting of 3 ecological wines. Depending on the option selected, you will enjoy either a multi-course lunch at the cellars, or a lighter tapas lunch and cheese platter during the wine tasting

 

What we liked: The tour guide was really informative and friendly.

 

INCLUDES:
  • Shared transportation by air-conditioned bus
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Cogwheel train ticket
  • Montserrat National Park and Sanctuary visit
  • Visit to Oller del Mas, a boutique winery in a medieval castle
  • Welcome drink, tapas lunch and cheese platter or multi-course lunch (depending on option selected)
  • Tasting of 3 ecological wines

EXCLUDES:
  • Hotel pick up & drop off
  • Gratuities

 Explore Montserrat and visit a winery in Spain.

 

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Montserrat & Cava Winery Small Group Day Tour

On this small group tour you’ll visit the iconic Montserrat in the heart of Catalunya and the cava cellars of the world-renowned Codorníu Winery. Here you’ll be taken on a tour of the winery and see how sparkling wine is produced, from the pressing of the grapes to fermentation in the vast cellars.

 

What we liked: The perfect sized group to ask questions of the guide and have a good time.

 

INCLUDES:
  • Transportation by luxury air-conditioned mini-coach
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Montserrat visit
  • Wine tour and tasting

EXCLUDES:
  • Hotel pick up & drop off
  • Gratuities
  • Museum entrance fees
  • Lunch and refreshments

 

Don’t even think about searching for trains from Barcelona to Montserrat, take an all-inclusive tour instead!

 

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8.7Expert Score
These tours solve the question of how to get to Montserrat from Barcelona by bus. This activity is perfect for the whole family, but only select tours include a guided tour and the site is not wheelchair accessible.
Comfort
8
Location
9
Convenience
9
PROS
  • Hassle-free way to get from Barcelona to Montserrat
  • Informative guide will prepare you for your visit to Montserrat
  • Free cancellations up until 24 hours before the tour departs
  • Child-friendly
CONS
  • Not wheelchair accessible

Specification: Montserrat Tour (Barcelona Monastery with Cable Car)

Accessible

Not Accessible

Duration

4-6 hours

Excludes

Gratuities, Hotel pick-up/drop-off, Lunch

Includes

Guided Tour, Return transfers by luxury minibus

Meals & Drinks

Not included

Pickup

Not Provided

Suitable For

Everyone

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  1. Anonymous – Ireland

    too little time to explore Montserrat There was only time for one activity. We took the funicular. Mass was on so we could not explore the church. Would like to have had time to go there after the funicular trip. No time to go to the musuem either. I think it would be good to spend another hour there even if that meant charging a bit more. Maybe we were a bit slow taking off from Barcelona. Thorughly enjoyed the experience and the wine tasting.

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  2. Binny – United Arab Emirates

    Value for money. It was an awesome tour beyond expectations. Our tour guide Mercedes was awesome, she explained the history of monserrat very well and showed us all the small and big things worth seeing. The wine tour was awesome and Mercedes gave us a lot to information about wine. We got to taste 4 different tasty wines and lots of tapas

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  3. Nancy – United States

    Very enjoyable. Good and helpful guide.

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  4. Anonymous – United States

    This trip was just ok. Big bus tour in both spanish and english (even though we specified english) with headphones that barely worked. Alot of wasted time speaking in two languages. we skipped out about half way. I wish i had booked something more personal.

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  5. Walt – United States

    Very interesting day visiting Montserrat and Codorniu cava winery Our guide, Ana, was very nice and helpful. I thought there might be a little more information and history presented, but the information given was interesting. Tour well organized, but didn’t realize we would be on own for most of it. The cellar tour at Codorniu was quite fun and overall we enjoyed the day.

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  6. William – Canada

    A great day . Our guide Rodrigo was a wealth of information and history on the area and Montserrat. We went to Pares Balta winery , a family owned operation for over 3 generations ,in the p.m. for an in depth look at organic wine and Cava making which included some tasting of their products. We would highly reccommend this tour company (Explore Catalonia ) and our guide Rod . Bill & Barb

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