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Montserrat Mountain
Montserrat Mountain

Montserrat Mountain

Daily 8am-10:30am and 12pm-6:30pm
Carretera BP-1121 S/N, Bages, Catalonia

The Basics

Montserrat is one of the most popular full- or half-day trips from Barcelona. Located mid-cliff, the monastery is reachable via cog railroad or cable car, and from there, visitors are free to explore the monastery grounds, hike the numerous trails winding up and around Montserrat Mountain, or ride two funiculars to a scenic lookout or a holy cave believed to be the spot of a miraculous sighting of the Virgin Mary. Montserrat's location in Spain's cava-producing region means many travelers combine a visit with a tour and tasting at one of the several nearby wineries.

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Montserrat Half-Day Tour with Tapas and Gourmet Wines
Montserrat Half-Day Tour with Tapas and Gourmet Wines
$85.06 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Marta Rocked!
Marta, our tour guide, was so knowledgeable and funny and kept us all very entertained. It was a very beautiful, and fun tour. I would do it again in a heartbeat.
Lisa_L, Jan 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Barcelona

star-5
Full day backed with awe inspiring views
Kristi_N, Jan 2022
Sagrada Familia and Montserrat Small Group Tour with Hotel pick-up
Visited with teens, long weekend…so we needed to keep moving once we got them out of the hotel. Matt was perfect. He included the kids too, took us to the Monserrat early to beat the crowd, and later to the Sangrada Familia so the sun shines through the stained glass. Perfect host!!! Thanks Matt.
star-5
Must see I Barcelona
Donna_N, Jan 2022
Montserrat Half-Day Tour with Tapas and Gourmet Wines
Fantastic day out into the mountains behind Barcelona. Tour guide gave wonderful insight and history. So much to see and enjoy. Beautiful old vineyard and tapas lunch with wine. Totally recommend if in Barcelona.
star-5
Wondefull expericience
TonyBautista, Jan 2022
Montserrat Monastery Afternoon Tour with Cog-wheel Train from Barcelona
Good guild, very religious experience. I think it's better to be there in the morning due to it's foggy in the afternoon.
star-5
A Day at Montserrat
Paul_L, Jan 2022
Montserrat Half-Day Tour with Tapas and Gourmet Wines
Excellent guide: Marek; one of very best we have had. Beautiful weather; chance to see Boy’s Choir. Winery really fun and enjoyable. Overall a very worthwhile experience.
star-5
Great Tour
Susanne_B, Jan 2022
Half-Day Tour to Montserrat from Barcelona with Cable Car and Easy Hike
I would highly recommend this tour. Our tour guide was wonderful very friendly and informative. The monastery was the most beautiful I ever saw.
star-5
Amazing memories
Leanne_S, Jan 2022
Private tour to Montserrat. The most complete tour, Cable car & meal included
John was absolutely wonderful. He tailored the trip to our wants and was like walking with a history book. Funny, charismatic and energetic. A must see with a guide. The tour was one of the highlights of our trip. Would book again and again with this tour group.
star-5
Great tour
sandra_w, Dec 2021
Half-Day Tour to Montserrat from Barcelona with Cable Car and Easy Hike
Excellent tour. Alan was a very friendly and knowledgeable guide. We especially enjoyed the walk around the mountain. Thoroughly recommend
star-5
Very pleasant
Diane_D, Dec 2021
Montserrat Small Group or Private Tour Hotel pick-up
The guide was knowledgeable and provided information as needed. He didn’t talk nonstop which was nice.
star-5
Its all worth it
Mahendran_S, Jan 2022
Montserrat Small Group or Private Tour Hotel pick-up
The trip was great and the gentleman who drove us very courteous and helpful and the guide was more informative and always on smile.
star-5
Great Day Trip
Ann_P, Dec 2021
Sagrada Familia and Montserrat Small Group Tour with Hotel pick-up
Our tour guide, Vicente, was so knowledgeable about each place we visited-adding background info that added so much to the experience.
star-5
Great and convenient tour!
Leana_T, Dec 2021
Montserrat tour with skip the line acces to the Black Madonna from Barcelona
Amazing tour, would recommend for anyone to visit Montserrat from Barcelona city center. It was great not worrying about transportation and we got great history and tips from our guide. We saw the black Madonna and got to hear the boys choir.
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About the trip
Raul_N, Jan 2022
Montserrat Half-Day Tour with Tapas and Gourmet Wines
Excellent service, beautiful place, the crew knows all kinds of stories about the trip. Tasty and elegants wines. Victor is an excellent tour guide

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Choose a half-day Montserrat tour or a full-day excursion with a stop at a cava winery for wine tasting.

  • Trips last anywhere from four to 10 hours, depending on the option you choose.

  • Montserrat Monastery is wheelchair accessible, as is the cog railway leading there. Other parts of the mountain, including the funiculars, are not accessible.

  • Bring layers, as Montserrat is cooler than nearby Barcelona.

  • Wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes, especially if you plan to make use of the trail network.

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How to Get to Montserrat

The easiest way to get to Montserrat is with a guided, small-group tour that includes round-trip transportation from Barcelona. Independent travelers can reach Montserrat by catching the R5 train from Plaça d'Espanya station. Those wishing to take the cable car should get off at Montserrat-Aeri, while those taking the cog railway should get off at Monistrol de Montserrat. The journey from Barcelona takes about 90 minutes one way.

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When to Get There

Montserrat is open throughout the year, but it can get very busy in summer, particularly in July and August. This time of year also brings the hottest temperatures—expect highs in the upper 80s. On a clear day, the monastery affords panoramic views, so it’s a good idea to check the weather and visit on a sunny, cloudless day.

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Hear the Boys Choir of Montserrat

Santa Maria de Montserrat is home of the famous L'Escolania choir, a boys choir of altos and sopranos who perform in the Basilica of Montserrat each day. The midday performance by one of the oldest boys choirs in Europe has become one of the most popular activities at the monastery, with seats filling up well before the singing begins.

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